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Sasha Waltz [electronic resource]: Garden of Lust

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This film portrait of the choreographer Sasha Waltz depicts the progress of her work between 1992 and 2007, describing her exhilarating course through from the early choreographies to her large opera productions. An appreciation for Contemporary Dance and an insight into the life and work of the choreographer are conveyed filmically and entertainingly.
Online
2008
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Sophie Maslow Interview [electronic resource]

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Poem is a modern dance based on Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem, "Autobiography", choreographed by Sophie Maslow to music by Duke Ellington. Participants are Morrie Pierce (reading poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti), Sophie Maslow (choreographer), Herbert Lovell (drummer), Julie Arenal, William Dugan, Stanley Berke, Haruki Fujimoto, Carol Fried (dancers). In conversation Maslow emphasizes how her choreography is particularly concerned with the modern American dance idiom. She discusses the roots of contemporary dance and introduces her dance, in four movements. The setting is a cafe called Mike's Coffeehouse in time present . "Poem" is interwoven with group dancing, one duet and three solos, "the making of one American young man and poet."
Online
1965
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Kumu Hula: Keepers of a Culture

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"The hula is the dance of the Hawaiian people and has been practiced since early Polynesians arrived in the islands around 500AD. Passed on from generation to generation by kahuna (priests and sages) and by kumu hula (master teachers), the hula has also been suppressed by 19th century missionaries and plantation owners, distorted by Hollywood movies, and exploited by the local tourist industry. In this film, shot at exotic locations throughout the islands, many of Hawaii's finest kumu hula reveal ancient traditions which have survived and flourished there for hundreds of years. This is Hawaiian culture as few outsiders have ever seen it: rich, expressive, colorful, and totally unique."--Container.
DVD
1999; 1989
Clemons (Stacks)
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Martha Clarke [electronic resource]: Light & Dark, a Dancer's Journal

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Martha Clarke: Light and Dark portrays an artist's imaginative sources, and the process through which she creates an original evening of theatrical dance. The film departs from traditional dance films by looking behind finished performance to its imaginative sources and the process by which performance grows. A member of Pilobolus Dance Theater since 1971, Martha Clarke left the Company to develop a more openly theatrical evening of her own. Her work is hard to pin down, drawing from modern dance, mime, the traditional clown's repertoire, and form paintings. It is often comic, yet with a pathos wholly original to her own make-up as an artist. Filmmaker Joyce Chopra and Martha Clarke worked together for over one year, filming Martha and her collaborators at her studio. In this way the [...]
Online
2013; 1981
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Ballet With Edward Villella [electronic resource]

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Edward Villella, virile lead dancer of the New York City Ballet, dissolves the notion that male ballet dancers are sissified in a montage of dances demonstrating the muscular power and control necessary in this art. He shows how the body is transformed into a smoothly working organism adhering to the demands of musical timing while expressing ideas and feeling through beautiful gesture, form and line. With members of his troupe, he shows the importance of the placement of the foot in gathering power for a bravura performance, and of the glove-like ballet shoe in providing freedom of movement. A Pas De Deux illustrates how the male dancer supports and works in partnership with the ballerina. A segment from Giselle reveals the posturing, posing, storytelling qualities of the romantic b [...]
Online
2013; 1970
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Women's Work [electronic resource]

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Urban Bush Women is an extraordinary dance/theatre company acclaimed for creating works that celebrate the heritage of African Americans. The company interacts with communities through workshops and performances. Using historic perspectives on dance, music, song and folklore, the company affirms many aspects of African American life.
Online
2013; 1995
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Twyla Tharp [electronic resource]: Making Television Dance

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An exploration by one of America's most eminent choreographer/dancers, Twyla Tharp, of the relationship between the complex technology of television and the realm of dance. By utilizing the almost infinite creative genius and vitality of the dancer's art and the possibilities presented by television's highly sophisticated science, Twyla Tharp has produced a fusion of the two-a creation which is both television and dance carried to the highest degree. The freedom allowed by video techniques and the creatively provided by Twyla Tharp's choreography complement one another perfectly, and make possible an exciting and innovative dance/video work.
Online
2013; 1977
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Margot Fonteyn [electronic resource]

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Just two years before she died, Margot Fonteyn finally agreed to tell the full story of her life for this exclusive television biography. It was made at her home in Panama and is the only personal account of her life and career that exists on film. It includes archive footage of many of her great roles and extensive newsreel coverage of key events in her life.
Online
2013; 1990
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Nureyev [electronic resource]: A Portrait

