In the wooded tranquility of Pigeon Cove, Shakespeare will come to life on an outdoor stage and the public will have its first glimpse of a documentary on an American modern dance pioneer, all this weekend.
Shakespeare in the garden
On Friday and Saturday, there will be a reprise of "As You Like It" by Theater in the Pines at the Windhover performing arts center located in Rockport. Due to rain earlier this month and the continued interest in the show, it will performed again this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $15 and $12 for seniors and children and may be purchased at the door, at Toad Hall, Rockport or the Bookstore in Gloucester. Tickets from the earlier performance dates of July 31 and Aug. 1, 2 and 3 will be honored for these performances as well. Call 978-546-3611 for information, or e-mail;Windhover@verizon.net.
Doris Humphrey on film, a benefit event
Last summer, Windhover was a flurry of activity surrounding the making of a film about American dance pioneer Doris Humphrey (1895-1958). Those efforts will be seen publicly for the first time in a benefit event for the documentary film titled "A New Dance for America: The Teachings, Choreography and Legacy of Doris Humphrey."
The screening, and a dance performance, will take place this Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Ina Hahn, who founded Windhover and is a lifelong dancer now in her 70s, dreamed of creating a documentary about Humphrey. To that end, she held a symposium last year bringing together people who knew Humphrey, studied her work and danced with her, and even Humphrey's son. Interviews from that symposium are part of the documentary.
"Doris Humphrey left a legacy of not only dances, but ways to create dances, and she is often overshadowed by Martha Graham," said Hahn, who as a former New York City dancer, studied with Graham as well as Humphrey.
But Humphrey left the deeper mark on Hahn.
"Doris is the one who encouraged you to be who you were," she said. "It was Doris' influence that has sustained me through my creative life. ... So many people don't know what they've gotten through her and it needs to be passed on."
That's why Hahn wanted to create the documentary with Rockport filmmaker Phil Hopkins.
At the Sunday benefit, Hahn will give an introduction about the documentary and Joseph Gifford, a former member of the Humphrey-Weidman company, will talk about Humphrey and her dances.
The event will showcase a 30-minute segment of the completed film by Hopkins and Hahn as well as an excerpt from Humphrey's dance titled "Day on Earth," created in 1947, which will be presented by members of the Windhover Dance Company.
Hahn referred to a quote by John Martin in the New York Times in 1972 as an example of Humphrey's impact: "Doris Humphrey was one of the half dozen women who created what was incontestably the first American art form in our American history."
Tickets are $25, and includes hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Reservations may be made by calling 978-546-3611 or e-mail email@example.com, or available at the door.