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Bertram Ross Interview.

Bertram Ross Interview.

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Additional Authors
Ross, Bertram, 1920-2003
1 streaming video file (98 min.) : sound, color.
Bertram Ross discusses meeting Martha Graham; becoming a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company; how her technique evolved over the years; taking class with Louis Horst and how Horst left the company around the same time Ross joined; how Graham helped Ross become a better performer; partnering with Graham; adapting the choreography of Night Journey to accommodate Ross after Erick Hawkins left the company; Ross' first performance with Graham in Deaths and Entrances; Ross' experiences and stories about performing with Graham; thoughts on Graham and Hawkins' relationship before they broke up; Graham always choreographing to completed music scores and working through each dance before rehearsals began; images and metaphores Graham used when creating works; Graham changing the choreography of works as she became older and more unable to dance the original choreography; the differences in Graham as she aged; stories of Graham being depressed; what happened generally before each performance; Graham losing her temper in rehearsals and often blaming the newest company member; more stories about working with Graham; first seeing Graham perform and how it moved Ross; how he prepared for his role in Appalachian Spring; comparing Seraphic Dialogue and the preacher Saint Michael to Appalachian Spring; how Graham felt about aging; Grahams drinking problem and how it affected rehearsals near the end of her life; Ross becoming co-director of the Martha Graham Dance Company and what happened when Ron Protas took over; and Ross' final thoughts on dancing with Martha Graham.
Alternative Title
Bertram Ross Video Archive.
  • Dance.
  • Video.
  • Interviews.
  • Nonfiction films.
  • Title from original VHS cassette label.
Access (note)
  • Patrons can access streaming video files online only onsite at the Library for the Performing Arts.
Source (note)
  • William Prensky;
Call Number
*MGZIDF 2660
Bertram Ross Interview.
Country of Producing Entity
Type of Content
two-dimensional moving image
Type of Medium
Type of Carrier
online resource
Original Version
Original format: 1 videocassette (VHS) ; 1/2 in.
Restricted Access
Patrons can access streaming video files online only onsite at the Library for the Performing Arts.
Interviewee, Bertram Ross.
Videotaped during interview in New York City, N.Y. 1993 September 21.
Gift; William Prensky; 2009.
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Added Author
Ross, Bertram, 1920-2003, interviewee.
Prensky, William, donor.
Added Title
Bertram Ross Video Archive.
Research Call Number
*MGZIDF 2660
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