Bertram Ross Interview

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Bertram Ross Interview
Ross, Bertram, 1920- (Interviewee)

Bertram Ross Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1993-09-21
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 2660
Ross, Bertram, 1920-
Ross, Bertram, 1920-
Graham, Martha
Hawkins, Erick
Martha Graham Dance Company
Night journey (Choreographic work : Graham)
Deaths and entrances (Choreographic work : Graham)
Seraphic dialogue (Choreographic work : Graham)
Appalachian spring (Choreographic work : Graham)
Performers: Interviewee, Bertram Ross.
Venue: Videotaped during interview in New York City, N.Y. 1993 September 21.
Original version: Original format: 1 videocassette (VHS) ; 1/2 in.
Acquisition: Gift; William Prensky; 2009.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (98 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Bertram Ross discusses meeting Martha Graham; becoming a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company; how her technique evolved over the years; taking class with Louis Horst and how Horst left the company around the same time Ross joined; how Graham helped Ross become a better performer; partnering with Graham; adapting the choreography of Night Journey to accommodate Ross after Erick Hawkins left the company; Ross' first performance with Graham in Deaths and Entrances; Ross' experiences and stories about performing with Graham; thoughts on Graham and Hawkins' relationship before they broke up; Graham always choreographing to completed music scores and working through each dance before rehearsals began; images and metaphores Graham used when creating works; Graham changing the choreography of works as she became older and more unable to dance the original choreography; the differences in Graham as she aged; stories of Graham being depressed; what happened generally before each performance; Graham losing her temper in rehearsals and often blaming the newest company member; more stories about working with Graham; first seeing Graham perform and how it moved Ross; how he prepared for his role in Appalachian Spring; comparing Seraphic Dialogue and the preacher Saint Michael to Appalachian Spring; how Graham felt about aging; Grahams drinking problem and how it affected rehearsals near the end of her life; Ross becoming co-director of the Martha Graham Dance Company and what happened when Ron Protas took over; and Ross' final thoughts on dancing with Martha Graham.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20213491
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): efa1dc60-e875-0131-4a78-3c075448cc4b
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Bertram Ross Interview" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1993.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Bertram Ross Interview" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 24, 2024.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1993). Bertram Ross Interview Retrieved from

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Bertram Ross Interview