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Concert Works

A-69-I-12

Affirmations

Aire gaie

Bargain Counter

Bargain Counter

Alcina Suite

American Saga

And Daddy Was A Fireman

Atavisms: “Bargain Counter”, “Stock Exchange”, “Lynchtown”

Box Plastique

Brahms Waltzes

Calligraphy of the Dance

Candide

Cathédrale Engloutie (Submerged Cathedral)

A Chinese Actor Prepares for the Role of the God of War

The Christmas Oratorio

Classroom, Modern Style

Commedia (Burlesca) 

La Comparsa

Compassion

The Convert

Dance of Sport and Dance of Work

The Dancing Master

Danse Profane

Danse Russe

Danza

Danzon

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Easter Oratorio

David and Goliath

Decade: A Biography of Modern Dance from 1930-1940

Diabelli Variations

Dialogue

Dialogue Situation Two

Duo Drama

Easter Oratorio

Exhibition Piece

Fables for Our Time

Farandole

Flickers

Five Further Fables

The Happy Farmer

The Happy Hypocrite

The Heart Remembers

Ein Heldenleben

A House Divided

Imitations and Satires

Fables for Our Time

Fables for Our Time

In the Beginning

Is Sex Necessary or Why You Feel the Way You Do

Israel

Jacob’s Marriage

Japanese Actor

Kinetic Pantomime

King David

Letter to Mrs. Bixby

Marionette Show

Medea

Memorials to the Trivial, the Connubial and the Colossal

Minstrels

Mostly About Women

Music of the Troubadours

New Dance

Nocturne

Of and Out of this World

On My Mother’s Side

Opus 51

Panamic Suite

Park Avenue Intrigue

Passion Compassion 

Portraits of Famous Dancers

The Professor Visits Harlem

Prologue to Saga

Promenade

La Puerta del Vino

Quest: A Choreographic Pantomime

Millie Hirsch Rockefeller as The Reluctant One in

War Between Men and Women

Ringside

Rose of Sharon

Rudepoema

Rumba to the Moon

Saint Matthew Passion

Saints, Sinners and Scriabin

Saudades

A Song for You

Song of Solomon

Song of Songs

Steel and Stone

Studies in Conflict

Studies in Technique for Men

Study

Suite Intriga

Theatre Piece

Theatrical Dancers: Snowfall, Penguins

This Passion

Three Antique Dances

To Make a Form- To Give it Life

Traditions

The Tumbler of Our Lady

Two Gymnopedias 

Two Preludes

Visualization, From a Farm in New Jersey

The War Between Men and Women

War Dance for Wooden Indians

Plays and Broadway Musicals 

Americana

As Thousands Cheer

The Barrier

Hamlet

I’d Rather Be Right

Lysistrata

Lysistrata

If the Shoe Fits

Jackpot

Life Begins at 8:40

Lysistrata

Marching with Johnny

New Faces of 1943 

The New Moon

Portofino

The Race of Life

The School for Husbands

Sing Out, Sweet Land!

Spoon River Anthology

Star Dust

To the Dance

Volpone

Waiting for Godot

Operas

Aida

Carmen

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The Love for Three Oranges

Der Rosenkavlier

Die Meistersinger

The Dybbuk

The Four Ruffians

Iphigenia in Aulis

La Traviata

The Love For Three Oranges

The Merry Widow

Turandot

 

Concert Works

 


A-69-I-123

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NY June 12, 1969


Affirmations

Washington Irving High School, NY November 17, 1934
Music by Vivian Fine
Solo work.


Aire Gaie

1954


Alcina Suite

NYC, May 15, 1934
Music by Handel
Choreographed sections “Introduction,” “Pomosa et Allegro,” Pantomime,” and “Minuet” with Doris Humphrey. Duet with Elizabethan style costuming.


American Saga

The Guild Theater, NY January 26, 1936
Music by Jerome Moross
Based on the legend of Paul Bunyan and the theme of physical strength.


And Daddy was a Fireman

Humphrey-Weidman Studio Theater, NY March 1943
Music by Herbert Haufrecht
Companion to On My Mother’s Side, a somewhat biographical work based on the war between the Greeks and the Amazons, set in Lincoln, Nebraska at the turn of the century. The role of Fire Commissioner or Daddy played by Charles, Visiting Belle Vista by Doris Humphrey, and “Fire” by Peter Hamilton.


Atavisms

The Guild Theater, NY January 26, 1936
Music by Lehman Engel

Bargain Counter – Lust for things – Charles portrays a floor worker at a bargain sale that is overcome by crazed consumers.

Stock Exchange – Lust for money – Charles portrays a wealthy, helpless man who is brought down by the stock market crash of 1929.

