General and Miscellaneous
Native American Dance
African American Dance
Dance in Latin America and the Caribbean
Dance in Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia
Dance in Africa
Dance in the Middle East and North Africa
Dance in Asia

Works on Individual Dancers, Choreographers, and Dance Companies
Individual Works
Dance in the Movies

Experimental and Avant-garde Artists, Performers, and Film Makers
(includes film, theater, performance works, art, and dance)

Dance in the Movies bibliography

General and Miscellaneous

About Tap
Following an introduction by Gregory Hines, integrates interviews and performances by veteran tap dancers Steve Condos, Chuck Green, and Jimmy Slyde in this celebration of jazz tap dancing. A film by George T. Nierenberg. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 1999. 27 min. Video/C MM394

Alive & Kicking: New Dance & Performance Art from P.S. 122 in New York City
"Excerpts from 'The American Chestnut' written and performed by Karen Finley; visual art and video by Karen Finley."--Closing credits. Three tapes, 29 min. each: Alive & Kicking #34, #35, #36. 1997. 87 min. Video/C 6062

All Rapped Up: An Inside Look at the Rap/Dance Music Scene.
A critique of the spiritual realities behind the pop/dance and rap music scene from a fundamentalist Christian biblical perspective. A production of Reel to Real Ministries. 135 min. Video/C 3552

All Rapped Up: An Inside Look at the Rap/Dance Music Scene.
A critique of the spiritual realities behind the pop/dance and rap music scene from a fundamentalist Christian biblical perspective. A production of Reel to Real Ministries. 135 min. Video/C 3552

America Dances! 1897-1948: A Collector's Edition of Social Dance in Film
Includes 60 historical dance film clips from the first part of the 20th century in the United States, recording changing dance trends, expertise, and taste, and reflecting American culture through the years. This dance retrospective spans the panorama from average Americans dancing in newsreels to top quality performers who have left a legacy of dance moves across the ballroom floor.

Contents: 1897-1919 : from the Cakewalk to the Castle walk. Charity Ball; Foxy Grandpa & Polly in a little hilarity; Cakewalk; Comedy Cakewalk; Comedy Cakewalk on beach; One step : Everybody's doin' it now; Comic Fox Trot with Mr. & Mrs. Sydney Drew; Airplane Waltz; Two Step; Irene and Vernon Castle : the whirl of life -- 1920-1929 : from the Blackbottom to the Lindy Hop. Let's do The Blackbottom; Charleston basics; Charleston and Blackbottom; Charleston in newsreels; Charleston dance contests; Charleston contests; Ballroom acrobats; Shimmy; Raggedy Ann, Tangolio; Kinkerjeu, Lindy Whirl, Yankee Prance; Old fashioned Waltz; Lindy Hop introduction; Lindy Hop -- 1930-1939+ : from dance marathons to Lindy Hop / Jitterbug contests. Dance marathon newsreels; 8 couples remain in grueling 3 month dancing marathon; Exhausted couples drag fatigued feet in endurance walk; Tired couples totter on feet over 2,500 hours; Endurance dancers still seek record after 5 months; Lambeth Walk; Waltz : New York City; Waltz, Rumba, Mambo : Harvest Moon Ball; New style Rhumba makes a hit with winter tourists; Susie Q basics; Big Apple basics; Big Apple dance: a Tarheel stomp agitates country; From the Minuet to the Big Apple; Big Apple: keep punching;.Collegiate Shag; 200,000 Jitterbugs go slap happy at Swing Jamboree; Beach resort has new slant on Jitterbug; A dizzy round of Jitterbug and Jive hits the big town; Lindy Hop : Harvest Moon Ball; Lindy Hop/Jitterbug Jive : New York City; Lindy Hop : Harvest Moon Ball; Lindy Hop : Harvest Time in Rhythm; Lindy Hop : newsreel -- 1939-1948 : from romantic dance to acrobatic classics. Waltz : Irene Castle at the world's fair; Adagio : may I have the next trance With you?; Adagio : dreamland of mine; Cuban Pete; A Rumba story; Rumba with spice; Mexican Jumping Bean; Conga Loca; Rhumba Serenade : mi Rumba; Lindy Hop : keep punching; Lindy Hop : Cottontail (Hot Chocolates); Lindy Hop : boy! what a girl!; Lindy Hop : killer diller. 135 min. DVD 2162; also VHS Video/C 3552

