Humphrey, Doris

Humphrey, Doris, 1895–1958, American modern dancer and choreographer, b. Oak Park, Ill. Humphrey was a featured soloist with the Denishawn Company (see St. Denis, Ruth ; Shawn, Ted ) until 1927. She then formed her own company with Charles Weidman , which performed for 16 years, producing such dancers as José Limón . One of the foremost figures of modern dance , she developed experimental concepts in form and content in such works as Water Study (1928) and Theater Piece No. 2 (1956). In 1955 she was instrumental in founding the Juilliard Dance Theater in New York City.

See her autobiography, ed. by S. V. Cohen (1972).

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