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With My Red Fires New Dance Performed by the American Dance Festival Company Choreographed by Doris Humphrey With my Red Fires takes its inspiration from William Blake: “For the Divine Appearance is Brotherhood, but I am Love Elevate into the Region of Brotherhood with my red fires.” A dramatic large group work dealing with the power of love – maternal, fraternal, and romantic – and its capacity for passionate and destructive excesses. It deals allusively with militarism and directly with autocracy, lynching, and the self-destructive power of anger. A concluding lovers’ embrace suggests a vision of human brotherhood that prevails over prejudice, mobism, and violence. Performed by a company especially assembled by the American Dance Festival with Dalienne Majors as The Matriarch, Nina Watt as the Young Woman, and Raymond Johnson as the Young Man. New Dance Choreographically symphonic. New Dance represents a world where each person has a clear and harmonious relationship to his fellow beings. To achieve this the leaders (originally Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman) mold and unify the group in a series of stages or “themes”. The triumphant and joyous ending, Variations and Conclusion, depicts an ideal society that allows for individual expression within group unity. Performed at the American Dance Festival with Linda Tarnay and Peter Woodin in the roles of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman.

Dance Works of Doris Humphrey Part 1: With My Red Fires and New Dance DVD

  • 60 min., color, 1989
  • VDH014
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