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Denishawn: The Enduring Influence

Sherman, Jane

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ISBN 10: 0805796029 / ISBN 13: 9780805796025
Published by Twayne Pub, Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.A., 1983
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Denishawn: The Enduring Influence

Publisher: Twayne Pub, Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Printing

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The 'Denis' was Ruth St. Denis, the 'Shawn' was Ted Shawn, 'Denishawn' - the dance school and concert company they formed in the early 20s - was, quite simply, the birthplace of modern dance. With 'Denishawn: The Enduring Influence' Jane Sherman shows that this essentially American art form originated with this enterprising couple. Their immediate artistic offspring were Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman - the 'Big Three' of modern dance. Nurtured by the technical training, theatrical seasoning, and artistic philosophy of Denishawn, Graham, Humphrey, and Weidman firmly established modern dance during the 40s and 50s. By the end of the 50s, two dozen new companies traced their artistic lineage to the 'Big Three'. Until the 70s, however, the seminal influence of Denishawn was overshadowed by the more famous and vociferous second generation. 'Denishawn: The Enduring Influence' makes clear the debt of American modern dance to the dynamic partnership of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn. Herself a former member of the Denishawn Company, Jane Sherman tells a fascinating story - of life on the road, where dance pieces could be sandwiched between animal acts and comedy routines, of a pioneering Oriental tour, of the systematic professional discipline imposed by Shawn and 'Miss Ruth'. Combining personal engagement with an objective assessment of the Denishawn achievement, Jane Sherman revitalizes an integral aspect of the American dance heritage.

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