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The Kathryn Karipides Papers

Kelvin Smith Library: Special Collections Research Center

Portions of the Kathryn Karipides Papers were digitized in 2011 and are available online in Digital Case via links provided in this finding aid. An EAD finding aid also exists in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository.


(1969-2000)

Biography | Scope and Content | Boxlist

Quantity: 15.35 linear feet

Restrictions: The Special Collections Research Center is open to any interested researcher upon presentation of a valid CASE ID or other valid official identification card. The Center is open to other researchers by appointment only.

Acquisition: This collection was donated to the Special Collections Research Center of the Kelvin Smith by Katherine Karipides in 2009 and 2010.

Biography: Kathryn Karipides (1934-    )

Kathryn Karipides was born on February 28, 1934. A native of Canton, Ohio, she received the B.S. degree in Physical Education from Miami University (Ohio), and her M.A. in Physical education from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Karipides trained with Martha Graham, Hanya Holm and Erik Hawkins. She began her career at the Flora Stone Mather College for Women, of Western Reserve University, as an instructor in the Physical Education Department. She was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1963, was made full professor in 1980 and was named the Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities in 1989. She was appointed Knight Professor Emerita in 1996. In 1975 she accepted co-director responsibility for the Graduate Dance Program with Kelly Holt. Additional administrative responsibilities included serving as Acting Chair of the Theatre Department in 1985 and returning from retirement to serve as Interim Deputy Provost for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Karipides did not begin formal training in modern dance until she entered college. After graduating from Miami University in 1956 she came to the Flora Stone Mather College for Women to teach folk, social and modern dancing in the Physical Education Department. She is largely responsible for the development of the dance program at CWRU which grew from the early physical education classes taught to Mather students into nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate programs within the Theatre Department. Karipides has performed all over the country and is renowned for her choreographic work, particularly the body of work created during her ten years as principal dancer and choreographer for the Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth (1969-1979) She is the recipient of the Carl F. Wittke Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching at CWRU, The Cleveland Arts Prize and the Ohio Dance Award. She is an active member of the Cleveland Dance community.

Scope and Content

The Kathryn Karipides Papers consist of photographs, programs, correspondence, clippings, videotapes and working files related to the Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth circa 1969 to 1979, the Department of Theatre, Drama and Dance at Case Western Reserve University circa 1971-1995 and the Food for Thought dance initiative circa 1996 to 1997 and regarding the creative projects driven by the modern dance choreography and performance of Kathryn Karipides.  The bulk of the collection consists of still photos from the Dance Theatre performances dating from 1972 to1995.

The Kathryn Karipides Papers are arranged in the following series

Series 1

Performance Documentation
View performance programs in Digital Case 

1969-2000

Series 2

Performance Photographs
View performance photographs in Digital Case 

1970-1996

Series 3

Performance Recordings
View performance recordings in Digital Case 

1974-1998


Box list

Box

Folder

Folder Title

 

Series 1: Performance Documentation. 1969-2000 

1

1

 Biographical Material, 1972-1998

1

2

 The Case Western Reserve Modern Dance Company. Clippings, 1969-1971

1

3

 The Case Western Reserve Modern Dance Company. Correspondence, 1970-1971

1

4

 The Case Western Reserve Modern Dance Company. Programs, 1969-1971

1

5

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Clippings, 1972

1

6

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Correspondence, 1972

1

7

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Programs, 1972

1

8

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Clippings, 1973

1

9

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Correspondence, 1973

1

10

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Programs, 1973

1

11

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Clippings, 1974

1

12

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Correspondence, 1974

1

13

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Programs, 1974

1

14

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Clippings, 1975

1

15

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Correspondence, 1975

1

16

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Programs, 1975

1

17

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Programs, 1976

1

18

 The Dance Theatre of Kathryn Karipides and Henry Kurth. Clippings, 1978

1

19

 University of California Santa Cruz Summer Dance Theater. Clippings, 1974

1

20

 University of California Santa Cruz Summer Dance Theater. Programs, 1972, 1974

1

21

 Collaboration with Kelly Holt. Clippings, 1969-1981

1

22

 Collaboration with Kelly Holt. Correspondence, 1969

1

23

 Collaboration with Kelly Holt. Programs, 1969, 1981

1

24

 Collaboration with b.f. maiz. Programs, 1992-1994

1

25

 Case Western Reserve University Dance Department Concerts. Clippings, 1994-1998

1

26

 Case Western Reserve University Dance Department Concerts. Programs, 1984-1995

1

27

 The Repertory Project. Programs, 2000

1

28

 Food for Thought Program. Administrative records, 1996

1

29

 Food for Thought Program. Administrative records, 1997-1998

1

30

 Food for Thought Program. Grant funding, supporting documentation, 1992-1997

 

