Interview with Jennifer Muller
Disc 1, June 7, 2011 (ca. 60 min.). Jennifer Muller speaks with Jennifer Brilliant about her family background; her first creative movement class; early sources of her creative impulses; the great influence of her teacher Antony Tudor; sources of her own spiritual development; other early influential… More »
Disc 1, June 7, 2011 (ca. 60 min.). Jennifer Muller speaks with Jennifer Brilliant about her family background; her first creative movement class; early sources of her creative impulses; the great influence of her teacher Antony Tudor; sources of her own spiritual development; other early influential teachers and experiences, including Anna Sokolow, Pearl Lang and the American Dance Festival; her teacher Carol Friend; teaching to support her early career; the José Limón Dance Company and her experience there, both in terms of the company's dynamics and with José Limón himself; José Limón's reaction to Louis Falco's ballet Sleepers; Muller's early choreography and the elements she feels set it apart from other works of the time; working with Falco; her work Beach; her thoughts on teaching.
Disc 2, June 7, 2011 cont. (ca. 59 min.). Jennifer Muller speaks with Jennifer Brilliant about her technique; more on her creative process and intentions; her work Lovers; more on dancing with Louis Falco and the Louis Falco Dance Company; choreographing for the Louis Falco Company; working with the artist William Katz on sets and costumes; the transition to having her own company; early experiences with her company; her company's name; some of the major thematic elements of her choreography; her work Island; her strong sense of family within her company and her sense of the company culture she has created.
Disc 3, June 8, 2011 (ca. 58 min.). Jennifer Muller speaks with Jennifer Brilliant about her home and her studio with reference to the works and programs she has developed there; the influence of Eastern philosophy on her creative life, including the Tao Te Ching and the I Ching, and how she feels the culture of her company and the nature of her work have been informed by these ideas; her creative intentions; the emotional expressive potential of the body; her sources of inspiration; the stages of her choreographic process; the mission of her company; the reception of her work by critics; the nature of dance criticism's changing preference for certain styles of work; how Muller perceives and teaches the use of intention and the portrayal of emotion in performance; the Muller technique.
Disc 4, June 8, 2011 cont. (ca. 46 min.). Jennifer Muller continues to speak with Jennifer Brilliant about the Muller technique; the atmosphere she creates in the classroom and her method of interacting with students; teaching choreography; her belief in the importance of mentoring and the healing quality of dance; her ideas regarding the development of her audience as well as collaborations with the artists who create her lighting, sets and costumes; some of her collaborative methods and experiences; her use of the spoken word in her pieces; future plans.
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