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Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre
13, 14 May 2005 (Fri/Sat) 8:00 PM
|Sha Tah Tee
|To Have and To Hold
WHDT would like to thank Paul Chambers for generously offering "Ozark Suite" to the company. Mr. Chambers performed this work with the Hanya Holm Company in 1957, 1958 and 1959. Paul is the only company member remaining who has danced this historic work and WHDT is the only dance company performing the work today.
To preserve this historically significant master work, WHDT in connection with Paul Chambers is filming "Ozark Suite" and an archival copy of this master work is being presented to the New York Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center at the request of the Hanya Holm Foundation.
The film will be part of the permanent dance collection and will be added to the Hanya Holm Dance Archive for public viewing and for dance research.
The filming of "Ozark Suite" is generously sponsored by Norman and Elain Polsky.
She was a dancer, choreographer teacher and one of the pioneers of modern dance. Holm is considered one of the "Big Four" founders of American modern dance along with Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey and Charles Wiedman. In Her native Germany Hanya Holm as a student of and an instructor for Mary Wigman at the Wigman School in Dresden. In 1931 Holm came to New York where she founded the Wigman School of Dance. In 1936, with the growth of nazism in Germany the school became the Hanya Holm Studio.
Holm's 1948 Labanotation score for Kiss Me, Kate, was the first copyrighted choreography in the United States. Metropolitan Daily was the first modern dance composition televised on NBC. From 1941 until 1983 Holm ran the summer dance program at Colorado College.
Paul Chambers died September 29, 2005 at age 80 at his home in St. Joseph, Missouri. His death was unexpected. Paul is on the right in this photo taken during the Fall 2005 dance concert of Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre, just a few weeks before his death. Here he is with longtime friend Dan DeMott (left) in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center just outside White Recital Hall on UMKC.
Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre
Mary Pat Henry
Gerard Alexander, Winston Dynamite Brown, Holly DeWitt, Tracy Franklin, DeeAnna Hiett, Katie Jenkins, Jennifer Medina, Joe Pilgram, Lindsey Rosemann, Jerome Stiegler, Paula Weber, Rodni Williams
Anthony DeCarlis, Latra Wilson
Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre Production Staff
Lighting Designer - Jim Primm
Lighting Assistant - Jennifer Felbo
Light Board Operator - Jim Primm
Sound - Ryan Kleeman
Stage Manager - Jered Solace
Tech Crew - Michelle Cox, Amy Gardner, Terrell Lampley, Holly Payne, Jennifer Phillips, Jered Solace, Kaelly Tier
Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre are Artist in Residence at
the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri Kansas City
Wylliams/Henry links on this site
To their website - www.wylliams-henry.org
Debra Beatty, 10/7/2005
This website has marvelous photos. Your dancers are magnificantly talented.
Sandra Groeltz, 10/7/2005
The Lord has his timing! In light of Paul Chambers passing it is a wonderful irony that your company recreated the Ozark Suite for the Archives while he was still alive.Sandra L. Groeltz
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