Athleticism in Dance: Acrobatics of the 18th Century (Eye on Dance; 134)
Host: Celia Ipiotis; interviewee: Catherine Turocy. Contents: Demonstration dance: "The Entre by Apollo" (Kenneth Pierce) -- Esoterica Balletica (Dan Wagoner). Discussion of acrobatics and athletic advances made in dance during the past two centuries including the evolution of dance costume. Dist.: Eye on Dance. 1984. 29 min. Video/C 4018

Athleticism in Dance: Daring Dancers (Eye on Dance; 135)
Demonstration dances: Contact improvisational piece (N. Stark Smith) -- "Autumn song" (B. Salz) -- Excerpt from Paul Taylor Dance commercial -- "Esoterica Balletica": Commentary on contact improvisational dance (Elizabeth Zimmer). Dancers discuss and perform contact improvisation, modern and aerial dance. Dist.: Eye on Dance. c1984. 29 min. Video/C 4019

Il Ballarino: The Art of Renaissance Dance.
Demonstration of steps -- A dance for two: So Ben Mi Chi Ha Buon Tempo (I Know Who is Having a Good Time) -- A dance for three: Allegrezza d'Amore (The Joys of Love) -- A ance for four couples: La Caccia d'Amore (The Hunt of Love). Authentic Renaissance court dances and the gestures and step vocabulary associated with them are demonstrated and described by noted dance historian and musicologist Julia Sutton from dance manuals of the16th century Itaian masters Fabritio Caroso and Cesare Negri. 1990. 33 min. Video/C 2022

Ballet and Sex
A lecture by Joan Acocella, senior critic for Dance Magazine and dance critic for the New Yorker concerning the representation of the female body and sexuality in ballet. Recorded by Educational Technology Services, University of California, Berkeley on February 22, 2005. 81 min. Video/C MM489

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Ballet Class
A ballet dancer demonstrates the movements of each ballet exercise accompanied by commentary from the instructor about what techniques each exercise is designed to develop. Developed by Phoebe Meyers. Contents: Barre exercises -- plies -- tendus from 1st -- tendus from 5th -- pas de cheval -- decages -- Ronds de jambe -- frappes -- fondus -- stretch exercises -- developpes -- grand battements -- center exercises -- coordination -- adacio -- pirouettes -- small jumps -- petit allegro (slow tempo) -- petit allegro (fast tempo) -- pique turns -- grand allegro -- ending combination -- reverence. 1984. 21 min. Video/C 5585

Ballet, the Art of Dance
Looks at the rigorous education of students at the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York City, interspersed with archival film footage of the history of the development of a ballet as an art form. Includes interviews and commentary by faculty, advanced students of the Academy, and academics. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 33 min. DVD X234

Ballet Vocabulary
A ballet dancer demonstrates the movements of each ballet exercise accompanied by commentary from the instructor defining the terms and techniques of each exercise. Developed by Phoebe Meyers. Contents: Plies -- tendus from 1st -- tendus from 3rd -- pas de cheval -- degages -- Rond de jambe (a terre en l'air) -- fondu -- frappe -- developpe -- grand battement -- positions of feet and arms -- clissade -- pas de bourree -- chasse -- pas de basque -- changement -- echappe -- sissonne -- jete -- pas de chat -- ballonne -- assemble -- pirouette -- pique turns and soutenu -- chasse -- grand jete. 1984. 26 min. Video/C 5586

