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South Street Dance Company Records

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South.Street.Dance

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Title
South Street Dance Company Records

Dates
1969-1991

Collection ID
South.Street.Dance

Creator
South Street Dance Company

Quantity
15 linear feet (20 boxes)        

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.

           

Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note

The following biographical/historical note was written by Miriam Giguere in 1991.

ELLEN FORMAN

Ellen Forman (1945-1990), founder of the South Street Dance Company, grew up in New York, where she studied with many of the great modern dance artists including Merce Cunningham, Anna Sokolow, Dan Wagoner, and Jose Limon. She received a B.A. from Brooklyn College, and an M.A. in English, with minors in dance and creative writing, from the University of Wisconsin. After moving to Philadelphia, her first dance-theater piece,  Five Women, was presented at the Harold Prince Theater.

In 1974, she co-founded the South Street Dance Company. Between 1974 and 1985, she created twelve dances for the Company including Counterpoint,  Quartet for the End of Time,  Concord Cafeteria,  Pageant,  Correspondences and  Legend. In 1980, she began touring her one-woman “Moving Theater” program based on the work of Isadora Duncan. In 1986, she founded “body / language”, an organization that produced new work that crossed the boundaries between dance, theater, and the visual arts.

As Director of the South Street Dance Company and as a solo artist, she performed and taught throughout the Eastern and Midwestern United States. In the Philadelphia area she appeared at the Painted Bride Art Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Academy of Music, Zellerbach Theater, the Walnut Street Theatre, and Movement Theatre International, as well as Temple University, Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, Community College of Philadelphia, University of the Arts and Saint Joseph’s University.

Ellen Forman’s work is known for its unusual combination of words and movement, its exploration of verbal, kinetic and visual languages. Many of her major pieces have been collaborations—she worked with visual artists Jogy Pinto and Elaine Crivelli, puppet and mask-maker Jane Stein, filmmaker Peter Rose, composers Pauline Oliveros and Joseph Waters, and actor-director Fred Curchak.

She began working with actors in 1982, and created movement for productions of the Walnut Street Theatre and the Pennsylvania Opera Theater, directed the annual experimental Performance Ensemble Workshop at the Walnut Street Theatre, and taught Movement for Actors at Philadelphia Theater Company, Wilma Theater, Movement Theater International and the Walnut Street Theatre.

She was also known for her work with children and young adults. Ellen created dances with and for young people for sixteen years, working individually, with the South Street Dance Company, through Young Audiences and as part of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ Artist in Education program. In 1990, she began body/language: other/voices, a multi-arts residency program for Philadelphia high school students.

Forman was awarded three Choreographic Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Painted Bride Art Center’s Interdisciplinary Artists’ Program Award. Her work has also been recognized by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Philadelphia Foundation, the Pennsylvania Arts Council’s Dance and Interdisciplinary programs, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the William Penn Foundation, the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation and the Samuel S. Fels Fund.

After her sudden death in December 1990, The Ellen Forman Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed through the Philadelphia Foundation, to keep alive the memory of Ellen’s contributions to dance, theater, and dance education. In November 1991 current and former dancers from the South Street Dance Company came together to present a retrospective of Ms. Forman’s work at Movement Theatre International. Proceeds from this benefit concert were contributed to the Ellen Forman Memorial Scholarship Fund which awards a scholarship to a Philadelphia dancer / choreographer each year in Ellen Forman’s memory.

SOUTH STREET DANCE COMPANY

In 1972, when Ellen Forman created  Five Women, a powerful, feminist, dance-theatre piece, South Street, in Philadelphia, was an urban frontier for artists. Inspired by the success of  Five Women and the support of the South Street business community, Ellen Forman and Alice Forner founded South Street Dance Company (SSDC) in 1974. The Painted Bride, an art center located on South Street, became the location for South Street’s first concert on June 6, 1974. The first edition of the Company included Ellen Forman, Alice Forner, Lovice Weller, Paula Sepinuck, Mark Taylor, Susan Salinger, Tom Brown and Lib Briscoe- all strong creative individuals whose ideals and energies were harnessed into the building of the Company. This group worked together until 1978, when the Company was reformed with Alice Forner as co-director.

