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Maya Deren, Volume One, Dances For The Camera
This is a compilation of some of Maya Deren's most important films: The Very Eye of Night (1955), Ritual In Transfigured Time (1946), Meditation On Violence (1948), Study For Choreography And Camera (1945). These films address dance as "...the stylization…
Artists In Exile - A story of Modern Dance in San Francisco
Artists In Exile: A story of Modern Dance in San Francisco chronicles over forty years of dancemaking in the San Francisco Bay Area. The film begins with dance revolutionary Anna Halprin and highlights seminal Bay Area choreographers including Mangrove, Tumbleweed,…
Speaking of Dance: Trisha Brown
Trisha Brown has been hailed as "one of the true great experimentalists in modern dance." Ms. Brown began her career in New York City as a member of Judson Dance Theater. Since forming her own company in 1971, she has…
Meredith Monk
Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, filmmaker, and director/choreographer. This tape includes interviews and excerpts from performance. A pioneer in what is now called "extended vocal technique" and "interdisciplinary performance," Ms. Monk has created more than 80 works of music,…
Classical Indian Dance /Two Bharatanatyam Dances
In this tape, Swati and Jyoti Argade perform two classical Indian Dances in the Bharatanatyam style. "Natyanjali" (An Invocation of Dance) and "Krishna Keertana" (Song in Praise of Lord Krishna), choreographed by the Dhananjayans of Adyar, Madras, are each shown…
Molissa Fenley
Since the early eighties, Molissa Fenley has been intriguing audiences and impressing critics with her unique approach to modern dance. Her work is constantly changing, re-defining itself with each new piece, and she is well known for her work with…
Five Dance Films About Place
Five site-specific dance films shot on location in rural Wisconsin. Each vignette is created in and of the landscape and local architecture and speaks to metaphors of the senses, relationships, and the changing of the seasons. Emmy nominated Director Douglas…
Ai-Amour, Carlotta Ikeda and Her Butoh
This film, directed by Kamal Musale and shot in locations around Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and France is a documentary of the work of choreographer Carlotta Ikeda and her collaboration with dancer Ko Murobushi and the Ariadone Company. With strong images…
Eisenstein's Carmen
The Last Conversation: Eisenstein's Carmen Ballet takes its name from a miniature ballet created in 1947 by the famous Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein. A distillation of the final scene of Bizet's opera Carmen, Eisenstein's duet for two Bolshoi dancers…
Ethel Butler
From 1933 through 1945, Ethel Butler was a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. She went on to become a well-known teacher of the Graham Technique, counting among her students Paul Taylor and Dan Wagoner. In this piece, Ms.…
Ellen Bromberg/ The Black Dress
Winner of the 1992 Bonnie Bird Chore-ography Award for North America and an ADF Young Choreographer in 1989, Ellen Bromberg created this work for the camera. Commissioned by PBS in 1989, "The Black Dress" is a haunting work based on…
Asian/Asian-American Perspectives On Modern Dance
Choreographers Kumiko Kimoto, Sun Ock Lee, Mel Wong and moderator Peggy Choy discuss how Asian and Asian-American issues and identity shape their work. The panel discussion is intercut with excerpts of work performed by each choreographer. The participants each offer…
Amy Greenfield
Amy Greenfield has been pushing the boundaries of dance and cinema since the early 1970s. Her work is known for its earthy rawness and proto-feminist point of view. This collection of her early work includes "Element," "Transport," and other landmark…
Speaking of Dance: Steve Paxton
A former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mr. Paxton is best known for his development of contact improvisation starting in 1972. He was a co-founder of the Judson Dance Theater and later the Grand Union and has been…
Jose Limon Technique with Daniel Lewis
This is a step by step demonstration of the Limon technique. Unlike a class, this is a careful explanation of this highly stylized dance technique with accurate demonstrations by Limon-trained dancers.
Dances for Television
A suite of dances made for television from award-winning director Douglas Rosenberg, this project is based on the work of renowned choreographers Sean Curran, Li Chiao-Ping, and Amy Sue Rosen: "Real Boy" (Sean Curran) "Hope" (Amy Sue Rosen/Derek Bernstein) "Odyssey"…
Shirley Clarke: Dances For the Camera
Ms. Clarke's dance films, though rarely seen, are seminal in the history of dance for the camera. This film features: Dance in the Sun (1953) with Daniel Nagrin, In Paris Parks (1954), Bullfight (1955), Moment in Love (1956) with Anna…
The Physical TV Company
Based in Sydney, Australia, Karen Pearlman and Richard James Allen have been making dance films since 1985. They formed The Physical TV Company in 1997. This collection features three of their over 20 works for the camera: Rubberman Accepts The…
The World of Alwin Nikolais-Program 1
The dances performed are: "Crucible" "Men's Duet" from Mechanical Organ "Mantis" from Imago "Cave" from Tent Kennedy Center Honor of Alwin Nikolais plus "Tensile Involvement"
Molissa Fenley and Peter Boal: The Restaging of 'State of Darkness'
This intimate and exciting documentary of Peter Boal's performance of Molissa Fenley's "State of Darkness" was produced by Ellen Bromberg. The film reveals the challenges of blending two dance cultures through the restaging of a critically acclaimed solo.