Martha Hill and the Making of American Dance by Janet Mansfield SoaresMartha Hill and the Making of American Dance by Janet Mansfield Soares

Martha Hill and the Making of American Dance

byJanet Mansfield Soares

Hardcover | July 21, 2009

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Martha Hill (1900–1995) was one of the most influential figures of twentieth century American dance. Her vision and leadership helped to establish dance as a serious area of study at the university level and solidify its position as a legitimate art form. Setting Hill’s story in the context of American postwar culture and women’s changing status, this riveting biography shows us how Hill led her colleagues in the development of American contemporary dance from the Kellogg School of Physical Education to Bennington College and the American Dance Festival to the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center. She created pivotal opportunities for Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Hanya Holm, José Limón, Merce Cunningham, and many others. The book provides an intimate look at the struggles and achievements of a woman dedicated to taking dance out of the college gymnasium and into the theatre, drawing on primary sources that were previously unavailable. It is lavishly illustrated with period photographs.
JANET MANSFIELD SOARES, author of Louis Horst: Musician in a Dancer’s World (1992), was a student, colleague, and teacher of dance composition with Martha Hill at the Juilliard School. She is a professor emerita of dance at Barnard College, Columbia University, and lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Lyme, Connecticut.
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Title:Martha Hill and the Making of American DanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:440 pages, 9.53 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:July 21, 2009Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0819568996

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
BIBLE BELT TO ACADEME
Growing Up in Ohio, 1900-1922
Forging a Career, 1923-1928
NEW DANCE
Dancing with Graham, 1929-1931
Bennington, 1932-1933
A Summer School for Dance, 1934
PRIVATE LIVES AND COMMON GOALS
Panorama, 1935
Winter, 1936
Summer, 1936
THE LATE THIRTIES
Immediate Tragedy, 1937
Culmination of a Plan, 1938
California and Back, 1939-1940
THE FORTIES
“The War Effort Hit Us All,” 1941-1942
War Years and Recovery, 1943-1947
An American Dance Festival, 1948
Changes, 1949-1950
DANCE WITHIN THE CONSERVATORY
Juilliard, 1951-1952
Marriage, 1952-1955
Plans for Lincoln Square, 1955-1956
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
Time Away, 1958
Brussels Respite, 1959
THE SIXTIES
Students and Master Teachers, 1960-1961
Standing Firm, 1962-1965
Contrasts and Conflicts, 1965-1968
“Good Guys vs. Bad Guys,” 1968-1969
A PLACE FOR DANCE
Juilliard at Lincoln Center, 1970-1972
An Even Keel, 1973-1978
Matriarch, 1979-1984
Last Years, 1985-1994
Epilogue
Appendix: Works Produced during Martha Hill's Tenure as Director at Bennington, Connecticut College/ADF, and Juilliard
Abbreviations
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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Martha Hill (1900–1995) was one of the most influential figures of twentieth century American dance. Her vision and leadership helped to establish dance as a serious area of study at the university level and solidify its position as a legitimate art form. Setting Hill’s story in the context of American postwar culture and women’s changing status, this riveting biography shows us how Hill led her colleagues in the development of American contemporary dance from the Kellogg School of Physical Education to Bennington College and the American Dance Festival to the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center. She created pivotal opportunities for Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Hanya Holm, José Limón, Merce Cunningham, and many others. The book provides an intimate look at the struggles and achievements of a woman dedicated to taking dance out of the college gymnasium and into the theatre, drawing on primary sources that were previously unavailable. It is lavishly illustrated with period photographs.“A superb book about the great Martha Hill, a visionary who supported the revolutionary pioneers of American modern dance. This portrait is at once intimate and touching. A must for all lovers of dance and its history.” - Lawrence Rhodes, artistic director, dance division, The Juillard School