Jean Erdman

(b. 1917)

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(b Honolulu, 20 Feb. 1917)

US dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She studied with Graham at Bennington Summer School and at School of American Ballet as well as with various teachers of Eastern dance. Between 1938 and 1944 she performed with Graham where she danced major roles, including the One who Speaks in Letter to the World. She returned later to guest. Her own first works were made in collaboration with Cunningham and in 1944 she formed her own group for which she choreographed extensively. Her work increasingly shifted towards mixed-media, as in The Coach with the Six Insides (1962), based on Joyce's Finnegans Wake, which toured both the US and Europe. In the 1970s she founded the Theatre of the Open Eye where she produced plays by Yeats and her own work such as Gauguin in Tahiti (1976) and The Shining Hour (1980). She also taught, including at Columbia University.

Subjects: Dance.

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