Zero Moving Dance Company Records

Date: 
ca. 1978-2006
Footage: 
7 linear ft. (15 boxes)

 

Historical Note

Zero Moving Dance Company (ZMDC), founded in 1972 by Karl Hellmut Fricke-Gottschild, was a leading modern dance company that performed throughout the Philadelphia region and even took a European tour.  This collection chronicles its history until Gottschild separated from the company in 1993.  In addition, it includes Gottschild’s dance career after Zero Moving, much of which involve performances with his wife Brenda Dixon Gottschild.  The collection is comprised of administrative materials, performance piece materials, publications and posters by ZMDC, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings and photographs.     

Biographical Note

Hellmut Gottschild was born in Germany in 1936.  He studied under Mary Wigman eventually becoming her assistant.  He moved to the United States in 1968 with a company, Group Motion, he started in Germany with two other dancers.  Soon after moving to the U.S., he became a dance professor at Temple University.  In 1972, he started Zero Moving Dance Company.  The company grew and became a well-known dance company in the Philadelphia area and beyond.  After separating from ZMDC, he continued his career with his wife Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, performing around the country    

Research Access 

Collection is open for research. 
 
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Technical Access
 
Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
 

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Hellmut Gottschild in September 2009.  

Organization and Arrangement

The material is organized into five series:

I. Administrative
II. Publicity
III. Performance Pieces
IV. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.
V. Photographs
 

Processing Information

Processing and inventorying of the collection was by Holly Beth Wilson, July 2010.

 

Inventory

Series I: Administrative

This series includes all administrative materials related to the company.

 
BOX 1
 
1. Administrative: Board of Directors: Meeting Minutes 1983-84
2. Administrative: Board of Directors: Meeting Minutes 1985-86
3. Administrative: Board of Directors: Meeting Minutes 1987-88
4. Administrative: Board of Directors: Meeting Minutes 1989-90
5. Administrative: Board of Directors: Meeting Minutes 1991-93
6. Administrative: Board of Directors: Annual Reports
7. Administrative: Board of Directors: Miscellaneous
8. Administrative: Permission for Quotes
 
BOX 2
 
1. Administrative: Newsletters
2. Administrative: Logo Ideas and Sketches
3. Administrative: Audition Calls
4. Administrative: Work Descriptions and Biographies
5. Administrative: Stationary and Forms
6. Administrative: Responses to Performances
7. Administrative: Student Papers about Hellmut Gottschild
8. Financial: Pew Fellowship 1992-93
9. Miscellaneous: Misc. Notes
10. Miscellaneous: Vocal Exercises
11. Secondary Materials: Group Motion
 
Series II: Publicity
 
This series includes all ZMDC publicity, with some of the larger materials found in Flat Boxes 13 and 15.
 
BOX 3
 
1. Publicity: Advertisements
2. Publicity: Articles written by Hellmut Gottschild
3. Publicity: Awards and Honors
4. Publicity: News Releases
5. Publicity: Publications by ZMDC (note: additional oversize materials are located in Flat Box #15 -1)
6. Publicity: Miscellaneous
 
BOX 4
 
1. Publicity: Newsclippings/Magazines: 1982-89
2. Publicity: Newsclippings/Magazines: 1990
3. Publicity: Newsclippings/Magazines: 1991
4. Publicity: Newsclippings/Magazines: 1992-98
5. Publicity: Newsclippings/Magazines: 2000-2004
6.Publicity: Scrapbook
 
Series III: Performance Pieces
 
This series includes materials directly related to the creation of the piece: vocal exercises, choreography/repertory notes and background information.
 
BOX 5
 
1. Performance Pieces: Ash and Flowers
2.Performance Pieces: Dogs Are Faithful (note: additional oversize materials are located in Flat Box #15 – 2)
3. Performance Pieces: Frogs
4. Performance Pieces: How to Survive Without Candy
5. Performance Pieces: Late Late Afternoon With a Faun
6. Performance Pieces: The Listening Piece
7. Performance Pieces: Mary’s Ark Project
8. Performance Pieces: Meet Mr. R
9. Performance Pieces: Modulations of Silence
10. Performance Pieces: Moving Voices Moving
11. Performance Pieces: Night Tales
12. Performance Pieces: Quartet With Onlookers
13. Performance Pieces: Tongue Smell Color
14. Performance Pieces: Tongue Smell Color Video Project
15. Performance Pieces: The Time Within the Time Within the Time
16. Performance Pieces: Vindauga
17. Performance Pieces: We All Live on a White (note: additional oversize materials are located in Flat Box #15 – 3)
18. Performance Pieces: Weavings
19. Performance Pieces: Wolf Dances
20. Performance Pieces: The Yellow Sound
21. Performance Pieces: Pieces Not Completed
 
Series IV: Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.
 
This series includes performances by both ZMDC and Hellmut Gottschild (HG) and is noted as follows: no indication is ZMDC or noted accordingly.
 