Ellen’s leadership allowed many different voices to be heard. Guest choreographers, dancers, musicians and collaborative artists such as Anna Sokolow, Jody Pinto and Pauline Oliveros joined the creative and innovative projects that became the trademark of SSDC. SSDC also became well known for its community outreach. The Company offered an intergenerational program Life cycles as well as workshops, residencies and lecture demonstrations for Young Audiences, a program in which Binnie Ritchie-Holum was an instrumental part.

In 1975, Ellen created Dream of Genesis, a work focusing on the process of creation. In 1976, Ellen premiered  Concord Cafeteria, a retrospective look at dance through time and American culture. 1978 brought the premiere of Ellen’s solo  Your Spirit at the Window: A Solo Tribute to Isadora Duncan to the stage. In 1979, the two hour work  Correspondences, created with co-director Alice Forner was presented at the Zellerbach Theater of the Annenberg Center. Also in 1979 SSDC began its Dance by the Sea program. Held in Cape May, NJ each summer, this annual intensive dance event (Co-hosted, beginning in 1980, by Evelyn Shepard and other guest teachers), offered classes in modern dance, technique, repertory, improvisation and performance.

In 1981, as a result of a residency at the Yellow Springs Institute, Ellen created  Threshold. This was followed by  Pageant, a piece based on the visions and classic dance work  Day on Earth, which she presented with  Pageant in a nine campus tour of Penn State University. Also that same year Ellen created  Close Quarters, in collaboration with Atmos Percussion, which was presented at the Annenberg Center’s Philadelphia Dance Umbrella. In 1985, Ellen created her last large group work  Legend, loosely based on the fairy tale Rapunzel.

From 1986 until 1990, Ellen concentrated her creative efforts on smaller works including the solo body/language and the duet  Bread Chronicles. She produced five annual body/language concerts at the Painted Bride. These concerts showcased artists including Ellen herself who integrated text with movement. After Ellen's death in 1990, the Company continued its educational outreach work in schools under the direction of Miriam Giguere. In accordance with Ellen’s wishes, the Company changed its name to Body Language Dance Company.

Through its history SSDC always followed Ellen’s belief in “dance that engages audiences’ intellects and emotions… the primary reason to make art: to express what it is to be human.”

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Ellen Forman and South Street Dance Company hosted several community programs. They fall roughly into four major projects: Young Audiences lecture demonstrations and workshops, School residencies, Life Cycles senior adult programs, Body/language: other/voices high school interdisciplinary arts program.

South Street Dance Company maintained an ensemble with Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania beginning in 1975. This ensemble presented lecture demonstration programs at area schools. Numbers of yearly programs varied, but were frequently quite high ranging from 62 to 88 programs per year. Casts varied but averaged at five performers on yearly contracts with one or two substitute performers.

Ellen Forman and South Street Dance Company led numerous school residency programs. These usually consisted of a lecture demonstration program with the Company, a series of workshops for students at the school, and a culminating assembly with student performers. Some of these residencies were funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, others by Young Audiences, others by the school’s PTA.

Life Cycles was an intergenerational project that included performances and workshops for Philadelphia area senior adults. The project took place from 1981 through 1983.

Body/language: other/voices was an interdisciplinary, multi arts residency for Philadelphia High Schools. Students participated in workshops in a number of art forms including dance, video and poetry. Occurring in more than one high school simultaneously, the project culminated in performances at each of the participating schools, sometimes with students from both high schools in one performance. The project began in 1989 and continued until at least 1991.

Description of Collection

The South Street Dance Company records houses audiovisual materials, photographs, administrative records, playbills, flyers, posters, newspaper clippings, financial records, correspondence, costumes and props dating from 1969 to 1991. This collection documents the performances and some daily operations of the South Street Dance Company and its founder, Ellen Forman. There is relatively little textual material in this collection; the bulk is made up of videotapes, audiotapes and photographs of performances and programs, and objects used during performances.

Overall, this collection provides a comprehensive overview of the performances and programs of the South Street Dance Company. The audiovisual materials in this collection provide a vibrant and detailed view of the Company’s performances, so anyone wishing to study the choreography of Ellen Forman will be gratified by this collection. In addition to traditional performances, Ellen Forman and the Company developed community outreach programs, teaching dance to schoolchildren and the elderly. This collection is an excellent resource for anyone interested in civic participation in the arts, and community-building around artistic endeavor. Ellen Forman greatly admired Isadora Duncan (1877-1927), considered by many to be the creator of modern dance. This collection contains many materials related to Ellen Forman’s Isadora Duncan tribute performances.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 5 series as follows:

