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Interview with Agnes de Mille

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Interview with Agnes de Mille
De Mille, Agnes (Interviewee)
Moyers, Bill D. (Interviewer)
Public Affairs Television (Firm) (Associated name)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1992
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8898
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-5668 (former)
De Mille, Agnes
George, Henry, 1839-1897
Primitive mysteries (Choreographic work : Graham)
Rodeo (Choreographic work : De Mille)
Fall River legend (Choreographic work : De Mille)
Other (Choreographic work : De Mille)
Dancers -- United States -- 20th century
Choreographers -- United States -- 20th century
Content: Title from information provided by donor.
Content: Unedited footage.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 8 videocassettes (Betacam SP) (117 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
In a wide-ranging interview, Agnes de Mille and Bill Moyers discuss topics relating to old age, religion, politics, gender differences, and death, as well as dance, theater, and de Mille's professional and private life. Among the latter group of subjects are de Mille's grandfather, the social reformer Henry George; the proscription of dancing by the Christian church; religious content in dance, as exemplified by Martha Graham's Primitive mysteries; the appeal of dancing to women; the special moments of unity between performer and audience; and dancing on pointe. At several points in the discussion de Mille recalls her early career as a dancer: her late start, her father's opposition, and her struggles against the sexism of theater managers. Extended discussions cover her ballets Rodeo and Fall River legend, and her choreography for the musicals Oklahoma! and Bloomer girl; more briefly mentioned are Brigadoon and The other. She also talks about her marriage, motherhood, the stroke that she suffered in 1975, and her triumphal return to the stage two years later.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b13800997
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 29ceb710-8a8d-0135-5310-081a53314f6d
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Item timeline of events

  • 1992: Issued
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Agnes de Mille" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1992.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Agnes de Mille" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 25, 2020.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1992). Interview with Agnes de Mille Retrieved from

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Interview with Agnes de Mille