WorldCat Identities

Jones, Betty 1926-

Works: 5 works in 7 publications in 1 language and 215 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  Short films  Nonfiction films  Biography  Educational films 
Roles: Interviewee, Choreographer, Performer, Dancer, Author
Classifications: GV1785.J54,
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Most widely held works about Betty Jones
Most widely held works by Betty Jones
Betty Jones : Speaking of dance( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interview with modern dance artist, Betty Jones, including her performances and scenes from dancing classes which she teaches
Betty Jones performances( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In interviews interspersed with performance excerpts and footage of her dance classes, Betty Jones discusses her passion for dancing and her desire to share it through her teaching. She reminisces about her performing career, particularly with the José Limón Dance Company, whose artistic director was Doris Humphrey ; her long association with Limón, which began when she was his student at Jacob's Pillow ; her continuing involvement with the American Dance Festival, beginning with summers at Connecticut College. She also discusses her preference for the roles of interpreter and teacher rather than that of choreographer ; her belief that the artist must transcend the purely physical or technical sides of dance ; and her appreciation of the works of Humphrey and Limón as expressions of the human spirit. Included in this video is her acceptance speech upon receiving the American Dance Festival's Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Chair for Distinguished Teaching in 1993, in which she pays tribute to her own teachers Limón, Humphrey, and Antony Tudor. A selection of dance excerpts depict her performances from 1949 to 1993
Lecture-demonstration: The art of choreography by Doris Humphrey( Recording )

1 edition published in 1951 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Streaming file 1 (approximately 56 minutes). Walter Terry introduces Doris Humphrey and her topic, the art of choreography; Doris Humphrey [with occasional comments and questions from Terry] speaks about the art of choreography including the historical lack of a formulated theory of choreography; ways in which a theory of choreography might be helpful for aspiring choreographers; the spatial, rhythmic, and dynamic principles underlying her own choreography and the vocabulary of gestures; her work Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías [excerpts of which Humphrey, with the assistance of José Limón, demonstrates to illustrate principles she has just outlined]; dynamics and choice of movement [a study in dynamics is demonstrated by Betty (Jones) and Ruth (Currier)]; the process of choice of movement and its relation to choreographic ideas; breath rhythm and metric rhythm; gestures and her work Day on earth [Humphrey, with the assistance of Limón and Lucas Hoving, demonstrates gestures from this dance]; rhythm studies [an excerpt from Humphrey's New dance is performed to percussion accompaniment, following which Terry introduces the second part of the program]. Humphrey speaks about an excerpt from her work Day on earth; Simon [Sadoff] speaks about the music [Aaron Copland's Piano sonata] used for this work; Humphrey speaks about the music [the excerpt is performed to Sadoff's piano accompaniment]; Humphrey speaks about the combination of poetry (by Federico Garcia Lorca) and dance in Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejías [an excerpt from this dance is performed solely with musical accompaniment followed by the performance of an excerpt with musical and spoken word accompaniment; recording ends abruptly but continues on streaming file 2]
Interview with Betty Jones by Betty Jones( Recording )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Cassette 1. Ms. Jones discusses her first experiences with the José Limón Dance Company and working with Doris Humphrey as artistic director; Humphrey's work Corybantic; the relationship between Humphrey and José Limón; other memories and observations of Humphrey and Limón as people, teachers, and artists; the Humphrey and Limón techniques; her ideas regarding spirituality in dance; her perception of Limón's attitude toward religion; Limón's work Missa brevis; and the creation of Limón's A choreographic offering
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