The Fascist Legs of Serge Lifar

Peter Wall Institute International Visiting Research Scholar: Mark Franko

Serge Lifar was a dancer and choreographer who dominated the French dance scene between 1929 and 1958. Inheritor of the mantle of Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, Lifar collaborated with Picasso and Cocteau. This talk explores Lifar’s relation to neoclassicism, his activities during the Occupation, and the creation of his Suite en blanc (1943), which is now being performed again in France and North America.

Dr. Mark Franko is Professor of Dance, Coordinator of  Graduate Programs at Temple University (Philadelphia) and Professor of Visual and Performance Studies at Middlesex University (London). Recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Scholarly Research in Dance from the Congress on Research in Dance, Dr. Franko’s research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Getty Center for Research into the Arts and Humanities, The American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Philosophical Society and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at Columbia University, Princeton University, Purdue University, and at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Location: Frederic Lasserre Building,  Room 104, UBC
Date and Time: Monday, January 20, 2014, 5:30 pm