Baroque Dance, 1675-1725
An introduction to the social and theatrical dancing of the baroque period, a high point of stylistic richness and excellence in the history of Western dance. Dance notation is included. Originally produced in 1977; sponsored by the Dept. of Dance, University of California, Los Angeles. 23 min. Video/C MM714

Barcelona in 48 Hours
A film composed of a collection of black and white still photographs, taken over a period of 48 hours in Barcelona. The film is both an impressionistic portrait of a contemporary dance artist and a meditation on movement of the body, through dancing and traveling. The raw material of hundreds and hundreds of photographs was edited to create a story and dream-like movement. Performed by David Zambrano and Mat Woorter, with appearances by Dietmar Diesner, Pepe Ferrer, Simone Forti, Jennifer Monson, Alex Rendon, Judith Sanchez. A film by Anja Hitzenberger and Edward Ratliff. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2002. 27 min. Video/C MM1255

The Berkeley Morris Dancers.
Performance of a Morris dancer's group, videotaped live on campus by the Education Television Office. 40 min. 1984. Video/C 69

Beyond the Mainstream (Postmodern Dances)
Explores the non-traditional modern dance trends through interviews with and excerpts from the work of choreographers Trisha Brown, David Gordon, Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainier and Kei Takei. 1980. 59 min. DVD 2340; also VHS Video/C 975

Broadway..A History of the Musical!
Narrated by Ron Husmann. Five volumes. Video/C 2912:1-5

Brush and Barre: The Life and Work of Toulouse-Lautrec
Documents the development of a multimedia dance theater work, based on the life and work of Toulouse-Lautrec, choreographed by Linda Fowler at UCLA. Intercuts rehearsals of the work, views of Toulouse-Lautrec's paintings and graphics, and old photographs depicting Lautrec's life, visual style and philosophy. Concludes with a performance of the work. 1979. 59 min. Video/C MM803

Burn the Floor
Filmed at its World Premiere, and starring 44 of the world's champion ballroom and Latin dancers, this documentary film is an explosive journey through all types of competition dance. It takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride from the elegance and beauty of its opening waltz through the emotion and heat of "Passionata" to the cool sexy modern beats of the contemporary finale, "Would you like to dance with me." Feature presentation (ca. 97 min.). Chapters: 1, Opening titles -- 2, Fantasy waltz -- 3, Urban heat -- 4, Jump, jive and wail -- 5, Boogie woogie bugle boy -- 6, Sing, sing, sing -- 7, Cheek to cheek -- 8, Top hat, white tie and tails -- 9, Passionata I -- 10, Passionata II -- 11, Passionata III -- 12, Finale (hot) -- 13, Finale (Jump, jive and wail) -- 14, End titles. Bonus materials: "Burn the floor: a breathtaking journey" (ca. 30 min.): Documentary on the making of the show, from its inception to opening night, as seen through the eyes of its creative staff, performers and others. 1999. 97 min. DVD 7291

Cavalcade of Dance
The dance-team of Veloz and Yolanda recreate their versions of various dances covering about three decades of the 20th century including the tango, the Charleston, black-bottom, jitterbugging and the rhumba. Music heard and danced to was" "Victory Waltz," "Darktown Strutter's Ball," "Mi Hijo," "Lamento Esclavo," "Dengosa" and "Jeepers Creepers." Directed by Jean Negulesco. 1943. 11 min. Included on DVD 6275

Chulas Fronteras.
Features music and culture of Mexican-Americans living in southern Texas, showing food preparation, family life, dances, fieldwork,and other social activities. Dist.: Flower Films. 58 min. DVD 3456; vhs Video/C 1304

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Choreography: Creating Vincent Paterson's Dance Sequences for the Film "Dancer in the Dark."
Supplementary material included on DVD 1087

