elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Bruce King (1925 - January 1, 1993)

A dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Bruce King performed with Merce Cunningham from 1955 to 1958 and went on to choreograph independently for his own company in the 1970s. He served as an artist-in-residence at various universities and taught regularly at Adelphi University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He died from AIDS-related causes.

Bruce King (second from left) with Viola Farber, Remy Charlip, Carolyn Brown, and Merce Cunningham in Cunningham's Nocturnes (1956). Photo: Louis A. Stevenson Jr., courtesy of Cunningham Dance Foundation.

Source: http://www.artistswithaids.org/artforms/dance/catalogue/king.html

Further Readings:

Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality by Patrick Moore
Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press (January 14, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080707957X
ISBN-13: 978-0807079577
Amazon: Beyond Shame: Reclaiming the Abandoned History of Radical Gay Sexuality

The radical sexuality of gay American men in the 1970s is often seen as a shameful period of excess that led to the AIDS crisis. Beyond Shame claims that when the gay community divorced itself from this allegedly tainted legacy, the tragic result was an intergenerational disconnect because the original participants were unable to pass on a sense of pride and identity to younger generations. Indeed, one reason for the current rise in HIV, Moore argues, is precisely due to this destructive occurrence, which increased the willingness of younger gay men to engage in unsafe sex.

Lifting the'veil of AIDS,' Moore recasts the gay male sexual culture of the 1970s as both groundbreaking and creative-provocatively comparing extreme sex to art. He presents a powerful yet nuanced snapshot of a maligned, forgotten era. Moore rescues gay America's past, present, and future from a disturbing spiral of destruction and AIDS-related shame, illustrating why it's critical for the gay community to reclaim the decade.

More LGBT History at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Gay Classics

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