Mutual Inspiration: Choreographers and Composers at the Bennington School of the Dance
Journal / Book Title
Congress on Research in Dance Conference Proceedings
Visual artists, designers, composers, photographers, poets, and choreographers were vital participants in the Bennington School of the Dance, which ran on the Bennington College campus in Bennington, Vermont, from 1934–1942 with one year, 1939, spent at Mills College in California. Collaborations were an integral component of the school, occurring between faculty and staff members as well as between students and faculty/staff. Of particular importance were the collaborations between musicians (including Louis Horst, Gregory Tucker, Norman Lloyd, and Alex North) and choreographers (including Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman). These collaborations influenced the direction of American modern dance, which was establishing itself with new breath as a form that could express American life and traditions without necessarily drawing upon European composers to do so.
MSU Digital Commons Citation
McPherson, Elizabeth, "Mutual Inspiration: Choreographers and Composers at the Bennington School of the Dance" (2012). Department of Theatre and Dance Scholarship and Creative Works. 7.
McPherson, E. (2012). Mutual Inspiration: Choreographers and Composers at the Bennington School of the Dance. Congress on Research in Dance Conference Proceedings, 2012, 108-117. doi:10.1017/cor.2012.14