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The Dance Oral History Channel: Karole Armitage Interview, Excerpt

September 24, 2011

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The Interview with Karole Armitage, conducted by Deborah Jowitt, was audio recorded on Sept. 24, 2011, for the Speaking of Dancing Oral History Project.
This excerpt begins with Deborah Jowitt posing a question about how Karole Armitage was influenced by her work with George Balanchine and Merce Cunningham, who were both known for creating choreography without dramatic content.  Armitage responds by discussing her experiences interpreting Cunningham’s choreography as a dancer.  She goes on to speak about how people instinctively interpret the movements of others and her belief that this tendency affects audiences’ experience of dance.

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.