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The early years: Student performance (excerpts) [and] A Denishawn suite (excerpts)
Additional title: Soaring (Choreographic work : Humphrey)
Additional title: Waltz [1924] (Choreographic work : St. Denis)
Keersmaeker, Anne Teresa de (Choreographer)
Baker, Robin Rice (Dancer)
Langsner, Nancy (Dancer)
Schmidt, Lisa (Dancer)
Roberts, Denise (Dancer)
St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968 (Choreographer)
Brown, Carolyn, 1927- (Choreographer)
Humphrey, Doris, 1895-1958 (Choreographer)
Ross, Patty Kerr (Director)
Pennebaker, D. A. (Videographer)
Labeille, Daniel (Producer)
Thomé, Francis, 1850-1909 (Composer)
Chopin, Frédéric, 1810-1849 (Composer)
Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856 (Composer)
De Lachau, Ada (Composer)
Woodall, Sandra (Costume designer)
Reich, Steve, 1936- (Composer)
Purchase Dance Corps (Performer)
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 3526
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 15 (former)
Denishawn dances, Revivals of
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.
Content: Videotaped at two different performances on April 10, 1981 by D. A. Pennebaker. For another recording of the student performance, see: *MGZIDF 3551 (formerly *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 48). For other recordings of the Denishawn performance, see *MGZIDF 3550, 3551 (formerly *MGZIC 9-950 cassettes 47, and 51) and *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 50. CONTENTS: Selections from a student performance (approx. 23 min.): Wool socks. Chor.: Mary Ritter. Music: Ricky Lee Jones. Perf. by dancers from the State University of New York at Buffalo: Monique Dash, Anne Marie Moylan, and Susan Kirsons (?). -- Prelude: Excerpt. Chor.: Barbara England. Music: Miles Davis. Perf. by dancers from Rockland Community College. -- Untitled. Chor./perf.: Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, from New York University School of the Arts. Music: Steve Reich (Violin phase). No audio at beginning of work. -- A Denishawn suite of music visualizations: Excerpts (approx. 24 min.). Staged by Robin Rice Baker. Lighting: John Conway. Performed by members of the Dance Corps at Purchase, accompanied by pianist Oleg Zvorykin. -- Child's play (Hommage à Denishawn II). Chor./film: Carolyn Brown. Music: Robert Schumann (selections from Kinderszenen and Bunte Blätter). Cos.: Sandra Woodall. Perf. by Robin Rice Baker. -- Floor plastique. Chor: Denishawn school exercise. Music: Francis Thomé (Sous la feuillée. Perf. by the ensemble. -- Valse à la Loïe. Chor.: Ruth St. Denis. Music: Frédéric Chopin (Waltz, no. 14, op. posth.). Perf. by Nancy Langsner and Lisa Schmidt. -- De Lachau waltz. Chor:. St. Denis. Music: Ada de Lachau. Perf. by Sheryl Pollard, Brenda Chambers, Holly Greif, Denise Roberts, Kathryn Warakomsky. -- Soaring. Chor.: St. Denis and Doris Humphrey. Music: Schumann (Aufschwung: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12). Perf. by Donna Tambussi, Angelique d'Addario, Nancy Langsner, Cathleen McCarthy, and Lisa Schmidt.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 videocassettes (U-matic) (47 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12170808
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d3f274b0-3144-0132-53fb-3c075448cc4b
Rights Statement
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The early years: Student performance (excerpts) [and] A Denishawn suite (excerpts)