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|Named Person:||Gertrude Shurr; Martha Graham; Louis Horst; Doris Humphrey; Ted Shawn; Erick Hawkins; Charles Weidman; May O'Donnell; Ruth St Denis|
|Material Type:||Audio book, etc.|
|Document Type:||Sound Recording|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Gertrude Shurr; Don McDonagh
|Notes:||Interview with Gertrude Shurr conducted by Don McDonagh on Dec. 8, 1972.
Each disc ends abruptly.
|Description:||4 sound discs (ca. 94 min.) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.|
Part 1, disc 2 (ca. 31 min.). Gertrude Shurr continues to speak with Don McDonagh about Doris Humphrey; dancing for Graham for one year in order to prove her loyalty before being asked to join the company; dancing in Graham's early works, including Heretic and Primitive mysteries; the financial situation Graham and Louis Horst faced; learning dance techniques while at Denishawn; Graham's dance instincts; Charles Weidman's dance techniques; floor exercises at Graham's studio; the strength of Graham's dances involving back and pelvis movement, as well as breath techniques; her belief that Graham was a genius, and the central figure in modern dance through her discovery of body movement and presentation.
Part 2, disc 1 (ca. 31 min.). Gertrude Shurr speaks with Don McDonagh about the difference between early Graham dancers and those who came later; earlier dancers' attachment to Graham and the dances; her lack of understanding of how modern dancers shop around for teachers; rehearsals with the Graham company, and preparing for performances; attending all classes offered by Graham; her intense love and understanding of Graham's dances; her relationship with May O'Donnell, and O'Donnell's dance company in the 1970s, O'Donnell's reputation and the dance, Suspension; Jane Dudley's current work, and working in London; Robert Powell's connection to Graham; falling out of touch with Graham; Graham's fear that her dances, if performed on the surface without the original intent and emotion, would be caricatures of her, and her work; Graham's interest in reading; Erick Hawkins' introducing Graham to Greek tragedies.
Part 2, disc 2 (ca. 31 min). Gertrude Shurr speaks with Don McDonagh about Martha Graham's theatrics, and her influence on modern dance lighting and staging; Graham's costuming influences; the derivative aspects in Graham's work reveals the time spent with Ruth St. Denis; Ted Shawn's statement about Jewish dancers, and the effect that had on the Denishawn dancers; taking classes from Louis for 8 years; the first ten years dancing in Graham's company; the World Fair of 1938, and dancing in the preview there with music written by Ray Green; touring with the Graham company; an anecdote when Shurr picked an orange from Graham's mother's yard, and brought it to N.Y. from Calif.; visits made to N.Y. by Graham's mother; her belief that Graham did not understand how great the works were; Graham's ability to generate a light from within.
- Shurr, Gertrude -- Interviews.
- Graham, Martha.
- Horst, Louis -- Influence.
- Humphrey, Doris.
- Shawn, Ted, -- 1891-1972.
- Hawkins, Erick.
- Weidman, Charles.
- O'Donnell, May, -- 1906-2004.
- St. Denis, Ruth, -- 1880-1968.
- Denishawn Dancers.
- Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.
- Martha Graham Dance Company.
- Primitive mysteries (Choreographic work : Graham)
- Suspension (Choreographic work : O'Donnell)