The Shakers (1931)

The Shakers was choreographed in 1931 by modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey.  The piece depicts the simple, authentic steps and patterns of Shaker ritual paired with the notion that the performance space represents the Shaker meeting house.  Throughout this 9-minute dance, the performers representing the brothers and sisters of the group move and respond as an invisible line insinuates the separation of the genders.  

Photo Credit: Lori Teague