Anna Sokolow pushed the boundaries of modern dance, using her performances to explore important social issues and the darkest human emotions. A versatile dancer and choreographer, Sokolow crafted shows ranging from Candide to Hair to The Dybbuk. As a member of the “radical dance” movement, Sokolow believed that dancers could do more than just entertain. By mining current events for inspiration, they could spark audiences to connect emotionally to important causes. Using a wide range of techniques from traditional dance to mime, she portrayed the ravages of the Great Depression and the Holocaust. A gifted teacher, Sokolow trained the Inbal Dance Theater, the first Israeli dance troupe to represent the country abroad, for their acclaimed European debut.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Anna Sokolow." (Viewed on January 16, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/sokolow-anna>.