Dancing in the sun : Hollywood choreographers, 1915-1937 /

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Author / Creator:Prevots, Naima, 1935-
Imprint:Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Research Press, c1987.
Description:viii, 281 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series:Theater and dramatic studies no. 44
Subject:Choreographers -- California -- Los Angeles -- Biography.
Dance -- California -- Los Angeles -- History.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Biography.
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Biography.
California -- Los Angeles.
California -- Los Angeles -- Hollywood.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/868818
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ISBN:0835718255 (alk. paper)
Notes:Revision of the author's thesis--University of Southern California, 1983.
Includes index.
Bibliography: p. [255]-273.
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Prevots brings a rich background to this work on dance in Hollywood. She is Director and Curator of the Hollywood Bowl Museum, was formerly Chair of Dance of American University, has written numerous articles for dance publications, has served as a National Education Association panelist, and has been a Fulbright lecturer. Focusing on the fertile period 1915-37, Prevots examines the careers of eight significant dancer/choreographers. She divides the work into four useful sections: early pioneers (Norma Gould, Ernest Belcher), the Russian heritage (Theodore Kosloff, Serge Oukrainsky, Adolph Bolm), new forms and experiments (Michio Ito, Benjamin Zemach), and emergence of American concert dance (Lester Horton). Using personal interviews, unpublished documents, and newspaper accounts. Prevots presents a comprehensive and critical look at how the work of these dancer/choreographers interacted with, was influenced by, and in turn influenced the film industry. Well-chosen black-and-white photographs accompany the text, which is supplemented by a detailed bibliography. Clearly written, this is the first book devoted to the topic; it will be useful to graduate students and scholars of dance and film.-S.E. Friedler, Swarthmore College

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