Series I. Administrative records, 1969-1991
Series II. Performances and projects, 1972-1990
Series III. Photographs, 1974-1990
Series IV. Audiovisual materials, 1969-1991
        Subseries a. 1/2 inch VHS, 1984-1991
        Subseries b. 3/4 inch VHS, 1983-1984
        Subseries c. Film reels, 1976 and undated
        Subseries d. Reel to reel audio tapes, 1969-1989
        Subseries e. Slides, undated
Series V. Costumes and props, undated

Series I. Administrative records, 1969-1991, includes financial records, correspondence, clippings and press materials, and Board minutes. Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series II. Performances and projects, 1972-1990, includes clippings and reviews, flyers, programs, and assorted materials related to particular performances and projects. A significant amount of the documentation relates to the “body/language: other/voices” program, a dance residency for high school students. The folders are arranged chronologically by performance date.

Series III. Photographs, 1974-1990, are mostly photographs from performances and rehearsals. It is arranged alphabetically by performance when known, and otherwise chronologically. Most photographs are unidentified, but an on-site inventory provides more information on some photographs (and a full listing of photographs in the “Memorial Concert Exhibit photographs” folder).

Series IV. Audiovisual materials, 1969-1991, is divided into five subseries based on format: Subseries a. 1/2 inch VHS, 1984-1991, offers footage of performances, rehearsals, and press materials. Subseries b. 3/4 inch VHS, 1983-1984, documents performances and rehearsals. Videos are in numerical order corresponding to an inventory available on-site, but it is not as detailed for the 3/4 inch format. There is a detailed inventory describing the specific content of the videos available on-site, at Temple University. Subseries c. Film reels, 1976 and undated, houses films of rehearsals of the show “Concord Cafeteria,” as well as what is probably a copy of a 1902 black and white film of Isadora Duncan dancing. Subseries d. Reel to reel audio tapes, 1969-1989, contains mostly 7” reels, with some 5” and 10” reels. The bulk is music for performances and projects, with some radio interviews. Subseries e. Slides, undated, consists of three carousels of slides of Isadora Duncan, probably used for Forman’s Isadora Duncan tribute performances and lectures.

Series V. Costumes and props, undated, contains eleven dresses, a tuxedo, wigs, masks, and other props used in South Street Dance Company performances. It includes a three foot tall puppet used by Forman as her alter-ego in the show “Dolly & Nel.”

Patron Information

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5559591~S30

Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Technical Access

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Publication and Copyright Information

The South Street Dance Company Records are the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Temple University holds literary rights only for material created by university employees and to material given to the university 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 determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation

[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], South Street Dance Company Records, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information        

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza. The creation of the electronic guide for this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project. Finding aid entered into the Archivists' Toolkit by Garrett Boos.   

This collection was minimally processed in 2009-2011, as part of an experimental project conducted under the auspices of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries to help eliminate processing backlog in Philadelphia repositories. A minimally processed collection is one processed at a less intensive rate than traditionally thought necessary to make a collection ready for use by researchers.

Employing processing strategies outlined in Mark Greene's and Dennis Meissner's 2005 article, More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Processing Approaches to Deal With Late 20th-Century Collections, the project team tested the limits of minimal processing on collections of all types and ages, in 23 Philadelphia area repositories. A primary goal of the project, the team processed at an average rate of 2-3 hours per linear foot of records, a fraction of the time ordinarily reserved for the arrangement and description of collections. Among other time saving strategies, the project team did not extensively review the content of the collections, replace acidic folders or complete any preservation work.

Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Forman, Ellen.
Forner, Alice Varga.

Subjects:
Dance.
Dance Companies.
Modern dance.
Performing Arts.

Places:
Philadelphia (Pa.).

Material Types:
Administrative records.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Costumes (character dress)
Financial Records.
Photographs.
Video Recordings.
 

Inventory

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1969-1991

Series I. Administrative records, 1969-1991, includes financial records, correspondence, clippings and press materials, and Board minutes. Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.

