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1.

Shake the Dust

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This documentary chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcases breakdancing moves and interviews performers from Uganda, Cambodia, Yemen, and Colombia.
DVD
2015; 2014
Clemons (Stacks)
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Ready, Willing and Able

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"Barry Granville and Pinky Blair, two would-be theatrical producers, get financing for their new musical on the condition that they hire Jane Clarke, a popular British actress, to star in it. In New York City, J. Van Courtland, a theatrical agent, learns of the project and rushes to meet the ship he believes Jane is taking to America. He mistakes an American girl, also named Jane Clarke, for the English actress and signs her to a contract. Jane, a college student who hopes to become an actress, impersonates the British actress in order to perform on Broadway and also because she has fallen in love with Barry. Although her dancing is fine, she cannot sing, and eventually confesses the truth to Barry, not realizing that the show's financing depends on the presence of the English Jane. [...]
DVD
2009; 1937
Clemons (Stacks)
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Dames

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A musical comedy film about an eccentric multimillionaire who hates musicals, his granddaughter who stars in them, and their friends & family members caught in the middle. Includes dances choreographed by Busby Berkeley.
DVD
2006; 1934
Clemons (Stacks)
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Bodas de Sangre

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Flamenco dance adaptation of García Lorca's play about a bride who elopes with her lover on her wedding day, presented as though in studio rehearsal. The drama is preceded by a slice-of-life sequence depicting the company's arrival, backstage preparations, and warm-up.
DVD
2007; 1981
Clemons (Stacks)
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Carmen

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The line between fantasy and reality dissolves when during intense rehearsals for a dance production of Carmen the director of the dance company and his young star find themselves living the "Carmen" story of love and treachery.
DVD
2007; 1983
Clemons (Stacks)
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El Amor Brujo

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A modern take on composer Manuel de Falla's gypsy ballet, dressed up in pink sunsets and hellishly red fires. Set in a dusty Andalusian village, El amor brujo (Love the Magician) is a seductive melodrama of a man whose beloved is haunted by the ghost of another.
DVD
2007; 1986
Clemons (Stacks)
7.

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

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Fred and Ginger dance up a storm as they dramatize the careers of the renowned ballroom dancers, Vernon and Irene Castle.
DVD
2006; 1939
Clemons (Stacks)
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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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Lullaby of Broadway

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The steps of the studio set towered before her like a pyramid. All Doris Day had to do was dance up and down those steps while wearing a flowing gold lame dress. "You've got to be out of your minds," Day exclaimed in a voice heard across the soundstage. But dance and sing she did. Day plays a singer who arrives in New York never dreaming it will begin an alternately funny and heartfelt shot at stardom on the Great White Way.
DVD
2005; 1950
Clemons (Stacks)
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Roseland

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Three interlocking stories set in New York City's legendary Roseland dance palace make up this charming film, the third to be shot by Merchant Ivory Productions in America. In the first segment, The Waltz, Teresa Wright is a widow who comes to the Roseland in order to sustain the memory of her late husband, but meets Stan (Lou Jacobi), a man who offers her an opportunity for happiness in the present. In The Hustle, Christopher Walken stars as a gigolo with three women in his life, all of whom depend on him for different degrees of romance and companionship. In the final segment, The Peabody, an older Viennese woman (Lilia Skala) sets out to win a dance competition despite warnings that it could imperil her health.
DVD
2004; 1977
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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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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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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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
19.

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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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