Series 2. Performance Photographs. 1970-1996 

 2

1

Salome, 1970

 2

2

Mirror, Mirror, 1970

 2

3

Thang  kas, 1970

 2

4

Rituals From a Geography Unknown, 1970

 2

5

Imago Ignota, 1971

 2

6

A Stein Song, 1971

 2

7

Vertiginous Moment, 1971

 2

8

Portraits and Palettes, 1972

 2

9

A Galaxy of Instants, 1972

 2

10

By Disposition of Angels, 1973

 2

11

At Contact, 1973

 2

12

Lyre of Orpheus, 1973

 2

13

The Praise of Folly, 1973

 3

1

Pacepulsion, 1974

 3

2

Echoes of Glass, 1974

 3

3

Winter Count, 1974

 3

4

Codices, 1975

3

5

Landscape with Creature, 1975

 3

6

With Antecedents. Mounds, 1975

 3

7

Reflections, 1976

 3

8

Four By Four, 1978

 3

9

Opening, 1979

 3

10

Thang kas reconstruction, ca. 1980

 3

11

The Unseen Led the Way, 1982

 3

12

In Repeating. Choreographed with Kelly Holt, 1983

 3

13

Construct, 1986

 3

14

Three Citings, 1987

 3

15

Facings, 1989

 3

16

Two Fold One, 1989

 3

17

Tandemonium. Choreographed with Louis Kavouras, 1989

 3

18

Angelscape, 1990

 3

19

Food For Thought Program, 1996

 4

Oversize

Rituals, Thang kas, Mirror Mirror, 1970

 5

Oversize

Vertiginous Moment, Imago Ignota, 1971

 6

Oversize

A Stein Song, 1971

 7

Oversize

A Stein Song, 1971

 8

Oversize

Portraits and Palettes, A Galaxy of Instants, 1972

 9

Oversize

By Disposition of Angels, The Praise of Folly, Lyre of Orpheus, 1973

 10

Oversize

Echoes of Glass, Winter Count, 1974

 11

Oversize

Codices, 1975

 12

Oversize

Rain or Shine, 1994

 13

Oversize

Salome, A Stein Song, 1970, 1971

 

Series 3: Performance Recordings. 1974-1998 

 14

1

Winter Count: Tribal Ceremonials 1; Winter Count: Tribal Ceremonials 2; With Antecedents: Mounds; Appulse; Four by Four. videotape VHS, circa 1974-1978

14

2

Look at me Now; Thang-kas; At Contact; Codices; Beverly Brown Performance; Unknown Duet, Unknown Duet, Unknown Performance, Unknown Performance. videotape VHS, circa 1974-1984

14

3

Faculty Concert, 1986. Opening; In Repeating; Construct; Winter Count (1974 and 1986); Arden Court ca.1982 televised performance) videotape VHS, 1974. October, 1986

 14

4

Pacepulsion; Winter Count; At Contact. Summer Choreography Studies. videotape VHS, circa 1974. Summer, 1986

 14

5

Look At Me Now and Here I Am; The Unseen Lead the Way; Startling the Silence. videotape VHS, circa 1981-1984

 14

6

In Repeating; Starthrower; Eiffel? videotape VHS, circa 1983-1984, undated

 14

7

Faculty Concert, 1987. Shungapovi; Triptych; Three Citings. Videotape VHS, October, 1987

 14

8

Facings; Three Citings. videotape VHS, 1987-1989

 14

9

Facings. videotape VHS, circa 1989

 14

10

Faculty Concert Fall, 1989. Opening; Sunbead; Seascape; Two Fold One;

 14

11

Two Fold One; Facings. videotape VHS, December, 1989

 14

12

Two Fold One. Rehearsals and Performance. videotape VHS, 1989

 14

13

Facings. Rehearsals and Performance. videotape VHS, 1989, 1995

 14

14

Facings. videotape VHS, 1989

 14

15

For Reconstruction; Angelscape. videotape VHS, Fall, 1990

 14

16

Honest Ambition; Angelscape; Trio; Two Fold One; Louis Kavouras Solo; Facings. videotape VHS, 1991

 14

17

Podandra: Poetry and Dance. videotape VHS, April 4, 1992

 14

18

Podandra: Poetry and Dance. videotape VHS, April 4, 1992

 14

19

Four By Two Plus Three. Performance and Rehearsal. videotape VHS, February. 1993

 14

20

Four By Two Plus Three. videotape VHS, February, 1993

 14

21

Four: By Two Plus Three; (possibly) Miroloi. videotape VHS, January, 1994-February, 1994

 14

22

Rain or Shine. videotape VHS, February 17, 1994

14

 23

Black Ice; Rain or Shine; Four: By Two Plus Three. videotape VHS, January, 1994 - February, 1994

14

24

Shedding Light. videotape VHS, November 17, 1994

14

25

Danceworks: Looking Back and Moving On. Two Fold One; Piano Pieces; Reflections: Places in the Soul; Anointed in Dark Waters; Rain or Shine. videotape VHS, January 19, 1995

14

26

Danceworks: Looking Back and Moving On. Two Fold One; Reflections: Places in the Soul; Rain or Shine. videotape VHS, January 21, 1995

14

27

Danceworks: Looking Back and Moving On technical dress rehearsal; Two Fold One; Reflections: Places in the Soul; Two Fold One; Reflections: Places in the Soul; Rain or Shine. videotape VHS, January 17, 1995, January 22, 1995

14

28

Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio Performance. videotape VHS, May 1, 1998

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