Even if you missed USD’s Kyoto Prize Symposium featuring the 2016 Arts and Philosophy Kyoto Prize Laureate, choreographer John Neumeier, you can still catch the exhibit showcasing library materials on Neumeier and all things ballet right inside the entrance of Copley Library. Designed and curated by University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Diane Maher, the exhibit features books and artifacts on the art and science of ballet. In one exhibit case, a pair of toe shoes rests next to a book open to detailed photographs of different varieties of these complex shoes. In another, books and information on Ballets Russes and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky let visitors bask in the rich and beautiful history of ballet.
You can also learn about choreographer John Neumeier through text and library materials featured in the tall exhibit case that resides in the center of the exhibit. Publicity material for the 2016 Kyoto Prize Symposium describes Neumeier as a groundbreaking choreographer who has “combined the essence of two genres, dramatic ballet and abstract ballet” that is able to “capture the details of human psychology.” You can see this on display in the exhibit’s footage of performances choreographed by Neumeier, which rests next to books such as John Neumeier: Pictures from a Life and Zwanzig Jahre John Neumeier und das Hamburg Ballett 1973 – 1993.
Be sure to check out the exhibit and learn more about John Neumeier at the accompanying library subject guide.