"Mary Lyon," a ballet
conceived and choreographed by Joan Karff, was performed by The New Dance
Group in Houston, Texas at the Kinkaid School Auditorium in
Mary Lyon founded Mount
Holyoke College in 1837 in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She endured much
opposition to her efforts to educate women, as women's education in America
was frowned upon by her contemporary society.
Ms. Karff commissioned
Ms. Danko to create masks to depict the stiff and rigid men who opposed Mary
Lyon as she set about to raise funds for what would be the first college
for women in America.
The piece was part
of a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Mt.