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American Dance Guild's Online Film Festival: New Dance Group - Voices for Change (FREE)

American Dance Guild's Online Film Festival: New Dance Group - Voices for Change (FREE)


American Dance Guild


American Dance Guild website and Vimeo
New York, NY 10024


Monday, January 31, 2022 - 9:00am daily through February 27, 2022



American Dance Guild

ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL New Dance Group: Voices for Change

A Virtual Offering January 31 through February 27

Featuring 18 Historic Modern Dances

Artists to include Jane Dudley, Jean Erdman, Donald McKayle, Anna Sokolow and More


New Dance Group: Voices for Change, a virtual presentation of rare historic dances, will be offered by the American Dance Guild in four consecutive streaming programs over four weeks, Monday, January 31 through Sunday, Feb. 27. This historical gem will be available to stream on Vimeo and through the ADG website. The showings are free, with donations welcome.

The four-week program will feature works made by artists of the legendary New Dance Group Studio, as produced and recorded by the Guild at The New Dance Group Gala Retrospective Performance on July 11, 1993. New Dance Group was a modern dance collective, inspired by the political movements which seized Manhattan in the early 1930s. Viewers will discover the powerful social consciousness embodied in these uniquely expressive works, which ring as true today as when they were first performed. Educators are invited to share this important dance history in their curricula.

The full streaming lineup of 18 works is listed below; updates will be announced weekly through the duration of the virtual program. Each segment will run for one week only, from Monday 9 a.m. through Sunday midnight ET. 

“The American Dance Guild continues to mine its exclusive archive of rare historical dances and are thrilled to share this unique portfolio of legendary work,” said Gloria McLean, president of the Guild. “Our history was entwined with the New Dance Group through many of our earlier members like Muriel Manings, who spearheaded and produced this 1993 retrospective. I think people today will be inspired by the courage and engaged vision of these fearless artists,” she said.


The New Dance Group: Voices for Change Online Film Festival Lineup:

Week 1: Jan 31 (Mon)- Feb 6 (Sun)

Songs, part III “To Each His Own” (1956) Mary Anthony

Tenant of the Street (1939) Eve Gentry

Blues (1962) Ronne Aul

Mourner's Bench, from “Southern Landscape” (1947) Talley Beatty


Week 2: Feb 7- Feb 13 (Mon-Sun)

The Desperate Heart (1943) Valerie Bettis

Lynchtown, from “Atavisms” (1936) Charles Weidman

The Negro Speaks of Rivers (1944) Pearl Primus

The Flight, from “The Pursued” (1947) Joseph Gifford

Week 3: Feb 14- Feb 20 (Mon-Sun)

Shuvi Nafshi, from “Return Oh My Soul Unto Thee” (1947) Hadassah

Time is Money (1934) Jane Dudley

Harmonica Break Down (1934) Jane Dudley

Sign Dance for Sarah (1979) Irving Burton

Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder (1959) Donald McKayle

Week 4: Feb 21 till Feb 27 (Mon-Sun)

The Transformations of Medusa (1942) Jean Erdman

Lyric Suite (1954) Anna Sokolow

Strange Hero (1948) Daniel Nagrin

Concerto in E (1979) Joyce Trisler

Folksay (1942) Sophie Maslow

To view the virtual collection on the above dates, please visit americandanceguild.org or vimeo.com/americandanceguild.


The American Dance Guild traditionally presents a yearly Performance Festival, a themed live event which features over 30 artists of diverse backgrounds, ages and aesthetics ranging from modern to post-modern, to performance art to cultural hybrids. Each year luminaries in dance are recognized with awards of Distinguished Artistry and Lifetime Achievement. In 2021, the ADG Performance Festival was virtual, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The live Festival hopes to return in November 2022.

The American Dance Guild gratefully acknowledges support from Jody and John Arnhold/Arnhold Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance and The Janis and Alan Menken Charity Fund.



The American Dance Guild has served the dance field in many capacities for more than 60 years, including conferences, festivals & publications. In addition to the annual performance festival, ADG’s performance opportunities range from gala productions to bare-bones choreography showcases to virtual events.  ADG provides scholarly resources through its New Dance Group Gala Video and its publications such as Branching Out: Oral Histories of Six National Dance Organizations and Dance Scope.  

The American Dance Guild offers an annual summer scholarship to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA. ADG supports one-half of the tuition for a gifted young dancer to attend this renowned summer festival.

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