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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Content
  • Biographical Note
  • Related Archival Materials

  • Title: Rudy Perez Archive
    Collection number: 0309
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 42.0 linear ft. 39 boxes, 1 map case drawer
    Date (inclusive): 1965-2009
    Abstract: The Rudy Perez archive consists of the papers, clippings, programs, books, videos, costumes and photographs from the work of modern dance choreographer Rudy Perez (1929- ), currently based in Los Angeles.
    creator: Perez, Rudy
    creator: Quijada, Victor

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access. Consult finding aid for additional information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], [Item/Box/Folder number], Rudy Perez archive, Collection no. 0309, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Scope and Content

    This collection documents the long career of Rudy Perez and includes correspondence, ephemera, programs, photographs, costumes, props, film and audio recordings and awards. Please see scope and content notes for indvidiual series for more information.

    Biographical Note

    Rudy Perez was born in Spanish Harlem and attended New York's High School of Music and Arts, where he studied piano and voice. After graduating, he studied dance under Martha Graham, Mary Anthony, and Merce Cunningham, and was a frequent performer at the Judson Dance Theatre. Perez founded the Rudy Perez Dance Theatre in 1967. From 1968-1978 Perez held the position of artist-in-residence at Marymount Manhattan College and trained as a dance therapist. During this period, his works started to take on a larger scale and he began using the term "performance art" to describe them. His company toured throughout the United States, Germany, and Canada.
    In 1978, Perez took a position as a substitute teacher on the faculty of UCLA's Dance Department and in 1979 he moved permanently to the West Coast. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, the prestigious Irvine Fellowship in Dance, the Pasadena Arts Commission Grant, and Lester Horton Awards for Performance (1992) and Teaching (1997). The Los Angeles Music Center/Bilingual Foundation honored him in 1992 with the !Viva Los Artistas! Performing Arts Award for distinguished Latino artists. Perez was also on the dance faculty at Los Angeles High School for the Arts for ten years (1992-2002) and continues to teach classes at the West Side Academy of Dance in Santa Monica.

    Related Archival Materials

    Lewitzky Dance Company records, Collection no. 0203, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Perez, Rudy -- Archives
    Choreographers--Archival resources
    Choreography--Archival resources
    Costumes (character dress)
    Dance--New York (State)--New York--Archival resources
    Modern dance--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources