Posted 31 December 2008 - 07:51 PM
Well, if you're really interested in Denishawn, you really ought to open communications with the Humphrey Society. Stephanie Clemens, the president, is also a Denishawn reconstructor and grew up being babysat by Denishawn dancers. She studied at Julliard (under Tudor, I know, perhaps under Limon, but I don't remember her speaking of it). She worked a great deal with Karoun Tootikian, whom I believe held St. Denis' estate. I think they tried to donate the holdings to UCLA, but one day Karoun came in and found all those beautiful scarves and costumes thrown all over the floor of the dancers' lockerroom and I think she removed the archive... but I could be mis-remembering again... they could still be there... or it might not have been UCLA.
What I don't understand is why it didn't all go to Adelphi if Ruth St. Denis founded Adelphi's dance department. Perhaps because Karoun lived in southern California, she wanted to keep it close by?