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The early years: American dance in transition
Terry, Walter (Speaker)
Ross, Patty Kerr (Director)
Pennebaker, D. A. (Videographer)
Labeille, Daniel (Producer)
Early years, (1981 : Purchase, N.Y.) (Host)
State University of New York College at Purchase (Sponsor)

Early Years Collection

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1981-04-10
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3524
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 13 (former)
Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927
St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972
Graham, Martha
Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958
Weidman, Charles
Tamiris, Helen, 1905-1966
Holm, Hanya, 1893-1992
Jooss, Kurt, 1901-1979
Massine, Leonide, 1896-1979
Tudor, Antony, 1908-1987
Guy, Edna, 1907-1983
Martin, John, 1893-1985
Green table (Choreographic work : Jooss)
Frontier (Choreographic work : Graham)
Choreartium (Choreographic work : Massine)
Jardin aux lilas (Choreographic work : Tudor)
Dance, Black -- United States
Politics in art
Dance criticism -- Dance critics
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: For a printed program of the festival, see *MGZB The early years (1981 : Purchase, N.Y.) [Programs].
Content: Video documentation of the festival The early years: American modern dance from 1900 through the 1930s, hosted by SUNY College at Purchase, New York, on April 9-12, 1981, under the sponsorship of State University of New York, University-Wide Programs in the Arts. Festival director: Patricia Kerr Ross. Video producer: Daniel Labeille.
Physical Description
Extent: 3 videocassette (U-matic) (50 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Videotaped on April 10, 1981 by D. A. Pennebaker. Presentation on American dance in transition (the 1920s and 1930s) by Walter Terry. He begins his discussion by citing the achievements of Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, and Ted Shawn, and their legacy to the next generation, which included Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Helen Tamiris, and Hanya Holm. Among the changes noted by Terry in the decades of transition are: the birth of dances of social comment and protest, many of them spurred by the Depression; new ways of looking at dancing, exemplified by Graham's Frontier; the growing sense of reconciliation between the different schools of modern dance as well as between modern dance and ballet; the rise of black dance in the U.S.; and the educational mission of critics such as John Martin.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12170843
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4dcf00d0-3145-0132-d421-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The early years: American dance in transition" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1981. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/4ebca2a0-3145-0132-90ef-3c075448cc4b

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The early years: American dance in transition" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 10, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/4ebca2a0-3145-0132-90ef-3c075448cc4b

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1981). The early years: American dance in transition Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/4ebca2a0-3145-0132-90ef-3c075448cc4b

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The early years: American dance in transition