Doris Humphrey Summer Intensive 2014

MOMENTA presents
A Doris Humphrey Summer Intensive
Directed by
Gail Corbin
& Special Guest Teacher
Deborah Carr
July 28 – August 2, 2014


The Academy of Movement & Music
The Doris Humphrey Memorial Theatre
605 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL  60302



Technique is an intermediate-advanced level class exploring the foundation of Humphrey’s technique of Fall and Recovery through the principles of weight, successional flow, suspension, and phrasing.

Repertory will include learning sections of Doris Humphrey’sThe Shakers and Weidman Studies.

In Pedagogy students will take the principles of Humphrey/Weidman technique in detail, and through their own studies will translate them into a classroom setting. Ages 18+.

On Saturday, August 2, at 7:30pm there will be an informal performance with demonstrations of technique, excerpts of repertory, and showings of studies from pedagogy class.

View and print registration form:

Doris Humphrey Summer Intenstive 2014 Brochure


About Gail Corbin

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Gail Corbin is a leading exponent in the technique and repertory of Doris Humphrey.  Her longtime association with Ernestine Stodelle, an original member of the company of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, began with Ernestine’s reconstructions of Two Ecstatic Themes and Air for the G String for the José Limón Company in 1977.  Gail assisted her in these reconstructions and served as a model for the solo roles.  She has continued to teach and perform these works along with other dances such as The Call and Breath of Fire, Quasi Waltz, Shakers and Water Study.  Because Ms. Corbin took part in the reconstructions and assisted Ms. Stodelle in the rebirth of these movements, Gail possesses a rich and vast knowledge of these works and a deep understanding of this technique.  She taught all levels of technique in Ernestine’s Silo studio for over twenty years.  Under the direction of Beatrice Seckler, also an original member of the Humphrey/Weidman group and Deborah Carr who worked with Charles Weidman, Gail was a featured dancer/soloist in the Deborah Carr Theatre Dance Ensemble performing the works of Charles Weidman:  Lynchtown, Brahams Waltzes, Christmas Oratorio, to name a few.  Ms. Corbin has taught and directed Humphrey works all over the U.S. as well as Europe and Australia.  She has conducted several workshops in Oak Park, Illinois at the Academy of Movement and Music, which is also the home of the Doris Humphrey Society of which Gail is a board member.  Some of the other places Gail has taught this technique and repertory are Barnard College, Columbia University, The Juilliard School and St. Olaf College.  For the past several years, Gail has been a guest teacher at the José Limón School.  The demand for her expertise has taken Ms. Corbin to London, England where she performed Doris Humphrey’s works at Royal Festival Hall.  She taught at The Place, Middlesex University, Islington Arts Factory.  She is co-director of the Doris Humphrey Foundation in London, England.  Gail gave Master classes and performed at the renowned Folk-wang studios in Essen, Germany, Dance Theatre of Ireland, Dublin and Modern Movement Academy in Sydney, Australia.  Gail is a featured dancer in two films:  “The Technique of Doris Humphrey and Its Creative Potential” and “Charles Weidman On His Own.”  Ms. Corbin continues to be a sought-after coach, teacher and director of this important dance style.

About Deborah Carr

Deborah Carr is a graduate of Stephens College where she studied with Harriette Ann Gray, soloist with the Humphrey-Weidman Company.  After graduation, Ms. Carr moved to New York and joined Charles Weidman’s Theatre Dance Company.  In 1976, she established her own company that performed original works by Ms. Carr and maintained many dances from the classic repertory of  Charles Weidman and Doris Humphrey.  Deborah Carr’s Theatre Dance Ensemble was a well-respected company that was invited to perform in prestigious dance festivals such as the American Dance Festival in North Carolina, the Early Years of Modern Dance Festival at Purchase and the New Dance Group Retrospective.  In addition to Charles Weidman, Ms. Carr has worked with other Humphrey-Weidman dancers including Ernestine Stodelle, Beatrice Seckler, Peter Hamilton, George Bockman and Nona Schurman.  She has studied Limón technique with Ruth Currier and Betty Jones and has performed with Limón dancers Carla Maxwell, Gary Masters and Fred Mathews.  Ms. Carr has many years of teaching experience on both the college and professional levels.  She has been on the faculty of St. Joseph’s College and City College in New York and has taught as a guest artist at universities throughout the country.  In the United States, she has set repertory on a variety of professional companies and also taught in England and Ireland.  She joined the Stephens faculty as Guest Artist for the fall semester of 2003 and became full-time faculty in 2004-05.


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