Mary Wigman



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The final testament of a great creative artist, whose genius as a dancer and choreographer was well matched by her verbal gifts. In this volume, Walter Sorell, her longtime friend, brings together a rich selection of her writings: warm letters, poems, anecdotes of her early years, witty cartoons, essays on the art of dance, and on some of her own works. Included are her reminiscences of her first compositions and performances, of the dancers who flocked to her company and school at Dresden, and of her triumphant American tours in 1930–1933. The Mary Wigman Book was originally published by Wesleyan in 1973.

“Of utmost importance to anyone concerned with dance history”
—Jack Anderson, Dance Magazine

“Warmly recommended to anyone interested in dance.”
—Clive Barnes, New York Times



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Wesleyan University Press




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The Mary Wigman Book, edited and translated by Walter Sorell, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Publication of this title is funded by the Humanities Open Book program, a joint initiative of The National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

All images reproduced in this edition are reproduced with the permission of © Mary Wigman: Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln / Mary Wigman Stiftung