IMPRESSIONS: Historic and Significant solos by Women (1929-1970) as part of Fridays at Noon at the 92nd Street Y
Venue: 92nd Street Y
Date: May 12, 2017
Choreographers: Anna Sokolow (1910-2000), Doris Humphrey (1895-1958), Jane Dudley (1912-2001), Louise Kloepper (1910-1996), Eleanor King (1906-1991), Ethel Winter (1924-2012), Sybil Shearer (1912-2005), Martha Graham (1894-1991), Ernestine Stodelle (1913-2008), Hortense Lieberthal Zera (1916-2014), and Sophie Maslow (1911-2006)
Composers: Erik Satie, Alexander Scriabin, Herman Reutter, Manuel de Falla, Woody Guthrie
Dancers: Ella Rosewood, Meggi Sweeney Smith, Nya Bowman, Jennifer Conley, Miki Orihara
Pianist: Pat Daugherty
Costume Designers: Reconstructions by Cheryl Lovett, Concha Mangalinden, Elena Comendador, Sam Harris
Pictured above: Jane Dudley, Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey
This program should be required viewing for any choreographer. The eleven solos, not a dud in the lot, are succinct; the movement, dynamics, and spatial design deliberate and personal. The impetus behind the dances is communication of specific emotional states - never flash or athleticism - often relayed through clear imagery and gestures.
Jane Dudley, whose Cante Flamenco (1944) was performed winningly here by Nya Bowman, was recorded as saying, “we were all so optimistic, ” despite the fact that this country was deeply troubled, with the fallout from the 1929 financial crash and natural disasters such as the Dust Bowl, optimistic that their artistic voices would be heard.