The Legacy of the New Dance Group
Dr. Ellen Graff, an authority on the New Dance Group and author of Stepping Left: Dance and Politics in New York City, 1928-1942, will introduce the performance.
This project spotlights the Library’s impressive dance collections and documents a seminal period in American dance history. The concert includes five solo dances created by the New Dance Group, an important artist collective formed in 1932 by a circle of accomplished American modern dance pioneers. Seeking to use their voices in the fight for social justice, they coined the phrase “Dance is a Weapon” and established a center offering low-cost dance classes for disadvantaged students. Their searing artistic and political statements on the nation’s cultural landscape continue to resonate today.
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Washington, DC 20540