Winter 1950 • Vol. XII No. 1 NonfictionJanuary 1, 1950 |

Dance Chronicle: New Trends in Modern Dance

Although modern dance is nowadays more firmly entrenched in the schools and colleges than it is in the theatres known to most Americans, it belongs in the theatre and has always considered itself Theatre. The so-called "younger" dancers, coming after the generation that produced Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, and Hanya Holm, have chosen to be frankly theatrical, sometimes even in the bad sense of the word. They are exploring new combinations of dance with the other theatre arts, and, except for a few interesting eccentrics like Sybil Shearer, they are reaching out to an audience less specialized than the typical modern dance crowd. Last summer's American Dance Festival at New London, Connecticut, a series of eleven performances given by three different groups, exhibited nothing very new or startling, but it did illustrate trends which are worth examining. Color and design—spectacle—are the source of our most elementary pleasure in theatre. The pioneers in mo

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