Scott Salmon (published 1986)


Salmon talks about the rapid pace and turnover of productions in the New York of the time. He describes his opinion on joy being the best motivator of dance rather than the militaristic attitudes he experienced with some choreographers. The conversation moves on to his transition to working with the camera for film work in Hollywood, particularly in La Cage aux Folles. In that production there are male dancers wearing female clothing, and Salmon describes how he tried to create an open environment where both masculine and feminine traits could be expressed, traits which he feels are present in all people. He wonders if this freedom is something that also exists in the British dance world. He admires the enthusiasm for and quality of theater that he has experienced in England.

Biographical note:
Scott Salmon was an American director and choreographer. He was born in 1943 and made his Broadway debut in the 1966 production of Mame. He received an Emmy nomination in 1985 for his choreography of The 57th Annual Academy Awards Show, and a Tony nomination for his choreography of La Cage aux Folles in 1983. Beginning in 1990 Salmon began directing the Radio City Music Hall Easter show, and went on to direct their Christmas Spectacular. He passed away in 1993.






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