What Is: The New Dance Group Gala Historical Concert – Retrospective 1930s – 1970s


This mid-20th century period of dance, while not so long ago, produced many fascinating and artistically significant dances worthy of meticulous preservation. Members of the New Dance Group were idealistic artistic innovators that aimed to make dance a viable statement about the social injustices of the world.

This film presents some of the most influential modern dance pioneers’ legendary work and pays heed their message of social consciousness. This beautiful survey presets 18 celebrated, recreated dances and excerpts originally performed by The New Dance Group.

This celebratory concert is a testament to the dance personalities that made a difference, but whose works have been largely unavailable for viewing until now. The Gala Concert presents the original choreographers or their artistic hers, together with talented professional dancers in a program of influential and compelling works.
Produced by the American Dance Guild in June 1993, the film includes mini-interviews with the choreographers which include Pearl Primus, Donald Mc Kayele, among others. If you are interested in our DVD collection, this film can be purchased on DVD as a 2-disk set by itself or along with a Pioneers of Modern Dance as a 2 DVD set discount package.

To read more about the film and get a behind the scenes look, stay tuned!

About Yauri Dalencour

Yauri is a professional dancer, dance archivist and educator. She has run an arts education consultancy she founded almost ten years ago and is now head of product and brand ambassador at Dancetime Publications. Yauri’s forte as a dance journalist is writing short insightful and reflective posts as well as featured articles featuring guests and experts.

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