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1992 Scripps/ ADF Award winner Donald McKayle (presented by Maya Angelou) reconstructs "Games" on the Chuck Davis' African American Dance Ensemble. Features step by step documentation of the creative process including rehearsals, interviews, and performance footage.
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 contemporary artists and composers including Phillip Glass. In this tape,…
Daniel Nagrin
Daniel Nagrin has had a forty-year career as a dancer, choreographer, author, and teacher. Born in 1917 in New York City, Mr. Nagrin studied with Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow, Hanya Holm, and Helen Tamiris. He made his Broadway debut in 1945, but is best known for his solo work. In…
Erick Hawkins
After 54 years in dance, Erick Hawkins is an acknowledged master of modern dance. Alan Kriegsman of the Washington Post has called him "one of the genuinely great pioneers of American dance." In this piece, Mr. Hawkins at the age of 83 speaks of his career, his life, and his…
Speaking of Dance: Trisha Brown
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Ellen Bromberg/ The Black Dress
Winner of the 1992 Bonnie Bird Chore-ography Award for North America and an ADF Young Choreographer in 1989, Ellen Bromberg created this work for the camera. Commissioned by PBS in 1989, "The Black Dress" is a haunting work based on the painting of the same name by Alex Katz. Also…
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, theater, dance, and film. A recipient of the MacArthur Foundation…
Mark Dendy
Mark Dendy is well known for his physically daring and energetic dances exploring such themes as gender, religion and other critical social issues. In this piece, which includes excerpts from his most well-known dances, Mr. Dendy, recipient of three consecutive NEA Fellowships, talks about what has shaped his life and…
Sally Silvers
Ms. Silvers is a New York-based choreographer whose work has been presented in North America, the United Kingdom, and Asia. Mindy Aloff of Dance Magazine has called her "...among the most talented choreographers to emerge in the decade [of the 1980's]." Ms. Silvers' choreography has been supported by the NEA,…
Pauline Koner
Pauline Koner is the recipient of the American Dance Festival's 1998 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Dancer, teacher, choreographer, and author, Ms. Koner studied with Michel Fokine, Michio Ito, and Angel Cansino and performed her own solo concerts from 1930-1945. In 1935 Ms. Koner became the first…
Singing Myself A Lullaby with John Henry
What role does truth play in the retelling of historical events in performance and art? Is performance a stage practice or do we construct and perform our identities throughout our lives? These and other questions are explored in this moving documentary about West Coast dancer John Henry, as he deals…
Anna Sokolow
1991 Scripps/ ADF Award winner Anna Sokolow talks with ADF Co-Director Charles Reinhart about her life, her work with Louis Horst, Martha Graham, and her personal vision; also includes Ms. Sokolow teaching a master class at the American Dance Festival.