Interview with Erika Thimey, 1977
NamesThimey, Erika, 1910-2006 (Interviewee)Kendall, Elizabeth, 1947- (Interviewer)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977-01
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 5-1455
TopicsWigman, Mary, 1886-1973Veen, Jan, 1908-1967Thimey, Erika, 1910-2006 -- InterviewsNew York Wigman School of the Dance
NotesAdditional physical form: For transcript of interview, see *MGZMT 3-1455.Bibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is fair. The recording is marred by extraneous noise including "tape hiss" and occasional short gaps.Venue: Recorded by Elizabeth Kendall 1977, January Washington (D.C.)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., 32 min.); polyester; half-track; 1 7/8 ips ; 5 in
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1 (approximately 48 minutes). Erika Thimey speaks with Elizabeth Kendall about her early dance experiences including the impact of seeing Mary Wigman perform; physical education in high school; taking dance classes while also pursuing a course in home economics; studying at Mary Wigman's school in Dresden; Wigman's advice to Thimey in the context of the political climate of 1936; Thimey's work with an opera company [Dessau Civic Theatre and Opera] in Dessau, Germany; more on her studies at Wigman's school; Thimey's and the other students' view of ballet; her own first works; Wigman and the "heroic gesture" [ends abruptly but continues on streaming audio file 2].Streaming audio file 2 (approximately 44 minutes). Erika Thimey speaks with Elizabeth Kendall about the "heroic gesture"; visiting Germany during the late 1930s; her time in Chicago; her career after Chicago including her partnership with Jan Veen; teaching and performing in Washington, D.C. including her choreographing of a movement choir at Howard University; her own retirement from dancing; studying Humphrey-Weidman technique and Graham technique; Mary Wigman as a rebel against ballet.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 79135123NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12119022Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ef9a9570-c65f-0135-0911-03f4dbbe33d4
Rights StatementThe copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.
Item timeline of events