Dialogues in Dance: Dancing Revolutions
September 15, 2008
Date: Monday, September 15, 2008
Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: The Great Hall, Marymount Manhattan College
The Department of Dance will host a continuation of the Dialogues in Dance to explore issues and challenges of archival practices in dance.
The Department of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College has been organizing a lecture series for several years to further the promotion and contextualization of dance in the College and the larger dance community. This year, the discussion will address the connection between dance and politics.
Victoria Philips Geduld and Martin Lofsnes
Curator, Dance is a Weapon, Centre National de la Danse, Artistic Director, 360º Dance Co. and Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University Department of History
New Dance Group member Mary Anthony declared, "We weren't communists; we just believed everything they did." In 1932, New York's New Dance Group was founded in response to the death of a communist, and by 1933 it joined a cohort of twelve other modern-based dance companies under the umbrella of the Workers Dance League. These companies worked with other communist-affiliated groups in music and the visual arts. Surviving House on Un-American Committees from 1937 through the 1960s, New Dance Group remains a New York institution in the twenty-first century. How and why the Group survived remains a part of the United States' national story.
Victoria Philips Geduldwill present a history of modern dance radicalism in the twentieth century using the frame of New Dance Group.
Martin Lofsnes will perform New Dance Group member Jane Dudley's Time is Money (1934).
Jens Richard Giersdorf
Assistant Professor of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College