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Anna Sokolow, 1910 - 2000

1910

Born on February 9 in Hartford, CT, to Sarah (Cohen) and Samuel Sokolowski; family moves to New York City a few years later

c.1920

Takes first dance class, at Emanuel Sisterhood of Personal Service

1928

Studies with Martha Graham and Louis Horst at Neighborhood Playhouse School

1929

Joins Martha Graham's company

1933

Choreographs and performs in first major group piece, Anti-War Trilogy

1934

Travels to Soviet Union, where she is disappointed by the lack of a true revolutionary dance movement

1935

Directs dances for André Obey's Noah, the first of many Broadway collaborations

1936

First full-evening concert of Sokolow's choreography, at 92nd Street Y

With other American modern dancers, boycotts International Dance Festival organized by German government to accompany Berlin Olympics

1939

Travels to Mexico for first time; later becomes known as "the founder of Mexican modern dance."

1945

Premiere of Kaddish, inspired by Jewish mourning ritual

1951

Last major appearance as performer, in her staging of S. Ansky's The Dybbuk

1952

Stages "Purim Jubilee" for Greater New York Committee for State of Israel Bonds

1953

Choreographs Lyric Suite, an artistic turning point in which she finds own language of movement

Begins working with Inbal Dance Theater, initiating a longstanding relationship with Israeli dance world

1955

Premiere of Rooms, groundbreaking work dealing with universality of isolation in modern urban society and one of the first modern dances set to serious, edgy jazz

1961

Premiere of Dreams, an allegory of the terror and hopelessness experienced by victims of the Holocaust

1965

Premiere of Opus '65, a prototype for later rock ballets and a strong influence on Broadway

1967

Creates original dances for Off-Broadway production of Hair

1978

Receives honorary doctorates from Ohio State University and Brandeis University

1985

Receives National Foundation for Jewish Culture's Jewish Cultural Achievement Award

1988

Awarded Mexico's highest civilian honor given to a foreigner

1998

Inducted into National Museum of Dance's Dance Hall of Fame

2000

Dies on March 29 in New York City, at the age of 90

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Women of Valor - Anna Sokolow - Timeline." (Viewed on April 17, 2014) <http://jwa.org/womenofvalor/sokolow/timeline>.