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Classic Black. / Black ballet companies and black dancers in white companies

Author: Dawn Lille Horwitz; Jonnie Greene; Penny Ward; New York Public Library. Dance Collection.; Dance Research Foundation.
Publisher: ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Video : Videocassette : NTSC color broadcast system : U-matic   Visual material : English
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Symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition Classic Black, presented in the Dance Collection reading room from February 9 to April 27, 1996.
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Genre/Form: Dance
Video
Named Person: Jonnie Greene; Dawn Lille Horwitz; Madeleine M Nichols; Beryl Murray; Evelyn Pilcher; Carol Ann Wise; Nat Horne; Joe Nash; Charles Queenan; Edward Walrond; Delores Browne; Doris De Mendez; Cleo Quitman; Elizabeth Thompson; David Vaughan; Julinda Lewis; Eugene van Grona; Lavinia Williams; Louis Johnson; Billy Wilson; Karel Shook; Celia Ipiotis; Mary Hinkson; Frances Taylor; Raven Wilkinson; Carolyn Adams; Joseph Rickard; Aubrey Hitchins; Ward Flemyng; Thelma Hill
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Dawn Lille Horwitz; Jonnie Greene; Penny Ward; New York Public Library. Dance Collection.; Dance Research Foundation.
OCLC Number: 84095964
Notes: Recording made possible by the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image of the Dance Collection of The New York Public Library.
Accompanied by house program.
Subtitle from accompanying house program.
Event notes: Videotaped at Bruno Walter Auditorium, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York, on February 26, 1996, by Penny Ward.
Description: 4 videocassettes (219 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequence NTSC ; 3/4 in. (U-matic)
Contents: Cassette 1 (ca. 55 min.). Introductory remarks / by Madeleine Nichols, curator of the Dance Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts ; Jonnie Greene ; and Dawn Lille Horwitz --
Panel: Black ballet companies: American Negro Ballet (1937), First Negro Classic Ballet (1947), Negro Unit, Ballet Theatre (1940), Negro Dance Theatre (1954) / panelists, Beryl Murray, Evelyn Pilcher, Carol Ann Wise, Nat Horne, Joe Nash, Charles Queenan, and Edward Walrond ; moderator, Dawn Lille Horwitz. Former members of black ballet companies reminisce about dancing in the ballets of company directors/choreographers Eugene van Grona, Joseph Rickard, and Aubrey Hitchins, as well as in Agnes de Mille's Black ritual, created for the Negro Unit of Ballet Theatre. Cassette 2 (ca. 60 min.). Introductory remarks / by Dawn Lille Horwitz --
Panel: New York Negro Ballet (1954) / panelists, Delores Browne, Doris de Mendez, Cleo Quitman, Elizabeth Thompson, and Carol Ann Wise ; moderator, David Vaughan. Members of New York Negro Ballet (also called Ballet Americana) look back upon the company's origins in a group of dancers working with Maria Nevelska, the contributions of Ward Flemyng and Thelma Hill in organizing the company, and its tours of Europe and the U.S. Cassette 3 (ca. 46 min.). Introductory remarks / by Dawn Lille Horwitz --
Video excerpts: Third world dance: black ballet in America / telecast on Eye on dance, October 8, 1981 ; producers, Celia Ipiotis and Jeff Bush ; host, Julinda Lewis ; guests, Eugene Van Grona and Lavinia Williams --
Leaping past the color barriers / telecast on Eye on dance, WNYC-TV, New York, on February 2, 1992 ; program director and host, Celia Ipiotis ; guests, Louis Johnson and Billy Wilson --
Third world dance: historical perspectives / telecast on Eye on dance, May 7, 1981 ; producers, Celia Ipiotis and Jeff Bush ; host, Julinda Lewis Williams ; guests, Karel Shook and Joe Nash. Cassette 4 (ca. 58 min.). Introductory remarks / by Dawn Lille Horwitz --
Panel: Black dancers in white companies / panelists, Mary Hinkson, Louis Johnson, Cleo Quitman, Frances Taylor, Elizabeth Thompson, and Raven Wilkinson ; moderator, Carolyn Adams. Dancers reminisce about their careers in various companies, including the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Katherine Dunham company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Responsibility: presented by the Dance Collection, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and Dance Research Foundation ; developed by Dawn Lille Horwitz ; designed by Jonnie Greene in cooperation with the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

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Symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition Classic Black, presented in the Dance Collection reading room from February 9 to April 27, 1996.

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