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Despite the publicity he generated, Nureyev rarely revealed anything of his private life and thoughts, but for this exclusive television biography, made just two years before his tragic death in 1993, he told his own story in his own words. Interviewed on his Mediterranean island, he looks back on his career, which is recalled in a dazzling array of archive clips. His sister, his first dance teacher, Ninette de Valois and Margot Fonteyn, among others, contribute their insights to this programme.
Online
2013; 1991
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Songs of the Wanderers [electronic resource]

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A performance by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan of their signature work, Songs of the Wanderers.
Online
2013; 1999
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Darcey Bussel [electronic resource]

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Darcey Bussell is feted for her breath-taking arabesques, her bold, physical attack - and for her fashion model looks. In this programme she lifts the curtain on life as a modern prima ballerina, telling the story of her rise to fame and revealing the physical and psychological demands of her profession. Her unique qualities are demonstrated as she is seen dancing in a variety of extracts, and her electric partnership with Igor Zelensky is brought into focus.
Online
2013; 1998
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Three by Duato [electronic resource]

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Under the direction of choreographer Nacho Duato, Spain's Compañía Nacional de Danza has developed a distinctive style mixing classical and contemporary idioms and has become one of the most vibrant, accomplished and entertaining dance ensembles in Europe today. This studio recording features three Duato ballets: Por Vos Muero, inspired by the Renaissance music and poetry of Garcilaso de la Vega; Arenal, a vivacious collaboration with the Mallorcan singer María del Mar Bonet; and Duende, set to music by Debussy.
Online
2013; 2000
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The Green Table [electronic resource]

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One of the masterpieces of twentieth-century dance, Kurt Jooss's ballet expresses the futile, relentless tragedy of war. The flashing white gloves of the diplomats around the green table and Death's inexorable stamping as he gathers in his victims, make an unforgettably powerful impact. This studio recording with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago was staged by the choreographer's daughter, Anna Markard, who reconstructed his work as faithfully as possible. Frederic Cohen's score for two pianos is played by May Sofge and Fiona Boznos.
Online
2013; 2000
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Aeros [electronic resource]

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An explosive fusion of gymnastics and modern dance, Aeros is a unique entertainment that has an enormously wide appeal. The creative talents of leading choreographers Daniel Ezralow, David Parson and Moses Pendleton and the originators of the percussion/theatre sensation Stomp are combined with scenic, costume, kinetic and lighting design by Broadway specialists to give a new context to the physical power and sinuous grace of world-class Romanian gymnasts. The result is a show that is breathtaking in its beauty, excitement and imagination.
Online
2013; 2001
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The Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky [electronic resource]: Firebird

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Firebird, together with other works originated during the Saisons Russes, lifted ballet from an art viewed as at best inconsiderable to one that electrified people across Europe. This Kirov staging of Fokine's Firebird recreates the scenery and costumes created for the original production. Diana Vichneva dances the title role. This live recording comes from the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.
Online
2013; 2002
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The Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky [electronic resource]: Le Spectre de la Rose

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Created by Fokine to the music of Weber's Invitation to the Dance, Le Spectre de la rose is one of the choreographer's most poetic creations. With Zhanna Ayupova as the young girl who dreams that the spirit of the rose (Igor Kolb) enters her window and dances with her before disappearing with a spectacular leap, this Kirov staging recreates the original décor designed by Léon Bakst, the charm of which lies in its subtle understanding of the romantic ethos of the 1830s-1840s.
Online
2013; 2002
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Hydra [electronic resource]

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This dance work by Australian choreographer Gideon Obarzanek was inspired by an ancient Greek myth about a water goddess who lured sailors to their deaths. He creates an edgy, abstract world of seduction and devastation, at once sensual and disturbing. The mezmerising and daring piece is physically demanding on the seven dancers of Chunky Move who perform on a floor that gives way to let in a dark pool of water. A short documentary introduction gives an insight into Obarzanek's choreographic process.
Online
2013; 2002
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Living the Dance [electronic resource]

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In 1980, five dancers, boys and girls were dreaming of a career as professional dancers. Marijke Jongbloed followed them with her camera for thirty years on their way to the top or to the bottom: some of them managed to make this dream come true, others finally chose other ways to succeed.
Online
2013; 2011
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Leçon de Tenebres [electronic resource]

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This performance features Maia Plissetskaia.
Online
2013; 1985
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Yvette Chauviré [electronic resource]: Une Etoile Pour L'exemple

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This documentary by Dominique Delouche is about prima ballerina and later director of the Paris Opera Ballet, Yvette Chauviré.
Online
2013; 1988