8          1          1986 season, 1986.
8          2          1990 season, 1990.
8          3          Articles of interest, 1989.
8          4          Audition flyers, 1984-1985.
8          5          Bank statements, 1988-1989.
8          6          Board minutes, 1988-1990.
8          7          Board minutes/list of Board members, 1990.
8          8          Board packet samples, 1986.
8          9          "Breaking Through: Dream Into Dance" by Ellen Forman and Lovice Weller, undated.
8          10          Brochures received, undated.
8          11          Brochures/flyers, 1982-1988.
9          1          Brochures/programs, circa 1985.
9          2          Bureau of Charitable Organizations, undated.
9          3          Cash disbursements, 1989.
9          4          Charitable organization status, 1989.
20          5          Clara, Jose. Prints of Isadora Duncan, 1927, circa 1975.
9          5          Clippings, 1969-1989.
9          6          Clippings, 1974-1982.
9          7          Clippings, 1974-1982.
9          8          Clippings, 1974-1983.
9          9          Clippings, 1981-1990.
9          10          Correspondence with Anna Duncan, 1977.
9          11          Correspondence, 1985-1990.
9          12          Dance journals, 1980.
9          13          Dance reviews by Ellen Forman and her resume, 1969-1973.
9          14          Development overview, 1991.
9          15          Envelopes, undated.
10          1          Financial statements, 1988-1989.
10          2          Forman, Ellen biographical notes, undated.
20          6          Forman, Ellen obituary, 1990.
10          3          Funding requests, 1987.
10          4          Grant award letters, 1990.
10          5          International correspondence, 1990-1991.
10          6          Loan documents, 1989-1990.
10          7          Payroll **RESTRICTED**, 1987-1990.
10          8          Payroll **RESTRICTED**, 1987-1988.
10          9          Personnel, 1988.
10          10          Press, 1976-1990.
10          11          Presenter lists, undated.
10          12          Programs, circa 1985.
10          13          Programs, circa 1989-1990.
10          14          Promotional mailings, circa 1985.
10          15          Publicity, 1984-1986.
10          16          Receipts, 1989-1990.
10          17          Receipts, 1989-1990.
10          18          Receipts, 1989-1990.
11          1          Residence materials, 1983-1987.
11          2          Reviews, circa 1980-1990.
20          2          School programs, thank-you letters from children, 1990.
11          3          Sheet music and notes (Isadora Duncan tribute), undated.
11          4          [Speech by Ellen Forman], undated.
20          4          Russian magazine, 1977.
11          5          Tax documents, 1981-1985.
11          6          Tax return, 1989.
20          3          VIP mailing list, 1988.
11          7          Walnut Street classes, 1987-1990.
11          8          Miscellaneous, undated.
11          9          Miscellaneous flyers, 1983-1985.
20          7          Miscellaneous flyers, undated.

Series II. Performances and projects, 1972-1990

Series II. Performances and projects, 1972-1990, includes clippings and reviews, flyers, programs, and assorted materials related to particular performances and projects. A significant amount of the documentation relates to the “body/language: other/voices” program, a dance residency for high school students. The folders are arranged chronologically by performance date.

11          10          "Five Women" reviews, 1972.
11          11          "Five Women" flyers, circa 1972.
11          12          Mandell theater, 1976.
11          13          Cape May, 1979-1981.
11          14          Duncan tribute, 1979-1980.
11          15          Duncan scripts with notes, 1979-1980.
11          16          "Life Cycles", 1981-1983.
11          17          "Life Cycles" - intergenerational project concert, 1981-1983.
11          18          Cape May, 1982.
12          1          Please Touch Museum, 1982.
12          2          "Pageant", 1982-1983.
12          3          Cape May, 1983.
12          4          Penn State / Saint Joseph's, 1983.
12          5          "body/language: other voices", 1983-1990.
12          6          Cape May, 1984.
12          7          Community College of Philadelphia, 1984.
12          8          1984 season, 1984.
12          9          Residency - Young Audiences, 1984.
12          10          "Legend" clippings, 1985.
12          11          1985 season, 1985.
12          12          Young Audiences, 1987-1989.
13          1          School programs, clippings and correspondence, 1987-1990.
13          2          "body/language" press, 1988.
13          3          "body/language" clippings, 1988.
13          4          "body/language", 1989.
13          5          "body/language" program and flyers, 1989.
13          6          "body/language: other voices", 1989-1990.
13          7          School program evaluations, 1989-1990.
13          8          Caley School, 1990.
13          9          Ensemble for Young Audiences, 1990.
13          10          "Other Voices" poetry with kids, 1990.
13          11          "Other Voices", 1990.
13          12          "Correspondences", undated.
13          13          "Pageant" notes, undated.
13          14          "Dolly & Nel" script, undated.

