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Modern dance work in one act with choreography by Humphrey and music and costumes by Pauline Lawrence. Premiered 12 Nov. 1930 by the Humphrey Weidman Company at Hunter College, New York. It was originally titled Dance of the Chosen, and portrays a religious meeting held by the Shakers during the early pioneer period of American history. Its first professional performance was 1 Feb. 1931 at the Craig Theater, New York, and it has been revived several times, by Welsh Dance Theatre (1975) and others. The Shakers were a unique Christian sect who valued dance and song as part of their religious ritual. Shaker dance dates back to early converts who were known to break into ecstatic trembling movements. After a time such movements were deliberately performed and eventually choreographed into formal dances.

Subjects: Dance.

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