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Envisioning Dance on Film and Video


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Corresponding DVD excerpts are in bold type Foreword Judy Mitoma Words from the Text Editor Elizabeth Zimmer Guide to the DVD Dale Stieber Timeline Virginia Brooks Introduction Judy Mitoma PART I SETTING THE RECORD 1.Dance As Television:A Continuing Challenge Jac Venza 2. Music Video as Short Form Dance Film Larry Billman 3. The Kinesthetics of Avant-garde Dance Film:Deren & Harris Amy Greenfield A Study in Choreography (2')Nine Variations (3'49") 4. The Master and the Movies:Barbara Horgan on George Balanchine's work with Television and Film Robert Greskovic 5. Merce Cunningham's Choreography for the Camera David Vaughan Channels/Inserts (2'48") Points in Space (2'57") 6. Program Lists of "Dance In America," "A Time to Dance," and "Arts USA" Jac Venza 7. Dance Program List of "Alive From Off Center" Alyce Dissette PART II LOOKING BACK 8. From Melies to Streaming Video:a Century of Moving Dance Images Virginia Brooks Intolerance (1'48"), see also Air for the G String (2'30") 9. Ted Shawn's Moving Images Norton Owen Kinetic Molpai (2'04") 10. Doris Humphrey's Air for the G String Ernestine Stodelle Air for the G String (2'30") 11. Optic Nerve:Busby Berkeley and the American Cinema Elizabeth Zimmer 12. Dancin' in the Rain:Gene Kelly's Musical Films Beth Genne 13. No Maps on My Taps:An Appreciation Lynn Dally No Maps on My Taps (2'40") PART III SCREEN TESTING 14. A Dancer Behind the Lens Eiko Husk (3'55") 15. Wearing Three Hats:Process Notes from a Polymath Meredith Monk Book of Days (2'53") 16mm Earrings (2'11") Moments from a Movie Meredith Monk 16. Forsythe and Film Roslyn Sulcas Kammer/Kammer (4'15") 17. Dancing and Cameras Bill T. Jones Ghostcatching(2'34") 18. Frequently Pondered Questions Paul Kaiser see Ghostcatching (2'34") PART IV RECASTING THE DANCE 19. AIDS and the Videotape Fetish:The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS David Gere 20. Archiving Dance on Video:the First Generation Dennis Diamond interviewed The World of Alwin Nikolais (1') 21. Capturing Dances from the Past Bonnie Oda Homsey Hexentanz by Mary Wigman (1') and as reconstructed by Bonnie Oda Homsey (2') 22. Two Worlds of Balanchine:The George Balanchine Foundation Video Archives Nancy Reynolds Balanchine Interpreters: Maria Tallchief coaching (3'52") Todd Bolender coaching (1'37") 23. The Etudes Project:Using Video to Create a Canon for Contemporary Dance Educators Carolyn Adams Rainbow Etude Description (2') 24. The Rainbow Etude Donald McKayle see Rainbow Etude (2') 25. Alan Lomax and Choreometrics John Bishop 26. Dance Division of the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center:A Day in the Life Madeleine Nichols PART V SEEDING THE FIELD 27. Dancing Matters Rhoda Grauer Dancing:Dance at Court (6'26"), 28. A New Place for Dancing Bob Lockyer Boy (4'41") , Hands (2'26") , Touched (3'11"), Le P'tit Bal (3'38"). See also Points in Space (2'58") and Enter Achilles (3'24") 29. Europeans Filming New Narrative Dance Kelly Hargraves Enter Achilles (3'24") 30. Northern Exposures

About the Author

Judy Mitoma is Director of the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performances. She has taught dance and world arts for over 2 decades at UCLA, and is one of the leaders in the study of dance on film. The text editor is Elizabeth Zimmer, a dance writer and editor for the Village Voice, and the DVD editor is Dale Ann Stieber of UCLA.


I love that many of the essays offer nitty-gritty analyses of techniques and their effects. Even the lesser writings contain one or two thought-provoking insights into process..

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