Lecture series, University of California, Irvine
NamesLoring, Eugene, 1911-1982 (Speaker)Maynard, Olga (Host)University of California, Irvine. Dance Department (Presenter)
Dance Audio Archive
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1973-05-15 - 1973-05-29
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZTO 7-944
TopicsLoring, Eugene, 1911-1982Hepburn, Audrey, 1929-1993Hammerstein, Oscar, II, 1895-1960. Carmen (Carmen Jones)American Ballet CompanyAmerican Ballet TheatreBilly the Kid (Choreographic work : Loring)Peter and the wolf (Choreographic work : Bolm)Sabrina (Motion picture)Silk stockings (Motion picture)Dance in motion pictures, television, etcYolanda and the thief (Motion picture)The 5,000 fingers of Dr. T. (Motion picture)Ballet in motion pictures, television, etc.
NotesCitation/reference: For edited, uncorrected transcript of lecture series, see: (S) *MGZMD 40 Loring, Eugene. Papers, ca. 1938-1981, Folders 34-36.Venue: Recorded at University of California, Irvine May 15, 22, and 29, 1973 Irvine (Calif.)Funding: The processing and cataloging of this recording was made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Preservation was made possible in part with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2001-2002.The support of the National Endowment for the Arts is also gratefully acknowledged.
Physical DescriptionAudiotape reelExtent: 4 audiotape reels (approximately 3 hours and 5 minutes) : analog, 7.5 ips, polyester, half-track, 7 in.Sound quality ranges from poor to very good due to variations in volume. Eugene Loring's voice is easily intelligible overall, but the volume of Olga Maynard's voice is low, and the questions from the audience are almost completely unintelligible.
DescriptionStreaming audio file 1, May 15, 1973 (approximately 33 minutes). Olga Maynard introduces Eugene Loring and gives a brief biography of him, including his eventual move to California, where he is now the head of the Dance Department at UCI [University of California, Irvine]. Eugene Loring tells an anecdote about Tallulah Bankhead; speaks about how this series of lectures came about; and his childhood, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin including anecdotes about his family, himself, and others [ends abruptly in the middle of an anecdote]. Streaming audio file 2, May 15, 1973 (approximately 33 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Eugene Loring tells anecdotes about Carl Sandburg and Tallulah Bankhead; opening a studio with Michael Kidd; his ballet Billy the Kid including a performance anecdote; he introduces a film of the ballet before screening it [music, and voice-over commentary from soundtrack of film; ends abruptly]. Streaming audio file 3, May 22, 1973 (approximately 32 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Eugene Loring tells anecdotes about productions at the Ogunquit Playhouse (in Maine); his time as a dancer with the American Ballet Company [which performed under the name American Ballet Ensemble] in Metropolitan Opera productions, including stories about George Balanchine; his work on the  film Yolanda and the thief including a story about Fred Astaire [ends abruptly in the middle of an anecdote about Lucille Bremer]. Streaming audio file 4, May 22, 1973 (approximately 5 minutes). Eugene Loring continues to speak about his work on the film Yolanda and the thief. Streaming audio file 5, May 29, 1973 (approximately 32 minutes). [Applause.] Eugene Loring tells a performance anecdote from his time at the Metropolitan Opera Company; performing with Ballet Theatre [now American Ballet Theatre] including anecdotes about Adolph Bolm and Bolm's ballet Peter and the wolf; changes in management at Ballet Theatre that led to his leaving the company; being commissioned in 1942 to produce a season of his ballets; his move to Hollywood, California to work for MGM [Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer]; working on [the musical] Carmen Jones with Billy Rose; names some of the other projects on which he worked in the 1940s and tells an anecdote about Lucille Ball; the film Fiesta; founding the American School of Dance [in Hollywood, California] in 1947; projects on which he worked in the 1950s, in particular the 1953 film The 5,000 fingers of Dr. T [screens the "dungeon scene" from the film; ends abruptly]. Streaming audio file 6, May 29, 1973 (approximately 33 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Eugene Loring speaks about giving dance lessons to Audrey Hepburn when she was in the  film Sabrina and preparing for her role in the (1954) play Ondine [the "nightclub scene" is screened]; tells anecdotes about filming Funny face in Paris (France), in particular the wedding scene [wedding scene is screened]; working on the film Silk stockings [scene from the film is screened]; the 1957 television show Crescendo, in particular the filming of it [screens a scene from the show; answers a question from the audience]; speaks about the film Meet me in Las Vegas; tells an anecdote about the television program Once upon a Christmas time [screens a scene from a film, Meet me in Las Vegas?]. Streaming audio file 7 (approximately 17 minutes). [Begins abruptly.] Eugene Loring answers questions from the audience [Loring is easily intelligible, but questions are almost all unintelligible].
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 50789116NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12118846Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f5145cd0-5314-0137-6baa-75596836bc60
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