visual artists

1940 Insubstantial Pagent/ Lehman Engel, composer

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                                                                 set by Carlos Dyer

Carlos Dyer (1917-2016) was a famous self taught painter/lithographer Californian WPA artist. He worked as a curator at MoMA during the 50's and played an important role at Connecticut's Silvermine Guild. Dyer made sets for Hawkins' Liberty Tree (1941) and Primer for Action (1942).

1942 Yankee Bluebritches/ Hunter Johnson, composer

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photo Barbara Morgan

Charlotte Trowbridge (life dates unknown) created the set for Hawkins' Yankee Bluebritches (1942) and later the costume for Merce Cunningham's Ancestor (1945). She worked at MoMA in 1946 as an installer and presented as an artist in the exhibition World of Illusion: Elements of Stage Design  October 14,1947-January 4, 1948 which included Fernand Léger, Georges Braques, Isamu Noguchi, and George Amberg.

1944 The Pilgrim's Progress/ Wallingford Riegger, composer

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geometrical drawing by Philip Stapp

Philip Stapp(1908-2003) was known as a painter, furniture maker, teacher, and animator for film. His work was exhibited in the 1947 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting at the Whitney Museum from December 6, 1947- January 25, 1948. He worked at Bennington College in the 1940's where he designed the set for Martha Graham's Every Soul is a Circus (1939) and Hawkins' The Pilgrim's Progress (1944). 

1947 Stephen Acrobat/ Robert Evett, composer

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1947 John Brown/ Charles Mills, composer

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 photo Michael Avedon

Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) was one of the twentieth century's most important and critically acclaimed sculptors. Through a lifetime of artistic experimentation, he created sculptures, gardens, furniture and lighting designs, ceramics, architecture, and set designs. Noguchi made the set for Hawkins' John Brown (1947) revived as God's Angry Man (1964 and 1985 ) and Stephen Acrobat (1947).

1948 The Strangler/ Bohuslav Martinu, composer

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Arch Lauterer designed sets for several of Martha Graham's pieces, such asPanorama (1935) and Letter to the World (1940), both premiering at Bennington College. He taught at Bennington, Sarah Lawrence, Case Western Reserve, and Mills College. He assisted Isamu Noguchi for Hawkins' Stephen Acrobat (1947) and created the set for Hawkins' The Strangler (1948).


1952 openings of the (eye)/ Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer

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      set by Ralph Dorazio/ photo John Geraci

Ralph Dorazio was born in 1922 in Detroit, Michigan. In 1942 he enlisted in the Navy and served in WW II for 3 1/2 years. Returning to Detroit he embarked on what he thought would be a life in journalism but after 6 months he knew it was not for him. He moved to NYC in 1947 and began what was to be his life's work - sculpture in wood. His exploration in sculpture led him to work with Frederick Kiesler on his sculptures and architectural models. He was also a teacher at Pratt Institute and New York School of Wood Arts.  In 1952 he became the designer-in-residence of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company designing and making properties, sets, and masks of wood. This collaboration lasted until his death in 2004.

1952 Bridegroom of the Moon/ Wallingford Riegger, composer

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©The Easton Foundation/ photo Robert L. Alexander

Louise Bourgeios was a French-American artist. Best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art, Bourgeois was also a prolific painter and printmaker. Her work was exhibited in the 1947 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting at the Whitney Museum December 6, 1947- January 25, 1948. Bourgeios created the set for Hawkin's Bridegroom of the Moon (1952).

1971 Of Love/ Helen Frankenthaler

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photo Herbert Migdoll

Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. She began exhibiting her large-scale abstract expressionist paintings in contemporary museums and galleries in the early 1950's. She was included in the 1964 Post-Painterly Abstraction exhibition curated by Clement Greenberg that introduced a newer generation of abstract painting that came to be know as Color Field. Frankenthaler created the set for Hawkins' Of Love (1970).

composers/musicians

1957 here and now, with watchers/ Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer

virtual views by Jacob's Pillow/ photo Christopher Duggan

1964 Geography of Noon/ Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer

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Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer & percussionist/ Beverly Brown, dancer/ set & musical instruments by Ralph Dorazio/ photo William L. Stonecipher  

1969 Black Lake/ Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer

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Long Comet Hair  from Black Lake/ photo David Fullard

1970 Space is a Diamond/ Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer/ Gerard Schwarz, trumpet

1971(rev. 1978) Tender Theatre Flight Nageire/ Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer

painting Robert Motherwell

EHDC celebrated Robert Motherwell's Centennial at the Dominique Lévy Gallery NYC on December 10, 2015 with a version of Dlugoszewski's Tender Theatre Flight Nagerie performed by Manhattan Brass and percussionist William Trigg for her choreography from Motherwell Amour (2000).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

1972 Classic Kite Tails/ David Diamond, composer

set by Stanley Boxer/ photo Sydney Palmer

1972 Dawn Dazzled Door/ Tōru Takemitsu, composer

1973 Greek Dreams, with Flute/ Debussy, Ohana, Hovhaness, Matsudiara, Jolivet, Varèse, composers

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photo Eli Morgan

1975 Angels of the Inmost Heaven/ Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer/ Gerard Schwarz, conductor

 Angels of the Inmost Heaven exists both as a work for concert performance and for the stage as choreographed by Erick Hawkins. "What strange risk of hearing can bring sound to music - a hearing whose obligation awakens s sensibility so new that it is forever a unique, new-born, anti-death surprise created now and now and now...a hearing whose moment in time is always daybreak." Lucia Dlugoszewski

1977 Fire Fragile Flight/ Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer/ Winner of the Koussevitzy Award

1979 Plains Daybreak/ Alan Hovhaness, composer

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masks Ralph Lee/ set Ralph Dorazio

Ralph Lee is an American puppeteer and theatre artist. His work is centered on the design and use of masks in the theatre and performance. Masks and large puppets are central to his productions. He has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in the US and Canada, and an Obie Award for Special Citations.

1979 Agathlon/ Dorrence Stalvey, composer

       set by Ralph Dorazio/ photo Jen Schmidt

1981 Heyoka/ Ross Lee Finney, composer

set by Ralph Dorazio/ photo Tony Cenicola

1983 Summer Clouds People/ Michio Mamiya, composer

set by Ralph Dorazio

1989 New Moon / Lou Harrison, composer

set by Ralph Dorazio/ photo Tony Cenicola

1996 Duende Quidditas/ Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer/ David Taylor, trombone

1997 (rev.2000) Exacerbated Subtlety Concert Part I & III/ Lucia Dligoszewski, composer

fillm Tony Cenicola/ set by Ralph Dorazio

1999 Radical Ardent/ Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer and choreographer

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set by Ralph Dorazio/ photo Julie Lemberger

2000 Disparate Stairway Radical Other/ Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer/ White Oak Ensemble

2019 openings of the (eye)/ Lucia Dlugoszewski, composer/ #ENSEMBLE

openings of the (eye) (1952) was Lucia Dlugoszewski first collaboration with Erick Hawkins. The Hashtag Ensemble has released their version which includes all five sections as well as Dlugoszewski's music for Hawkins' Lords of Persia (1965).   

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