Series III. Photographs, 1974-1990

Series III. Photographs, 1974-1990, are mostly photographs from performances and rehearsals. It is arranged alphabetically by performance when known, and otherwise chronologically. Most photographs are unidentified, but an on-site inventory provides more information on some photographs (and a full listing of photographs in the “Memorial Concert Exhibit photographs” folder).

13          15          "body/language" - solo, 1988-1990.
13          16          "Bread Chronicles" - duet, 1989.
13          17          "Bread Chronicles" - solo, 1989.
13          18          Community College of Philadelphia, 1984.
14          1          "Concord Cafeteria" and "Dream of Genesis", 1976.
14          2          "Concord Cafeteria" and "Dream of Genesis", 1976.
14          3          "Correspondences" premiere at Harold Prince theater (proofs and negatives), 1979.
14          4          "Dolly & Nel", circa 1985.
14          5          "Life Cycles", undated.
14          6          Painted Bride Arts Center, 1974.
14          7          "Sanctum", 1984.
14          8          Walnut Street studio, Ellen and Alice (proofs and negatives), 1978 December.
14          9          Zellerbach auditorium, Duncan, Alice and Jay (proofs and negatives), 1979 September.
              7          Memorial Concert Exhibit photographs, undated.
20          1          Matted photographs, undated.
14          10          1974-1977.
14          11          1974-1977.
14          12          1974-1977.
14          13          1974-1977.
14          14          1975-1984.
14          15          1983-1985.
14          16          1987 March.
14          17          1990.
15          1          undated.
15          2          undated.
15          3          undated.
15          4          undated.
15          5          undated.
15          6          undated.
15          7          undated.
15          8          undated.
15          9          undated.
15          10          undated.
15          11          undated.

Series IV. Audiovisual materials, 1969-1991

Series IV. Audiovisual materials, 1969-1991, is divided into five subseries based on format.

Subseries a. 1/2 inch VHS, 1984-1991

Subseries a. 1/2 inch VHS, 1984-1991, offers footage of performances, rehearsals, and press materials.

