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DENISHAWN: Dances by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, 2021


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DENISHAWN; Dances by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn,
a program of rarely seen works by The Mother and Father of American Modern Dance,
took place September 30-October 3, 2021 at Theatre at St. Jean's, NYC.

The cast: 
Arthur Aviles, formerly Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, in  Danse Americaine
PeiJu Chien-Pott, former principal Martha Graham Dance Company, A Javanese Court Dancer
Christine Dakin, former principal and artistic director Martha Graham Dance Company, Waltz/Liebestraum
Antonio Fini, principal dancer Michael Mao Dance and formerly Martha Graham Dance Company, The Cosmic Dance of Siva
Nina Jirka, dancer with the Vanaver Caravan, Legend of the Peacock, staged for Vanaver by Jane Sherman
Valentina Kozlova, former principal with Bolshoi Ballet and New York City Ballet, Incense
Bradley Shelver, principal with Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Japanese Spear Dance
Limon2, Floor Plastique, staged by Henning Rubsam
Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, trio from Choeur Danse, staged by Francesca Todesco


”DENISHAWN, Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn's Denishawn, founded in 1914, formed part of the bedrock of American modern dance.  Yet the company's repertoire, trailblazing in its time, has gone largely unperformed in recent years.  This fall, Audrey Ross, a publicist/producer, revives 10 rarely seen St. Denis and Shawn dances, performed by a cast of venerable artists.”


Margaret Fuhrer, The New York Times Fall Preview, September 17, 2021

"Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn have been called the parents of American modern dance.............the pieces carry substantial historical interest, and the cast of this program is studded with distinguished veterans."


Brian Seibert, The New Yorker, Goings on About Town, October 10, 2021

"Bringing History Back to Life:  This fall, producer Audrey Ross breathes new life into some of St. Denis and Shawn's groundbreaking works....These rarely seen dances will be performed by a roster of distinguished artists, including former Martha Graham Dance Company principals Christine Dakin and PeiJu Chien-Pott, Bolshoi star Valentina Kozlova, former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company standout Arthur Aviles, and the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble.


Chava Pearl Lansky, Dance Magazine, September 2021

"Miracle on 76th Street: Denishawn Dances Again" (performances took place at the Theatre at St. Jeans, 150 East 76th St., NYC). The performance was inspired, alive, authentic.  As Faulkner wrote - the past isn't dead.  It isn't even past."


Tom Phillips, OccupytheArts, October 3, 2021

"What courage Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn had, presenting what no one else had seen! Their clarity of focus comes through in each of the dances that producer Audrey Ross assembled for this commemorative program."


Deirdre Towers,, October 12, 2021

"Denishawn is memorable beyond being a living recreation of Denishawn dances.  Many of the participating dancers are dance veterans with sterling reputations, and seeing their performances of the mini-masterpieces on this program gave it a measure of gravitas."


Jerry Hochman,, October 2, 2021

"The dances on this program are perfect examples of the Denishawn aesthetic which combined what was then exoticism with impeccable theatricality.  The Denishawn troupe was very much of its time, the early twentieth century.  All the works were performed with utter dedication."


Joel Benjamin,, October 3, 2021

"Assembled was a cast of notable dancers for their interpretation of dance pieces - from the modern dance and ballet worlds - and also representing the dancers of tomorrow with the participation of Limon2.  In the hands of such wonderful artists, these works came to life again for another generation to experience and enjoy."


Mark Kappel, newsnotes, September 30, 2021

"I woke up this morning thinking about yesterday's Denishawn dances, which always happens after I see something special.  The thinking, scholarship, effort, and love that brought it together were evident in every detail."


Terri Trucco, author of dance and travel books, October 2, 2021

"My deepest congratulations to you.  What a mammoth effort, and what a gift to us all.   Hats off to one and all."


Norton Owen, Jacob's Pillow, October 3, 2021

"This was a wonderful program."


Wendy Perron, dance writer, October 2, 2021


outdoor photos by COSTAS
photo of Valentina Kozlova by Boz Swope
photo of Bradley Shelver by Julie Lemberger

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