Nature Friends Agit-Prop Dance Troupe from Workers Theatre. Vol. 2 No. 5. August, 1932.

The Nature Friends Dance Troupe performs ‘Red Army March’ at a camp. Lake Midvale, New Jersey. August 5, 1932.

NATUREFRIENDS-AGIT-PROP GROUP, NEW YORK participated actively in the campaign “Boycott the Olympics-For the International Athletic Meet in Chicago”. In addition to this the group filled the program for 2 evenings, all proceeds going to the Counter-Olympic Committee. Counter-Olympic bottoms were sold for the amount of $13.50. A campfire affair in camp Midvale was held as an anti-war demonstration, for the defense of the Soviet Union. The same recitation was given before the first convention of the newly organized district of the C. P. in New Jersey, and at the I. W. O. Picnic in N. Y. The Naturefriends Dance Group gave its first performance, dancing the “Red Army March” and “The Red Marine”. After a short vacation the group will start full speed ahead for the fall and the election campaign. Workers Theatre. Vol. 2 No. 5. August, 1932.

Nature Friends Dance Group

The Nature Friends Dance Group originally started as a technique class for body development and ballet; practical teaching, forming group. According to their report to the W.D.L. council, this performing unit has served as a splendid propagandist agent for the Nature Friends organization. Other beneficial results of their dancing experience, according to this same report, have been the development of self-confidence and freedom of bodily motion, plus an appreciation of the values of collective work. At present the group is planning dances, in which any number of people can perform at any one time, and is also beginning work on solo dances. New Theatre Vol. 1 No. 2. January, 1934.

Workers Theatre began in New York City in 1931 as the publication of The Workers Laboratory Theater collective, an agitprop group associated with Workers International Relief, becoming the League of Workers Theaters, section of the International Union of Revolutionary Theater of the Comintern. The rough production values of the first years were replaced by a color magazine as it became primarily associated with the New Theater. It contains a wealth of left cultural history and ideas. Published roughly monthly were Workers Theater from April 1931-July/Aug 1933, New Theater from Sept/Oct 1933-November 1937, New Theater and Film from April and March of 1937, (only two issues).

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