The Moor’s Pavane: Variation on the Theme of Othello (1950)

19 Dec
Producer   Hyperion Pictures : Released by Brandon Films
Contributors   Choreography, Jose Limon; music arranged by Simon Sadoff from Henry Purcell; danced by Jose Limon and group; lines from Shakespeare’s Othello spoken by Bram Nossen; filmed by Walter V. Strate.
Length   16 min
B&W/Color   color
UO Library Catalog description:  The basic story of the Moor, Othello, presented in dance form. Othello, Desdemona, Iago, and Emilia dance their personal tragedy through many variations.
Call # FILM Mb34
Genre  performing arts
Rare  no
Online  no
Copyright status  public domain
Physical condition  good
Oregon-related  no


Limon’s dance piece is an acknowledged 20th-century classic, according to this and several other immediately visible sources. UO has it on VHS as well (two editions) which are sourced from a 1956 TV broadcast.

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