Ruth St. Denis_UCLA
Guess its time to repot in on our (Dean and I) venture to the UCLA-Young
Research Center. We were there from 10-3pm and like my trip to San Diego,
didn't learn much about DB.
We did learn that Ruth St. Denis liked to write a lot, mainly about her
inner thoughts or spiritual views. We went their because Mildred Maloney in
her DB thesis, mentioned the "famous dancer Ruth St.Denis, who danced her
"Pele Dance, to the Volcano Goddess" before Blanding's scenery". We were to
find out where this was. We looked through her diaries and journals of
1924-27. She was in Asia '25&26, and toured
Ruth St.Denis was born in New Jersey 1/20/1880. She started dancing at
age 14. in 1914 she joined up with Ted Shawn, formed the Denishawn
dancers and school of dance. They toured Asia and America and were known
for their large settings. Ruth in 1934 started the Society of Spiritual
Arts, and in 1946 the Church of Divine Dance in LA. She died in LA 7/20/68.
While there, we meet a young lady,Susan, from New York. She is out here
in Calif. working on her thesis on Ruth St. Denis...I believe R/T
Ruth's costumes and background. She is going through all of the boxes and
has already been through the U of Riverside Research boxes on Ruth St.
Denis. She was a wealth of information.
Susan said the Ruth did the Pele dance only a few times, and she has a
list of these back in New York. She will email them to me. Also Keith,
she will ask her internet groups for information about DB scenery and plays
and will get back to us on that.
DB LETTER TO THE LA TIMES:
Addressed to J.C. (BOOK REVIEWER)
Los Angeles Times
Dated: Feb 20, 1936
It is a Peter Hancock photo of DB with a Large hat, with a note:
Dear J.C...whoever you are
For your grand review
of the aged Virgin
Who had no urgin',
Mahalo and thanks from me to you,
Thanks, J.C. Whoever you are.
Signed DB...no bird
Author of Memory Room
Songs of the Seven Senses
Let us Dream
Stowaways in Paradise
Artist by Nature
Actor by Instinct
Poet by Accident
Vagabond by Choice
There was only one issues there 1936 and I don't know what quarter it was.
Sorry, Keith, I realize now we should have copied all the info for you.
I'll try the Ontario Library soon or go back to UCLA and copy that one.
They were written from Oct 1932 to Vol. 5, #2 (1938).
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