Sunday, May 17, 2009

Portraits of a dancer

Ruth St. Denis (1879-1968)
Ruth St. Denis was a sensation in her early years, performing individual dances like Radha and Incense. She had designed an elaborate and exotic costume and a series of steps telling the story of a mortal maid who was loved by the god Krishna. Entitled "Radha," this solo dance (with three extras) was first performed in Proctor's Vaudeville House in New York City. "Radha" was an attempt to translate St. Denis' understanding of Indian culture and mythology to the American dance stage.


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See more of her images at the NYPL gallery

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