Entretien avec David Vaughan: Festival d'Automne à Paris, 1991-09Additional title: Meeting with David Vaughan
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Vaughan, David, 1924- (Interviewee)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1991-09 (Questionable)
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1470
TopicsCage, JohnCage, John. Music of changesCunningham, MerceVaughan, David, 1924-Judson Dance TheaterMerce Cunningham Dance CompanyAleatory musicChoreographyMusic and dance
NotesContent: 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.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (54 minutes) : analogSound quality is fair; there is significant background noise and the recording volume is low throughout.
DescriptionStreaming 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 ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 933596330NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20868100Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): dea660b0-b950-0133-fcb0-3c07547a230f
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