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Two Ecstatic Themes

Numeridanse.tv 1995 - Director : Reusch, Amy

Choreographer(s) : Humphrey, Doris (United States)

Present in collection(s): Numeridanse.tv , Doris Humphrey

Video producer : Dance Horizons

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Two Ecstatic Themes

Numeridanse.tv 1995 - Director : Reusch, Amy

Choreographer(s) : Humphrey, Doris (United States)

Present in collection(s): Numeridanse.tv , Doris Humphrey

Video producer : Dance Horizons

en fr

Two Ecstatic Themes

Two ecstatic Themes is the keynote to Miss Humphrey’s mature work. The first part is in cicrcular and spiral movements, soft and sinking, to convey a feeling of acquiescence.  

The second part, in contrast to the first, moves in pointed design to a strident climax suggestive of aggressive achievement.  

The whole is a counterpoint of circular and angular movement, representing the two inseparable elements of life as well as of design.


Source: Program note marche 14, 15, 1935

Humphrey, Doris

Doris Humphrey was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1895 and grew up in Chicago. Her father operated a residence home for vaudeville performers called the Palace Hotel, and her mother offered piano lessons. As a girl, Humphrey studied piano, ballet, ballroom dance, Americanized Delsarte and Dalcroze's system of Eurythmics. A talented dancer, she began teaching ballet and interpretive dance to children when she was 15. During the next few years, Humphrey traveled the Santa Fe railroad line with a variety troupe, giving performances to railroad employees of her home-made aesthetic dances and Spanish numbers. When she returned home to Oak Park she began her own studio with her mother as accompaniest and business manager.

By 1931, the Humphrey and Weidman companies and their joint studio/school were firmly established in New York City. With Graham, Humphrey was considered by most critics to be a primary innovator of the new modern dance. Her theory of "fall and recovery"-- and the technique that sprang from it--was the foundation of her teaching method and her choreography. Underlying it, according to Humphrey, was the German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche's idea about the split in the human psyche between each person's Apollonian side (rational, intellectual) and our Dionysian side (chaotic, emotional). The true essence of the modern dance was the movement that happened in between these extremes, which Humphrey labeled "the arc between two deaths."

Source: University of Pittsburg

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Reusch, Amy

Amy Reusch is an American director. She directed the whole shows which compose the DVD serie called "The Doris Humphrey Legacy". 

Two Ecstatic Themes

Choreography : Doris Humphrey

Interpretation : Sarita Smith-Childs

Original music : Nikolai Karolovich Medtner, Gian Francesco Malipiero

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Dance Horizons

Princeton Book Co. Publishers

Specialists in the publishing and distribution of dance books and dance videos for over 35 years, with a list of over 500 dance related titles. We publish under the imprint Dance Horizons and distribute for The Dance Notation Bureau and Dance Books Ltd. In March of 2000 we launched a new imprint to publish books of general interest, Elysian Editions, with The Magic Of Provence: Pleasures of Southern France by Yvone Lenard. Visit our Elysian Editions pages to see Ms. Lenard's books as well as other titles under this imprint.  

Source: Princeton Book Co. Publishers

More information: https://www.dancehorizons.com

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