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Ruth St. Denis as "Egypta"

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Ruth St. Denis as "Egypta", 1911
Photographic materials on Paper
6 1/16 in. x 3 5/8 in. (15.4 cm x 9.21 cm)


Object Type: Photography
Technique: Black & white photography
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Ramiel McGehee
Accession Number: PH48


Marks
On verso: label reading "Property of Scripps College Ph48", and in pencil: "Ruth St. Denis - "Egypta" courtesy - Ramiel McGehee; return: Carlos Duer, 125 N. Catalina, Redondo Beach, Calif."

Medium
Photograph mounted onto gray cardboard.

Object Description
Image of the thirties actress Ruth St. Denis in character. In an attempt to accurately represent ancient Egyptian culture, St. Denis did a great deal of research using whatever texts and photographs she could find. She was inspired by photographs of ancient wall drawings, and tried to replicate the costumes and movements of the dancers when designing the farmers, peasants, priestesses, and religious deities featured in "Egypta." The dance choreography was also derived from pictographs, employing stiff movements and angular poses with rigidly pointed hands and arms.

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