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Interview with Betsy Ross Davis [videorecording]

Title
Interview with Betsy Ross Davis [videorecording]
Publication
1985.

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cassette 51Moving imageUse in library *MGZIA 4-1249 cassette 51Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
cassette 52Moving imageUse in library *MGZIA 4-1249 cassette 52Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
cassette 53Moving imageUse in library *MGZIA 4-1249 cassette 53Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
cassette 54Moving imageUse in library *MGZIA 4-1249 cassette 54Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
cassette 55Moving imageUse in library *MGZIA 4-1249 cassette 55Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
cassette 56Moving imageUse in library *MGZIA 4-1249 cassette 56Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance

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Description
6 cassettes. 113 min. : sd. color NTSC.; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Donor/Sponsor
Gift of Ruth Page Foundation.
Series Statement
Ruth Page Video Archives ; 51-56
Subjects
Note
  • Videotaped in Chicago, Illinois, on June 13, 1985, by Thea Flaum Productions. Interviewer: Thea Flaum. For a transcript of this interview, see *MGYB (Page) 90-9600 Ruth Page Video Archives, 1990, p. 275-305.
Contents
CONTENTS: Cassette 51 (approx. 20 min.): Davis remembers Page's performance in Tropic, and Harald Kreutzberg's qualities as a dancer. She recalls dancing in Page's opera ballets for Samson et Dalila, Thaïs, and Lakmé, and notes Page's physical appearance and capabilities as dancer and actress. She describes the ballet Guns and castanets, based on Merimée's Carmen. -- Cassette 52 (approx. 20 min.): Discussion of Guns and castanets (continued) and Bolero. She recalls Page as choreographer and company director, and Page's relationship with her husband/manager Tom Fisher. -- Cassette 53 (approx. 19 min.): She describes Bentley Stone as a dancer, and recalls company tours. -- Cassette 54 (approx. 19 min.): She continues her anecdotes about company tours, and gives extended descriptions of American pattern and Frankie and Johnny. -- Cassette 55 (approx. 20 min.): She describes Page's solo Delirious delusion, inspired by surrealist artist Salvador Dalí; cites the work of Page's designers, notably Nicolai Remisov; summarizes her career after leaving Page's company; and assesses Page's choreography. -- Cassette 56 (approx. 15 min.): She pays tribute to Page's achievements and indomitable spirit, and describes Stone as a teacher.
Call Number
*MGZIA 4-1249 cassettes 51-56
Title
Interview with Betsy Ross Davis [videorecording]
Imprint
1985.
Series
Ruth Page Video Archives ; 51-56
Summary
Unedited footage, recorded for the documentary Ruth Page: Once upon a dancer (1988). For the completed documentary, see: *MGZIA 4-1249 cassette 129. Betsy Ross Davis, a former dancer, shares her observations of and experiences with Ruth Page in the 1930s.
Local Subject
Television. Interview with Betsy Ross Davis.
Opera ballet. Samson et Dalila.
Opera ballet. Thaïs.
Dance company tours.
Ballet -- Anecdotes.
Added Author
Ross, Betsy. Interviewee
Flaum, Thea. Producer. Interviewer
Added Title
Gift of Ruth Page Foundation.
Research Call Number
*MGZIA 4-1249 cassettes 51-56
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