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21.

Dancing on the Edge [electronic resource]: Speaking of Dance

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Vol. 1: Includes highlights from ADF performances by: The Paul Taylor Dance Company, Jin Xing Ballet Du Lac Tumba Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company Reijo Kela Claude Brumachon. Vol. 2: Includes highlights from ADF performances by: Erick Hawkins Dance Co. Sukarji Sriman Chuck Davis' African-American Dance Ensemble Guangdong Modern Dance Co. Pilobolus Molissa Fenley Sutki. Vol. 3: New highlights from ADF performances by: Dendy Dance Ralph Lemon Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance Ann Carlson Dai Rakuda Kan Amy Sue Rosen/Derek Bernstein. Vol. 4: New highlights from ADF performances by: Elizabeth Streb/Ringside Sally Silvers Laura Dean Eiko and Koma Diquis Tiquis Nucleodanza
Online
1992; 1996
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Daniel Nagrin [electronic resource]: Speaking of Dance

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Interviews with choreographer and modern dance artist, Daniel Nagrin, in which he speaks about his philosophy of dance and his experience as a dancer and choreographer. Also included are clips of some of Mr. Nagrin's most important works.
Online
1995
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Erick Hawkins - Poet of the Modern Dance [electronic resource]: Speaking of Dance

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Erick Hawkins (1909-1994) looks back on his life and career. He recalls his initial interest in music, and how he became drawn to dance after entering Harvard University. He discusses his studies with Harald Kreutzberg in Austria and with George Balanchine at the newly formed School of American Ballet ; his ballet Show piece, created as a member of Ballet Caravan ; becoming the first male dancer in Martha Graham's company. His discussion of his preference for new music for dance is amplified by the comments of his longtime musical collaborator Lucia Dlugoszewski. He also explores questions of the purpose of making art, the importance of poetic thinking, and the role of the artist as interpreter of ideas. Works discussed in the interview include: Show piece, John Brown (later titled G [...]
Online
1995
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Ethel Butler [electronic resource]: Speaking of Dance

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Interview with modern dance artist, Ethel Butler, who talks about her life in dance and recounts her earliest memories of working with Martha Graham. Shows her teaching a dance class.
Online
1995
26.

Flickers [electronic resource]: Edited Version : Speaking of Dance

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A zany spoof of silent movie conventions and clichés choreographed in 1941 by Charles Weidman, the performance was directed by Weidman and filmed at the American Dance Festival in 1972. The first film on this tape is an edited version with close-ups and the second is a record version of the same performance showing the entire stage.
Online
1972
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Eiko and Koma [electronic resource]: Land : Speaking of Dance

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Interviews with choreographers and modern dance artists, Eiko and Koma in which they speak about their creative process and the creation of "Land." The full-length piece, "Land," is restaged for the camera.
Online
1995
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Meredith Monk (Excerpts From "Facing North") [electronic resource]: Speaking of Dance

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Interview with modern dancer and choreographer Meredith Monk.
Online
1996; 1995
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Pauline Koner [electronic resource]: Speaking of Dance

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Pauline Koner (d. 2001) discusses the principles of dance she learned while studying ballet with Michel Fokine; studying and touring with Japanese dancer Michio Ito, a precursor of modern dance; her partnership with Yeichi Nimura; becoming a solo performer; her visits to Israel and Russia. Recalling her association with Doris Humphrey and José Limón, she describes her solo Voice in the wilderness, created with Humphrey as artistic adviser; and reminisces about dancing as Limón's partner in Humphrey's The Story of Mankind, which led to an invitation to create the title role in Limón's La Malinche. She talks about dancing as guest artist with the José Limón Dance Company in Limón's There is a time and other works. Activities after her departure from the Limón company included the creat [...]
Online
1998
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Pilobolus Dance Theatre [electronic resource]

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This documentary, produced by University of North Carolina Public Television, offers an insightful look at the work of these modern dance originals. Since their earliest days, Pilobolus has been astounding and confounding audiences around the world with their particular brand of modern dance. The documentary features interviews with two of the artistic directors, Alison Chase and Michael Tracy, and complete multi-camera versions of "Walklyndon" (1971), "Aeros" (1996), "Solo From The Empty Suitor" (1980), and "Olympic Dances" (1997).
Online
1997
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Eiko and Koma [electronic resource]: Speaking of Dance

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In this video by director Douglas Rosenberg, the full-length piece "Land" has been re-staged for the camera. Also included are interviews with Eiko and Koma in which they speak about their creative process and the creation of "Land", which was co-commissioned by the Next Wave Festival, The American Dance Festival, and the Lied Center at the University of Nebraska.
Online
1995
33.

