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Barton Mumaw, Dancer: From Denishawn to Jacob's Pillow and Beyond Paperback


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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; 1st edition (August 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819564532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819564535
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,363,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This important account is refreshingly honest, and presents fascinating insights into the intense, quasi-religious idealism of the pioneers of early modern dance." (Ramsay Burt, De Montfort University, UK)

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6 x 9 trim. 90 illus. LC 00-105400

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Graham on November 7, 2001
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I had the pleasure of a casual acquaintanceship with Mumaw in New York in the 40' and 50's. Always enticing, the narrative is impeccable, and the story itself one well worth telling. The prime student and then lover of Ted Shawn, Mumaw was enriched by the pairing, and when later in life after he had cut the umbilical chord with Shawn, though devastated by Shawn's treacherous behavior, could never bring himself to bring an end to the friendship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By krebsman VINE VOICE on June 17, 2006
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In recent months I have become obsessed with Denishawn and have been reading everything I can find that is related strongly to it. BARTON MUMAW, DANCER by Mumaw and Jane Sherman is wonderful. It tells the life of a talented man who was a true artist with an intellect and a heart full of love. He fell in love with music and dancing as a Pennsylvania Dutch boy growing up in Florida. As a youth in New York to study dance he meets and ultimately becomes the protege and paramour of the famed Ted Shawn. This is a very personal story, told frankly, as it traces growth of their relationship both professionally and emotionally. Mumaw becomes the principal dancer of Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers who barnstormed the country in the depression-ridden 1930s. The creation and survival of this company forms the real creative heart of this story and it is a very exciting one as it tells of male camaraderie among artists, who dance together, run a farm together and build a school together. After the breakup of the company due to the impending World War II, Mumaw joins the army and is shipped to Europe to fight. He survives and is truly a grown man when the war is over. He knows he must achieve independence from Shawn as an artist and as a man. Then the story's second part takes over with further amours and a new career as a Broadway dancer. This is the story of an artist's survival. Mumaw, with Sherman's help, has come up with a beautiful book. There's an intelligent, literary sensibility behind this book that informs everything Mumaw writes. This is a great book on a lot of levels. Mumaw may still be alive. I hope so. I want his book to have a long life, as it truly deserves to be known as a classic dancer's autobiography. Five stars.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darryl K. Clark VINE VOICE on May 10, 2007
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there is a formidable history in barton mumaw's life. he went from a small town in florida state to broadway, he was a premier american dancer of modern technique, worked with an awesome assortment of choreographers such as hanya holm and ted shawn and was there by shawn's side helping to lay the groundwork for the jacobs pillow dance festival.

and that's not all. but because he and co-author jane sherman wrote his autobiography, we may never know how much more there was. the style is sweet, polite and gentle--just like the southern gentleman mumaw was. and it is also evasive, even when it wants to be elucidating.

and it centers on mumaw's experiences without added insights from his colleagues. if mumaw's voice was more authoritative or his ability to tell a story were more articulate, that would be enough. in this case, it is not.

one benefit of this book is the cataloguing of repertoire mumaw performed and a variety of photos from mumaw's nine years with shawn.
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