The blog is dedicated to the work of Joseph David Toloff (1888-1957). From his studio in Evanston, Illinois he was one of the premier photographers of the North Shore from 1913 until his retirement in 1955. From time to time I will feature a different photograph or set of photographs by Toloff or other information about him I may uncover.
Monday, July 1, 2013
TED SHAWN as "Pan" by J.D. Toloff
Several weeks ago I featured J.D. Toloff's photos of noted dancer Ruth St. Denis as "The Peacock". In my writeup I mentioned that Ruth St. Denis was 1/2 of Denishawn. Denishawn was a School of Dancing and its Related Arts, and also a Dance Company. This week's Toloff feature is from the other 1/2 of Denishawn - Ted Shawn. Ted Shawn was, without a doubt, the greatest male dancer who ever lived. A short biography of Ted Shawn can be found here:
Here is a vintage advertisement for Denishawn (photos not by Toloff):
And here for your enjoyment from 1914 is Ted Shawn as the god '"Pan" by J.D. Toloff:
Ted Shawn as "Pan" by J.D. Toloff
I have also seen the photo in black and white:
I don't know if Toloff added the tinting, or it was added by someone else.
The glory that was Denishawn lives on today at Jacob's Pillow, in Becket, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires. Jacob's Pillow is a dance school, retreat, and theater founded by Ted Shawn. There is a good writeup on Jacob's Pillow here: