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Gene Kelly:
Dancing is a Man's Game
Sheryl Flatow

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Say the name Gene Kelly, and most people conjure up the image of a man dancing, splashing and singing in the rain. Or perhaps they envision him dancing along the quay in An American in Paris. But Kelly was more than a dancer/singer/actor. He was also a director and choreographer, one of the most innovative talents in the history of movie musicals, a man who constantly experimented and explored, and a man who changed the look of dance on film. He utilized the medium to create bold and imaginative dances that could not have been contained on a proscenium stage. He believed that dance should be as integral to the plot as dialogue, and used dance to advance the story and to reveal character. He championed ballet, and accentuated his athleticism and virility to demonstrate that dance is as masculine an endeavor as baseball or football. He insisted on dancing with black artists in The Pirate, at a time when blacks and whites did not dance together onscreen. His innovations in one film inspired a generation of French “new wave” directors. This series will examine all facets of Kelly’s extraordinary career and his enduring legacy, and will include rarely seen gems from lesser known films and television, including his Omnibus program, Dancing is a Man's Game.

1. Film highlights include Cover Girl and Anchors Aweigh; co-stars include Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Jerry (the) Mouse and Fred Astaire.
2. Film highlights include The Pirate and On the Town; co-stars include Judy Garland, the Nicholas Brothers, Frank Sinatra and Vera-Ellen.
3. Film highlights include Summer Stock and An American in Paris; co-stars include Judy Garland and Leslie Caron.
4. Film highlights include Singin’ in the Rain and Brigadoon; co-stars include Cyd Charisse, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor, Mitzi Gaynor and Sugar Ray Robinson.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Sheryl Flatow has written about theatre and dance for more than 30 years. She curated major exhibitions in San Francisco on Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, George Balanchine, and several others. She has led pre-performance talks; moderated panel discussions on theatre and dance; and conducted public interviews with leading figures in the arts, including Patti LuPone, Barbara Cook, Natalia Makarova and Estelle Parsons. She also wrote the CD liner notes for Into the Woods and Jerome Robbins' Broadway. She has lectured at OLLI/FAU for several semesters.

Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Date: Mondays, October 30; November 6, 13, 20
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $50
Non-member - $65
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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