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Denishawn : the contributions of American dance pioneers Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn

Author: June MacLaren ReedPaul ReedRebecca ChismanJane ShermanClark SanteeAll authors
Publisher: West Long Branch, NJ : Kultur, [2006?]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This documentary tells the story of one of the least-publicized, yet most influential modern dance companies in America. Founded by Ruth St. Denis and her husband Ted Shawn at the turn of the century, Denishawn became legendary for its unique approach to contemporary dance. St. Denis found fame by incorporating elements of Far and Middle Eastern dances to create abstract pieces called "musical visualizations." With  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Biographical television programs
Dance television programs
Documentary television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Biography
History
Named Person: Ruth St Denis; Ted Shawn; Ted Shawn; Ruth St Denis
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: June MacLaren Reed; Paul Reed; Rebecca Chisman; Jane Sherman; Clark Santee; Delia Gravel Santee; Ruth St Denis; Ted Shawn; Eric Repansheck; Center Dance Collective.; Kultur International Films.
ISBN: 076978061X 9780769780610
OCLC Number: 64385452
Language Note: Soundtrack in English.
Notes: Denishawn dances re-constructed by Jane Sherman and performed by Center Dance Collective.
Originally produced in 1988.
Credits: Piano adaptations performed by Eric Repansheck ; costumes, Candace Chase ; videographer, Mirek Snopek ; Denishawn advisor, Norton Owen.
Cast: June MacLaren Reed (Ruth St. Denis) and Paul Reed (Ted Shawn), Rebecca Chisman (young Ruthie Dennis).
Description: 1 videodisc (40 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Region 0 (All), NTSC; Dolby digital 2.0 stereo; full screen presentation, 4:3 aspect ratio.
Contents: Incense / choreographer, Ruth St. Denis ; dancer, Deborah Zall (1906) --
Bakawali nautch / choreographer, Ruth St. Denis ; dancer, Stacy Sofman (1913) --
Choeur danse / choreographer, Ted Shawn ; dancers, Robin Becker, Janet Rowthorn, Beth Flaherty (1926) --
Adagio pathétique / choreographed and performed by Ted Shawn --
footage of Ruth St. Denis in a music visualization --
Schubert waltzes / choreographer, Ruth St. Denis ; dancer, Robin Becker (1924) --
White jade / choreographed and performed by Ruth St. Denis --
Cosmic dance of Shiva / choreographed and performed by Ted Shawn.
Other Titles: Birth of modern dance
Contributions of American dance pioneers Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn
Incense (Choreographic work : St Denis).
Bakawali (Choreographic work : St Denis).
Choeur dansé (Choreographic work : Shawn).
Death of Adonis (Choreographic work : Shawn).
Schubert waltzes (Choreographic work : St. Denis).
White jade (Choreographic work : St. Denis).
Cosmic dance of Siva (Choreographic work : Shawn).
Responsibility: produced by Clark Santee and Delia Gravel Santee ; written by Clark Santee.

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This documentary tells the story of one of the least-publicized, yet most influential modern dance companies in America. Founded by Ruth St. Denis and her husband Ted Shawn at the turn of the century, Denishawn became legendary for its unique approach to contemporary dance. St. Denis found fame by incorporating elements of Far and Middle Eastern dances to create abstract pieces called "musical visualizations." With the Denishawn School of Dancing and Related Arts, the couple influenced the formation of true modern dance--Martha Graham was a pupil--while both preserving and disseminating their original choreography and concepts. In 'interview' segments actors portray the couple, while rare film footage of the real St. Denis and Shawn shows them at the peak of their creative talents.

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