Spring 1988 • Vol. X No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1988 |

Telling the Dancer from the Dance

Days on Earth; The Dance of Doris Humphrey by Marcia Siegel. Yale University Press, 1987. 320 pages. $30.00. The progenitors of Modern Dance, its intrepid pioneers, have become almost mythic to students, choreographers, performers, and lay followers of this major twentieth-century art form. Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman established the lineage of Modern Dance from which continuing generations are traced, offspring breaking from the parent company/mentor to establish new directions of their own (that is, from Graham came Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor; Jose Limon emerged from the Humphrey Weidman company). The publication of Marcia Siegel's Days on Earth; The Dance of Doris Humphrey makes an important contribution to the saga of one of these pioneers and the seminal period which she helped to form. Still maverick if not revolutionary, Modern Dance artists today are actively engaged on every front of the burgeoning dance world—from ice capa

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