Myra Kinch papers,

Title
Myra Kinch papers, 1920-1970.
Author
Kinch, Myra.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable(S) *MGZMD 205 Box 1Offsite
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised useAvailable(S) *MGZMD 205 Box 2Offsite
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Description
2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Genre/Form
  • Photographs.
  • Scores.
Source (note)
  • Estate of Myra Kinch
Biography (note)
  • Noted choreographer and dancer, Myra Kinch (1904-1981) came to specialize in satirical dance pieces.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
(S) *MGZMD 205
Author
Kinch, Myra.
Title
Myra Kinch papers, 1920-1970.
Summary
The Myra Kinch papers primarily consist of handwritten choreography notes for many of Kinch's dance compositions. The collection also includes performance photographs of her works, as well as personal photographs of Kinch. Manuscript scores (not credited to any composer, though they most likely were written by Kinch's husband, Manuel Galea) created to accompany Kinch's choreography are also represented in the collection.
Biography
Noted choreographer and dancer, Myra Kinch (1904-1981) came to specialize in satirical dance pieces. A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, she trained as a dancer with La Meri, Muriel Stuart, Eugenia Eduardova, and Vincenzo Celli. She also studied and performed in Germany during the 1920s. In the 1930s, Kinch returned to the United States to become director and choreographer of the West Coast Dance Project of the WPA Federal Theater Project. In 1948, Kinch was named head of the modern dance department at the Jacob's Pillow dance school and summer festival, where she remained for twenty five years. Kinch's work lampooned diverse subjects, as well as stereotypes of classical ballet. Among her most well known pieces were Bajour (which featured Ted Shawn), Tomb for Two, and A Waltz is a Waltz is a Waltz.
Indexes
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Choreographers.
Dancers.
Added Author
Galea, Manuel.
Shawn, Ted, 1891-1972.
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
Research Call Number
(S) *MGZMD 205
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