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Ruth St. Denis in Rahda
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1906
Publication Information
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Photography from the Scripps College Collection
Rights Information
The contents of this item, including all images and text, are for personal, educational, and non-commercial use only. The contents of this item may not be reproduced in any form without the express permission of Scripps College. Any form of image reproduction, transmission, display, or storage in any retrieval system is prohibited without the written consent of Scripps College and other copyright holders. Scripps College retains all rights, including copyright, in data, images, documentation, text and other information contained in these files. For permissions, please contact: Scripps College, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery Attn: Rights and Reproductions, 1030 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
Image of Ruth St. Denis in character. One of St. Denis' earliest dance creations, "Radha" was first performed privately for a group of society patronesses in 1905. With their enthusiastic support, St. Denis was catapulted into society circles, and was soon performing her foreign dances for many of Ameica's wealthy elites. Based on her perceptions of India's religious deities, St. Denis' production of "Radha" depicted a Hindi goddess struggling between indulgence and chastity as she sensuously experienced the senses of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.
Portrait photography
Black-and-white photography
St. Denis, Ruth, 1880-1968
Dance costume
Time Period
Early 20th century
United States
Photographic materials on paper: black and white photography; 5 5/16 in. x 3 3/16 in. (13.49 cm x 8.1 cm)
Scripps College 19th and 20th Century Photographs -

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