Lynchtown- Blood lust- Based on a personal experience of Charles witnessing a lynching, a bloodthirsty mob “surges and eddies” (Lloyd) portraying mob mentality and blind hate.


Box Plastique

1948


Brahms Waltzes

1961
Music by Johannes Brahms
Also known as the Liebeslieder Waltzes, Opus 39. Paid homage to Doris Humphrey characterized by beautiful, sweeping movements and bursts of energy, made for a large group.


Calligraphy of the Dance

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NY  1961
Co-choreographed with Mikhail Santaro who was “attempting to capture the time space relationships between the live dynamics of the dance and the rhythmic patterns of line drawings.” Partnership originated the Expression of Two Arts Theatre. 


Candide

Booth Theater, NY May 1933
A two-hour ballet and pantomime version of Voltaire’s “Candide.”


Cathédrale Engloutie
(Submerged Cathedral)

Brooklyn Little Theater, NY March 24, 1928
Music by Debussy
Based on the French legend of a sunken cathedral that emerges from the sea once a year. Pays tribute to Denishawn through use of fabric as an evolving prop.


A Chinese Actor Prepares for the Role of the God of War

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NY 1964
Music by Stravinsky
Co-choreographed with Mikhail Santaro.


Christmas Oratorio

December 1961
Music by Bach
A group piece depicting characters and scenes of the Christmas story. “Reminiscent of figures seen in masterpieces of Renaissance painting.” -Jennie Schulman 1971. Characterized by sweeping, group sections and storytelling.


Classroom, Modern Style

March 11, 1951

Exercise and lecture demonstration in kinetic pantomime.


Commedia (Burlesca)

Craig Theater, NY February 4, 1931
Music by Bossi


La Comparsa

April 1, 1943

Music by Ernesto Lecuona


Compassion

March 3, 1929


The Convert

1959
Music by James Fasset titled “Symphony of the Birds”


Dance of Sport
and Dance of Work

NY, 1932
Music by Henry Cowell
Co-choreographed with Jose Limon and William Matons.


The Dancing Master

Humphrey- Weidman Studio Theater, NY March 31, 1943


Danse Profane

Craig Theater, NY February 4, 1931


Danse Russe

May 4, 1967
Performed to the poem by Carlos Williams with a musical background by Charles Ives.


Danza

1932


Danzon

1932


David and Goliath

June 24, 1945
Music by Johann Kuhnau
Witty work that poked fun at the Biblical characters of David, Goliath, the Philistines, and the Israelites.


Decade: A Biography of Modern Dance from 1930-1940

Vermont State Armory, VT August 9, 1941
Music by Aaron Copeland
Co-choreographed with Doris Humphrey.


Diabelli Variations

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NY 1965


Dialogue

June 24, 1945
“Gay, light-hearted number danced with grace and presision by two men and two women.”- Freelance Star review, 1946


Dialogue Situation Two

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NYC, January 29, 1963
Music by Ernest Block
“Sketches of birth to death.”- Press Release, 1963


Duo Drama

Guild Theater, NY  January 6, 1935
Music by Roy Harris
Co-choreographed with Doris Humphrey.
“A work subtle in grace, precise in its broader concepts, and thoroughly exciting in its dramtic moment.”- Dance Observer, 1939


Easter Oratorio

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NYC June 12, 1967
Music by J.S. Bach
A beautifully simplistic and joyous dance with multiple sections including ensemble numbers and a trio for women, all surrounding the topic of rejoicing at the resurrection.


Exhibition Piece

1934


Fables for Our Time

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, MA July 11,1947
Music by Freda Miller
Based on the book by James Thurber, tells the stories of “The Unicorn in the Garden”, “The Owl Who Was God”,  “The Courtship of Arthur and Al”, and at different stages included “The Little Girl and the Wolf”, “The Shrike and the Chipmunks”, and “The Clothes Moth and the Luna Moth.”


Farandole

June 29, 1932 (in opera Carmen)
Lewisohn Stadium, NY August 8, 1933 (as separate work)


Flickers

Humphrey-Weidman Studio Theater, NY December 27, 1941
Music by Lionel Nowak
A dance divided into four “reels” reflecting silent films, characterized by jerky movements and cardboard cutouts. Danced by Charles and Doris.


Five Further Fables

Henry Street Theater, NY February 12, 1960


The Happy Farmer

Humphrey-Weidman Studio Theater, NY February 22,  1941
Co-choreographed with Peter Hamilton.


The Happy Hypocrite

Craig Theater, NY February 1931
Music by Herbert Elwell
A dance made in three scenes telling the story of Max Beerbohm’s tale “The Happy Hypocrite: A Fairy Tale for Tired Men.”


