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Site Specific Dance [electronic resource]: Martha Bowers & Dance Theatre Etcetera

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Interview with Bowers tracing the origins and development in site-specific performance work. Includes exceprts from On the Waterfront (1993), Blue train (1998), Safe harbor (1998), Safe harbor--Cork, Ireland (2001), The dream life of bricks (2004), Angels and accordions (2005-2006).
Video Other
2007
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Anna Sokolow [electronic resource]: Speaking of Dance

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Charles Reinhart interviews choreographer Anna Sokolow. With excerpts from a performance of Lyric Suite, performed by Jim May and Lorry May, and teaching footage.
Online
1992; 1991
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Betty Jones [electronic resource]: Speaking of Dance

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Interview with modern dance artist, Betty Jones, including her performances and scenes from dancing classes which she teaches.
Online
1993
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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Dance Series [electronic resource]

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Painter and teacher, sculptor of monumental kinetic forms, Doris Chase is best known as a pioneer in the field of Dance for the Camera. Beginning in the 1970s, she produced more than fifty videos now regarded as key works in the history of video art. This collection features her most important works.
Online
1976
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Six Solos [electronic resource]: Li Chiao-Ping Dances

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Documentary on The Men's Project: The Changing Faces of the Men of American Modern Dance (1997), an evening-long program of six solos commissioned from six male choreographers by Li Chiao-Ping, a Chinese-American female dancer and choreographer. Each choreographer is spotlighted in segments containing rehearsal footage, interviews, and performance excerpts from the completed dance work. Topics addressed include each choreographer's individual approach and working process, the collaborative process between choreographer and dancer, and a discussion of gender roles in dance. Li Chiao-Ping provides a summation of her experience at the end of the program.
Online
1998
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The Jazz Dance of Matt Mattox 1960 [electronic resource]

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"Matt Mattox--choreographer, dancer and teacher--leads his group of nine dancers through jazz exercises and performance to his own choreography. Music is provided by an on-stage jazz combo. The program begins with Mattox's exercises that sequentially isolate head, arms, shoulders, torso, and pelvis, and combinations of these movements for coordination, speed and control. This is his 'language of dance' which his students must perfect. Mattox performs solo his 'Theme and Anti-theme'. He and his dancers then perform his work 'Introduction'"--Original container.
Online
2007; 1960
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Ballet Moves Into the 21st Century - Benjamin Millepied [electronic resource]

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This program features a profile of choreographer/dancer Benjamin Millepied, one of dance's rising stars due to his dual careers as a New York City Ballet dancer and sought-after choreographer. The program includes excerpts from his 2006 concert at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Featured is "Closer", a duet with guest artist Gillian Murphy of American Ballet Theatre with music by Philip Glass and "Phrases, Now", a non-stop work by Adonis Foniadakis for four men including Millepied) and one woman that blurs the boundaries between the sexes; plus excerpts from an in-depth interview with Benjamin Millepied.
Online
2006
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Ben Munisteri [electronic resource]

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Ben Munisteri - Excerpt from "Late Night Sugar Flight" by choreographer Ben Munisteri and his company of 6 dancers. Includes a humorous monologue by the choreographer that introduces a section of deliciously sensuous dancing accompanied by the improvised sounds of DJ Michael Hornburg and the improvised lightning designs by Kathy Kaufman. Recorded in 1998 at Performance Space 122 in New York City. Plus excerpts from a revealing interview with the artist.
Online
1997
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Cathy Weis [electronic resource]: Calm as Custard

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Features discussions of her work & excerpts from Electric Haiku: Calm as Custard (the second work in Weis' Electric Haiku series), a full-evening, multidisciplinary performance work that partners live dance with video, light, text, and sound extending the limitations of physical movement into new realms of expression through the integration of technology with the body.
Online
2005