New Dance Group: Voices for Change, a virtual presentation of rare historical dances, will be offered by the American Dance Guild in four consecutive streaming programs over four weeks, Monday, January 31 through Sunday, February 27. This historic gem will be available to stream on Vimeo and the ADG website. Screenings are free, donations are welcome.
The four-week program will feature works by artists from the legendary New Dance Group Studio, as produced and recorded by the Guild at the New Dance Group Gala retrospective performance on July 11, 1993. New Dance Group was a collective modern dance, inspired by the political movements that gripped Manhattan in the early 1930s. Viewers will experience the powerful social consciousness embodied in these uniquely expressive works, which ring as true today as when they were first played for the first time. Educators are invited to share this important history of dance in their curricula.
The full lineup of 18 streaming works is listed below; updates will be announced weekly for the duration of the virtual program. Each segment will only last one week, from Monday 9 a.m. to Sunday midnight ET.
“The American Dance Guild continues to tap into its exclusive archive of rare historic dances and is thrilled to share this unique portfolio of legendary works,” said Guild President Gloria McLean. “Our history has been linked to that of the New Dance Group through many of our former members like Muriel Manings, who directed and produced this 1993 retrospective. I think people today will be inspired by the courage and committed vision of these intrepid artists,” she said.
The New Dance Group: Lineup for the Voices for Change Online Film Festival:
Week 1: January 31 (Monday) – February 6 (Sunday)
Songs, Part III “To Each His Own” (1956) Mary Anthony
Street Tenant (1939) Eve Gentry
Blues (1962) Ronne Aul
Mourning Bench, from “Southern Landscape” (1947) Talley Beatty
Week 2: February 7 – February 13 (Monday-Sunday)
The Desperate Heart (1943) Valerie Bettis
Lynchtown, from “Atavisms” (1936) Charles Weidman
The Negro Speaks of Rivers (1944) Pearl Primus
The Flight, from “The Pursued” (1947) Joseph Gifford
Week 3: February 14 – February 20 (Monday-Sunday)
Shuvi Nafshi, from “Return Oh My Soul To Thee” (1947) Hadassah
Time is Money (1934) Jane Dudley
Harmonica Break Down (1934) Jane Dudley
Sign Dance for Sarah (1979) Irving Burton
Rainbow Around My Shoulder (1959) Donald McKayle
Week 4: February 21 to February 27 (Monday-Sunday)
The Transformations of Medusa (1942) Jean Erdman
Lyric Suite (1954) Anna Sokolow
Strange Hero (1948) Daniel Nagrin
Concerto in E (1979) Joyce Trisler
Folksay (1942) Sophie Maslow
To view the virtual collection on the dates above, please visit americandanceguild.org or vimeo.com/americandanceguild.
The American Dance Guild traditionally presents an annual performance festival, a themed live event that showcases over 30 artists of diverse backgrounds, ages and aesthetics ranging from modern to post-modern, the art of performance to cultural hybrids. Every year, dance luminaries are honored with Lifetime Achievement and Artistic Achievement Awards. In 2021, the ADG Performance Festival was virtual, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The live festival hopes to return in November 2022.