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John Cage and Merce Cunningham discuss their collaborations of choreography and music. They discuss their influences and careers. Includes a clip of an earlier interview with John Cage.
Discussing the book "Loneliness in America" with the author Suzanne Gordon.
Angelou discusses: her early life; her international travels; dancing; blues and jazz music; and the book "Youngblood" by John Oliver Killens. In this program "In the Evening (When the Sun Goes Down)" and "Joe Turner No. 2 (Blues of 1892)" by Big Bill Broonzy, "I Ain't Gonna Pick No More Cotton" by Sam Lightnin' Hopkins is played, as well as other musical selections.
Presenting "Hard Times: an Oral History of the Great Depression" High Life, Sixteen Ton: Chapter 7. Sally Rand talks about the creation of her signature fan dance and predictions for future depressions. Doc Graham discusses his upbringing, Chicago mobs, and Count Victor Lustig. Tony Soma talks about prohibition before and after the 1929 crash. Jerome Zerbe talks about inventing paparazzi photography, spending 2 weeks working in a coal mine, and the New Deal. Buddy Blankenship recalls working 16 hour days in West Virginia coal mines. Mary Owsley remembers life as a coal miner's wife.
Alwin Nikolais discusses his origins and the Henry Street Settlement, his thoughts on the future of modern dance, the stigma modern dance receives, and his approach to choreographing new pieces. Music is played from a tape Alwin Nikolais had with him. Some of it is untitled, some from performances "Caligraph for Martyrs" and "Echo". The music has been removed from this program for copyright reasons.
Excerpts from different episodes of "Hard Times: an Oral History of the Great Depression". Bonnie Laboring Boy: Joe Morrison talks about generational differences in laborers. Evelyn Finn talks about trying to unionize at clothing factories. Two Strikes: Jose Yglesias talks about strikes in cigar factories and the lifelong stigmas of strikebreakers. Bob Stinson discusses working at General Motors and the sit-down strike. The Farmer is the Man: Oscar Heline explains farmer's actions in response to farm foreclosures.
Studs interviews Flemming Flindt, director, choreographer, and dancer of Royal Danish Ballet, in Denmark during a practice session. They discuss the "Miraculous Mandarin" ballet and the history behind it. Studs asks about the history of ballet in Denmark and the history of the Royal Danish Ballet. Flindt describes the choreography and scores of the ballet. They discuss how technology has changed the production and audiences of ballet.
Discussing British depression with Ellis Jackson at his home (part 2) while Studs was in England.
Studs Terkel interviews Chicago choreographers Lou Conte, Shirley Mordine, and Nana Solbrig.
Phakavali Dancers discuss their career in classical music and dancing from Thailand. Normally, the group consists of 14 dances and 5 musicians that share classical & folk music. Their dancing and music reflects the history, culture, and lifestyle of Thailand. Audio of the Thai outro music ends in fade out, then abruptly a Classical music with no recorded name starts and ends with applause.
Dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille discusses her career.
Merce Cunningham, choreographer and John Cage musician and composer speak about music and dance. The two gentlemen discuss with Studs how music and dance come together to create the avant-garde of art in both worlds (music and dance).