Synopses & Reviews
Now available in paperback, Days on Earth--originally published in 1988 (Yale University Press)--traces the dance career and artistic development of one of the founders of American modern dance. In this biography of dance pioneer Doris Humphrey, Marcia B. Siegel follows Humphrey's career from her days with the Denishawn Company (among fellos students like Martha Graham) to her creative partnership with Charles Weidman to her tenure as artistic director of protégé José Limon's dance company. Siegel's reconsideration and description of Humphrey's dances, including many that are no longer performed, sheds important light on this pathbreaking dancer/choreographer.
"Very well done--it should be read by all who are interested in modern dance, and is an important document that belongs in every dance library."—Paul Taylor, choreographer
Days on Earth traces the dance career and artistic development of one of the founders of American modern dance.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-324) and index. Filmography: p. 297-299.
About the Author
Marcia B. Siegel is the dance critic for the Hudson Review and teaches in the Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Her works include The Tail of The Dragon: New Dance, 1976-1982 (Duke University Press).