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A New Dance for America [electronic resource]: The Choreography, Teachings and Legacy of Doris Humphrey

directed by Ina Hahn ; narrated by Ina Hahn and Lindsay Crouse ; produced by Philip Elliott Hopkins
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
The story of the life and works of modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey (1895-1958) is the focus of this documentary. It leads from her birth in Oak Park, Illinois, to growing up in a theatrical hotel in Chicago where she supported her parents as a dance teacher at the age of 18, the launch of her professional career in the Denishawn Company, establishing her own company with partner Charles Weidman, to serving as artistic director and choreographer for José Limón. Historical and contemporary performance excerpts cover the span of her career from her earliest composition, Valse Caprice (1920), to her last, Brandenberg Concerto (1958), and represent some of her finest pieces such as Soaring, Passacaglia in C Minor, New Dance and Day on Earth. Attention has been paid to placing her growth as a dance artist and her contribution to the development of modern dance within the context of twentieth-century history. Interviews with former dancers who worked with her and with her son complete the picture of this indomitable woman who, along with Charles Weidman and Martha Graham, forged a new art form growing out of the national experience of pioneering, freedom of expression, wide open spaces, and democratic values.
Director
Ina Hahn
Performers
Narration of Doris Humphrey by Lindsay Crouse.
Release Date
2011
Run Time
80 min.
Language
This edition in English
Notes
Title from resource description page (viewed Oct. 18, 2013).
Series
Dance in Video
Published
New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2011.
Access Restriction
Access restricted to subscribers.
Description
1 online resource (80 min.).
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