Club M
This short film is a digital fusion of computer animation with Latin and hip-hop dance styles. Spontaneous and choreographed movement work in tandem with animated costumes, props and backdrops to enhance the club dynamic. Special lighting effects reveal striking, multimedia visual patterns. Simultaneously, lighting provides a distinctive sense of place for "virtual" dancers (within the video) who frequent CLUB M. The video includes performance work from about 40 ASU Herberger College Dance alumni and undergraduates, in addition to four community members from Open Dance Studio in Phoenix, Ariz. A film by Muriel Magenta. 4 min. 2009. DVD X1806

[Contact Improvisation] Chute & Fall After Newton
Chute: "Edit of the first Contact Improvisation demonstrations/installation in N.Y.C. at the John Weber Gallery in 1972. Performers from N.Y.C., University of Rochester, Oberlin College, and Bennington College" Fall after Newton: "A sweeping look at 11 years of practice of Contact Improvisation by Nancy Stark Smith and initiator, Steve Paxton. The progression ... shows one strand of the development of this mulifaceted duet dance form" Chute: performers, narration, Steve Paxton. Fall after Newton: performers, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith ; narration, Steve Paxton. DVD X6415

[Contact Improvisation] Magnesium; Peripheral Vision; Soft Pallet.
A series of separately filmed clips. Seven dancers perform various improvisatory dance movements and sequences before a live audience. Magnesium is often referred to as the seminal work for Contact Improvisation. Peripheral vision: Performers, Steve Christiansen, Steve Paxton, Nita Little, Nancy Stark Smith, Karen Radler ; commentary, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Christiansen. Soft pallet: Performers, Annette LaRoque, David Woodberry, Steve Paxton, Mary Fulkerson, Nancy Stark Smith, Danny Lepkoff. Magnesium: performed at Oberlin College, Ohio, Jan. 1972. Peripheral vision: edit of a performance at Firehouse Theater, San Francisco, Calif., 1973. Soft pallet: selections from a performance at L'Attico Gallery, Rome, Italy, 1973. DVD X6416

[Contact Improvisation] Contact at 10th & 2nd
Document of the 11th anniversary of Contact Improvisation performance at St. Mark's Church in N.Y.C. with dancers from England, Canada and the U.S. Performers, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Kirstie Simson, David Appel, Peter Ryan, Alan Ptashek, Robin Feld. Filmed at St. Mark's Church, New York, N.Y., in 1983. DVD X6417

Dance and Human History.
Introduces the work of Alan Lomax and his colleagues in developing choreometrics, a cross-cultural method of studying the relationship of dance style to social structure. Shows how the group, including Forrestine Pauley and Irmgard Bartenieff, analyzed dance films from all over the world and established a connection between patterns of movement and patterns of culture. c1974. 40 min. DVD 8420 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1137

Dance and Social Consciousness in the 30's and 40's (Eye on Dance; 117).
Contents: Demonstration dances: "I ain't got no home in the world anymore" (Woodie Gutherie, composer) -- Balag in a popular style. Performers: Host: Celia Ipiotis and Barry Laine; interviewees: Anna Sokolow and Sophie Maslow. Dancers who began their careers in the 1930's and 1940's discuss promotion of social and political comment through dance. c1984. 29 min. Video/C 4017

Dance for Camera
Presents award winning dance films from around the world selected from the Dance Camera West Festival held in 2002 in Los Angeles.