The Heart Remembers

Humphrey-Weidman Studio Theater, NY April 2, 1944


Ein Heldenleben

1929
Music by Richard Strauss
Co-choreographed with Martha Graham.


A House Divided

Humphrey-Weidman Studio Theater, NY June 24, 1945
Music by Lionel Nowak
A somber work based on the Civil War and the character of Abraham Lincoln. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”- Lincoln


Imitations and Satires

1943


In the Beginning

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NY July 1962
Music by Debussy
A solo of comedic impressions of modern dancers including Graham, Humphrey, and Tamiris among others. Oringally performed by Charles Weidman.


Is Sex Necessary or Why You Feel the Way You Do

Henry Street Playhouse, NY February 12, 1960

Based on an unproduced work by Doris Humphrey.


Israel

Neighborhood Playhouse, NY 1928
Music by Ernest Bloch
Concept by Irene Lewisohn
Co-choreographed with Doris Humphrey and Martha Graham.


Jacob’s Marriage

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NYC, May 1962

Presented as The Marriage of Jacob. Combined theater, dance, and comedy to tell the biblical story of Jacob.


Japanese Actor

NYC, May 28, 1928

Retitled Sails for a 1962 performance at the Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NYC.


Kinetic Pantomime

The Guild Theater, NY April 15, 1934
Music by Colin McPhee
“A solo proclamation of Charles’s artistic credo at the time… neither abstract dance nor straight pantomime… a fusion and rhythmization of abstract and pantomimic elements into a new thing” (Lloyd)


King David

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NY 1963
Music by Honegger


Letter to Mrs. Bixby

92nd St Y, NY May 4, 1972

Solo work depicting Abraham Lincoln writing condolences to a beareaved mother.


Marionette Show

November 15, 1929


Medea

Jacob’s Pillow, MA June 29, 1950
Solo for Mia Slavenska.


Memorials to the Trivial, the Connubial and the Colossal

Guild Theater, NY April 15, 1934
Music by Jerome Moross


Minstrels

Brooklyn Little Theater, NY March 24, 1928
The building of pantomime in dance made for a small group.


Mostly About Women

c.1958
Music by Paul Bowles titled “Music for a Farce”


Music of the Troubadours

Library of Congress, DC April 23, 1931
Co-choreographed with Blanche Talmud.


New Dance

Bennington College, VT August 3, 1935
Music by Wallingford Riegger
Co-choreographed with Doris Humphrey.


Nocturne

August 18, 1931


Of and Out of this World

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NY June 12, 1969
Music by Saint-Saens


On My Mother’s Side

Vassar College, NY January 20, 1940
Music by Lionel Nowak
Text by William Archibald
A satire of pioneer genealogy in a suite of solo character sketches of Weidman’s ancestors.


Opus 51

Vermont State Armory, Bennington, VT August 6, 1938
Music by Vivian Fine
Costumes by Pauline Lawrence
Everyday life portrayed through the “joy of dance movement” (McDonagh) and kinetic pantomime.


Panamic Suite

1948


Park Avenue Intrigue

Rainbow Room, NY 1943


Passion Compassion

Guild Theater, NY 1928
Music by Satie


Portraits of Famous Dancers

1941


The Professor Visits Harlem

Rainbow Room, NY 1941


Prologue to Saga

USA, 1932
A precursor to American Saga made for men.


Promenade

1936


La Puerta del Vino

Cleveland, OH April 19, 1931


Quest

Bennington College, VT August 13, 1936
Music by Norman Lloyd
Concerning the role of the artist in society.  Charles portrayed the artist and Doris Humphrey was his muse. “Muse, contemplate thy victim” – Lamartine


The Ringside

NY October 28, 1928
A dance simulating a fight made for two men.


Rose of Sharon

NYC, December 21, 1949


Rudepoema

April 15, 1935
Music by Villa-Lobos
Co-choreographed with Doris Humphrey.


Rumba to the Moon

Rainbow Room, NY 1943
Music by Xavier Cugat


Saint Matthew Passion

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NY 1973
Music by Bach


Saints, Sinners and Scriabin

NYC, 1963


Saudades

92nd St Y, NY April 25, 1954
Music by Milhaud


A Song for You

Jacob’s Pillow, MA 1951


Song of Solomon

1949


Song of Songs

1943


Steel and Stone

Craig Theater, NY February 7, 1931
Music by Henry Cowell


Studies in Conflict

New School, NY January 5, 1932
Music by Dane Rudhyar arranged by Vivian Fine


Studies in Technique for Men

1938


Study

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NY 1964
Music by Samuel Barber


Suite Intriga

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NY 1964
Music by Mozart


Theatre Piece

Guild Theater, NY January 19, 1936
Music by Wallingford Riegger
Co-choreographed with Doris Humphrey.


