Interview with William Bales and Jane Dudley, March 7, 1977
NamesBales, William, 1910-1990 (Interviewee)Tobias, Tobi (Interviewer)Dudley, Jane (Interviewee)
Dance Oral History Project
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1977-03-07
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZT 5-909 (former)Shelf locator: *MGZTO 5-909
TopicsMaslow, SophieMorgan, Barbara Brooks, 1900-1992Martin, John, 1893-1985Guthrie, Woody, 1912-1967Bales, William, 1910-1990Dudley, JaneDudley-Maslow-Bales TrioBennington CollegeFolksay (Choreographic work : Maslow)
NotesBibliographic history: Title supplied by cataloger.Source characteristics: Sound quality is fair. There is extraneous noise including "tape hiss" and occasional short gaps but the speakers' voices are easily intelligible.Venue: Recorded for The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, March 7, 1977, 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 2 hr., 22 min.) : analog, 1.875 ips, half-track, polyester; 5 in.
DescriptionStreaming file 1 (approximately one hour and 38 minutes). Jane Dudley and William Bales speak about the start of the Dudley-Maslow-Bales Trio including the role Louis Horst played in bringing Dudley, Bales, and Sophie Maslow together; Bales' work Es mujer; their choice of themes as a reflection of their political views; how they [Dudley, Bales and Maslow] worked together on a dance; summers at Bennington College including the intellectual and artistic environment and the leadership of Robert Devore Leigh; the beauty of the physical environment; Barbara Morgan; using photographs to reconstruct a work; John Martin and his role as a champion of modern dance; Dudley's leaving and rejoining Martha Graham's company; Bales' changing views of Graham technique and Humphrey-Weidman technique including an anecdote about Doris Humphrey; more on summers at Bennington College including the artistic exchange and the atmosphere of asceticism; more on the Dudley-Maslow-Bales Trio including their touring of the college circuit [ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2].
Streaming file 2 (approximately 45 minutes). Jane Dudley and William Bales continue to speak with Tobi Tobias about the Dudley-Maslow-Bales Trio's touring of the college circuit; Bales' participation in a performance of Monteverdi's Clorinda [Claudio Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda]; more on touring; the end of their extensive touring after the births, respectively, of Sophie Maslow's and Jane Dudley's children; Maslow's work Folksay, Woody Guthrie and his wife Marjorie Guthrie; the Trio's artistic vision and use of American folk material; the criticism that their work was entertainment rather than "Art;" their summers at New London [at Connecticut College]; Dudley's performing of the role of Mother Courage.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 82878117 NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118805Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f13a3450-b30d-0133-0044-3c07547a230f
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