Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 2014-2015
Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor (Courtesy of Gloria Gaynor)

The Library of Congress presents “Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque” (April 12-May 6, 2017), an unprecedented exploration of disco culture, music, dance and fashion represented in the national collections. Disco’s influence on popular music and dance since the 1970s will be in focus through film screenings, performances, interviews and a symposium. The diverse lineup of programs features appearances by disco icon Gloria Gaynor, whose “I Will Survive” is recognized in the National Recording Registry, fashion guru Tim Gunn, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, photographer Bill Bernstein, scholars Alice Echols and Martin Scherzinger, and legendary disco ball maker Yolanda Baker. Gloria Gaynor and her band perform in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building on May 6th, followed by a late night disco dance party presented in association with Brightest Young Things, The Recording Academy, the District of Columbia Library Association, and Capital Pride. Experience the Library of Congress like never before.

All events are free and open to the public (tickets required).

FULL EVENTS SCHEDULE

FILM SERIES: April 12—May 5, 2017

PICKFORD THEATER
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TUESDAY, MAY 2 at 7:00 PM

COOLIDGE AUDITORIUM
Interview: Tim Gunn on Disco Fashion,
with Robert Newlen, Deputy Librarian of Congress
NOTE: The venue for this event has changed from the Mumford Room to the Coolidge Auditorium

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 at 7:00 PM

PICKFORD THEATER
Lecture & Film: ABBA & Disco’s Influence on European Dance Music, with James Wintle, Music Division

THURSDAY, MAY 4 at 7:00 PM

PICKFORD THEATER
Lecture: Mathematics of African Dance Rhythms, with Martin Scherzinger

FRIDAY, MAY 5 at 12:00 PM

WHITTALL PAVILION
Panel Discussion: Music and Veterans

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 1:00—5:45 PM

COOLIDGE AUDITORIUM
Bibliodiscotheque Symposium, feat. Gloria Gaynor

SATURDAY, MAY 6, 7:00 PM—12:30 AM

GREAT HALL
Gloria Gaynor Live: Disco Dance Party

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Library of Congress Disco Ball