Theatrical Dances

1942
Sections “Snowfall” and  “Penguins” co-choreographed with Lee Sherman.


This Passion

The Guild Theatre, NY January 23, 1938
Music by Norman Lloyd
Based on the tragedies of an air raid and the Snyder-Gray murder case.


Three Antique Dances

1945


To Make a Form- To Give it Life

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NY  1961
Music by Corelli
Co-choreographed with Mikhail Santaro.


Traditions

NYC, October 12, 1935
Music by Lehman Engel


The Tumbler of Our Lady

1930
Music by Respighi


Two Gymnopedias

Philadelphia, PA August 18, 1931


Two Preludes

NYC, March 31, 1929


Visualization, From a Farm in New Jersey

Expression of Two Arts Theatre, NY, July 14,  1974
Music by Camille Saint-Saens


The War Between Men and Women

92nd St Y, NY April 25,1954


War Dance for Wooden Indians

Rainbow Room, NY 1941

Broadway Plays


Americana

Shubert Theatre, NY October 5,  1932
Co-choreographed with Doris Humphrey.
Included the dance “Satan’s Little Lamb” performed opening night by the Charles Weidman dancers and the Doris Humphrey Dance Troup.


As Thousands Cheer

Music Box Theater, Broadway, NY September 30, 1933
Music by Irving Berlin
Weidman choreographed three dances including “The Lonely Heart’s Column” and “Revolt in Cuba.” Includes sketches about 1930s news-makers, among them Gandhi, Josephine Baker, and evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.


The Barrier

Broadhurst Theatre, NY November 2, 1950
Music by Jan Meyerowitz
Co-Choreographed with Doris Humphrey.
Based on the book “The Barrier” by Langhston Hughes.


Hamlet

1931


I’d Rather Be Right

Alvin Theatre, NY November 2, 1937
Music by Richard Rodgers


If the Shoe Fits

New Century Theatre, NY December 5, 1946
Music by David Raksin


Jackpot

Alvin Theatre, NY January 13, 1944
Music by Vernon Duke
Included dances “Grist for De Mille” and “He’s Good for Nothing But Me.”


Life Begins at 8:40

Winter Garden Theatre, NY August 27, 1934
Music by Harold Arlen


Lysistrata

Forty-Fourth Street Theatre, NY January 5, 1930
Music by Leo Ornstein and Reinhold Gliere
Co-choreographed with Doris Humphrey.
Women withhold sex from their husbands to end the Peloponnesian War.


Marching with Johnny

Mosque Theater, Newark, NJ November 22, 1943


New Faces of 1943

Ritz Theatre, NJ December 22, 1942
Music by Lee Wainer
Co-choreographed with John Wray.


The New Moon

City Center, NY May 17, 1944
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Set in 18th century New Orleans, starring a French nobleman convicted of murder who is to be sent back to France on the boat The New Moon.


Portofino

Adelphi Theatre, NY February 21, 1958
Co-choreographed with Ray Harrison.
Music by Will Irwin and Louis Bellson
An Italian race car driver falls in love with a rival Texan driver.


The Race of Life

Nora Bayes Theatre, NY January 30, 1939
Written by Charles Weidman and Doris Humphrey.
Music by Vivian Fine.


The School for Husbands

Empire Theatre, NY October 16, 1933
Music by Edmond W. Rickett
Featured Charles Weidman in the roles of “Street Dancers”, “Harlequin”, “The Dancing Master” and Doris Humphrey as the “Columbine.”


Sing Out, Sweet Land!

International Theater, NY November 13, 1944
Co-choreographed with Doris Humphrey.
A musical revue of American folk songs over the ages. Included Weidman staged dances “Country Dance,” “Camptown Races,” “Jesse James,” and “The Charleston.”


Spoon River Anthology

1943


Star Dust

Philadelphia, PA September 7, 1943


To the Dance

Nora Bayes Theatre, NY January 30, 1939
Music by Wallingford Riegger
Written and directed by Charles Weidman and Doris Humphrey. Featured dancer Jose Limon.


Volpone

1957


Waiting for Godot

1956

Operas


Aida

New York City Opera, 1950


Carmen

New York City Opera, 1948


Der Rosenkavlier

New York City Opera, 1948


Die Meistersinger

New York City Opera 1948


The Dybbuk

New York City Opera 1948


The Four Ruffians

New York City Opera 1950


Iphigenia in Aulis (Iphigénie en Aulide)

Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA February 22, 1935
Composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Co-choreographed by Doris Humphrey and performed by the Humphrey-Weidman Concert Group.
King Agamemmnon struggles with the decision of sacrificing his daughter, Iphigenia, in order to win the Trojan War.


La Traviata

New York City Opera, 1948


The Love For Three Oranges

New York City Opera, 1950


The Merry Widow

1944


Turandot

New York City Opera, 1948

 

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