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2016

Preservation Project- The CWDF provided funds to digitize three films in the Charles Weidman Moving Image Archive at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The three films, “Flickers”, “Letter to Mrs. Bixby”, and “Traditions” have been 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.

2015

Preservation Project- The NYPL for the Performing Arts with a generous donation from the National Historical Publications and Records Commision will be digitally preserving the collection of U-matic videos in the Weidman Moving Image Archive housed in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.

Lynchtown/Thistown Nimbus Dance Works have plans to continue the Lynchtown/Thistown project in multiple colleges including Drew University. The Foundation will support Nimbus in their search for funding to continue this amazing project.

Lynchtown- Nimbus Dance Works will be performing Weidman’s Lynchtown in their BAM Season on Saturday May 9th, 2015 at 2pm.

2014

Weidman Fundrasier Flyer FINAL

Lynchtown/Thistown Nimbus Dance Works have plans to continue the Lynchtown/Thistown project in multiple states, including Maine, New Jersey, and New York. The Foundation will support Nimbus in their search for funding to continue this amazing project.

Charles Weidman Dance Foundation Fundraiser– The Foundation hosted a fundraiser on April 18, 2014 at Gibney Dance Center, 890 Broadway, 5th Floor, Studio 1, to raise funds for their project Preservation of the Charles Weidman Moving Image Archive.  The money raised at this event is going towards preserving and digitizing the fragile moving image archive of Charles Weidman dances at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

 

2013

Lynchtown – In their 2013 NYC season, contemporary dance company Nimbus Dance Works, performed Charles Weidman’s 1936 classic dance, Lynchtown, along side a brand new work We Acquiesce by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott, inspired by Lynchtown.

Lynchtown/Thistown– The Foundation provided support to Nimbus Dance Works for Lynchtown/Thistown– a project that resulted in newly created dance pieces by students from five New Jersey high schools in response to viewing Weidman’s Lynchtown. The student renditions, Mr. Pott’s new work, and Lynchtown were all performed on the same program on June 9th, 2013 at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers University connecting three generations of dancers through the legacy of Charles Weidman.

For more information on Nimbus Dance Works and this project go to their website at http://nimbusdanceworks.org/.

Ongoing

Charles Weidman Dance Concert

This weekend long concert is planned to present Mr. Weidman’s work just as he would have presented a concert at The Expression of Two Arts Theater.  The program will include Easter Oratorio, Opus 51 – Opening Dance, Lynchtown, Bargain Counter, and Brahms Waltzes.

Preservation of the Charles Weidman Moving Image Archive

The CWDF is working with the New York Public Library – Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center to digitally preserve and archive the film and video collection of Charles Weidman.  The collection includes almost 90 deteriorating films and videos dating from the mid 1930s to the mid 1970s just prior to Mr. Weidman’s death.  The Foundation is actively seeking donations and grants to help complete this process to protect and preserve this important moving image legacy of Mr. Weidman before it is lost. Check out the Preservation Project page for more information!

Weidman/Bach Project

The Foundation is working to preserve the relationship between Mr. Weidman and the music of Johannes Sebastian Bach by presenting the Christmas and Easter Oratorios and Saint Matthew Passion to live music.  In our our initial effort we presented excerpts from the Easter Oratorio to live music performed by American Virtuosi in 2010.  We hope to present the complete Easter Oratorio accompanied by a Baroque Ensemble at our Charles Weidman Dance Concert.

Is your company, university, or dance institution interested in adding a Charles Weidman work to their repertory? Contact the Foundation at charlesweidman@gmail.com for more information!

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