Entretien avec David Vaughan: Festival d'Automne à Paris, 1991-09

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Entretien avec David Vaughan: Festival d'Automne à Paris, 1991-09
Additional title: Meeting with David Vaughan
Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)
Vaughan, David, 1924- (Interviewee)

Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1991-09 (Questionable)
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LTC-A 1470
Cage, John
Cage, John. Music of changes
Cunningham, Merce
Vaughan, David, 1924-
Judson Dance Theater
Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Aleatory music
Music and dance
Content: David Vaughan is interviewed by an unidentified French speaking interviewer and translator on the occasion of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company performances at the Festival d'Automne à Paris.
Content: Title, date and location provided by cataloger based on audition and handwritten note on original cassette and container.
Content: Handwritten notes on original cassette and container: "Entretien avec David Vaughan (Merce Cunningham) ; Sept. 91 ; Festival d'Automne".
Venue: Recorded in, Paris, France, 1991 September [?].
Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.
Language: The interviewer asks questions in French which are translated into English and responded to in English and French by the interviewee.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 audiocassette (54 minutes) : analog
Sound quality is fair; there is significant background noise and the recording volume is low throughout.
Streaming file 1, side a: Begins abruptly; unidentified interviewer explains, through her translator, her studies and reasons for the interview, especially her interest in chance operations as well as the influences of Marcel Duchamp and the I-Ching [Yi jing] on John Cage's compositions; David Vaughan tells the story about how Christian Wolff gave Cage a copy of the I-Ching while Cage was working on his Music of changes (1951); Vaughan speaks briefly about the ways Zen Buddhism, D.T. Suzuki, and Marcel Duchamp influenced Cage; briefly, the exchange of ideas between Cage and Merce Cunningham, including Cunningham's use of chance methods in choreography; ways that Cage's composition process differs from Cunningham's choreographic process and how these differences translate in performance of the respective material; Vaughan mentions how Cage is tired from his travels in the recent year; he responds to a question about how the [Merce Cunningham Dance Company] dancers memorize the choreography, including a mention of Cunningham's choreographic notes and a description of the computer program [LifeForms software] that Cunningham uses for choreography; Vaughan speaks about how the dancers' performances are not improvised as Cunningham uses chance methods primarily in the choreographic process; he speaks briefly about Duchamp's idea that the work of art is completed by the spectator as this relates to Cage's and Cunningham's works; Cunningham as a performer and the virtuosity of his dancers; the practical decisions that Cunningham makes when choreographing, especially in relation to his group of dancers; the interviewer speaks about the influence of Cunningham on French choreographers; Vaughan responds and mentions early criticisms of Cunningham; he speaks about the Judson Dance Theater's use of Cage's compositional ideas, especially improvisation; ends abruptly. Streaming file 2, side b: Begins abruptly; they speak about French choreographers; the interviewer asks about a quote from Merce Cunningham about dance technique; Vaughan speaks briefly about the videos on the Cunningham technique; they speak about several unnamed articles [which they are presumably viewing]; interview concludes.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 933596330
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20868100
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): dea660b0-b950-0133-fcb0-3c07547a230f
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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "Entretien avec David Vaughan" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1991. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/e0da2200-b950-0133-6518-3c07547a230f

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "Entretien avec David Vaughan" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 23, 2024. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/e0da2200-b950-0133-6518-3c07547a230f

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1991). Entretien avec David Vaughan Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/e0da2200-b950-0133-6518-3c07547a230f

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Entretien avec David Vaughan