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- Jowitt, Deborah
- 3 compact discs (approximately two hours and 39 minutes ) : digital; 4 3/4 in. +
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- Dance Oral History Project.
- Interview with Christine Wright conducted by Deborah Jowitt on May 11 and 18, 2012 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City as part of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division's Oral History Project.
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- Transcripts may not be photographed or reproduced without permission.
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- This interview was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
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- *MGZTL 4-2917
Wright, Christine, interviewee.
Interview with Christine Wright. May 11 and 18, 2012, 2012.
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Recorded by Deborah Jowitt 2012, May 11 and 18 New York, New York.
Disc 1, May 11, 2012 (approximately 57 minutes). Christine Wright speaks with Deborah Jowitt about her childhood overseas and the events that led to her decision to be a dancer when she returned to the U.S.; her discipline and commitment; studying with Maggie Black; her first professional performance; moving to New York City as a teenager with Black as her guardian; her first modern dance performance and the realization that modern dance was where her strengths lay; working with Kazuko Hirabayashi; the economic situation for dancers in New York during the 1970s; taking Graham technique class with Mary Hinkson; Lar Lubovitch and joining Lar Lubovitch [Dance] Company; her favorite dances in the company's repertory; the dancers she worked with there; her intentions and experience as a performer.
Disc 2, May 11, 2012 (approximately 31 minutes). Christine Wright speaks with Deborah Jowitt about the trajectory of her ankle injury including its worsening after being treated with cortisone and its final catastrophic manifestation during a performance; her decision to stop dancing with Lubovitch; subsequent projects with Blondell Cummings and Ohad Naharin; beginning to teach; studying with Kathy Grant.
Disc 3, May 18, 2012 (approximately one hour and 11 minutes). Christine Wright speaks with Deborah Jowitt about the development of her teaching style; her perspective on the mind/body relationship; her effort to reach different types of students in different ways; the need for dancers to balance knowledge of functional anatomy with more abstract conceptual tools; working with students' injuries while teaching a group class; her therapeutic one-on-one work with dancers; more on her evolving approach to teaching; her interest in learning about and utilizing breathing technique; her interest in and differentiation of the mind and brain and her experience with Buddhist meditation; her use of ballet technique as part of a versatile skill foundation for her students; more recent performing experiences including a seated solo, and a duet with Dirk Platzek; how she relates to music and her admiration for her accompanists.
This interview was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
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Archive original: x sound files (approximately two hours and 39 minutes): digital, WAV file, 96 kHz, 24 bit; recorded in digital format as the interview was conducted on March 19 and March 26, 2012, and stored on WD 5000H 1CS 00, 465 GB external hard drive; located in the Library for the Performing Arts as of June 24, 2013 as well as copied on the Library's Isilon server.
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Transcripts may not be photographed or reproduced without permission.
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Jowitt, Deborah, interviewer.
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Dance Oral History Project.
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