Inevitable Designs: Embodied Ideology in Anna Sokolow's Proletarian Dances

  title={Inevitable Designs: Embodied Ideology in Anna Sokolow's Proletarian Dances},
  author={Hannah Joy Kosstrin},
  journal={Dance Research Journal},
  pages={5 - 23}
  • H. Kosstrin
  • Published 11 February 2013
  • Art, History
  • Dance Research Journal
Anna Sokolow (1910–2000), an American Jewish choreographer known for her social statements, led the workers dance movement and performed as a soloist with Martha Graham. She imbued her dances Strange American Funeral (1935) and Case History No.— (1937) with proletarian ideology that spoke to 1930s working- and middle-class audiences aligned with values of revolutionary and modern dance. These choreographies spoke to a political atmosphere focused on social justice while they appealed to a broad… 
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