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Federal Dance Project Gives First Program
Federal Dance Project Gives First Program
TitleFederal Dance Project Gives First Program
CreatorSmith, Cecil
DescriptionReview of Ballet Fedre and its traditional folk dances of Martinique
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication SourceChicago Daily Tribune
Place WrittenChicago, IL
Subjects -titlesBallet Fedre ; L'Ag'ya
Subjects -peopleGraff, Grace ; Graff, Kurt ; Ochsner, Berta ; Dunham, Katherine ; Pratt, John (costumes) ; Sanders, Robert (score)
Other topicsFederal Theater Project
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B102_F04_02
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TranscriptFederal Dance Project Gives First Program
BY CECIL SMITH. Alter many weeks of p p Ballet Fedr6, " the initial venti the newly formed dance unit of Federal Theater project, opened day engaEement at the Great Ni theater last night. The bill slsts of five sizable dances, compi
four of Chicago's leading dj j Grace and ?iurt Graff, Berta C or, and Katherine Dunhi m Any members of tl d
I expected "Ballet Fedr^" to be I thing on the order of th B Russe must have been exti surprised at the turn things t Despite its strange m m title, the new entertainment he wisp of traditional ballet ab( The compositions of the Graft! Miss Ochsner are in a wholl; vein. Miss Dunham's conti , is based chieily upon traditi folk dances of Martir
This last named work, M ] ham's dance drama, "L'Ag'yi ried oft the evening's first h Her large troupe of colored dancers moved with admirable ease and lack. : affectation. John Pratt's handsome tropical costumes and Robert Ear ders' pointed and daneeable scor^ I shared the distinction of Miss Dur ham's choreography.
I " Midsummer Triptych, " a group | I composition something in the " of Charles Weidman and Doris | Humphrey, Miss Ochsner shows i
le of the theater she has not] fully possessed before. Her own sequence, "Two Cautionary Tales, " mimed to poetry Hilaire Belloc, is full of her unique and hilarious satiric vit.
The Graffs are represented by their popular " Renaissance " and by a rath- -er poorly pointed new "Viennese Trilogy, " the weakest item in the bill. The dances are presented with pro¬ fessional finish and in sum total make evening of good theater.
Original Formatreview
Original dimensions (cm.)19 x 6
Digital Object TypeImage
Digital File Format.tif
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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