The artists and dancers of Cape Ann will be the focus of two events at Cape Ann Museum this Friday and Saturday.
The first event Friday evening is a screening of the 80-minute documentary "A New Dance for America: The Choreography, Teachings and Legacy of Doris Humphrey" at 7.
The film was the creation of Ina Hahn, founder of Rockport's Windhover Performing Arts Center and a lifelong dancer now in her 70s. Hahn — a student of Humphrey who also danced in her company — said she believed that her last great work would be a documentary about Humphrey (1895-1958) to bring the dance pioneer's work to future generations.
She succeeded. The documentary, narrated by Lindsay Crouse and Hahn and produced by Phil Hopkins, was chosen to open "The Dance On Camera" Film Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City last year. Since, more than 1,200 copies have been sold, including 250 DVDs for New York City public schools, and it has received numerous accolades.
Tickets for the screening are $10 for members, and $12 for non- members. They may be purchased in advance or at the event. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the museum at 978-283-0455 x11.
The second event, on Saturday at 11 a.m., is free as part of the museum's Saturday Showcase.
In this program, Windhover dancers, directed by Carol Burnham, will present excerpts from two original dance-dramas that premiered at Windhover in 2001 and 2005. They were later performed at Gloucester Stage, the Cape Ann Museum and the Rockport Art Association.
The first dance is "Made In Folly Cove," an original dance-drama with narration, written by Pat Kane Earle, choreographed by Hahn and with costumes by Pamela Wise. The piece is based on the lives and work of the Folly Cove Designers, founded in 1938 under the direction of artist and children's book illustrator Virginia Lee Burton Demetrios.
The textile design collective flourished for 30 years. In this work, the dancers and actors appear before projections of the designs, accompanied by music of the period, much of it played by local musicians.
The second dance is "The Artists of Lanesville," which celebrates Cape Ann artists and sculptors George Demetrios, Walker Hancock and Paul Manship.
The dancers are Susan Baker, Carol Burnham, Annette Cowhig, Michelle Dalton, Caroline Fitzpatrick, Nick Repoli and Sarah Slifer.
For more information or to make a reservation, call Jeanette Smith at 978-283-0455 x11 or email email@example.com.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or firstname.lastname@example.org.