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Duncan, Jeff, 1930-1989 (Moderator)
Bettis, Valerie, 1919-1982 (Speaker)
Hodes, Stuart (Speaker)
Nagrin, Daniel (Speaker)
Sokolow, Anna (Speaker)
Weidman, Charles (Speaker)
New York University (Production company)
Dance Theater Workshop (Production company)

Jeff Duncan Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1970 (Questionable)
Place: New York, NY
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 7214 ; *MGZIC 9-2391 (former)
Graham, Martha
Holm, Hanya, 1893-1992
Tamiris, Helen, 1905-1966
Cunningham, Merce
Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958
Horst, Louis
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
Martha Graham Dance Company
Denishawn Dancers
Modern dance -- United States
Panel discussions
Venue: Videotaped at a panel discussion presented as part of the Tangent series by New York University and Dance Theater Workshop. Moderator: Jeff Duncan. Panelists: Valerie Bettis, Stuart Hodes, Daniel Nagrin, Anna Sokolow, and Charles Weidman.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Videotape reel
Extent: 3 videotape reels (89 min.) : sound, black and white ; 1/2 in.
The panelists reminisce about beginning their careers and striking out on their own. Recalling the American dance scene of the 1930s and 40s, they discuss the Neighborhood Playhouse, Denishawn, Martha Graham and her company, Hanya Holm, Louis Horst, Helen Tamiris, Doris Humphrey, and Merce Cunningham, and general subjects such as themes for dance, economic survival, composers for modern dance, and the expansion of modern dance technique. Members of the audience, many of them students of New York University, contribute to a discussion covering topics such as the present-day challenges of a career in modern dance, the need for guidance vs. self-sufficiency, and dance in the university system. Cassette 1: approx. 32 min. Cassette 2: approx. 32 min. Cassette 3: approx. 25 min.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY926006366-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12171717
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 43e842d0-3f09-0135-4445-0defe1944142
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1930: Creator Born
  • 1970: Created
  • 1989: Creator Died
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Tangent" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1970.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Tangent" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 24, 2024.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1970). Tangent Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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