Martha and Maria – Two Dancers Who Changed the World

This blog was expanded from text in SCRC’s Spring Exhibition “Showing Us Our Own Face”: Performing Arts and the Human Experience. In mid-century America, you would be hard-pressed to find two dancers more popular than Martha Graham and Maria Tallchief. Both masters of their respective arts, the two women were Continue Reading

Marchives Madness

  It is that time of year and SCRC is having another Marchives Madness contest. Our current exhibition is called “Showing Us Our Own Face”: Performing Arts and the Human Experience. All of the items have been digitized to replicate the physical exhibit as shown. To view all the items Continue Reading

The Federal Theatre Project: The Collection That Started It All

In 1974 George Mason University faculty members Lorraine Brown and John O’Connor discovered the archives of the Federal Theater Project (FTP) in an aircraft hangar near Baltimore, Maryland after a lengthy search. Included were scripts for over 800 plays and radio programs, official FTP photographs, 1930s-era silk-screened posters, hand drawn Continue Reading

Shattering Stereotypes Instead of Glass: Opera and “Showing Us Our Own Face”

To many 21st century Americans, opera might conjure images of women in horned helmets belting out screechy songs in incomprehensible languages., and shattering panes of glass in the process. This stereotype has its origins in the German composer Richard Wagner’s operas with stories based in Norse mythology, and it is Continue Reading

“Showing Us Our Own Face”: Performing Arts and the Human Experience

Performance is a uniquely human quality. Humans – the only creatures on earth able to conceptualize realities other than the present one – over the millennia have followed the urge to present these realities to each other in a multitude of ways. This need to witness and empathize with the Continue Reading