Days on Earth

The Dance of Doris Humphrey

Days on Earth

Book Pages: 352 Illustrations: Published: February 1993

General Interest > Biography, Letters, Memoirs, Theater and Performance > Dance

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.


"Days on Earth depicts the creative journey of one of the most important pioneers of modern dance . . ." — Stuart Pimsler , Art Education Review of Books

"[Siegel] provides a rich socio/historical context in which to view the development of modern dance and Humphrey's growth as an artist. . . . A signal contribution to the literature on American dance." — Martha Myers , Kenyon Review

"Siegel's [biography] is the first to combine a narrative of events with a probing and persuasive analysis of the art. The result is a volume that is both a model of dance biography and a critical milestone. With Days on Earth, Humphrey has finally come into her own as an artist of the first rank." — Lynn Garafola , Dance Research Journal

"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


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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).

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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1346-5
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