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Six American Dance Pioneers: A Look Back, A Leap Forward: Carmen De Lavallade [Close shot]
Additional title: Alan Powell #1 and #2
Additional title: Touch of loss (Choreographic work : Butler)
Additional title: Estilo de tù (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Sweet Bitter Love (Choreographic work : De Lavallade)
Ingram, Jermaine (Moderator)
Powell, Alan (American artist, contemporary) (Videographer)
De Lavallade, Carmen, 1931- (Speaker)
Hess, Susan (Speaker)
Hess, Susan (Director)
Hess, Susan (Honoree)
Painted Bride Art Center (Honoree)
Painted Bride Art Center (Presenter)

Susan Hess Modern Dance Lecture Series Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2000-10-29
Table of Contents
Reel 1. Introduction and Tribute (14 min.) / by Jermaine Ingram (master of ceremonies) ; honorees, Painted Bride Art Center and Susan Hess -- Carmen De Lavallade [ends abruptly] (45 min.). |||| Reel 2. Carmen De Lavallade (conclusion) (34 min.) -- Conclusion with Sweet Bitter Love film (9 min.)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1471
De Lavallade, Carmen, 1931-
Horton, Lester, 1906-1953
Ailey, Alvin
Butler, John, 1920-1993
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Midsummer night's dream
Yale Repertory Theatre
Adelphi University
Lester Horton Dancers
Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.)
Ed Sullivan show (Television program)
Touch of loss (Choreographic work : Butler)
Estilo de tù (Choreographic work : Horton)
Carmen Jones (Motion picture)
Racism and the arts -- United States
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Title taken from Introduction during video; additional titles from original cassette label and Introduction during video.
Content: Poor visual quality during films; dark.
Creation/production credits: Presented by Susan Hess Modern Dance; videographer, Alan Powell.
Venue: Videotaped during talk at Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, Pa. 2000 October 29.
Acquisition: Gift; Susan Hess; 2010.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (MiniDV) (102 min.) : sound, color ; 1/4 in.
In Reel 1, Carmen De Lavallade discusses her childhood and when she started dancing at the Thomas Jefferson High School, in East Los Angeles, around 1948; story of Ronald Gaffney partnering her at a school assembly; studying and performing with Lester Horton; attending junior high and high school with Alvin Ailey; Alvin Ailey taking over Lester Horton's studio/theater after Horton's death; her experience dancing with Jack Cole in a movie; participating in the film Carmen Jones and performing in House of Flowers by Herbert Ross; shown Camera 3 film of Lester Horton Dancers in Sarong Paramaribo; performing with John Butler at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; dancing with her mentor and actress Mildred Dunnock in the John Bulter film, Touch of Loss; the film Porgy and Bess for the Gershwin Years TV program; joining and teaching at the Yale Repertory Theatre. Reel 2 continues with De Lavallade's talk about the Yale Repertory Theatre and its performance of Midsummer Night's Dream; Yale drama students she worked with included Henry Winkler, Meryl Streep, and Sigourney Weaver; working with Sarah Caldwell in a German opera at the Boston Opera; getting acting work in Seattle as mother in Blood Wedding and at the Guthrie Theater with Peter Sellar's Hang on to me; experience being part of a bus tour; choreographing at the Metropolitan Opera; being head of the Dance Dept. for three years at Adelphi University; acting in several movies including John Sayle's Lone Star and Adam Sandler's Big Daddy; brief Question & Answer session with talk of the Carmen Jones film, her feelings about Hip Hop dance; her experiences with racism on the Ed Sullivan Show and being arrested for attending a racially mixed party.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 890478988
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20294794
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1a636950-6457-0132-70cc-3c075448cc4b
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Six American Dance Pioneers