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Interview with Jean Rosenthal : lighting design for the dance, 1967

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Interview with Jean Rosenthal : lighting design for the dance, 1967
Additional title: Invitation to dance (Radio program)
Rosenthal, Jean, 1912-1969 (Interviewee)
Terry, Walter (Interviewer)

Dance Audio Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1967-01-29
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZTO 7-93
Balanchine, George
Graham, Martha. Appalachian spring
Rosenthal, Jean, 1912-1969 -- Interviews
New York City Ballet
Allegro brillante (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Serenade (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Alcestis (Choreographic work : Graham)
Orpheus (Choreographic work : Balanchine)
Appalachian spring (Graham, Martha)
Stage lighting
Content: Interview with Jean Rosenthal, conducted by Walter Terry, as host; broadcast on January 29, 1967 by radio station WNYC, New York, on its series Invitation to dance.
Funding: The processing and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Venue: Recorded for and broadcast by radio station WNYC, New York for its program Invitation to dance Broadcast on January 29, 1967 New York (N.Y.)
Content: Music and introduction to program by unidentified speaker.
Physical Description
Audiotape reel
Extent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 29 minutes) : analog, 7.5 ips, acetate, full-track, 7 in.
The sound quality is very good.
Walter Terry introduces Jean Rosenthal, lighting designer for dance companies, opera, and the commercial theater. Jean Rosenthal speaks about the first time she designed the lighting for a dance concert, for Martha Graham's Letter to the world; Martha Graham's skillful use of light; Rosenthal's ideas regarding the role of lighting in a dance production; the different kinds of lighting she uses for ballets and for modern dance works, in particular George Balanchine's Allegro brillante and Serenade as compared to Martha Graham's Appalachian spring and Alcestis; working with Martha Graham as compared with working with Balanchine on the lighting, for example as in the case of his work Orpheus; her work for the commercial theater including the musical comedies I do, I do and The apple tree; (very briefly) her work for opera; differences between lighting a ballerina and a modern dancer portraying a character; Martha Graham's and Ruth St. Denis' awareness of how to use lighting to their advantage; light tones that complements one's skin and hair colors. [Closing remarks by unidentified speaker and music.] lighting to complement one's coloring.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
RLIN/OCLC: 36936997
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12117226
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 8c73e020-3472-0137-4f7f-0f60c48370d2
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Item timeline of events

  • 1912: Creator Born
  • 1967: Created
  • 1969: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Jean Rosenthal " The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1967.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Interview with Jean Rosenthal " New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 7, 2021.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1967). Interview with Jean Rosenthal Retrieved from

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Interview with Jean Rosenthal