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Sophie Maslow Interview [electronic resource]

Poem is a modern dance based on Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem, "Autobiography", choreographed by Sophie Maslow to music by Duke Ellington. Participants are Morrie Pierce (reading poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti), Sophie Maslow (choreographer), Herbert Lovell (drummer), Julie Arenal, William Dugan, Stanley Berke, Haruki Fujimoto, Carol Fried (dancers). In conversation Maslow emphasizes how her choreography is particularly concerned with the modern American dance idiom. She discusses the roots of contemporary dance and introduces her dance, in four movements. The setting is a cafe called Mike's Coffeehouse in time present . "Poem" is interwoven with group dancing, one duet and three solos, "the making of one American young man and poet."

Choreographer James Clouser Dances to His Own Music, 1965 [electronic resource]

James Clouser, composer, choreographer, premier danseur and Ballet Master of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, performs on the piano and dances to music of his own composition. Mr. Clouser partners N.Y. City Opera Ballet dancer Alexandra Nadal in his choreography for Recurrence, a fusion of classical and modern dance, and dances with N.Y. City Opera Ballet dancer Sandra Balestracci in his own composition Etude in White. Clouser coaches both dancers in his choreography to a piece by Bach, a piece they have not rehearsed. This is a good illustration of how classical dance steps form a vocabulary that can be combined, by the experienced dancer, to construct new pieces. Clouser discusses his own career and work methods with Walter Terry, dance critic for the N.Y. Herald Tribune, who comments on [...]
2007; 1965