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SOKOLOW THEATRE/DANCE  ENSEMBLE

is a company of dancers under the artistic directorship of long-time associate, Samantha Géracht.  Their aim is to recreate works choreographed by Anna Sokolow, continue her teachings, and develop her artistic vision for the purpose of passing on for posterity. Anna Sokolow’s lifetime efforts to combine the arts of theatre, dance, music and painting.  Ms. Sokolow encouraged artistic growth and the Sokolow Ensemble continues this desire by offering its expertise, knowledge, and experience to new choreographers who are interested in multi-arts projects.  In this manner, the ensemble influences both the past as well as the future, will continue challenging the boundaries of dance by presenting the issues of humanity and strengthening our culture through artistic expression.  The Sokolow Ensemble reaches out into the community through teaching and make available archival material through many sources, including libraries, website, gallery showings, interviews, lectures, as well as performances.

Magritte, Magritte on DVD

The Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble was awarded an NEA grant in 2007 to help the us create a DVD by Gene Ritchings of Anna Sokolow’s theater dance masterpiece Magritte, Magritte; for distribution to libraries, educational institutions, and the general public. Available on DVD


“Just Keep Going”

Teaching the next generation is essential to keeping Anna Sokolow’s legacy alive. Our recent teaching work includes weekly classes by Gail Corbin (Humphrey/Weidman technique) and Samantha Géracht (Sokolow technique).

As Anna always said, “Just keep going.” The Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble is dedicated to taking her advice, wisdom, and vision into the future.

Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble keeps Anna Sokolow’s legacy, described by Walter Sorell as “theater danced and danced theater,” alive. For this program, artistic director Jim May restaged Sokolow’s quintessential dance-theater piece “Magritte, Magritte” (1970), which hasn’t been performed for more than 20 years; the evening also showcased the U.S. premieres of two 2004 works inspired by Sokolow’s creative process: May’s “Starburst” and David Parker’s “La Nef des fous” (Ship of Fools). “Starburst” fused music and dance in a seamless, magical way. It was easy to get caught up in the dancing and forget that the musician/dancers were creating their own beautiful symphony in “La Nef des fous”…their interactions were delightful to watch.

Emily Macel
Dance Magazine, August 2006
Revue of Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble
at Dance Theater Workshop, July 2006