1                    1. "Philadelphia Dance Alliance 1990 PSAs 1990," 3 minutes, 1989-1990.
1                    2. "Ellen Forman- Lisa Lottie excerpt, Rev etude, Journey (Conwell) excerpt," 10 minutes, undated.
1                    3/4/5/7/39. Excerpts from "Bread Chronicles," "Journey," "Dolly and Nel," "body/language," "Sanctum," "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" 36 minutes, 1990.
1                    6. "Bok" residency project performance, 62 minutes, circa 1988.
1                    8. "Bok" residency project performances, 90 minutes, circa 1988.
1                    9. "Journey" rehearsal, 55 minutes, undated.
1                    10. "SSDC 1/30/86," 106 minutes, 1986 January 1.
1                    11. "Ellen Forman: Excerpts from 'The Bread Chronicles,'" 9 minutes, circa 1989.
1                    12. "The Bread Chronicles by Ellen Forman with Darko Tresnjak," 17 minutes, undated.
1                    13. "Ellen Forman body/language (2 xs) Two Etudes," 27 minutes, 1988 January.
1                    14. "Sanctum, Lonesome, erase?," 9 minutes, undated.
1                    15. "Ellen: Dupe" rehearsal, 5 minutes, undated.
1                    16. "Forman 4/4/89" rehearsal for "The Bread Chronicles," 25 minutes, 1989 April 4.
1                    17. "Ellen Forman - excerpts 'Dolly and Nel,' 'Journey,' 'body/language,' 22 minutes, undated.
1                    18. "Body / Language solo dress rehearsal 5/17/90," 15 minutes, 1990 May 17.
1                    19. "News on Memorial Concert," .5 minutes, 1991 November.
1                    20. "South Street Dance Company, Ellen Forman Friday Night Concert at Painted Bride, 4/28/89, Part 1 of 2," 45 minutes, 1989 April 28.
1                    21. "Ellen Forman in body/language," 13 minutes, 1990.
1                    22. "Ellen in Rehearsal: No.1 from Vickie Seitchik," 120 minutes, undated.
1                    23. "Ellen in Rehearsal : No 2 from Vickie Seitchik," 120 minutes, undated.
1                    24. "Ellen in Rehearsal : No. 3 from Vickie Seitchik," 120 minutes, undated.
1                    25. "Women on the Move: N. Hill, K Bamonte, E Forman," 73 minutes, 1989 June.
1                    26. "South Street Dance Company, Ellen Forman, MASTER, Saturday night, 4/29/89, part 2 of 2," 35 minutes, 1989 April.
1                    27. "Duncan: June 84, November 84," 12 minutes, 1984.
1                    28. "Bok AVT 5/90," 65 minutes, 1990 May.
1                    29. "SSDC: Proem, Portrait, New Annual, End Genesis, test, Argumentum, Dream of Genesis, Correspondences," 94 minutes, undated.
1                    30. "Ellen Forman Credits 2-21-90," 8 minutes, 1990 February.
1                    31. "Choreography: Isadora Duncan, Pathetique, Legacy- Julia Levien," 48 minutes, 1988.
1                    32. "Ellen Forman 'The Bread Chronicles' 1989, edited," 19 minutes, 1989.
1                    33. "SSDC Conwell (Dennis Diamond) 1. Journey 2. Lives Over Time (Forner)," 21 minutes, 1986 January.
1                    34. "Painted Bride 6-1-90 Ellen -Melanie -Trina," 47 minutes, 1990 June.
1                    35. "body/language/90 5/18/90," 85 minutes, 1990 May 18.
1                    36. "SSDC Legend 5/30/85 Painted Bride Art Center," 80 minutes, 1985 May 30.
1                    37. "Concord Cafeteria (dub)," 25 minutes, undated.
1                    38. "Ellen concert dub PR," 5 minutes, undated.
2                    40. "SSDC and EF Chor / erased," 0 minutes, undated.
2                    41. "South Street Dance Company Nov 3 1984 CCP Vickie Seitchik," 66 minutes, 1984 November 3.
2                    42. "SSDC Come on Mama (1984) Go Home Little Girl (1984) Are You Lonesome Tonight (1984) Sanctum (1984)," 24 minutes, 1984.
2                    43. "Tape A Duncan dances 1-2-3," 11 minutes, undated.
2                    44. "South Street Dance Company Choreography: Ellen Forman 'Sanctum,' 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?'" 15 minutes, undated.
2                    45. "Ellen Forman excerpts from 'Dolly & Nel,' 'Journey' and 'body/language,'" 18 minutes, undated.
2                    46. "South Street Dance Company 4/29/89 Saturday Night Performance MASTER Ellen Forman Part 1 of 2," 47 minutes, 1989 April 29.
2                    47. "CCP Performance Nov 1,1984 Tom Brown-C Villardo Evelyn-Sokolow, Hot Point Sanctum, Mother Revolutionary," 69 minutes, 1984 November 1.
2                    48. "1983-84 VHS 120 1385 Concord Cafeteria 12-3-76 Argumentum, Sokolow, 5-10-79 Forest Passing ,etc.," 66 minutes, 1976-1984.
2                    49. "Body Language 3.27.88 Painted Bride Art Center," 94 minutes, 1988 March 27.
2                    50. "3-9-90 Afternoon Performance K-4 students South Street Dance Company also Ellen Workshop," 53 minutes, 1990 May 9.
2                    51. "Caley School King of Prussia SSDC Fri Eve 3-3-90 Final Performance students K-4 warm ups dances Audience participation. Joan Williams (school co-ordinator)," 50 minutes, 1990 March 3.
2                    52. "South Street Dance Company Opening Performance of Caley School-Beginning of Dance Residency. Copy from original," 30 minutes, 1990 March.
2                    53/55. "Young Audiences South Street Dance Promo," 18 minutes, 1985.
2                    54. "South Street Dance Company: Program for Young Audiences," 13 minutes, 1989 December.
2                    56. "YA 12/18/89 McCall," 100 minutes, 1989 December 18.
2                    57. "YA excerpts '89," 14 minutes, 1989.
2                    58. "Caley Road Residency," 5 minutes, 1990 March.

Subseries b. 3/4 inch VHS, 1983-1984

Subseries b. 3/4 inch VHS, 1983-1984, documents performances and rehearsals. Videos are in numerical order corresponding to an inventory available on-site, but it is not as detailed for the 3/4 inch format. There is a detailed inventory describing the specific content of the videos available on-site, at Temple University.

