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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…
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…
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"
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…
Video Dance
This work by director Douglas Rosenberg, a regular collaborator with contemporary choreographers, is a collection of three dances created specifically for the camera. Each work features Rosenberg's lyrical camera work and suspends the choreography within an elegant frame. The dances…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
Venous Flow
Venous Flow weaves first person narrative with contemporary dance to tell the story of a community of dancers and artists and their resolution to overcome personal trauma. "Grace" is a large group piece performed by Li Chiao-Ping Dance and a…
Dancing on The Edge, Volume One
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 2:30 - Paul Taylor - Cloven King 7:54 -…
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.
Talley Beatty
Talley Beatty has had an illustrious career spanning six decades. He began studying with Katherine Dunham at the age of 11 and at 16 became a principal dancer in her company. His choreography has been performed by numerous companies including…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
Epic (The Land Within) and De L'Eau
Two video/dance collaborations by Douglas Rosenberg and choreographer Li Chiao-Ping. EPIC (THE LAND WITHIN) uses text, landscape imagery and performance by members of the Dziga Vertov Performance Group to present an expressionistic dance possible only for the camera. De L'Eau,…
The World of Alwin Nikolais Program 3
The dances performed are: "Pond" "Opening Dance" from Mechanical Organ "Clothes" form Kaleidoscope "Quintet" from Mechanical Organ "First Dance" from Gallery "Duet" from Mechanical Organ "Descent to Hell" from Tent