At Sarah Lawrence she also studied with mythologist Joseph Campbell. They were married in 1938, and she left school to join the Martha Graham Dance Company. After Campbell retired from Sarah Lawrence in 1972, he and Erdman settled in Honolulu, Hawaii. Career Encouraged by Campbell to develop her work, Erdman left Martha Graham in 1944 to form her own company, the Jean Erdman Dance Group. In 1949, Erdman starred in the unfinished Maya Deren film Medusa (1949) . During the course of her career, many contemporary composers (including John Cage and Alan Hovhaness) wrote dance scores for her.
She also collaborated with other important American composers, including Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison. Erdman taught at a number of colleges, finally becoming head of the modern dance division of Teachers' College, Columbia University. She founded New York University's dance program and taught there from 1966-1972. The Coach with the Six Insides In 1962, Erdman's award-winning musical play, The Coach with the Six Insides, opened Off-Broadway. It ran for 114 performances, closing in 1963 . The play is based upon James Joyce's last novel Finnegans Wake.
The title is a line from the text, found in episode II.3.359 . It starred Leonard Frey and had a musical score by Teiji Ito. The play, "is a combination of dance, mime, and Joycean stream-of-consciousness language. Like Joyce's work itself it addresses the question 'what is the past, and what is its meaning?' " Dance and Myth - The World of Jean Erdman: Part 1.
The Early Dances Dance and Myth - The World of Jean Erdman: Part 2. The Group Dances Dance and Myth - The World of Jean Erdman: Part 3. The Later Solos Winner: 1972: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Choreography - The Two Gentlemen of Verona  1962-1963: Obie Award - Special Citations, Jean Erdman - The Coach with the Six Insides  Vernon Rice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Off-Broadway Theatre - The Coach with the Six Insides Nominated: 1972: Tony Award for Best Choreography - The Two Gentlemen of Verona  The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work. Edited and with an Introduction by Phil Cousineau.
Forward by Stuart L. Brown, Executive Editor. New York: Harper and Row, 1990. ISBN 9781577314042 Larsen, Stephen and Robin Larsen.
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