2                    59. "Introduction," "Day on Earth," "Hot Point, "Interlude," "Come On Mama Do That Dance For Me," "Lisa Lottie, "Go Home Little Girl," "Interlude," "Day on Earth", undated.
2                    60. "SSDC Painted Bride", 1983 June 15.
2                    61. "Body / Language", undated.
2                    62. "South Street Dance Company - ORIGINAL-Lisa Lottie", 1984 March 15.
3                    65. "ORIGINAL 'Day on Earth'", 1984 March 15.
3                    66. "Journey," "Lives Over Time," 16 minutes, undated.
3                    67. "Close Quarters", undated.
3                    68. "South Street Dance collage DUB (Pew)", undated.
3                    69. "Day on Earth", undated.
3                    70. "Choreography of Ellen Forman. Danced by member of the South Street Dance Company", undated.
3                    71. "This is NY master", undated.
3                    72. "Choreography of Ellen Forman", undated.
3                    73. "Ellen Forman, Choreographer, 'Sanctum,' 'Are You Lonesome Tonight?'", undated.

Subseries c. Film reels, 1976 and undated

Subseries c. Film reels, 1976 and undated, houses films of rehearsals of the show “Concord Cafeteria,” as well as what is probably a copy of a 1902 black and white film of Isadora Duncan dancing.

6                    63. "'CONCORD CAFETERIA' chor. Ellen Forman rehearsal", 1976 December.
6                    64. "'CONCORD CAFETERIA' chor. Ellen Forman", 1976 June.
2                    Black and white print of film dated 1903. Copy of film questionably of Isadora Duncan dancing., undated.

Subseries d. Reel to reel audio tapes, 1969-1989

Subseries d. Reel to reel audio tapes, 1969-1989, contains mostly 7” reels, with some 5” and 10” reels. The bulk is music for performances and projects, with some radio interviews.

5                    Dolly and Nel- performance master, undated.
5                    Bread Chronicles- safety master, 1989 April.
5                    Bread Chronicles- master, undated.
5                    South Street Dance Company, Yellow Springs, PA Reel 1 of 2 master, 1985 May 17.
5                    South Street Dance Company- LEGEND- Yellow Springs, PA reel 1 of 2 master, 1985 May 18.
5                    South Street Dance Company- LEGEND- Yellow Springs, PA reel 2 of 2 master, 1985 May 18.
5                    Dolly and Nel safety master, 1988 March 22.
4                    Atmos- Annenberg, 1983 April 15.
4                    Pageant II Bells (dream)- end, undated.
4                    Young Audiences: Americas Other Revolution, undated.
4                    Beaver performance tape: Atmos-fast quartet, undated.
4                    Daughter of Counterpoint, undated.
4                    Atmos- Annenberg Center - reel 1 of 2, 1983 April 1.
4                    WXPN, 1983 February 25.
4                    Ellen on Arts Menagerie WUHY, 1972 April 6.
4                    South Street Dance Company LEGEND performance at Painted Bride 1 of 3 master, 1985 May 31.
4                    South Street Dance Company Lisalottie, undated.
4                    Pageant I- missing Hot Point, undated.
4                    Schubert, Isadora, Messiaen, undated.
4                    Dream of genesis, undated.
4                    Ellen Forman [Brooklyn College] Spring 1969, 1969.
4                    Ellen Forman Two Etudes (Duncan), undated.
4                    Duncan Your Spirit rehearsal music Lullaby (Criss) ok, undated.
4                    Young Audiences- South Street Dance Company, undated.
4                    Mime / Dance, Rock Bottom, Counterpoint excerpts Lovs solo, running, undated.
4                    Bach Prelude #1, Duncan Waltzes, undated.
4                    Daughters of Counter point" JS Bach Choreography: Ellen Forman, undated.
4                    WUHY- Day on Earth- Interview, WXPN- Purcell, 1983 June.
4                    Lisalottie (Louise) Copy, undated.
4                    Portrait, For All We Know, undated.
4                    Two Memories, Dello Joio, undated.
6                    Atmos, undated.
6                    PCOP Workshop- Zen and Mexican, undated.
6                    Americas Other Revolution-copy, 1976.
6                    Anna Criss tape, Three Green Scarf Dance, Debussy Air Gay, Polka and others, undated.
6                    Copy- Concord, undated.
4                    The Real Isadora, undated.
6                    Life Cycles, undated.
6                    Sisters (White Xmas), undated.
6                    Lives Over Time, undated.
6                    Hot Point, Come On Mama (dub), undated.
6                    Fejks-sisters, undated.
6                    Brighter Days #1 of 2, undated.
6                    Correspondences Ellen Forman, undated.
6                    body / language (Brahms), undated.
6                    Ruth Anderson Points, undated.
4                    Your Spirit at the Window A Solo Tribute to Isadora Duncan by Ellen Forman, undated.
6                    Counterpoint music JS Bach chor Ellen Forman, Rock Bottom Music: Miri Auldridge chor Ellen Forman, undated.
6                    Copy: Your Spirit at the Window (Duncan), undated.
6                    body / language (Ellen Forman), undated.
6                    Armond DiStefano, undated.
6                    Rainbow, undated.
4                    Thresholds, undated.
4                    Five Women- part one, undated.
4                    Mary as Isadora, Sides 1 and 2: Dian, Lovice, Alice, Ellen- re tits etc., 1972 February 28.
4                    BAH, S 1 Richard Wernick: Visions of Terror and Wonder, undated.
4                    Young Audiences (copy), undated.
4                    Alice (opera), undated.
4                    Day on Earth- Doris Humphrey, Piano Sonata-Aaron Copeland, undated.
6                    Day on Earth- Doris Humphrey, Piano Sonata-Aaron Copeland, undated.
4                    Copy : Hot Point, Sanctum, Concord, undated.
4                    Lives Over Time and First Day Stories- Copy, undated.
4                    South Street Dance Company LEGEND performance at Painted Bride 2 of 2 master, 1985 June 1.
4                    South Street Dance Company LEGEND performance at Painted Bride 2 of 2 master, 1985 June 2.
4                    Brighter Days #2 of 2, undated.
4                    Zen, Olatunji, rainbow, Mexican, Dido (3), undated.
6                    Duncan- Reichert, undated.
6                    Duncan- Justin (& Ellen) Mandell Theater, 1982 December.
6                    Five Women- II, undated.
6                    Ardmore Avenue School, undated.
6                    South Street Dance Company "Legend" In the Garden Ierardi / Oliveros, undated.
6                    Bach-Journeys, undated.
6                    body / language DUB version with first text, undated.
6                    South Street Dance Company LEGEND performance at Painted Bride 1 of 2 master, 1985 June 2.
6                    South Street Dance Company LEGEND performance at Painted Bride 1 of 2 dub, 1985 June 1.
6                    I. Two / Fold (Kosmogonia), undated.
6                    Duncan, Soaring Cape May '82, 1982.
6                    Reich, undated.

