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Meeting the challenge: The Bennington years

Meeting the challenge: The Bennington years [videorecording]

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Additional Authors
  • Hill, Martha.
  • Lewis, Daniel, 1944-
  • Ipiotis, Celia.
  • Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958
  • Limón, José
  • O'Donnell, May
  • Jones, Betty, 1926-2020
  • Currier, Ruth, 1926-
  • Bettis, Valerie, 1919-1982.
  • Horst, Louis.
  • Garafola, Lynn.
  • Green, Ray, 1908-1997.
  • Bush, Jeffrey C.
  • ARC Videodance (Firm)
1 videocassette (U-matic, NTSC) (29 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences; 3/4 in.
Guests are Martha Hill, founder/director of the Bennington School of Dance, and dancer/choreographer Daniel Lewis. Hill reminsces about the early years of Bennington, and the participation of Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, and Hanya Holm, as well as Lincoln Kirstein's Ballet Caravan. She and Lewis talk about the dancer's education and ways in which festivals and gatherings like Bennington can enrich it. As examples, Lewis recalls working with José Limón on the creation of The unsung, and Hill describes John Martin's course in dance criticism. The program is profusely illustrated with archival films of dancers in outdoor and indoor classes and performances at Bennington. May O'Donnell and Limón are seen in their piece Three inventories on Casey Jones. Limón, Betty Jones, and Ruth Currier perform in Humphrey's Invention (b&w). The footage also provides glimpses of Valerie Bettis, Louis Horst, Weidman, and others. In Esoterica balletica, Lynn Garafola discusses the stage designs of André Derain for Léonide Massine's La boutique fantasque, Fernand Léger for Börlin's La création du monde, and Gerald Murphy for Börlin's Within the quota.
Series Statement
Eye on dance ; 223
Uniform Title
  • Three inventories on Casey Jones (Choreographic work : Limón and O'Donnell)
  • Invention (Choreographic work : Humphrey)
  • Produced by ARC Videodance as part of the television series Eye on dance. Recorded on March 30, 1987 at the studios of WNYC, New York. Telecast on May 1, 1987. Producers: Celia Ipiotis and Jeff Bush. Video director: Richard Sheridan. Program director: Celia Ipiotis. Technical director: Jeff Bush. Host: Celia Ipiotis.
Call Number
*MGZIC 9-3015
Meeting the challenge: The Bennington years [videorecording]
Eye on dance ; 223
Local Subject
Television. Meeting the challenge.
Television. Eye on dance.
Local Subject
Open air performances -- United States.
Television. Esoterica balletica.
Local Subject
Set designers (Derain, André)
Added Author
Hill, Martha. Interviewee
Lewis, Daniel, 1944- Interviewee
Ipiotis, Celia. Host. Producer. Director
Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958, choreographer.
Limón, José, choreographer, dancer.
O'Donnell, May, choreographer, dancer.
Jones, Betty, 1926-2020, dancer.
Currier, Ruth, 1926- dancer.
Bettis, Valerie, 1919-1982. Depicted
Horst, Louis. Depicted
Garafola, Lynn. Speaker
Green, Ray, 1908-1997. Composer
Bush, Jeffrey C. Producer
ARC Videodance (Firm)
Added Title
Three inventories on Casey Jones (Choreographic work : Limón and O'Donnell)
Invention (Choreographic work : Humphrey)
Research Call Number
*MGZIC 9-3015
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