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To the Editor:

(This letter was originally sent November 18, 2019. We are sending it once again this holiday season in the hope that a reader may have insights or know of someone connected to this historic dance event.)

This is a plea for help. We are dance historians hoping to resurrect a seminal work of American modern dance that hasn’t been seen in over 80 years.

In 1937, choreographer Hanya Holm made her important work Trend at the Bennington Summer School of the Dance. It was at Bennington that Holm, along with Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, launched the modern dance revolution. Trend was a masterpiece, conceived not only by Holm, but in collaboration with composers Wallingford Reigger and Edgard Varèse, music director, Norman Lloyd, designer Arch Lauterer, and costume designer Betty Joiner.

Thirty-three dancers performed Trend to audiences at the Vermont State Armory in Bennington on August 13 and 14, 1937, including:

Members of Hanya Holm's Concert Group: Louise Kloepper, Lucretia Wilson, Carolyn Durand, Elizabeth Waters, Bernice van Gelder, Henrietta Greenhood, Keith Coppage, Marva Jaffay, Miriam Kagan, Ruth Ledoux, Lydia Tarnower.

Students of the Bennington School Workshop: Mary Standring Adair, Helen Alkire, Mary Alice Andrews, Carol Beals, Caryl Cuddeback, Elizabeth Ann Davis, Hermine Dudley, Helen Ellis, Marianne Elser, Mary Gillette, Margaret Jewell, Helen Knight, Hildegarde Lewis, Caroline Locke, Vicroria Payne, Josephine Reddin, Harriet Roeder, Jeannette Saurborn, Dorothy Smith, Edith Vail, Florence Warwick, Martha Wilcox. Musicians: Fransizka Boas, Harvey Pollins, Hugo Bergamasco

We write now asking if anyone in the Bennington area or beyond has any archival material or anecdotal information related to Trend. We are in search of film footage, dance notation, music scores, photographs, scrapbooks, notebooks, albums, records, any materials, insights or suggestions would be welcome. Please contact us at marianew@unm.edu and shwill29@unm.edu.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mary Anne Santos Newhall,

Sarah Williams Gonzales,

Albuquerque, N.M.


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