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Dance in America after Diaghilev

This course is about ballet and modern dance in America from 1930 to the present day. It begins with George Balanchine’s coming to New York after the death of Diaghilev in 1929 and the disintegration of the Ballets Russes, which had triumphed in Paris for 20 years, and about Balanchine’s continuing brilliance as a choreographer, but more. A vigorous ballet and modern dance culture developed and flourished through the rest of the century and continues to the present day. We’ll meet choreographers and view video clips of some of their outstanding dances and ballets of the period: Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and West Side Story, Twyla Tharpe’s Sinatra Songs, the Joffrey Ballet, and the choreographies of Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Agnes DeMille, Mark Morris, and others.
    Note: There is no class meeting on Monday, April 17, as Meadows Church is closed for Easter Monday.

Instructor Bio:

Donald Loach is associate professor emeritus of music at the University of Virginia, where he taught courses in music history and theory and conducted the University Glee Club and University Singers. He was also conductor of the Oratorio Society of Virginia. Dr. Loach received his BA at Denver, a MMus at Yale, where he studied with Paul Hindemith, and a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.

Recommended Reading:

Garafola, Lynn. Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance, 2005. Homans, Jennifer. Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, 2011. Reynolds, Nancy, and Malcolm McCormic. No Fixed Points: Dance in the Twentieth Century, 2003. Gottlieb, Robert. George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker, 2010. Joseph, Charles M. Stravinsky and Balanchine, 2011. Mazo, Joseph H. Prime Movers: The Makers of Modern Dance in America, 2000. De Mille, Agnes. Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham, 1992. Jowitt, Deborah. Jerome Robbins: His Life, His Theater, His Dance, 2005. Tharp, Twyla. Push Comes to Shove: An Autobiography, 1992.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B03 Donald Loach Apr 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15 Mo 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meadows Presbyterian Church A

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