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The Dance Oral History Channel: Alastair Macaulay Interview, Excerpt

July 19, 2012

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The Interview with Alastair Macaulay, conducted by Brian Seibert, was video recorded by Francois Bernadi on July 19, 2012, for the Speaking of Dancing Oral History Project.
 
This excerpt begins with Brian Seibert asking Alastair Macaulay about the differences between his experiences as a theater critic and as a dance critic.  In his answer, Macaulay uses examples of moments in performances of Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty that deeply affected him, to demonstrate the challenges of interpreting dance, a non-verbal art form, in words.

The Speaking of Dancing Oral History Project was made possible by a gift from Anne H. Bass.  You can listen to the interview in its entirety on-site on the third floor of the Library for the Performing Arts.  A full description of the interview, including a content summary, can be found here.