Smith, Richard (2 of 24).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2010-09-15, 2010-09-16, 2011-10-03, 2011-10-31, 2011-11-04, 2015-06-24

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's studio at Patchogue, Long Island, America; British Library, London; Richard Smith’s 2011 exhibition at Flowers, Cork Street gallery; Richard Smith’s 2011 exhibition at Flowers, Cork Street gallery

  • Interviewees

    Smith, Richard, 1931-2016 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: [23:27] RS did stage set while at Royal College of Art (RCA) for The Recruiting Officer; whilst in RAF in Hong Kong did set for French Without Tears; did set for Jennifer Dance Company, The Works; friendship with Jennifer Muller, who had done a ballet, Kites, before RS met her; ballet RS designed for Jennifer was performed in Lyons. RS did set for Wild Things [Wildlife] for Richard Alston, choreographer [Ballet Rambert]. [02:37] Kites for Richard Alston; Brighton Festival; later did the sets for television, filmed in Denmark; Bryan Robertson consultant at Rambert; recent contact with Alston; RS toured with Rambert company in Portugal when evolving set and costumes. [10:13] RS’s work with Jennifer Muller. [12:13] RS and CS’s visit to 1972 Munich Olympics; concerts; atmosphere before and after massacre of Israeli competitors. [17:44] RS witnessed fall of Twin Towers on September 11 2001, lived in fifth floor loft in Manhattan; Greek artist, Constantine.

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