The early years: American modern dance, 1900-1930'sAdditional title: Soaring (Choreographic work : Humphrey)Additional title: Negro spirituals (Choreographic work : Tamiris)
NamesRoss, Patty Kerr (Producer)Ross, Patty Kerr (Director)Ross, Patty Kerr (Speaker)Holm, Hanya, 1893-1992 (Speaker)Mumaw, Barton, 1912-2001 (Speaker)St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968 (Choreographer)Tamiris, Helen, 1905-1966 (Choreographer)Becker, Bruce (Dancer)O'Donnell, May, 1906-2004 (Speaker)Shurr, Gertrude (Speaker)Bird, Dorothy, 1912- (Speaker)Schurman, Nona (Speaker)King, Eleanor, 1906-1991 (Speaker)Bostock, Kenneth (Speaker)Stodelle, Ernestine (Speaker)Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958 (Choreographer)Schönberg, Bessie (Speaker)Lloyd, Ruth (Speaker)Gentry, Eve (Speaker)Langsner, Nancy (Dancer)Schmidt, Lisa (Dancer)Baker, Robin Rice (Restager)Purchase Dance Corps (Performer)State University of New York College at Purchase (Presenter)Ardolino, Emile (Donor)
Emile Ardolino Video Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1982
Table of ContentsDANCE EXCERPTS: Valse à la Loïe. Choreography: Ruth St. Denis, staged by Robin Rice Baker. Music: Frédéric Chopin (Waltz no. 14, op. posth.). Lighting: John Conway. Performed by Nancy Langsner and Lisa Schmidt of the Dance Corps at Purchase. Pianist: Oleg Zvorykin. -- "Go down Moses" from Negro spirituals. Choreography: Helen Tamiris. Music: arranged from traditional songs by Geneviève Pitot. Costume: Alec Sutherland. Lighting: F. Mitchell Dana. Performed by Bruce Becker. Singer: Eugene Brice. -- Soaring. Choreography: Ruth St. Denis and Doris Humphrey. Music: Robert Schumann (Aufschwung, from Fantasiestücke, op. 12). Lighting: Conway. Danced by Donna Tambussi, Angelique d'Addario, Langsner, Cathleen McCarthy, and Schmidt of the Dance Corps at Purchase. Pianist: Zvorykin.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZIDF 8590Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-2560 (former)
TopicsWigman, Mary, 1886-1973Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972Graham, MarthaHumphrey, Doris, 1895-1958Weidman, CharlesTed Shawn and His Men DancersBennington School of the DanceDenishawn DancersModern dance -- United StatesDance -- History -- 20th centuryDance festivals -- New York (State) -- PurchaseEarly years (1981 : Purchase, N.Y.)
GenresFilmed danceFilmed performancesDocumentary filmsPanel discussionsMotion pictures
NotesCreation/production credits: Presented by the State University of New York. Produced/conceived by Patricia Kerr Ross. Distributed as a videorecording by the Research Foundation of State University of New York.Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical DescriptionVideocassetteExtent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (30 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
DescriptionDocumentary on a conference on the early years of American modern dance, held at the State University of New York, Purchase, New York, in April 1981. Among the speakers who appear in the documentary are: Patricia Kerr Ross, director of the University-wide Programs in the Arts; Hanya Holm, who recalls her early training with Mary Wigman; Barton Mumaw, who reminisces about Denishawn and Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers; May O'Donnell, Gertrude Shurr, and Dorothy Bird, who discuss various aspects of working with Martha Graham; Nona Schurman, Eleanor King, Kenneth Bostock, and Ernestine Stodelle, who worked with Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman; Bessie Schoenberg, Ruth Lloyd, and Eve Gentry, who discuss the Bennington School of the Dance; and others. The documentary also captures glimpses of technique classes taught at the conference by Mumaw, O'Donnell, Shurr, Stodelle, Maria Theresa Duncan, Kay Bardsley, Julia Levien, Klarna Pinska, Bonnie Bird, Sophie Maslow, and others.
Type of ResourceMoving image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPY916041990-FNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12170482Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e8ecf9a0-7af1-0135-1675-27d919fa3262
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