Envisioning Dance: On Film and Video / Edition 1

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Virtually everyone working in dance today uses electronic media technology. Envisioning Dance on Film and Video chronicles this 100-year history and gives readers new insight on how dance creatively exploits the art and craft of film and video. In fifty-three essays, choreographers, filmmakers, critics and collaborating artists explore all aspects of the process of rendering a three-dimensional art form in two-dimensional electronic media. Many of these essays are illustrated by ninety-three photographs and a two-hour DVD (40 video excerpts).

A project of UCLA – Center for Intercultural Performance, made possible through The Pew Charitable Trusts (www.wac.ucla.edu/cip).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415941716
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/3/2003
  • Edition description: Book & CD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Words from the Text Editor
Guide to the DVD
Timeline: A Century of Dance and Media
Pt. I Setting the Record
1 Dance as Television: A Continuing Challenge 2
2 Music Video as Short Form Dance Film 12
3 The Kinesthetics of Avant-Garde Dance Film: Deren and Harris 21
4 The Master and the Movies: Barbara Horgan on George Balanchine's Work with Television and Film 27
5 Merce Cunningham's Choreography for the Camera 34
6 Program Lists of Dance In America, A Time to Dance, and Arts USA 39
7 Dance Program List of Alive TV, aka Alive from Off Center 48
Pt. II Looking Back
8 From Melies to Streaming Video: A Century of Moving Dance Images 54
9 Ted Shawn's Moving Images 61
10 Doris Humphrey's Air for the G String 66
11 Optic Nerve: Busby Berkeley and the American Cinema 68
12 Dancin' in the Rain: Gene Kelly's Musical Films 71
13 No Maps on My Taps: An Appreciation 78
Pt. III Screen Testing
14 A Dancer behind the Lens 82
15 Wearing Three Hats: Process Notes from a Polymath 89
16 Forsythe and Film: Habits of Seeing 96
17 Dancing and Cameras 103
18 Frequently Pondered Questions 108
Pt. IV Recasting the Dance
19 AIDS and the Videotape Fetish: The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS 114
20 Archiving Dance on Video: The First Generation 118
21 Capturing Dances from the Past 123
22 Two Worlds of Balanchine: The George Balanchine Foundation Video Archives 126
23 The Etudes Project: Using Video to Create a Canon for Contemporary Dance Educators 136
24 The Rainbow Etude 139
25 Alan Lomax and Choreometrics 141
26 Dance Division of the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center: A Day in the Life 144
Pt. V Seeding the Field
27 Dancing Matters 150
28 A New Place for Dancing 156
29 Europeans Filming New Narrative Dance 163
30 Northern Exposures: Canadian Dance Film and Video 168
31 NHK: A Model for Performing Arts in the Media 176
32 Taking Tools into My Own Hands: An Argentine Choreographer Finds Her Way to Film 180
33 The Musical Formula: Song and Dance in Popular Indian Cinema 185
34 Fast Forward 189
Pt. VI Taking Directions
35 Watching Dance with a Remote in Your Hand 194
36 Editing Dancemaker: Interview with Pam Wise, Editor, A.C.E. 199
37 Accompanying Choreography: A Director's Journey 202
38 Portraits in Celluloid 207
39 Making Dance Films with Victoria Marks 211
40 Dancing with the Camera: The Dance Cinematographer 218
41 The Right Place at the Right Time: The Invisible Art of Editing 224
42 Fishing for Humans: Dance and the Story of Story 228
43 Breaking the Box: Dancing the Camera with Anna Halprin 232
44 The Neophyte's Tale: A Choreographer Works on Alive from Off Center 236
45 Seeing It Differently: Restaging The Black Dress for Alive from Off Center 241
Pt. VII Frames and Interpretations
46 The Camera as Choreographer in Documentary and Ethnographic Film 246
47 Basing a Dance Film on India's Cultural Heritage 251
48 About the Making of Circles - Cycles Kathak Dance 253
49 Ancestral Memory 256
50 When My Hair Was Brown: The Making of a Dance Documentary 259
51 Lines from a Filmmaker's Journal 263
Pt. VIII Resources
52 Video Preservation 272
53 Whose Rights Are Right? 276
54 Resource and Preservation Guide 279
55 Filmography 287
Editors and Contributors 307
Selected Bibliography 319
Index 325
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