Five Evenings with American Dance Pioneers: Anna Sokolow, First EveningAdditional title: Recollections and Rare Films
NamesSokolow, Anna (Speaker)Hess, Susan (Host)Powell, Alan (American artist, contemporary) (Videographer)
Susan Hess Modern Dance Lecture Series Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1983-03-25
Table of ContentsAnna Sokolow talk (20 min.) -- Question & Answer (33 min.)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 1465
TopicsSokolow, AnnaLectures and lecturing -- Pennsylvania -- PhiladelphiaLament for the death of a bullfighter (Choreographic work : Sokolow)Rooms (Choreographic work : Sokolow)Lyric suite (Choreographic work : Sokolow)From the diaries of Franz Kafka (Choreographic work : Sokolow)Modern dance -- United StatesDance -- History -- 20th centuryChoreography -- New York (State) -- New York
NotesContent: Title from original video cassette label.Content: Films are not shown on this video.Venue: Videotaped during talk at Hess studio in Philadelphia, Pa. 1983 March 25.Acquisition: Gift; Susan Hess; 2010.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (53 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in
DescriptionAnna Sokolow discusses the first film to be shown entitled, Lament for the death of a bullfighter; her experience as an artist in Mexico in 1939; description of a bullfight and how it inspired this work; dance in the 1950's; growing up in New York City on the Lower East Side; description of the choreographic work, Rooms (1954) and how each chair represents a separate room; during the Question & Answer session, Sokolow talks about her company which included dancers, Jack Ward, Jeff Duncan, and Ze'eva Cohen; explains what movement means to her; her early life in New York as part of a Russian Jewish family; the Workers Dance League created because of the Trade Union performances; Sokolow's story of how she got to perform in Mexico; talks about her work, From the Diaries of Franz Kafka; her experience in Israel in 1953 with Jerome Robbins; her own creative process and working with musicians, Luciano Berio and Edgard Varese; working with Martha Graham and how she left the company; how Louis Horst commented on her work, Lyric Suite; discusses old and new modern dance with mention of past greats including Balanchine, Ashton, Robbins, and Tudor; her artist friends including Jane Dudley, May O'Donnell, and Sophie Maslow; final comments with Susan Hess.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20256345Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ec246970-3135-0132-b37c-3c075448cc4b
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