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Peter Angelo Simon performing arts images, 1984-2019

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BOX 1 MAPCASE 3 DF Photographs, 1984-1998
This series contains black-and-white contact sheets, negatives, slides, digital photographs, and one print photograph taken by Peter Angelo Simon. Simon also prepared a digital file of selected scans and documents intended to accompany the physical photographic materials. Subjects include opera performances, rehearsals, student artist workshops, and a gala. The collection contains materials that primarily document work by theater director Robert Wilson. Also of significance are composer Philip Glass for the operas The Civil Wars and Einstein on the Beach, choreographer Lucinda Childs for her work on Einstein on the Beach, and lighting designer Beverly Emmons for her contributions to The Civil Wars and Einstein on the Beach. Operas pictured include The Civil Wars (Rome Opera House, 1984 and Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1986); Einstein on the Beach (Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1984); and Salome (New York University, 1986). Also included are images documenting student artists in workshops and a gala event with Wilson at The Watermill Center in 1998.
Arranged alphabetically by title of work or by workshop location, followed by the digital file that includes selections from all titles.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1-4 The Civil Wars, 1984
Alternate title: the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down
World premiere at Rome Opera House; 7 contact sheets; 47 negatives; 88 slides; 1 chroma transparency
MAPCASE-DRAWER 3/3 The Civil Wars, 1984
World premiere at Rome Opera House; 1 photographic print
BOX-FOLDER 1/5-6 The Civil Wars, 1985
Rehearsal for the 1986 production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM); 8 contact sheets; 34 negatives
BOX-FOLDER 1/7-9 Einstein on the Beach, 1984
Rehearsal at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM); 4 contact sheets; 31 negatives; 4 slides
BOX-FOLDER 1/10-11 Salome, 1986
Robert Wilson conducting workshop with New York University students at The Kitchen in New York City; 8 contact sheets; 41 negatives
BOX-FOLDER 1/12-16 The Watermill Center, 1998
Robert Wilson with student artists in workshop at the Watermill Center; 17 contact sheets; 92 negatives; 79 slides
BOX-FOLDER 1/17 The Watermill Center, 1998
Gala event; 31 slides
DF Selected digital files, undated
DIGITAL ID: SimonPeterA_MUS_2021_082
Scans of photographic materials, keynote address slides, and identifying information on the performances prepared by Simon to accompany the physical assets in this collection; 78 digital files
Arranged by performance or subject.
DF Videos, 2016-2019
This series contains digital moving images recorded by Peter Angelo Simon. Subjects include choreographers Lucinda Childs, Merce Cunningham, and unnamed street performers. The materials document the rehearsal, performance, and reception of Childs’s Available Light (Chatalet Theatre, Paris, 2016); the restaged performance of Cunningham’s Night Wandering (Düsseldorf Opera House, Germany, 2019), and clips of street performers in New York City. Childs collaborated with composer John Adams and architect Frank Gehry for Available Light. Lighting design for Available Light and Night Wandering was provided by Beverly Emmons. The unnamed street performers are dancers and skateboarders in Brooklyn.
Video recording footage and photographs by Peter Angelo Simon included in the documentary film titled Bessie: A Portrait of Bessie Schönberg are found on the DVD included in this collection that was transferred to the Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound (MBRS) Division.
Arranged alphabetically by title of work.
DF Available Light, 2016
DIGITAL ID: SimonPeterA_MUS_2022_003
Choreographed by Lucinda Childs; performed by the Lucinda Childs Dance Company; music by John Adams
Rehearsals, performance, and reception in Paris, and several photographs of the dance company; 19 digital files
DF Night Wandering, 2019
Digital ID: SimonPeterA_MUS_2022_004
Choreographed by Merce Cunningham; performed by Ballet at the Rhine; music by Bo Nilsson
Restaged performance in Düsseldorf, Germany; 13 digital files
DF Street Performance, undated
DIGITAL ID: SimonPeterA_MUS_2022_006
Dancer on a subway platform; skateboarder in Brooklyn; 4 digital files

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