BOX  6
 
1. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Akademie der Künste 1977-1990
2. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Akademie Remscheid 1983
3. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Alfred University
4. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (ZMDC & HG): Allegheny College 1990-93
5. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): Allentown Contemporary Dance Theater 3/26/1995
6. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): American Studies Conference 1999
7. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: American Theater Laboratory
8. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Annenberg Center 1981-83
9. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): Augsburg: Kulturhaus Abraxas 2001
10. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): Barlach-Tänze 6/2002
11. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Bread Street Studio 1978 (note: additional oversize materials are located in Flat Box #15 – 4)
12. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(ZMDC & HG): Bryn Mawr College 1983-2005
13. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Bunch Festival 1977
14. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): Carnegie Mellon 2002-04
15. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Chatham College 1982
16. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): Community Education Center 2004
17. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): Dance at the Packard 1993
18. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: The Dance Gallery
19. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Dance Umbrella 1988
20. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(ZMDC &HG): Dickinson College 1978-2000
21. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Downtown Dance Company 1989
22. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): Duke University 2003
 
BOX 7
 
1. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Frankfurt Fest 1982
2. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Glassboro State College 1972-75
3. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Guggenheim Museum 1982
4. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (ZMDC & HG): Hasting Tanz Studio 1977-2003
5. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Independence Mall Theatre 1976
6. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: The International House 1977 (note: additional oversize materials are located in Flat Box #15 – 5)
7. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Janet Gillespie & Present Company 1979-1983 (note: additional oversize materials are located in Flat Box #15 – 6)
8. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Joyce Theater 1989-92
9. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Komische Oper Berlin 1991
10. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Kutztown University 1994
11. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Musik 1983-84
12. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): Mainz 2001
13. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Mandell Theater 1980-84
14. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: MoMing 1989
15. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): Movement Research 3/1995
16. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): Middlebury College 10/3/2003
17. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: M.I.T. Tabernacle Theatre 1988-90
 
BOX 8
 
1. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): Mary Wigman Tagung 11/2006
2. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): Muhlenberg College 2/29/2004
3. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): Nancy Hauser Dance School 1986
4. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): NEW 2006-07
5. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: The Nine’s Project 1991
6. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: (HG) Northwestern University 10/29/2004
7. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): NYU Gallatin School 2/19/2004
8. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (ZMDC & HG): Oberlin College 1983-2000
9. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (ZMDC & HG): Ohio Arts Council 1987-2001
10. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Padagogenverband Tanz 1985
11. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (ZMDC & HG): Painted Bride Arts Center 1987-1995
12. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): Painted Bride Arts Center 1996
13. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG):: Painted Bride Arts Center 2000
14. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG):: Painted Bride Arts Center 2004
 
BOX 9
 
1. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science 1982
2. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Philadelphia YM/YWCA 1981-85
3. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Port of History Museum Theater 1983-87
4. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): Regensburg 2001
5. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Relâche 1985
6. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. Riverside Dance Festival 1981-82
7. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden 1993-94
8. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Shippensburg University 1983
9. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Smithsonian Institute 1980
10. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Sporthalle  der Grundschule 1984
11. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Staatlichen Ballettschule 1990
12. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (HG): Stanford University 2000
13. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Summit Presbyterian Church
14. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Tanzfabrik 1987
 
BOX 10
 
1. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc. (ZMDC & HG): Tanz Tangente 1985-98
2. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): Tanzdrama 2002
3. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Temple University Ambler Campus 1974
4. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): Temple University Arts Conference 1994
5. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(ZMDC & HG): Temple University Conwell Theater 1978-2005 (note: additional oversize materials are located in Flat Box #15 – 7)
6. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Temple University McGonigle Sports Arena 1972
7. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Temple University Mitten Hall
8. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Temple University Tyler School of Art 1980
9. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Temple University Tomlinson Theater 1975
10. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Theatre Project: Baltimore 1980
11. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: 30th Street Station 1991
12. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Three Rivers Arts Festival 1975
 
BOX 11
 
1. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): University of the Arts/Drake Theater 1993
2. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): University of California: Davis 2002
3. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): University of California: Riverside 2000
4. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign 2004
5. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: University of Maryland: Baltimore Co. 1983
6. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: University of Mary Washington 1986
7. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): University of Michigan 2002
8. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(ZMDC & HG): University of Minnesota 1986-2006
9. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): University of North Carolina 2001
10. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Washington Projects for the Arts
11. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: William Penn Memorial Museum 1979
12. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): Works in the Works 1998
13. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.(HG): Yale University 2001
14. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Yonkers Bureau of Parks & Recreation 1985
15. Performances, Workshops, Lectures, etc.: Zero Moving Dance Company 1981
 
Series V: Photographs
 
BOX 12
 
1. Photographs: Frogs
2. Photographs: Meet Mr. R (1993)
3. Photographs: Songs of the Humpback Whale (1988)
4. Photographs: The Time Within the Time Within the Time (1972-73)
5. Photographs: We All Live on a White (1974)
6. Photographs: We Liked You and Undressed You (1989)
7. Photographs: Tongue Smell Color (2001)
8. Photographs: Annenberg (1973)
9. Photographs: Karen Bamonte Choreography
10. Photographs: Miscellaneous
 
FLAT BOX 13
 
1. Photographs: Oversize Miscellaneous
2. Publicity: Posters
 
FLAT BOX 14
 
*Contains 3 t-shirts (1 Zero Moving Dance Company; 2 Zero Moving Dance Company 20th Anniversary)
 
FLAT BOX 15
 
1. Publicity: Publications by ZMDC (note: these are additional oversize materials from Box #3 – 5)
2. Performance Pieces: Dogs Are Faithful (note: these are additional oversize materials from Box #5 – 2)
3. Performance Pieces: We All Live on a White (note: these are additional oversize materials from Box #5-17)
4. Performances, Lectures, Workshops, etc.: Bread Street Studio (note: these are additional oversize materials from Box #6-11)
5. Performances, Lectures, Workshops, etc.: The International House (note: these are additional oversize materials from Box #7-6)
6. Performances, Lectures, Workshops, etc.: Janet Gillespie & Present Company (note: these are additional oversize materials from Box #7-7)
7. Performances, Lectures, Workshops, etc.: Temple University Conwell Theater (note: these are additional oversize materials from Box #10-5)
8. Performance Pieces: Sound Pieces