Interview with Joan Levy Bernstein, May 1, 1978
NamesBernstein, Joan Levy (Interviewee)Small, Linda (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1978-05-01
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZT 5-350 (former)
TopicsBernstein, Joan Levy -- InterviewsLimón, JoséWeidman, CharlesLawrence, PaulineHumphrey, Doris, 1895-1958. New danceHumphrey, Doris, 1895-1958Bennington College. Dance DivisionHumphrey-Weidman CompanyWith my red fires (Choreographic work : Humphrey)
NotesBibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is extremely poor. The recording is marred throughout by loud "tape hiss," and the speakers' voices are very low in volume, especially that of Linda Small, the interviewer. As a result much of the recording is barely intelligible. However, there is a transcript of the recording available, on site only, at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, cataloged under the call number: *MGZMT 5-350.Venue: Recorded for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 1978, May 1, New York (N.Y.)Funding: The conservation 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.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 1 audiotape reel (approximately 1 hr., 49 min.) : analog, 1.875 ips, half-track, polyester; 5 in.
DescriptionStreaming file no. 1 (approximately one hour and 37 minutes). Joan Levy Bernstein speaks about Doris Humphrey including how they first met; taking classes at Humphrey's school and being asked to join the understudy group; her memories of Jane Dudley as a fellow student in Ruth Doing's classes; becoming a member of the regular company [Humphrey-Weidman Company]; the company's first summer at Bennington College; teaching technique, at Bennington and the 92nd St. Y, including her memories of William Kolodny; touring with the company; more on her experience at Bennington College's summer dance program; her early training in dance and music; Humphrey as a person and as a choreographer working with dancers; Bernstein's first role, in The life of the bee; her memories of Humphrey as she appeared when Bernstein first saw her perform; Humphrey's work New dance; reconstructing Humphrey's work With my red fires; the influence of social awareness on dance in the 1930s; Humphrey in the role of the matriarch in With my red fires; Pauline Lawrence; leaving the company; teaching kindergarten, in particular her use of music and dance; her son and daughter; more on touring including various anecdotes; her family; seeing Isadora Duncan perform; Humphrey's work The Shakers; Charles Weidman's dance Atavisms.
Streaming file no. 2 (approximately 11 minutes). Joan Levy Bernstein speaks with Linda Small about other members of the Humphrey-Weidman Company, including José Limón, Katherine Litz, Sybil Shearer, Katherine Manning, Letitia Ide, and Charles Weidman.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 81400890 NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118171Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 49698d40-315a-0132-b93a-3c075448cc4b
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