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The golden road to health and beauty
Impekoven, Niddy (Dancer)
Laban, Rudolf von, 1879-1958 (Choreographer)
Ishii, Baku, 1886-1962 (Dancer)
Bereska, Dussia (Dancer)
Hasselquist, Jenny, 1894-1978 (Dancer)
Karsavina, Tamara (Dancer)
Vladimiroff, Pierre, 1893-1970 (Dancer)
Wigman, Mary, 1886-1973 (Dancer)
Jaques-Dalcroze, Émile, 1865-1950 (Choreographer)
Prager, Wilhelm (Director)
Mensendieck, Bess M. (Choreographer)
Loheland-Schule (Associated name)
Laban, Rudolf von, 1879-1958 (Dancer)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1920 - 1929 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
SUMMARY: Documentary on the value of physical fitness. Includes recreations of ancient Greek athletics and health practices, which are contrasted to modern neglect of the body. Survey of current exercise systems, including gymnastics for children, crawling exercises, Jaques-Dalcroze's eurythmics as practiced at the Hellerau school, the Loheland-Schule, Bess M. Mensendieck's exercises, and other athletic activities. Dance contents include: glimpses of dances from Africa, Hawaii, Japan, Burma, Bavaria, and Spain; Niddy Impekoven in The decadent doll, The life of the flower, and as a München tea-cozy; Rudolf von Laban and his company in a men's dance and the final scene of the dance-drama The living idol; Dussia Bereska in The orchid; Baku Ishii in The prisoner; Jenny Hasselquist in The white rose; Tamara Karsavina exercising at the barre and in a pas de deux from Sylvia with Pierre Vladimiroff; and Mary Wigman and her students in the final scene from the dance-drama The exodus.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 7870
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-1116 (former)
Modern dance -- Germany
Dance -- Germany
Documentary films
Motion pictures
Filmed dance
Creation/production credits: English version of the motion picture Wege zu Kraft und Schönheit, made by the Cultural Dept. of the UFA (Universum Film Aktien Gesellschaft), Germany. Director: Wilhelm Prager. Scenario/scientific preparation: Nicholas Kaufmann, M.D. Music: Dr. Giuseppe Becce. Photography: Weinmann, Hrich, Paulmann. Silent, with English titles.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (91 min.) : silent, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY896034938-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12167727
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 75377850-8cd5-0135-fec5-69c5c5d42978
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1920: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The golden road to health and beauty" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1920 - 1929.

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The golden road to health and beauty