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Ruth St. Denis in "Rahda"

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Ruth St. Denis in "Rahda", c. 1906
Photographic materials on Paper
8 in. x 5 15/16 in. (20.32 cm x 15.08 cm)


Object Type: Photography
Technique: Black & white photography
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Ramiel McGehee
Accession Number: PH40


Marks
Label on verso: "Property of Scripps College Ph40"; Label on verso: "Photograph: Ruth St. Denis - "Radha""; in pencil on verso: "courtesy - Ramiel McGehee; return: Carlos Duer, 125 N. Catalina, Redondo Beach, Cal."

Medium
Black and white photograph, mounted onto ivory cardboard.

Object Description
Image of the thirties actress Ruth St. Denis in character. One of St. Denis' earliest dance creations, "Radha" was first performed privately for a group of society patronesses in 1905. With their enthusiastic support, St. Denis was catapulted into society circles, and was soon performing her foreign dances for many of Ameica's wealthy elites. Based on her perceptions of India's religious deities, St. Denis' production of "Radha" depicted a Hindi goddess struggling between indulgence and chastity as she sensuously experienced the senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.

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