John Bernd papers
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is not housed at the Harvard Theatre Collection but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should consult the Harvard Theatre Collection to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
Extent6 linear feet (6 boxes)
Many of the folders retain the identification provided by the donor, Maryette Charlton.
Biographical / Historical
Early in his dance career, Bernd performed in the works of Meredith Monk, Jane Comfort, Jeff Weiss and Melissa Fenley. He choreographed and performed works during 1978-1988 in venues around the United States and abroad. Bernd's work incorporated autobiographical themes, most prominently homosexuality and his struggle with AIDS, with which he was first diagnosed in 1981. Bernd's Surviving love and death chronicles his personal struggle with the disease and the community-wide effect of AIDS. Most of his works were performed as solos, but he collaborated extensively with Tim Miller, Anne Bogart and Ishmael Houston-Jones.
Bernd was an active member of New York's dance and performance community. Closely involved with Performance Space 122, he later became the associate director. In 1986 he received a Bessie award for his piece, Lost and found (scenes from a life). He continued working until his death in 1988. Bernd died of AIDS at New York University Medical Center on August 28, 1988.
- 1. Choreographic Works (101 folders);
- 2. Photographs (20 folders)
- 3. Subject Files (18 folders)
- 4. Audio Recordings (1 box)
- 5. Video Recordings (1 box)
- 6. Sketchbooks (1 box)
- 7. Oversized Materials (1 box)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Bernd, John. John Bernd papers: Guide.
- Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- EAD ID
Part of the Houghton Library Repository
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