Friday, March 8, 2013

Chatham Japanese dancers

Chatham College students posing in Japanese costumes, 1923, for a May Day performance. From the Chatham University Archives Image Collection:
The Japanese dance group poses in their costumes and their performance hair and make-up. The 1923 May Day pageant featured a number of episodes from varying cultures and historical traditions. Part I, titled the "Birth of May Day" included dances by the allegorical figures of Night, Dawn, the Sun, and Spring among others. Part II centered on the "Coronation of the May Queen," senior Marion Jobson, and Part III, titled "Entertainment of the Queen," featured a wizard, a Roman Spring procession, an Egyptian episode, a Grecian episode, a Normandy folk dance, an English folk dance, a Japanese episode, “poses from old prints,” and a cherry blossom dance.