It's Ballet Greats Friday! Today we are honoring Joseph Gifford who passed away Sept 2017. Gifford was a dancer, choreographer, and one of the last surviving members of the Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman dance troupe. I had the opportunity to meet him when I performed at the Horse's Mouth at the dance complex Cambridge this past May. Glad I had a chance to hear his story.
Joseph Gifford began his performing career in New York City as a member of the dance company of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, two of the great pioneers of American modern dance. Subsequently, he formed his own company, the Joseph Gifford Dance Theater, which performed annually in NYC and on tours throughout the USA. During his years in NYC, he assisted Doris Humphrey in her teaching, appeared in several musicals on Broadway, and taught for many years at the New Dance Group Studio,
In mid-career, he joined the faculty of the School of Theatre Arts, Boston University, to establish a curriculum in movement training for the actor. During his years at Boston University he toured throughout the USA, Europe, Japan (spending two sabbaticals there) and Sri Lanka, giving master classes and seminars on the art of performing. He gave annual summer workshops for performers at Tanglewood under the aegis of the BU Tanglewood Institute. He also directed acclaimed experimental theatre productions, as well as opera at the university.
In 1985 he joined the faculty of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s workshops for conductors.
Mr. Gifford has been on a spiritual path for many years. Since 1985 he has been a teacher of the Radiance Technique / Authentic Reiki, and acheived the 7th degree in 1996.
Since 1994 an important influence on Joe's life and work has been the teachings of Andrew Cohen, a visionary and inspiring leader of spirituality. -www.josephgifford.com #moderndance #balletgreats #balletgreatsfriday #janellegilchristdancetroupe #dorishumphrey #charlesweidman #dancecomplex