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2016

Preservation and Digitization of Three Films in the NYPL Weidman Archive- The CWDF provided funds to digitize the three films “Flickers,” “Letter to Mrs. Bixby,” and “Traditions” in the Charles Weidman Moving Image Archive at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Jerome Robbins Dance Division. The three filmswere preserved and digitized for longevity and easier access to the public. Thank you to our donors for making this possible. We will continue to search for funds to preserve and digitize the remaining films in the collection.  Check out our Preservation Project page for updates or to make a donation.

Dance is a Weapon NDG 1932/1955- The Charles Weidman Dance Foundation was pleased to support the CNDC in Angers, France by supplying video footage of Charles Weidman’s “Lynchtown” for their exhibition about the New Dance Group displayed at Le Quai May 16th- June 17th, 2016.

2015

Katherine Litz’s “Glyph” performed at the ICA Boston- Polly Motley performed Katherine Litz’s “Glyph” as part of the Black Mountain College Exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston on October 17th and 18th, 2015. The performance was made possible with support from the Charles Weidman Dance Foundation and the New York Library for the Performing Arts, Jerome Robbins Dance Division.

Nimbus Dance Works Performs Weidman’s “Lynchtown” in their 2015 season at BAM-Nimbus Dance Works celebrated its 10th anniversary season May 8 and 9, 2015 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fisher Hall. The evening programs featured Pearl Primus’ 1942 work Strange Fruit and Charles Weidman’s 1936 work Lynchtown, which was performed alongside a companion piece, Thistown, by student dancers from New Jersey City University and Drew University.

NET Nebraska airs “Charles Weidman: On His Own”- In conjunction with Ballet Nebraska’s performances of Weidman’s iconic work, On My Mother’s Side, NET Nebraska aired the CWDF’s award winning documentary April 19th at 2pm. The presentation of “Charles Weidman: On His Own” was made possible with the permission and support of The Charles Weidman Dance Foundation, Inc.

2014

Preservation of the Charles Weidman Moving Image Archive: The Charles Weidman Dance Foundation Fundraiser- The CWDF hosted a fundraising event on Friday April 18th, 2014 at Gibney Dance Center where they presented Lynchtown and Branches. Donations supported our initiative to preserve and digitize the Weidman moving image archive of iconic American modern dance at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts.

Lynchtown in San Diego, CA- Charles Weidman alumnus, George Willis,  staged Lynchtown for the Minerva Tapia Dance Group from Tijuana, Mexico and performed the iconic work at San Diego Dance Theater’s Live Arts Festival!

2013

Lynchtown/Thistown- project spearheaded by Samuel Potts of Nimbus Dance Works with support from the Charles Weidman Dance Foundation. Nimbus artists worked with high school students from NJ on creating dances that deal with a social or political issue that the students wanted to explore and speak out on. On June 9, 2013 Nimbus Dance Works performed Weidman’s Lynchtown alongside the original creations of five NJ high schools at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers University, NJ.

Lynchtown- performed by Nimbus Dance Works in their New York Season at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater in February 2013 and their New Jersey Season at Barrow Mansion in May 2013. Staged by Margaret O’Sullivan with support from the Charles Weidman Dance Foundation, this Weidman dance is recognized as one of the classic works of American Modern Dance.

Lecture/Discussion on Weidman’s Lynchtown- Dr. Jeff Friedman of Rutgers University led a lecture/discussion on Weidman’s classic work Lynchtown (1936) in which he dissected how art and persuasion co-mingle to form a vehicle for bringing political and social awareness. The lecture included archival video and photos and live dance demonstration by Nimbus Dance Works dancers. Nimbus’ staging of Lynchtown was made possible by the Charles Weidman Dance Foundation.

Study in Contrast- performed by Jennifer Conley at the 92nd St Y’s Fridays at Noon series. Staged by Nadira Hall, Study in Contrast was performed in its first solo performance on February 1, 2013. Accompanied by piano, dancer Jennifer Conley demonstrated Weidman’s creation for teaching composition to dance students.

2012

Opus 51

Opus 51

Opus 51: Opening Dance- performance presented by Montclair University dancers with assistance from the Foundation at Montclair State University, reconstructed and staged by Margaret O’Sullivan.  Performed at Montclair State University, NJ. and the 92nd Street Y in NYC.

2011
Brahms Waltzes
– 50th anniversary performance of the complete Brahms Waltzes at the 92nd Street Y, NYC, staged by Margaret O’Sullivan.

Lynchtown – 75th anniversary performance of Lynchtown presented with assistance from the Foundation at the 92nd Street Y, coached by Margaret O’Sullivan

Charles Weidman: On His Own – Award winning film produced by the Foundation shown at the Woodstock Diamond Sokolow Dance Theatre, Woodstock, NY “Voices of Modern Dance Film Event,” and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in their “Vidéodanse” Series.

2010
Easter Oratorio: Branches and Fugue-  First performance of Weidman/Bach Project to live music.  First New York performance of excerpts from Easter Oratorio since Weidman’s death.    Reconstructed and staged by Janet Towner and assisted by  Margaret O’Sullivan.  Performed at the 92nd Street Y, NYC and the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

2003
75th anniversary of the first Humphrey-Weidman concert-
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz proclaims March 24th Humphrey-Weidman day in Brooklyn.

1996
Ceremony- plaque presentation and reception commemorating first Humphrey Weidman concert.

1994
Humphrey-Weidman Gala: Dances from Their Years Together-
 Dances from their first concert together in 1928 through 1945 at the  Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, NYC.

Lynchtown

Lynchtown

1993
Lynchtown performed at SUNY Purchase, NY and in Taiwan- Bargain Counter performed at Louis Abrons Arts Center as part of the Henry Street Settlement Centennial Celebration Reconstruction of David and Goliath and Submerged Cathedral by Peter Hamilton.

Charles Weidman Technique and Repertory Workshop- Taught by Peter Hamilton in New York City at the 92nd Street Y.

1992
Redivivio: Experiences in Reconstruction-
 Performance of dances and a panel of experts discussing aspects of reconstruction.  DIA Center for the Arts, NYC.

1990 and 1992
Charles Weidman Technique and Repertory Workshop-
Taught by Janet Towner in New York City.

1990
On My Mother’s Side-
 First New York performance since Mr. Weidman’s death. Reconstructed and staged by Peter Hamilton and danced by Douglas Nielsen.

Charles Weidman: On His Own- Completion and first screening of award-winning video documentary commissioned and produced by The Charles Weidman Dance Foundation.

1989
A Charles Weidman Celebration – The Influences of Charles Weidman panel discussion moderated by Marian Horosko featuring reminiscences by Eleanor King, Alwin Nikolais, Betty Osgood, Nadine Gae & others with a technique demonstration and performances of Weidman’s Christmas Oratorio, Brahms Waltzes, Bargain Counter and Humphrey’s Duo-Drama at the Jose Limon Studio.

Flickers

Flickers

1986
Roots of American Modern Dance – performance of Weidman’s Flickers, Lynchtown, trio from Christmas Oratorio as well as choreography by Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Michio Ito, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Helen Tamiris, and Doris Humphrey (Water Study, Call & Breath of Fire, Two Ecstatic Themes) at Aaron Davis Hall, CCNY.

1985
Remembering Charles Weidman
– a group reminiscence.

1983
Honoring Charles Weidman – performance of Weidman’s Fables for Our Time and Brahms Waltzes as wells as works by Humphrey, Koner, Limon and Shawn.

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