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Doris Humphrey, "Square Dance for Moderns" (Waltz) by Haggerty Museum, via Flickr

”The body says what words cannot.” -Martha Graham. Letter to the World, Kick, 1940 Barbara Morgan

Doris Humphrey (1895 – 1958) was a dancer and choreographer of the early twentieth century. Along with her contemporaries Martha Graham and Katherine Dunham, Humphrey was one of the second generation modern dance pioneers who explored the use of breath and developing techniques still taught today. As many of her works were annotated, Humphrey continues to be taught, studied, and performed to this day.

Doris Humphrey - Matriarch - With My Red Fires by Haggerty Museum, via Flickr Barbara Morgan Photographs

Modern dance - Doris Humphrey, pictured in the process of channeling breath, something at which she excelled.

Doris Humphrey - Matriarch - With My Red Fires

Martha Graham by Barbara Morgan.

Martha Graham dancing Satyric Festival Song in 1935. Photo by Barbara Morgan

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