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Genius on the wrong coast
Additional title: Salome (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Rite of spring (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Conquest (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Beloved (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Another touch of Klee (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Liberian suite (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Prado de pena (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: To José Clemente Orozco (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Song of Hiawatha (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Voodoo ceremonial (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Mine (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Flight from reality (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Bolero (Choreographic work : Horton)
Additional title: Chronicle (Choreographic work : Horton)
Lewitzky, Bella (Interviewee)
Spriestersbach, Connie (Interviewee)
Talbot-Martin, Elizabeth (Interviewee)
Hay, Harry (Interviewee)
Balzer, Robert Lawrence (Interviewee)
Pierre, Dorathi Bock (Interviewee)
Perces, Marjorie B., 1921- (Interviewee)
Ailey, Alvin (Interviewee)
Reynolds, Newell Taylor (Interviewee)
De Lavallade, Carmen, 1931- (Interviewee)
Eng, Frank (Interviewee)
Trisler, Joyce, 1934-1979 (Interviewee)
Handel, Jennifer (Dancer)
Goldoni, Lelia (Producer)
Horton, Lester, 1906-1953 (Choreographer)
Rudelson, Robert (Author)
Dance Theatre (Lester Horton) (Dancer)
Goldoni, Lelia (Director)
Goldoni, Lelia (Narrator)
Horton, Lester, 1906-1953 (Dancer)
Rudelson, Robert (Narrator)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1993
Table of Contents
DANCE CONTENTS: Among the numerous dance excerpts (b&w except where otherwise noted) are: Lester Horton dancing, ca. 1940 -- Conquest, filmed by Dorothy Gillanders at Mills College, Oakland, California, in 1938 -- White savage (color), released by Universal Pictures in 1943 -- The climax (color), released by Universal Pictures in 1944 -- Ali Baba and the forty thieves (color), released by Universal Pictures in 1944 -- The beloved -- Cumbia -- [Technique demonstration by] Jennifer Handel, filmed in 1990 -- Liberian suite -- [To José Clemente] Orozco, from the series Dedications in our time -- Bamboo alley -- Significant works discussed and/or shown in still photographs include The song of Hiawatha, Bolero, Voodoo ceremonial, Salome (several versions), The mine, Flight from reality, The rite of spring, Chronicle, Another touch of Klee, and Prado de pena.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 5870
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-4163 (former)
Horton, Lester, 1906-1953
Modern dance -- Technique
Dance -- Political aspects
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: producer and director, Lelia Goldoni ; co-producers, Adam Soch and Adrian A. Williams ; writer, Robert Rudelson ; editor, Aaron Jack Rudelson.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (92 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 3/4 in.
Documentary on the life and career of modern dancer and choreographer Lester Horton. The wide range of his work, which often addressed social issues; the multicultural nature of the companies he formed in Los Angeles; the development and codification of his technique; and his multiple talents as choreographer, composer, and designer are among the topics discussed within a chronological overview of his activities. Interviews with his dancers, friends, and associates include the viewpoints of Bella Lewitzky, James Truitte, Connie Spriestersbach, Elizabeth Talbot-Martin, Harry Hay, Marge Perces, Alvin Ailey, Carmen de Lavallade, Lelia Goldoni, Robert Lawrence Balzer, Dorathi Bock Pierre, Newell Reynolds, and Frank Eng; Joyce Trisler is quoted from a Dance Magazine interview.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY946068447-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12176144
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4846e8e0-a9e8-0133-943b-60f81dd2b63c
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Genius on the wrong coast" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1993.

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Genius on the wrong coast