Steve Paxton [electronic resource]: Speaking of Dance

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Steve Paxton recalls beginning his long career in dance in Arizona, following his training in gymnastics. He describes the predominant novelistic and literary bias of modern dance (exemplified by the works of Martha Graham) during his early years of study at Connecticut College, and the contrasting painterly/scientific stage vision of Alwin Nikolais. Turning to the subject of Merce Cunningham, in whose company he danced, he discusses the ramifications of Cunningham's use of chance procedures ; and describes the vicissitudes of touring with Cunningham's company, which included composer John Cage and artist Robert Rauschenberg. Providing a dancer's view of performing Cunningham's choreography, he contrasts it with contact improvisation and the work of Cunningham's contemporaries Graham [...]
Online
1996; 1994
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Talley Beatty [electronic resource]: Speaking of Dance

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In interviews interspersed with performance, class, and rehearsal footage, Talley Beatty, recipient of the 1993 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choreography, looks back at his life and career. He describes his first choreography in the film A study in Choreography for Camera (1945), directed by Maya Deren ; his experiences as a member of the Katherine Dunham Company ; dancing in the musical Cabin in the sky, which was choreographed by George Balanchine ; creating dance for television ; his partnership with Janet Collins ; running his own company ; staging his choreography for the students of Elma Lewis in Boston ; encountering and surmounting racial prejudice in the course of his career. He discusses the historical basis of two of his works [...]
Online
1993
35.

Trisha Brown [electronic resource]: Speaking of Dance

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Looking back at her life and career, Trisha Brown reminisces about her childhood in Washington State, particularly her dance studies with Marian Hageage ; her studies at Mills College ; working with Anna Halprin in San Francisco ; participating in Robert Ellis Dunn's dance workshops and Judson Dance Theater in New York in the 1960s. She recalls the lack of opportunities for young choreographers at the time ; her search for her own language in dance ; and the formation of her company in 1970. She enumerates some cycles identifiable in her choreographic oeuvre ; describes the training, diet, and passion for dance that have sustained her as a dancer ; discusses what constitutes the "Trisha Brown technique" ; and tells an anecdote about Robert Rauschenberg's conception of the piece If Yo [...]
Online
1996; 1993
36.

Cantata and the Blues [electronic resource]

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An edited video of a live performance shows Bufalino's unique choreography and style of jazz tap dance. She also sings and reminisces in this one-woman show.
Online
2009; 1985
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The Legends of Tap [electronic resource]

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Part 1 documents a 1974 lecture/demonstration given by members of the Copasetic Club (a club created in 1949 in memory of the great tap dancer, Bill "BoJangles" Robinson). The dancers give the history of Time Steps and demonstrate their own versions of classic moves. They perform the Old Soft Shoe along with a number of brilliant and virtuosic solos.
Online
1974; 2002
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Where the Action Is Part 1 [electronic resource]: Tap Technique

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Ms. Bufalino demonstrates how to execute taps efficiently and how to create a beautiful clear tone. Taking the action from the hip releases the foot and enables the dancer to develop speed and accuracy in a relaxed fashion. This sets the groove for rhythm tap dancing. Included are "shuffles scales", "triplet shuffle continuations", break downs for small footwork, the "paddle and roll", three of Bufalino's twelve "double time" figures, and more!
Online
1995
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ARC [electronic resource]: A Dance Trilogy

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ARC is a trilogy of solo dance works created and performed by acclaimed New Zealand choreographer Douglas Wright. In three distinct sections the film charts a transformation: a journey from a primeval landscape of despair, through a bizarre and hilarious confrontation with a talking bird, and the emergence of "gravity's angel" in a space of air and delight.
Online
2000
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Asian/Asian-American Perspectives on Modern Dance [electronic resource]

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Choreographers Kumiko Kimoto, Sun Ock Lee, Mel Wong and moderator Peggy Choy discuss how Asian and Asian-American issues and identity shape their work. Discussion is intercut with excerpts from work performed by each choreographer.
Online
1995