Days on Earth: The Dance of Doris Humphrey

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Duke University Press, 1993 - 333 pages
Now available in paperback, Days on Earth--originally published in 1988 (Yale University Press)--traces the dance career and artistic development of one of the founders of American modern dance. In this biography of dance pioneer Doris Humphrey, Marcia B. Siegel follows Humphrey's career from her days with the Denishawn Company (among fellos students like Martha Graham) to her creative partnership with Charles Weidman to her tenure as artistic director of protégé José Limon's dance company. Siegel's reconsideration and description of Humphrey's dances, including many that are no longer performed, sheds important light on this pathbreaking dancer/choreographer.
 

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A critical biography of one of the foremost founders of modern dance in America, Doris Humphrey. Much of her personal movement idiom is still reflected in modern dance today, and this account of her ... Read full review

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Siegel, a knowledgeable and articulate critic, has tried to "reestablish the claim, fully validated in her lifetime but already lapsed, that Humphrey was one of America's greatest choreographers ... Read full review

Contents

WHAT DO YOU CALL YOUR WORK MISS HUMPHREY?
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PALACE HOTEL 18951917
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DENISHAWN 191726
30
A NEW DANCE 192728
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ECSTATIC THEMES 192831
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CONSOLIDATION 193034
107
MAKING DANCES 193436
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ON THE ROAD 193639
166
STUDIO THEATER 193944
185
Song of the WestDesert Gods Photo by W H Stephan
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FALL AND RECOVERY 194446
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The Story of Mankind José and Pauline Koner Photo by Dwight
235
THE EAGLE 194751
237
Corybantic José with Ruth Currier and on floor Betty Jones Dance
244
HARMONY AND COUNTERPOINT 195257
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DESCENT INTO THE DREAM 195758
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Square Dances Dance Collection NYPL at Lincoln Center
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Marcia B. Siegel is the dance critic for the Hudson Review and teaches in the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Her works include The Tail of The Dragon: New Dance, 1976-1982 (Duke University Press).

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