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Ruth St. Denis in "Radha" (postcard)

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Ruth St. Denis in "Radha" (postcard), n. d.
Photographic materials on Paper
5 5/16 in. x 3 5/16 in. (13.49 cm x 8.41 cm)


Object Type: Photography
Technique: Black & white photography
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Ramiel McGehee
Accession Number: PH47


Commentary
Ruth St. Denis, an acclaimed dancer of the 1920s and 30s, combined theatrical and modern dance to visually tell stories. “Radha” was first performed in 1905 and is an early example of her dance solos. It depicts a Hindi goddess struggling between chastity and indulgence, and Ruth St. Denis uses props to represent the temptation of the five senses. She was often photographed in character, and the Scripps permanent collection has a substantial collection of her photographs, many taken by anonymous photographers. –Alex Trimm, Turk Intern 2011-2012

Marks
In pencil on verso: "Property of Scripps College Ph47."

Medium
Postcard with black and white photographic image.

Object Description
Postcard of the thirties actress Ruth St. Denis, from the play "Radha." The dance of "Radha" began with St. Denis seated calmly, as in the picture. However, it soon developed into an overwhelming exploration of the five senses. With each new sensation "Radha" became increasingly excited, eventually falling into a state of delirium that prompted her to denounce the pleasures of the body in favor of the security of virtue.

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