Guide to the Modern Dance Company, 1936-2004 | CA12.06

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Bates College (Lewiston, Me.) Modern Dance Company
Title
Modern Dance Company
ID
CA12.06
Date
1936-2004
Extent
5.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Contains records pertaining to modern dance at Bates College, both from the current Modern Dance Company and from modern dance clubs and physical education exercises that preceded the Company. The bulk of the records document the current Modern Dance Company, founded by Marcy Plavin.

Preferred Citation

Modern Dance Company, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

Modern dance classes were offered at Bates from shortly after 1945, and performances were commonly given in conjunction with music programs at the college. In 1965, Marcy Plavin was hired to teach modern dance at Bates, and shortly thereafter started the Modern Dance Company. The group's first public performance came in 1969. The Bates Modern Dance Company has continued to perform, teach, and give various demonstrations in the ensuing years, and remains a vibrant part of Bates campus life.

Scope and Content Note

Contains records pertaining to modern dance at Bates College, both from the current Modern Dance Company and from modern dance clubs and physical education exercises that preceded the Company. The bulk of the records document the current Modern Dance Company, founded by Marcy Plavin.

Organization and Arrangement

The records are arranged into three series: I. Publicity and Programs; II. Short Term Dance; and III. Video Recordings. See individual series notes for more information on each.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research, excepting the Video Recordings series.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Accession No.: 2008.050; 2008.070.

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Related Materials

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--Modern Dance Company--Archives

Personal Name(s)

  • Plavin, Marcy

Subject(s)

  • Modern dance

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Collection Inventory

 CA1206/01 Programs and Publicity 1936-2004   4 manuscript boxes; 1 oversize box

Scope and Content Note

This series contains clippings, correspondence and thank-you notes, lists of dancers, and performance programs. The records are arranged chronologically by academic year, excepting the "admin materials" folder in Box 1, and the first "general" folder in Box 1. In addition, there are performance posters for the Company (as well as non-Bates companies) in Oversize Box 1.

Box

Admin materials (clippings and history) 1936-1953, undated   

1

General 1937-1951   

1

General 1968-1969   

1

General 1969-1970   

1

General 1970-1971   

1

General 1971-1972   

1

General 1972-1973   

1

General 1973-1974   

1

General 1974-1975   

1

General 1975-1976   

1

General 1976-1977   

2

General 1977-1978   

2

General 1978-1979   

2

General 1979-1980   

2

General 1980-1981   

2

General 1981-1982   

2

General 1982-1983   

2

General 1983-1984   

2

General 1984-1985   

2

General 1985-1986   

3

General 1986-1987   

3

General 1987-1988   

3

General 1988-1989   

3

General 1989-1990   

3

General 1990-1991   

3

General 1991-1992   

3

General 1992-1993   

3

General 1993-1994   

3

General 1994-1995   

3

General 1995-1996   

3

General 1996-1997   

3

General 1997-1998   

3

General 1998-1999   

4

General 1999-2000   

4

General 2000-2001   

4

General 2001-2002   

4

General 2002-2003   

4

General 2003-2004   

4

General undated   

4

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 CA1206/02 Short Term Dance 1973-2003   3.0 manuscript boxes

Scope and Content Note

Contians clippings, correspondence, programs, performance schedules, list of dancers, and thank you notes and drawings from elementary school students. There are also folders for other Modern Dance Company events done in lieu of a Short Term class, such as performances, tours, and dance lectures and demonstrations.

Box

Short Term 1973   

1

Short Term 1974   

1

Short Term 1975   

1

Short Term 1978   

1

Short Term 1979   

1

Original drawings by Remy Charlip 1979   

1

Maine Dance Umbrella 1981   

1

American College Dance Festival 1981   

1

Topsham Lecture/Demonstration 1981   

1

Short Term 1985   

1

Trisha Brown Lecture/Demonstration 1986   

1

Short Term 1987   

1

Short Term 1988   

1

Short Term 1989   

1

Short Term 1990   

2

Short Term 1991   

2

Short Term 1992   

2

Short Term 1993   

2

Short Term 1994   

2

Short Term 1995   

2

Short Term 1996   

2

Short Term 1997   

2

Short Term 1999   

3

Short Term 2000   

3

Short Term 2001   

3

Short Term 2002   

3

Short Term 2003   

3

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 CA1206/03 Video Recordings 

Scope and Content Note

Contains video recordings of Modern Dance Company performances and rehearsals. This series has not yet been processed, and is currently closed to researchers. See Archives staff for more information.

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