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Guide to the Eugene Loring Papers
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The Eugene Loring Papers are comprised mainly of production photographs, scrapbooks, programs, and ephemera from the various stages of Loring's career, which culminated in a position as the founding chairman of the University of California, Irvine Dance Department (1965-1978). The collection contains rich documentation of Loring's early career, particularly in scrapbooks documenting the road tours of the dance companies Ballet Caravan and Ballet Theatre, and also broadly documents his directorship of Dance Players. Materials in this collection provide information on two important threads in Loring's diverse career in dance: his choreographic abilities as a leading developer of an American style of dance and his pedagogical skills (the latter first surfaced through his association with the American School of Dance). Additionally, the collection includes numerous performance and portrait photographs of dancers and dance companies collected by Loring and others.
Born on August 2, 1914 as Le Roy Kerpestein in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Eugene Loring studied gymnastics, music, acting and performing as a young man with the Wisconsin Players. He also studied dance to improve his movement qualities as an actor. He decided in his early twenties to pursue dance full time.Refer to the Choreology for dates of Loring's choreographic activities and works.Includes major works choreographed by Loring and is not exhaustive.
14.6 linear feet (26 boxes)
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Collection is open for research. Scrapbooks are extremely fragile and require close supervision by Special Collections staff during use.