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Discussing Ruth St. Denis with her biographer Walter Terry, author of "Miss Ruth : the 'more living life' of Ruth St. Denis."
Photographer and author Walter Rosenblum, and dancer and choreographer Daniel Nagrin discuss art, life, photography, and dance. The two answer the question “What calls one to a life of art?” and other driving factors for artists such as political, social, and economic interests. Studs opens and closes this program by playing an untitled Armenian dance song.
Sol Hurok discusses his work as an impresario, organizing events and bringing artists from around the world to the United States to perform. Studs Terkel plays songs by many of the artists and performers that Hurok has managed during the interview, including Feodor Chaliapin, Nellie Melba, Titta Ruffo, Luisa Tetrazzini, Sviatoslav Richter, Marian Anderson, and Arthur Rubinstein. Music has been removed from this version for copyright reasons.
According to Ruth Page, she nearly fainted at the touch of Anna Pavlova's hand when they danced together. Pavlova remained a great inspiration to Ruth Page. Anyone can dance, explained Page, but she really admired great choreographers like Martha Graham and George Balanchine. Page said, good dancers are not copiers and they do something new.
Studs Terkel talks with Ruth page and Minsa Craig on the Chicago ballet production "November Steps."
Studs Terkel interviews Ruth Page and Lou Conte on their experience in Dance and their Chicago dance companies.
Studs Terkel interviews Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino on the 30th anniversary of Joffrey Ballet.
Studs Terkel discusses the history of dance and its future with Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino.
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.
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).
In Mary Lynn Kotz's book, "Rauschenberg, Art and Life," Kotz recounts the works and story of 20th century art pioneer Robert Rauschenberg. They survey his career beginning in Port Arthur, TX, discussing his Depression-era upbringing which caused him to reuse and salvage virtually any object and transform it into art, his studies in Paris, made possible by the G.I.
Lucia Chase discusses the rehearsal and performance of Swan Lake of the American Ballet Theater at the Civic Opera House. Includes Peter Ilich Tschaikovsky music from Swan Lake.
Studs Terkel interviews Chicago choreographers Lou Conte, Shirley Mordine, and Nana Solbrig.