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John Butler Dance - Ozark Set

Year: 1956, 28 mins
Code: CAT-But

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Choreographer John Butler interprets the reactions of the people of a simple Ozark village when a young Japanese girl comes to live among them. Dance program on American folklore theme.

The music is by Elie Siegmeister. The dancers are John Butler, Yuriko, Ian Tucker, Glen Tetley, Joan Skinner, Beatrice Tompkins, Dorothy Hill, Elane Ellis, Gerald Arpino.
The story: the girl is at first shunned, but when an innocent local boy loves her the villagers come to see the error of their prejudice.

A prolific and popular choreographer, John Butler (1918-1993) created works that have been performed by an extraordinary range of ballet and modern dance companies in the United States and Europe. As a choreographic artist he tackled unconventional subjects and clarified their meanings to make an enormously strong impact on his audiences. Butler ballets broke new ground, codifying subject, structure, kinetics, and theatricality for generations of younger choreographers. For years he was a close collaborator with the composer Gian Carlo Menotti, choreographing many of the impresario's world premiere operas. His extensive knowledge of art and design led to many associations with prominent avant-garde painters, sculptors, musicians and writers, such as Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Alban Berg and Ezra Pound. His unique style and choreographic approach has resulted in ballets created on such luminary dancers as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Carla Fracci and Judith Jamison.

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