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Audio clip from interview with Margo Mink Colbert, November 11, 2014

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Part of an interview with Margo Mink Colbert on November 11, 2014. In this clip, Colbert discusses the inspiration for the ballet trilogy she conceived and choreographed while teaching at UNLV.

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Margot Mink Colbert oral history interview, 2014 November 11. OH-02182. [Audio recording]. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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So that was my focus. This is what I love the university for. At the university, you have to write what you've done. You get to look over all the things you've done, the big ones and small ones. Then it says "in progress." I was writing one of these reports and I had written about this ballet, and then I said, "I'm going to make a trilogy." I have no idea what I was talking about. But it wanted to know what my plan was...trilogy on the Jewish people, and that's what I did. Then I made part two, which was from the actual life in the Lower East Side to like sort of the musical theater, coming out into mainstream Hollywood and musical theater. Then you have to do a trilogy. The third part was from World War II to the present. It just mushroomed like that and it's been so fascinating to do it. You can bring in literature, history, I suppose science, metaphysics. I don't know much about either of those two subjects, but I guess they're involved. But the arts, all the arts. The contemporary. The other transition was from like Irving Berlin and whoever the other big musical composer of the thirties and forties was. They were known as Jewish Americans. You have now Philip Glass, my good friend Philip. You don't think about him as a Jewish American. Bob Dylan, you don't think of him as a Jewish American; he's American. These people are American. So that was the transition from emigrant to immigrant to citizen. Whatever is happening in current events, I'm not going there. That was the progression in my lifetime that I've seen that I wanted to document.