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Motion Arrested
Dance Reviews of H. T. Parker
Olive Holmes, ed.

Available only as an ebook.

Wesleyan Open Books

1982 • 354 pp. 41 illus. 7 x 10"

$0.00 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7794-8

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Parker’s reputation rests upon his drama criticism,,...his pioneering role as a dance critic will come as a surprise to many. It might also... [continued in Reviews below]”—Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times Book Review, 1983,

Motion Arrested is a collection of reviews by eminent critic of the Boston Evening Transcript, H.T. Parker, and together these reviews form a unique historical record of the dance from 1904 to 1934. Edited by Olive Holmes, who studied at the Denishawn House, and danced with the Mimi Winslow Company in the 1930s, this book covers the exciting early years of modern dance, when Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Anna Pavlova, Nijinsky, Martha Graham and others were bringing a revolution to the world of dance. Parker, known as HTP, reviewed all of the important dances of the period. In 1922 Isadora Duncan bared a breast before a Boston audience, and HTP was there. He was not impressed. But he nevertheless appreciated that she had “widened the expressive scope and vivedness of the dance...and increased its humanity.” Olive Holmes puts the reviews in historical context and provides insightful commentary on HTP and his time. The book is illustrated with delightful line drawings that accompanied the original reviews.

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“Parker’s reputation rests upon his drama criticism,,...his pioneering role as a dance critic will come as a surprise to many. It might also have remained neglected had not Olive Holmes been inspired to compile and edit, with lucid connecting texts, an invaluable selection of Parker's dance criticism from the Transcript.” Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times Book Review, 1983

OLIVE COUSENS HOLMES (1911-2003) studied modern dance, danced with the Denishawn Dancers of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, toured with the Miriam Winslow Group, and taught at its Boston school. Later, Holmes joined the editorial staff at Harvard University's East Asian Research Center (now the Fairbank Center for East Asian Research), where she worked closely with John K. Fairbank and Edwin O. Reischauer, and was chief editor until her retirement in 1979.

An NEH / Mellon Humanities Open Book Grant Recipient


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