This landmark book about Doris Humphrey, one of the most influential pioneers in the development of modern dance, tells of her struggles and triumphs in exploring new forms of dance; of Humphrey's break with Denishawn to establish her company with Charles Weidman; of creating a new dance technique which has been seminal to the training of modern dancers; of choreographing in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s; and of creating a choreographic aesthetic that has been a primary influence on subsequent generations of dancemakers.
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Doris Humphrey (1895-1958) was one of the great figures in the development of modern dance - as a performer, teacher, choreographer, and theoretician. This account of her life and work not only tells the passionate story of an extraordinary woman, but is rich in dance history. It is based on Humphrey's own writings: statements prepared for dance journals, correspondence with family and friends, and the autobiography she did not live to complete. The personal account of her growing years, her decade of association with Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, and her collaborations with Charles Weidman and Jose Limon are included. Here too is the truth of Doris Humphrey's private life: her relations with parents and associates; the tensions of marriage to a man who, as a ship's officer, was often far away; her efforts to be at once a good mother and a dedicated performing artist.About the Author:
Selma Jeanne Cohen is the author of Next Week, Swan Lake: Reflections on Dance and Dances.
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Descrizione libro Wesleyan University Press, 1972. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0819540544