Ella Rosewood Dance
Choreography, performance, and education based in Brooklyn, NY.
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Seminal Solos Project

Seminal Solos Project

The Seminal Solos project uncovers historic rarely seen modern dance solos from 1926-1970 bringing them into current light through reconstructions, performances, education initiatives, and video documentation.  Rosewood aims to deepen her choreographic work and performance through preserving, sharing, and recontextualizing culturally relevant historic dances.   


The Solos

 Image of Ella Rosewood in "Negro Spirituals" (1928-32) choreographed by Helen Tamiris. Photo by Jaqlin Medlock.

Image of Ella Rosewood in "Negro Spirituals" (1928-32) choreographed by Helen Tamiris. Photo by Jaqlin Medlock.

Negro Spirituals (1928-32)
Choreographed by Helen Tamiris


 Image of Ella Rosewood in "The Call/Breath of Fire" (1930) choreographed by Doris Humphrey.

Image of Ella Rosewood in "The Call/Breath of Fire" (1930) choreographed by Doris Humphrey.

The Call/Breath of Fire (1930)
Choreographed by Doris Humphrey


 Image of Ella Rosewood in "Harmonica Breakdown" (1938) choreographed by Jane Dudley. Photo by Jaqlin Medlock.

Image of Ella Rosewood in "Harmonica Breakdown" (1938) choreographed by Jane Dudley. Photo by Jaqlin Medlock.

Harmonica Breakdown (1938)
Choreographed by Jane Dudley


 Image of Ella Rosewood in "Statement of Dissent" (1938) choreographed by Louise Kloepper.

Image of Ella Rosewood in "Statement of Dissent" (1938) choreographed by Louise Kloepper.

Statement of Dissent (1938)
Choreographed by Louise Kloepper


 Image of Ella Rosewood in "Never Sign A Letter Mrs." (1939) choreographed by Hortense Lieberthal Zera.

Image of Ella Rosewood in "Never Sign A Letter Mrs." (1939) choreographed by Hortense Lieberthal Zera.

Never Sign a Letter Mrs. (1939)
Choreographed by Hortense Lieberthal Zera


 Image of Ella Rosewood in "No Peace on Earth" (1947) choreographed by Sybil Shearer.

Image of Ella Rosewood in "No Peace on Earth" (1947) choreographed by Sybil Shearer.

No Peace on Earth (1947)
Choreographed by Sybil Shearer


 Image of Sybil Shearer in “Eighth Dance” (1949).

Image of Sybil Shearer in “Eighth Dance” (1949).

Eighth Dance (1949)
Choreographed by Sybil Shearer


 Image of Katherine Litz in “The Glyph” (1951) from the New York Public Library Digital Archives.

Image of Katherine Litz in “The Glyph” (1951) from the New York Public Library Digital Archives.

The Glyph (1951)
Choreographed by Katherine Litz


 Image of Ella Rosewood in "Ideas of an Acrobat" (1970) choreographed by Anna Sokolow. Photo by Jaqlin Medlock.

Image of Ella Rosewood in "Ideas of an Acrobat" (1970) choreographed by Anna Sokolow. Photo by Jaqlin Medlock.

Ideas of an Acrobat (1970)
Choreographed by Anna Sokolow


The seriousness of the scholarship, research and Rosewood’s execution is moving and provokes questions: Why do these dances today? Who should they be performed for? Where should they be performed?
— Bill T. Jones