A Tribute to Choreographer Jack Cole
Saturday, August 4, 2012
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater
Screening of 'The I Don't Care Girl' (1953) and discussion with special guests
See below for additional information.
$9 general; $8 students and seniors; free admission to all UCLA students with valid I.D.; $10 online advance purchase.
*In-person: actress Mitzi Gaynor; dance critic Debra Levine; Larry Billman, founder, Academy of Dance on Film.*
Among the unsung heroes of Hollywood history, choreographers are often overlooked by aficionados of both dance and film. Jack Cole, an innovator of jazz dancing (and one-time dance instructor at UCLA), presents a fascinating case.
Neglected in most discussions of dance on film, Cole introduced radically modern ideas and forms to a sphere often treated as merely decorative, choreographing for both bodies and cameras. He infused the dance profiles of such screen personalities as Betty Grable, Mitzi Gaynor and Marilyn Monroe with unprecedented high style and graphic beauty.
Tonight’s screening and discussion represent an appreciation of Cole’s contributions to dance on film, and a consideration of the screen choreographer’s craft.
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