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Published: 30 January 2020

536 Pages | 101 illus.


ISBN: 9780199331062

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Ted Shawn

His Life, Writings, and Dances

Paul A. Scolieri

  • Based on extensive unpublished letters, interviews, diaries, photos, and motion pictures
  • Positions Shawn within U. S. gay cultural history and global modernism
  • Provides a social history of U. S. modern dance from a personal account of one of its leading pioneers
  • Tells the untold story of Shawn's relationships to leading modern scientists, artists, and writers such as Martha Graham, Havelock Ellis, Katherine S. Dreier, Lucien Price, and Alfred Kinsey
  • Exposes the influence of the eugenics movement on the nascent modern dance movement in the U.S
  • Offers the backstory to Denishawn, America's first modern dance company and school and Jacob's Pillow, the internationally renowned dance festival and school

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