- Wigman, Mary, 1886-1973
- Call number
- (S) *MGZMC-Res. 16
- Physical description
- 544 items in 82 s
- Preferred Citation
Wigman, Mary, 1886-1973. Letters to Margaret Gage, (S) *MGZMC-Res. 16, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
- Jerome Robbins Dance Division
- Access to materials
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Mary Wigman, German modern dancer and choreographer, was born Mary Wiegmann, November 13, 1886 in Hanover. She trained first with Emile Jaques-Dalcroze in Hellerau and Dresden and later with Rudolf von Laban in Anscona, Switzerland and in Munich. Her debut as a concert dancer and choreographer occurred in 1919. Successful performances encouraged her to open her own school in Dresden, where among her first students were Yvonne Georgi, Gert Palucca, and Harald Kreutzberg. By 1925, her students included Ruth Abrahamowitsch, Hanya Holm, and Tilly Losch. Her students performed as a company, touring Western Europe throughout the 1930's. Wigman performed at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, but the National Socialists closed her school, and she became a teacher at the Leipzig Music Academy. After World War II, she returned to Berlin, re-opening her school in 1948, which became the center for the German modern dance movement. She choreographed over one hundred dances for herself and her dancers but also worked in various German opera houses, staging productions of Gluck in Leipzig and Mannheim and a famous joint performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Buranaand Catulli Carminain 1955. She died in Berlin September 18, 1973. A collection of personal letters written by Mary Wigman, great German modern dance pioneer, to Margaret Gage, American dance teacher, performer, and choreographer. Also included are 24 letters from H. Binswanger, professor and friend of Mary Wigman, to Margaret Gage; 2 typescripts of essays by Miss Wigman; and 2 s of holograph notes on the Wigman technique from 1932-1933.
Source of acquisition
Gift. Margaret Gage. Received: 1976.
Processed by Nancy M. Shawcross.
Using the collection
LocationJerome Robbins Dance Division
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-7498