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Title Dance we must : the art and costumes of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, 1906-1940 / edited by Kevin M. Murphy and Caroline Hamilton ; with additional contributions by Erica Dankmeyer, Panalee Maskati, Norton Owen, Thandi Steele, Munjulika R. Tarah.

Publication Info. Williamstown, Massachusetts : Williams College Museum of Art, [2023]


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    792.8097 DAN    Available
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Description 127 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Director's foreword and acknowledgements / Pamela Franks -- Introduction: The story of the Jacob's Pillow Archives / Norton Owen -- "Fundamental lines of truth and beauty" : the story of the Jacob's Pillow Archives / Caroline Hamilton -- The artistic collaborations and cultural appropriations of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn / Kevin M. Murphy -- Contentious histories in emergent archives / Munjulika R. Tarah, Erica Dankmeyer, Thandi Steele, and Panalee Maskati -- Selections from the Jacob's Pillow Archives / Caroline Hamilton.
Summary "Ruth St. Denis (1879-1968) and Ted Shawn (1891-1972) pioneered modern dance in the United States with their company Denishawn, founded in 1914. A generation of modern dancers and choreographers, including Martha Graham, trained and first performed with the company. Artists who were inspired by or worked with St. Denis and Shawn include Auguste Rodin, John Singer Sargent, Katherine Dreier, Marcel Duchamp, and Joseph Cornell, among others. While there is a large body of literature on the relationship between the visual arts and dance in early twentieth-century Europe, there is no equivalent scholarship on Denishawn, America's answer to the Ballets Russes. Original research in this book makes an important contribution to the literature on modern dance, as well as American Modernism in the arts broadly. This heavily illustrated catalogue includes artwork, sets, ephemera, and especially costumes, many of which haven't been seen since they were worn in the 1930s. A significant portion of the visual materials and costumes, and of St. Denis's and Shawn's choreography, borrow from East and South Asian and Native American cultures; this publication interrogates the legacy of cultural appropriation and colonialism in dance. The materials also demonstrate St. Denis's and Shawn's stylistic and personal connections to American and European modernists, broadening an understanding of dance in the United States within the context of early Modernism"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968.
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972.
Denishawn Dancers -- History.
Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers -- History.
Jacob's Pillow. Archives -- Catalogs.
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival -- History.
Modern dance -- United States -- History.
Art and dance -- United States -- History.
Dance costume -- United States -- History.
Cultural appropriation -- United States -- History.
Added Author Murphy, Kevin M. (Kevin Michael), editor.
Hamilton, Caroline, 1988- editor.
Dankmeyer, Erica, author.
Maskati, Panalee, author.
Owen, Norton, author.
Steele, Thandi, author.
Tarah, Munjulika R., author.
ISBN 9781646570270 hardcover
1646570278 hardcover

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