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Interview with Moses Pendleton

Interview with Moses Pendleton [sound recording].
Pendleton, Moses.

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AudioSupervised use *MGZMT 3-2436 transcriptPerforming Arts Research Collections - Dance
cassette 1AudioUse in library *MGZTC 3-2436 cassette 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
cassette 2AudioUse in library *MGZTC 3-2436 cassette 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance
cassette 3AudioUse in library *MGZTC 3-2436 cassette 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance


Additional Authors
Farlow, Lesley.
3 sound cassettes (ca. 165 min.) +
  • Cassette 1, 06/22/04 (ca. 55 min.). Moses Pendleton speaks about the social and political environment in which Pilobolus [Dance Theatre] was born and the atmosphere of life at Dartmouth College during this time; creating a dance with Michael Tracy to fulfill the requirements of Tracy's chemistry class; Pendleton's personal background; growing up in Vermont and training as a competitive skier; his life changing injury; personal relationships and early experiences with dance; encounter groups, sexual freedom and other aspects of the cultural atmosphere of the period; meeting Alison Chase and taking her class at Dartmouth.
  • Cassette 2, 06/22/04 and 06/28/04 (ca. 90 min.). Pendleton speaks about the Vermont Natural Theater Company; the beginnings of Pilobolus; classes and people that he sees as key influences including Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais; his interest in collective work and experience throughout his time at Dartmouth. [Interview session stops and resumes on 6/28/04]. Pendleton discusses his creative sources, particularly in the natural environment; more on the Vermont Natural Theater and the connection between that work and Pilobolus and Momix, the philosophical basis of his creativity; his class with Alison Chase and other classes at Dartmouth that influenced him including Don Cherry's jazz improvisational workshop and a lecture-demonstration by the Nikolais Louis Company; the formation of Pilobolus as a company; the company's early years; Alison Chase and Martha Clarke joining the company and the personal and creative dynamic that resulted; the creation of the work Untitled; the formation of the companies Crowsnest and Momix; more on Pilobolus' development and diverging paths of its founders; the support received by the company from Pierre Cardin.
  • Cassette 3, 06/28/04 (ca. 20 min.). Pendleton speaks about his ongoing friendship with, and the influence of, Phillip Holland, Pendleton's French language teacher from Dartmouth; working with the Paris Opera Ballet, his first work for a company other than Pilobolus; other projects that developed around that time; his piece Day too.
Alternative Title
  • Dance Oral History Project.
  • Dance Audio Archive.
  • Interview with Moses Pendleton conducted by Lesley Farlow at Pendleton's home in Washington, Conn., on June 22 and 28, 2004.
  • For transcript see: *MGZMT 3-2436.
  • The sound quality of side B of cassette 1 is uneven. A brief portion of the recording documented in the transcript is missing at the start of side B. Additional material may be missing between the abrupt ending on side B and the resumption of the recording on cassette 2.
Access (note)
  • Transcripts may not be photographed or reproduced without permission.
Call Number
*MGZTC 3-2436
Pendleton, Moses. Interviewee
Interview with Moses Pendleton [sound recording].
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Transcripts may not be photographed or reproduced without permission.
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Audiotapes -- Pendleton, M.
Added Author
Farlow, Lesley. Interviewer
Research Call Number
*MGZTC 3-2436 [sound cassettes]
*MGZMT 3-2436 [transcript]
*MGZTC 3-2436
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