Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer

Filmmaker Interview – Robert Trachtenberg

AMERICAN MASTERS Online presents an extended interview with “Gene Kelly” filmmaker Robert Trachtenberg. Q: What made you interested in doing a film on Gene Kelly? A: My other career is as a photographer, and I pitched a Gene Kelly story to the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE in 1994. It was a fashion story — an […]

Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer

Anatomy of a Dancer

I didn’t want to move or act like a rich man. I wanted to dance in a pair of jeans. I wanted to dance like the man in the streets. –Gene Kelly Timeless, effortless, elegant and indelible as the 50th anniversary of Singin’ in the Rain approaches, Gene Kelly’s body of work still thrives and […]

Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis: Nik and Murray

About Murray Louis

For nearly sixty years, Alwin Nikolais was modern dance’s pioneer of multimedia. Among his best known performances are “Masks, Props, and Mobiles” (1953), “Totem” (1960), and “Count Down” (1979). Nikolais would often present his dancers in constrictive spaces and costumes with complicated sound and sets, designed to confuse the process of dance. By placing obstacles […]