Interview with Deborah Hay

Title
Interview with Deborah Hay [sound recording].
Author
Hay, Deborah, 1941-
Publication
1970.

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AudioSupervised useUse in library*MGZTL 4-2511Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance

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Additional Authors
McDonagh, Don.
Description
2 sound discs (ca. 89 min.): digital; 4 3/4 in.
Donor/Sponsor
  • Oral history archive.
  • New York State Council on the Arts, 2007-2008
Subjects
Note
  • Interview with Deborah Hay conducted by Don McDonagh on Feb. 18, 1970 in New York City. An unidentified male contributes a few remarks on disc 2.
  • Sound quality on disc 1 is good in that for the most part the speakers' voices can be clearly heard; at times on disc 2 the interviewee's voice is very soft. On both discs the recording is marred by occasional extraneous noise.
  • This interview was possibly conducted as part of Don McDonagh's research for his book, The rise and fall and rise of modern dance, c1970. Spellings of the titles and the original performance venues of Deborah Hay's works were obtained from p. 125-135 of this book.
  • Open as of August 22, 2012.
Funding (note)
  • Preservation was funded in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, 2007-2008 and the National Endowment for the Arts, 2007-2008.
Source (note)
  • Don McDonagh,
Call Number
*MGZTL 4-2511
OCLC
318899004
Author
Hay, Deborah, 1941- Interviewee
Title
Interview with Deborah Hay [sound recording].
Imprint
1970.
Summary
Disc 1 (ca. 57 min.). Deborah Hay speaks with Don McDonagh about her early dance training with her mother as her first teacher; continuing at the Henry Street Settlement with Bill Frank as her teacher; performing with Frank; returning to ballet and subsequently dancing on tour for six months with Merce Cunningham's company; her realization that she did not want to be a dancer; her work Elephant footprints in the cheesecake, performed at Judson Memorial Church; her works All day dance and All day dance for two; her work They will; her work 20 minute dance [performed at Emanu-El YM and YWHA, in NYC]; her work 20 permutations of 2 sets of 3 equal parts in a linear order performed at the Whitney Museum of Art; her use of signals; her work Ten [short gap]; a series of performances she and Yvonne [Rainer], Steve [Paxton], Simone [Forti], and others gave in Rome, Italy; briefly, her works Group I and Group II; her work Solo; her reluctance to title a work or have programs; her work Half time; the untitled work danced by Hay and a large group in Damrosch Park in New York City and in Hartford, Conn.; her idea of having the same work performed simultaneously around the world; rehearsing the Damrosch Park work; her work Victory 14, including the source of the title; her works Rise, No. 3, and Serious duet, all performed at Judson Memorial Church; why she feels her work has emotional content; working with a proscenium stage; Freddie [Fred] Herko. [Ends abruptly.]
Disc 2 (ca. 32 min.). Deborah Hay continues to speak with Don McDonagh about her work, including [with reference to a photograph] her work Hill; reasons she stopped performing and why she no longer works with Judson Dance Theater; reasons that she does not use technically-trained dancers, including the artificial nature of technique; tap dancing [with reference to a specific performance she saw]; tai chi; more on tap dancing; an anecdote about the Harkness Ballet; more on the artifical nature of technique.
Funding
Preservation was funded in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, 2007-2008 and the National Endowment for the Arts, 2007-2008.
Local Note
Dubbing master: *MGZTD 4-2511 nos. 1-2
Archive original: *MGZTCO 3-2511 nos. 1-2
Source
Gift; Don McDonagh, 2007. NN-PD
Local Subject
Audiotapes -- Gregory, C.
Added Author
McDonagh, Don. Interviewer
McDonagh, Don. Donor
Added Title
Oral history archive.
New York State Council on the Arts, 2007-2008
Research Call Number
*MGZTL 4-2511 [sound disc]
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