From the Jerome
Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing
Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
"It gives me great pleasure to present a proclamation to Anna Sokolow, who is a part of what New York City and what New York City dance, and what American dance is all about. The proclamation reads:
'Whereas as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and as the founder and artistic director of 'The Players' Project, Anna Sokolow has been a leading figure in the growth and development of modern dance in the United States and internationally, and whereas critics have characterized her work as lyrical, penetrating, startling, engaging and charged with a power derived from the secret domain of the emotions, and whereas since her professional premiere in New York as a dancer with Martha Graham in 1928, Anna Sokolow has been a powerful artistic presence in our city, influencing the course of dance in America through her performances, and her instruction of dancers at the 92nd Street Y and the Julliard School, and whereas friends, pupils, colleagues, and admirers of Anna Sokolow are gathered today to salute her achievements and to celebrate her 85th birthday, now therefore I, Ruth Messinger, President of the Borough of Manhattan, in recognition of the woman who was one of the great artistic creditors of this city, do hereby proclaim today, Wednesday, February 15, 1995, in the Borough of Manhattan, as Anna Sokolow Day.'"