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Trailblazers of modern dance
Additional title: Brahms waltzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan (Choreographic work : Ashton)
Additional title: Japanese spear dance (Choreographic work : Shawn)
Additional title: Soaring (Choreographic work : Humphrey)
Additional title: Mother (Choreographic work : Gamson after Duncan)
Additional title: Polonaise (Choreographic work : Shawn)
Additional title: Lamentation (Choreographic work : Graham)
Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927 (Choreographer)
Duncan, Anna, 1894-1980 (Dancer)
Duncan, Irma (Dancer)
St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968 (Dancer)
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972 (Dancer)
Fuller, Loie, 1862-1928 (Dancer)
Graham, Martha (Choreographer)
Tamiris, Helen, 1905-1966 (Dancer)
Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958 (Dancer)
Ashton, Frederick, Sir, 1904-1988 (Choreographer)
Seymour, Lynn, 1939- (Dancer)
De Raita, Clif (Dancer)
Colahan, Nancy (Dancer)
Gamson, Annabelle (Choreographer)
Brockway, Merrill (Producer)
Kinberg, Judy (Producer)
Ardolino, Emile (Director)
Kendall, Elizabeth, 1947- (Author)
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.) (Producer)

Emile Ardolino Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1977
Place: New York, N.Y.
Publisher: WNET
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8597
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-2581 (former)
Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927
Dance -- History -- 20th century
Modern dance
Dancers -- United States -- 20th century
Filmed dance
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Filmed performances
Creation/production credits: WNET ; directed by Emile Ardolino ; produced by Merrill Brockway and Judy Kinberg.
Content: Non-broadcast version. Produced for WNET/New York's Great Performances: Dance in America series.
Content: For the broadcast version of this program, with a slightly different ending (a montage of b&w photographs of Isadora Duncan), see: *MGZIC 9-40.
Creation/production credits: Written by Elizabeth Kendall.
Performers: Voice of Isadora Duncan: Rosemary Harris.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (59 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Central to the theme is Isadora Duncan's quest of a new dance vocabulary to better express the emotions of humanity. The program includes various historic film excerpts of dance luminaries performing their works. Among these are: Princess Rajah, Loïe Fuller, Annabella, Isadora Duncan at a London garden party, Anna Duncan, Irma Duncan dancers, Anna Pavlova, Irene and Vernon Castle, Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Helen Tamiris. Frederick Ashton speaks about his impressions of Isadora Duncan. Lynn Seymour performs Ashton's Five Brahms waltzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan. Clif de Raita performs Ted Shawn's Japanese spear dance. Doris Humphrey's Soaring is performed by Nancy Colahan with Elaine Anderson, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Anne Marie Hackett, and Laurie Kaplan. Annabelle Gamson performs Isadora Duncan's Etude and Mother. Ted Shawn's Polonaise is performed by Tim Wengerd, Clif de Raita, Donlin Foreman, Daniel Ezralow, David Anderson, and Michael Deane. Also included is an early film of Martha Graham performing her work Lamentation.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY916066360-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12171122
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a9867470-90be-0135-df7d-7d2d3ab54cb6
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Item timeline of events

  • 1877: Creator Born
  • 1927: Creator Died
  • 1977: Created
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Trailblazers of modern dance" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1977.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Trailblazers of modern dance" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 4, 2023.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1977). Trailblazers of modern dance Retrieved from

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Trailblazers of modern dance