August Brown Bag: Libby Smigel “Fall River Ballet”

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Date(s) - 08/14/2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ketchum Hall, Veterans of Foreign Wars Building


Event Description

Libby Smigel, MFA, PhD, dance curator and archivist, Music Division Library of Congress

Fall River Legend is a truly American ballet. Choreographed by Agnes de Mille (daughter of Cecil B. DeMille who also choreographed RodeoFall River Legend’sstory is based upon the infamous Lizzie Borden murder case. Smigel will draw upon the Library of Congress’ collections from American Ballet Theatre, Oliver Smith (architect and co-founder of the American Ballet Theater), Peggy Clark (lighting designer), and Morton Gould (who composed the music for Fall River Legend.)

Libby Smigel  became the Library of Congress’s dance curator in August 2015. Previously, Libby was Executive Director at Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC), where she initiated programs and provided archival assistance for the dance field’s practitioners and performers: Artist-driven archiving, the Artist’s Legacy Toolkit. She provides outreach to artists to digitize obsolete format videos to national preservation and access standards. She advises organizations and artists on how to find funding or assistance to manage their legacy records, and co-authored with IP attorney Peter Jaszi a booklet on copyright and fair use to help navigate rights issues.

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