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10/31/91

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Film on modern dancer Lester Horton premieres Nov. 17

STANFORD -- The premiere showing of the in-progress dance film, "Lester Horton . . . Genius on the Wrong Coast," will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in the Roble Dance Studio at Stanford.

The film features rare footage of Horton's dances, as well as Horton himself, one of the most influential and yet neglected figures in American dance.

Filmmaker Lelia Goldoni, a former Horton dancer, has spent the last several years researching and gathering footage for this first film portrait of the modern dancer.

A question and answer session with Goldoni will follow the screening.

Horton died in 1958 at the age of 52, at which time New York Times critic Clive Barnes eulogized him as a "genius on the wrong coast" because of the neglect he suffered working in Los Angeles instead of New York.

Choreographers Alvin Ailey and Bella Lewitzky and costume designer Rudi Gernreich, among others, got their start as dancers in Horton's Los Angeles-based company.

The film showing, sponsored by the Stanford Dance Division, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Dance Division at 723-1234.

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