Movie expert and lecturer Howard Oboler will present a series of lectures looking at the great dance artists of the 20th century, “Hollywood’s Greatest Dances,” at the 92nd Street Y, New York City, this November.
Oboler will guide attendees through the wide range of dance numbers preserved on Hollywood film—solo, duets, group numbers, and “ballets” (which in movie terms didn’t necessarily mean classical technique, but rather a longer dance with elevated ambitions).
In the first session, “Singin’ in the Rain and More” on November 2, Oboler will discuss how Gene Kelly’s title dance for Singin’ in the Rain compares to the lush “Continental” number in the Astaire-Rogers film The Gay Divorcee. Oboler will also discuss the nostalgic vaudeville-style charm of Mother Wore Tights with Betty Grable and Dan Duryea, and Fred Astaire’s take on the hard-boiled detective genre in the “Girl-Hunt Ballet” from The Bandwagon.
Other sessions include “West Side Story and More” on November 9; and “Astaire, Kelly and Charisse” on November 16. Sessions run from 7 to 8:30pm and cost is $25 per session. The 92nd Street Y is located at 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York City. Visit www.92Y.org for more information.
BalletX continues its free public series, Inside the Mind of a Dancer, an interactive lecture-demonstration for youth and families, with “Explore Your Imagination!” on April 16 from 2 to 2:45pm at The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia.
The series began as an educational outreach project in 2006. Co-artistic directors Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan will host this latest edition, which features live, improvised music by composer/accordion virtuoso Rosie Langabeer as Neenan creates movement in one-on-one work with company dancers.
Legendary set and costume designer Tony Walton will visit San Francisco’s Museum of Performance and Design for a conversation about his stage and screen career on March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Designers on Design: A Conversation with Tony Walton, will be moderated by the museum’s curator of exhibitions and programs, Brad Rosenstein.
From A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Guys and Dolls on Broadway to such classic films as Mary Poppins and All That Jazz, Walton has created some of the most memorable and influential designs in either medium. The lecture will range across Walton’s five decades of work with such brilliant collaborators as Noël Coward, Jerome Robbins, Walt Disney, and Bob Fosse. This inaugural event in the Designers on Design series will be illustrated with images and video.
Tickets are $15 and $25 for museum members and $20 and $30 for non-members. The higher-priced tickets for each group include a post-talk wine reception with Walton. Call 415.255.4800 or visit www.mpdsf.org for reservations.
This event is presented in association with the Walt Disney Family Museum. On March 20 at 3:00 p.m., Walton and Rosenstein will talk about costume design for the film Mary Poppins at the Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery Street. Visit www.waltdisney.org or call 415.345.6800 for information.