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A new dance for America : the choreography, teachings and legacy of Doris Humphrey, 1895-1958 / WW Films presents a film by Ina Hahn ; written, directed, and narrated by Ina Hahn ; produced by Philip Elliott Hopkins ; cinematography by Benjamin Eckstein.


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New York, N.Y. : Filmmakers Library, [2011].
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  • 1 videodisc (NTSC, 80 min.) : DVD video, recorded DVD, sound, color with black and white sequences; 4 3/4 in.
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Choreography, teachings and legacy of Doris Humphrey, 1895-1958
Originally produced in the United States as a motion picture and released in 2010. Originally produced in 2010. Full screen 1.33:1.
Production Credits:
Editor, John Keegan.
Narration of Doris Humphrey by Lindsay Crouse.
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.
All region.
Hahn, Ina, film director, screenwriter, narrator.
Hopkins, Philip Elliott, film producer.
Crouse, Lindsay, narrator.
WW Film Company (Firm), production company.

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