These dramatic 1929 solos, performed together, represent a statement about the early development of modern dance and the growth of the individual. Humphrey’s notes describe “the Call to a new vision followed by a shriving of the old body and old ideas through the purification of fire.”
This description may be seen as a reference to Humphrey’s sudden break with Denishawn and the start of an independent career in 1928.
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