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Author Capucilli, Terese, Interviewee.
Title Interview with Terese Capucilli [sound recording].
Imprint 2007.
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 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZTL 4-2474  discs 1-6    CHECK W/STAFF  PERMIT NEEDED
 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZTL 4-2474  discs 7-8    CHECK W/STAFF  PERMIT NEEDED
 Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance  *MGZMT 4-2474    CHECK W/STAFF  PERMIT NEEDED


Description 8 sound discs (ca. 310 min.): digital ; 4 3/4 in. + transcript (137 leaves).
Note Interview with Terese Capucilli conducted by Alice J. Helpern at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York, N.Y., on May 30, May 31, and June 7, 2007, as part of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division's Oral history project.
Access Permission required.
Summary 05/30/07 (ca. 45. min.). Terese Capucilli speaks with Alice Helpern about influences on her early involvement in dance, including her teacher Augustine Skapura; her family, and her involvement in musical theater; auditioning for and attending SUNY Purchase [State University of New York College at Purchase]; her teachers there including Kazuko Hirabayashi; important friendships including with Doug Varone and her future husband William Thompson Randolph; attending Jacob's Pillow [Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Lee, Mass.] in the summer of 1976; receiving an invitation to study on scholarship at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance; meeting Martha Graham.
5/30/07 (ca. 45 min.). Terese Capucilli speaks with Alice Helpern about joining the Martha Graham Dance Company; Capucilli's first tour with the company; her memories of exciting early experiences and roles; gaining Graham's trust; taking on larger roles and eventually Graham's roles; thoughts on why she began to succeed within the company; the solo in Graham's work Rite of spring and Graham's interest in choreographing for individual dancers; Capucilli's method of preparing roles.
05/31/07 (ca. 45 min.). Terese Capucilli speaks with Alice Helpern further about preparing new roles and the advantage she had of working with Graham during a period in which Graham had accepted that she was no longer dancing; winning the Princess Grace and Dance Magazine awards and learning about herself as a dancer through the perception of others; guest artists who performed with the Graham company, including Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev; her own guest performances with other companies; working with Graham on the reconstruction of Deep song; working on other pieces in the late 1980s and, in 1991, Graham's work Maple leaf rag; Graham's death in 1991 and the subsequent departure of many company members; beginning of her work with Jacqulyn Buglisi and Donlin Foreman.
05/31/07 (ca. 45 min.). Terese Capucilli speaks with Alice Helpern about her dance activities in the period immediately after Graham's death including reconstructing Graham's work Salem shore and research she did on other lost Graham works; the company's activities up through 1995 including working with Robert Wilson on his dance theater piece, Snow on the mesa; together with Christine Dakin, Buglisi, and Foreman, formalizing the establishment of Buglisi/Foreman Dance; more on the company's activities and atmosphere in the mid -1990s; events that led to Ron Protas's offering the positions of Associate Artistic Directors to her and Christine Dakin; the licensing of Graham's work to other dance companies; working to maintain the company and simultaneously developing work with Buglisi/ Foreman; her father's death.
05/31/07 (ca. 35 min.) Terese Capucilli speaks with Alice Helpern further about her father's death; continuing her work with the Graham Company and Buglisi/ Foreman Dance; Susan Stroman's work, But not for me [But not for me -- Gershwin Graham]; the challenges of setting Appalachian spring on the Colorado Ballet; losing the company's building on 63rd Street; the late 1990s; traveling to Macedonia and Kosovo and the difficulties that she faced with the company upon her return; the temporary suspension of the company's activities in the year 2000; the struggle over the next two years when the company and school were without a home and legal battles continued with Protas; significant performances and events from that time.
06/7/07 (ca. 45 min.). Terese Capucilli speaks with Alice Helpern further about her memories of the period from 1997 to 2000, including details of the legal and logistical struggles at the Graham center and the challenges of bringing the company back on stage; her partnership with Christine Dakin and their preparations for the historic 2003 season; rebuilding the company; the period between 2003 and 2005; preparing the 2005 New York season and the work Sueno, which was commissioned from Martha Clarke; developments seen in the Board of Director meetings that resulted in her and Dakin losing their positions within the company.
6/7/07 (ca. 45 min.). Terese Capucilli reads the public statement that she and Dakin wrote in June 2005 in response to the events described earlier; speaks further on her feelings about what occurred; reads letters that she and Dakin wrote to Marvin Preston and the Board of Directors in June 2005 as well as a letter published in the Japanese English-language magazine Arts cure.
06/7/07 (ca. 5 min.). Terese Capucilli reads her acceptance speech from the 2001 Dance Magazine Awards.
Funding The assistance of the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts is gratefully acknowledged.
Local Note Dubbing master: *MGZTD 4-2474 nos. 1-8
Archive original: *MGZTCO 3 -2474 nos. 1-5
Archival transcript: *MGZMTO 3-2474
Subject Capucilli, Terese.
Dakin, Christine.
Buglisi, Jacqulyn.
Foreman, Donlin.
Graham, Martha.
Clarke, Martha.
Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance.
Martha Graham Dance Company.
Rite of spring (Choreographic work : Graham)
Deep song (Choreographic work : Graham)
Maple leaf rag (Choreographic work : Graham)
SueƱo (Choreographic work : Clarke)
Snow on the mesa (Choreographic work : Wilson)
Dance companies -- Economic aspects.
Dance companies -- Management.
Local Subject Audiotapes -- Capucilli, T.
Added Author Helpern, Alice J, Interviewer.
National Endowment for the Arts, 2007-2008.
New York State Council on the Arts, 2007-2008.
Oral history archive. Oral history project.
Call No. *MGZTL 4-2474 [sound disc]
Research Call Number *MGZTL 4-2474 [sound disc]
*MGZMT 4-2474 [transcript]