Subseries e. Slides, undated

Subseries e. Slides, undated, consists of three carousels of slides of Isadora Duncan, probably used for Forman’s Isadora Duncan tribute performances and lectures.

5                    Isadora (28 slides of Isadora Duncan).  
5                    Your Spirit at the Window slides (32 slides of Isadora Duncan)
5                    Duncan lecture (20 slides of Isadora Duncan).

Series V. Costumes and props, undated

Series V. Costumes and props, undated, contains eleven dresses, a tuxedo, wigs, masks, and other props used in South Street Dance Company performances. It includes a three foot tall puppet used by Forman as her alter-ego in the show “Dolly & Nel.”

16                    Sanctum: Five dresses (possibly by Robert Franco, Richard St. Clair).                   
17                    Sanctum: Basket with rocks.
18                    Sanctum: Glass pitcher, wash rag, large blue plastic bowl, and metal bowl.                   
                        Dolly and Nel: Dolly puppet.
18                    Dolly and Nel: Mask for Ellen as Dolly.
18                    Dolly and Nll: Wigs (2).
19                    Bread Chronicles: Witches robe (long red with purple collar).
19                    Bread Chronicles: White sleeveless under-dress and light blue long-sleeved over-dress.
19                    body / language: Dark blue dress with white polka dots.
18                    Dolly and Nell: Tuxedo pants (2), shirt, jacket, and bow tie.
19                    Duncan Repertory: Burgundy dress from Revolutionary Etude (possibly by Susan Lunenfeld).
19                    Duncan Repertory: Lavender silk under dress and steel blue robe from Mother (possibly by Susan Lunenfeld).
19                    Duncan Repertory: Rust colored, sleeveless, floor length dress (possibly by Susan Lunenfeld).
17                    Unknown Production: Ladder.
18                    Unknown Production: Plastic mask.
16                    Unknown Production: Red fabric.