Dance & Theater

Exhibit Explores Career and Legacy of Dance Pioneer Rudy Perez

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On Tuesday, the Visions & Voices event Unperformable honored the legacy of dance pioneer Rudy Perez with a special performance and an exhibit of rare items from the USC Libraries' Rudy Perez Archive. Now, those items are on display inside the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, located on the second floor of Doheny Library. Stop by before noon on Monday, March 10, to see the exhibit.

Photos From Today’s Flash Play Outside Doheny Library

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/25

In an instant, Doheny Library's Nazarian Pavilion courtyard became the scene today of the first in a series of live, pop-up plays staged by the USC Libraries and USC School of Dramatic Arts Professor Oliver Mayer. Directed by USC School of Dramatic Arts graduate Jonathan Munoz-Proulx, the performance featured USC student actors and captured the essential role of libraries in creative and intellectual discovery. Guest star David Zayas (also known by television viewers as Sgt. Angel Batista) played himself, touting the wealth of resources available at the USC Libraries. "Aren't you on TV," a student actor asked him in the flash play. "Aren't you on Dexter?" Click through for photos from the flash play.

USC Libraries Dramatize Discovery With Series of Live, Pop-up Plays

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/22

The USC Libraries have begun a collaboration with USC School of Dramatic Arts professor Oliver Mayer to showcase the essential role of libraries in discovery and the creative arts through an upcoming series of flash plays. The original plays—short, one-act pieces written by Dramatic Arts students, faculty, and alumni—will appear spontaneously across campus beginning this spring and continuing throughout the fall 2013 semester. The first flash play in the series, which will be performed at a specific time and location to be announced through Twitter (@USCLibraries) and other social media, will take place near Doheny Memorial Library during the week of April 22. Keep reading to learn more about the flash play series.

Dancing in the Library

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/12

For decades, dancer and choreographer Rudy Perez pushed the envelope of dance, inspiring audiences and fellow practitioners to reimagine the art form’s possibilities. When the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance opens in 2015, Perez may inspire a new generation of dancers through his personal archive, part of the USC Libraries’ Special Collections. Keep reading to learn more about the Rudy Perez Archive.

Author Adrienne Sharp Reimagines Russian Ballet during the Last Days of the Romanovs

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/08
Author Adrienne Sharp brought to life the world of Russian ballet at the November 17 Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Luncheon in Doheny Memorial Library. Sharp discussed her path from the ballet bar to the signing table—a journey that has culminated in her latest novel,The True Memoirs of Little K, which tells the story of an ambitious dancer and her affair with Russia’s last tsar. Keep reading to learn more about Sharp's book and the Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Luncheon series.

Authors Banner, Sharp to Speak at Fall 2011 Literary Luncheons

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Authors Lois Banner and Adrienne Sharp will be the featured speakers at the next two Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Luncheons, scheduled for October 27 and November 17. Keep reading to learn more about Banner, Sharp, and the Literary Luncheon series.

USC Libraries Hosting the International Feuchtwanger Society Conference

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/13

This week, scholars from around the world convene at the USC Libraries for the fifth biennial conference of the International Feuchtwanger Society. From Wednesday, September 14 through Friday, September 16, historians, librarians, and other experts will discuss the experiences of the artists, intellectuals, and other German-speaking exiles who fled persecution in Nazi-controlled Europe for the safety of Southern California. Keep reading to learn more about the conference, titled To Stay or Not to Stay? (Bleiben oder Zurück-kehren).

More than 100 Finding Aids for Archival Collections Now Available

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/14

More than one hundred finding aids for the USC Libraries' archival collections are now available online. These finding aids, which provide basic information about the collections as well as detailed inventories of the collections' contents, help researchers discover the riches of the libraries' archival collections. Keep reading for a list of available finding aids, organized by subject area.

Max Reinhardt Collection Featured on USC News Website

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The USC News website recently featured the libraries' Max Reinhardt Collection. Reinhardt (1873-1943) was an Austrian (and later American) theater and film director who was influential in developing the idea of the director as auteur. Keep reading for Dan Knapp's article from the USC News site.

Costumes, Photographs from Grell/Colefax Archive Part of Ballet Exhibition

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Materials from the USC Libraries' Special Collections are on display this week at an exhibit on Russian Ballet at the Anaheim MUZEO. The exhibition celebrates Russian ballet and features unique artifacts and documents from the libraries' Grell/Colefax Russian Ballet Archive. Three costumes from the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet are on display, as well as rare photographs of Russian ballet productions. The materials were collected by Los Angeles resident Dwight Grell, who traveled behind the Iron Curtain as early as the 1950s to photograph and film Russian ballet.