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Interview with Robert Swinston

Author: Robert Swinston; Susan Kraft
Publisher: 1997.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on Cassette : Cassette recording : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cassette 1. Recorded October 20, 1998 in Mr. Swinston's office at the Cunningham Studio. Mr Swinston discusses his background and early interest in sports; other personal characteristics that influenced his dancing; transferring from Middlebury College to New York University; Jean Erdman; experiencing a variety of dance techniques; attending Jacob's Pillow; his decision to focus on dance; philosophical interests;
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Named Person: Jean Erdman; Kazuko Hirabayashi; Chris Komar; John Cage; Merce Cunningham; Rei Kawakubo
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Swinston; Susan Kraft
OCLC Number: 39810412
Notes: For transcript, see: *MGZMT 3-2118.
Interviewed by Susan Kraft, February 20 and 21, 1998 in New York City.
Description: 3 sound cassettes (3.5 hr.) + 1 transcript (93 leaves ; 28 cm.)

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Cassette 1. Recorded October 20, 1998 in Mr. Swinston's office at the Cunningham Studio. Mr Swinston discusses his background and early interest in sports; other personal characteristics that influenced his dancing; transferring from Middlebury College to New York University; Jean Erdman; experiencing a variety of dance techniques; attending Jacob's Pillow; his decision to focus on dance; philosophical interests; being accepted as an apprentice with the Martha Graham Dance Company; attending the Juilliard School; Kazuko Hirabayashi; his admiration for Yuriko's dancing; working with Anna Sokolow; seeing Merce Cunningham's work for the first time; Chris Komar; other aspects of his training and the years after graduating from Juilliard; joining the Limón Dance Company; his developing interest in Cunningham's work; joining the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Cassette 2. Recorded October 21, 1998 at the Dance Collection, New York Public Library at Lincoln Center. Mr Swinston continues to discuss joining the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; compares the Cunningham and Graham techniques; describes his developing mastery of Cunningham technique and repertory; discusses dancers that he has admired; Sounddance; meaning in Cunningham's work; his impressions of Merce Cunningham in the early years; Cunningham's working process; touring with John Cage; various issues relating to performing Cunningham's choreography; strategies for learning Cunningham's complex material; the creation of Scenario; Rei Kawakubo's costumes; the increasing complexity of Cunningham's movement; reconstructing Cunningham's older works; Swinston's current position as assistant to the choreographer.

Cassette 3. Continuation of cassette 2. Mr. Swinston discusses the death of John Cage; the death of Chris Komar; his admiration for Komar's teaching; his own dancing and his thoughts about the future.

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