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Program from a performance by Sokolow at New York's 92nd Street Y

Program from a performance by Sokolow at New York's 92nd Street Y
Note Sokolows name on the teaching roster on the back page [page 4] of the program.

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Program from a performance by Sokolow at New York's 92nd Street Y

This performance included some of Sokolow's most powerful pieces from the "radical dance" period. In a review, Louise Mitchell singled out Case History No.--- for attention: "If a dancer could be convicted of criminal syndicalism for the sheer strength and meaning of a dance, Miss Sokolow would be behind the bars for 'Case History No.---' For here we have a burning indictment against society and the first great revolutionary dance characterization.... Anna Sokolow depicts the lifetime of thousands of youths who roam this country as vagrants and petty criminals, who live in the slums of New York, Chicago or Detroit.... She dances of their boyish bravado, their willfulness, frustration, desperation, the hunted suspect, the third degree, the cringing crying boy killers, the last mile. One sees the countless [youths] who never got a chance, whose only crime was being born in to a society that breeds them and then destroys them like gutter rats."

Notes: Louise Mitchell, "New Dance Unit is Tops," clipping from Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

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Date / time
February 28, 1937

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