Contents: Reines d'un jour (Switzerland ; Pascal Magnin) -- Measure (USA ; Gaelen Hanson, Danya Hanson) -- Rest in peace (Netherlands/UK ; Annick Vroom) -- Village trilogy (Canada ; Laura Taler) -- Cornered (Canada ; Michael Downing) -- Contrecoup (Switzerland ; Pascal Magnin). 2003. 95 min. DVD 1602

Dance for Camera 2
Contents: Boy / directed by Peter Anderson and Rosemary Lee ; performed by Tom Evans (6 min., UK) -- Burst / directed by Reynir Lyngdal ; choreographed by Katrin Hall ; performed by Kata Johnson and Elias Knudsen (5 min., Iceland) -- Cargo / directed and choreographed by Kelly Hargraves ; performed by Joe Jurd (4 min., Canada) -- Case studies from the Groat Center for Sleep Disorders / directed by Mitchell Rose ; choreographed by Ashley Roland/Jamey Hampton (BodyVox) ; performed by Mitchell Rose, Leslie Braverman, Eric Oglesbee, Ashley Roland, Jamey Hampton -- Horses never lie / directed by Kathi Prosser ; choreographed and performed by Caroline Richardson (5 min., Canada) -- Motion control / devised and choreographed by Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie ; directed by David Anderson ; performed by Liz Aggiss (8 min., UK) -- The duchess / directed by Eric Koziol ; choreographed by Shinichi Iova-Koga ; performed by Cassandra Terman, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Paige Sorvillo, Leigh Evans, Tanya Calamoneri, Haruko Nishimura, Joshua Kohl, Allen Willner (15 min., US) . Boy, considered a dance film classic, turns an ordinary boy into a superhero as he moves with stealth and grace through a dramatic coastal landscape, responding to this empty universe, manipulating it and conjuring up his own imaginary world. In Burst, a couple's intimate dance in the bedroom is interrupted by a sudden and unexpected burst water pipe; the water may be cool, but this couple burns up the screen. Cargo presents one man's pit stop on the road of life, where he pauses to rest and contemplate whether to continue the journey; sometimes dark, sometimes funny and always sexy, the performer fills the interior of a 1969 Buick Skylark with his physical and emotional self. Case Studies is a faux-scientific investigation of ASDICT (Adult Sleep Disorder Induced by Childhood Trauma) in which we're privileged to see rare archival footage from the renowned (but fictitious) Groat Center for Sleep Disorders. The sensual film Horses never die delves into the mythic concept of metamorphosis; issues of birth, development, and renewal are ignited through movement. Motion control takes one glamorous and ageing dancer, traps her in the real world, then smashes into her private reality, and tries to control her movement, contain her emotion ; she already has you beaten in this bizarre journey of entrapment. The Duchess is a psychological portrait of a lonely and demented aristocrat, who is filled with long repressed memories and conjured demons. 2005. 50 min. DVD 9140

Dance Therapy: The Power of Movement
Therapists: Joan Chodorow, Jane Downes, Susan Sandel, Barbara Estrin, Sharon Chaiklin. Shows five different dance therapists working with a variety of patients, young and old, healthy and disturbed to use their bodies to better understand their feelings and foster positive growth and change. 1982. 29 min. Video/C MM877

Dancing Across Borders
A young man from Cambodia is given a chance to fulfill his dreams when he is brought to the United States to audition for the prestigious School of American Ballet. A film by Anne Bass. 2010. 88 min. DVD X5017

Dancetime!: 500 Years of Social Dance: 1, 15th-19th Centuries
A presentation of the history of popular dance forms. This first of two segments features dance forms, period costumes and dance music from the 15th through 19th centuries from the courts of Italy, France, England and the grand ballrooms of America. 1998. 47 min. Video/C 5358

Dancetime!: 500 Years of Social Dance: 2, 20th Century
A presentation of the history of popular dance forms. This second of two segments features dance forms, period costumes and dance music from twentieth century America from the "animal dances" of the 1910's through the hip hop of the 1990's. 1998. 49 min. Video/C 5358

Dancing.
This 8-part series probes the traditions of dance in communities around the world and from the latest hip-hop in Morocco to a ballet class in Russia and a modern dance rehearsal in New York. Explores the art of communication called dance. Produced by Geoff Dunlop and Jane Alexander; telescript by Gerald Jonas & Rhoda Grauer; story by Rhoda Grauer; host and narrator, Raoul Trujillo. c1993. 58 min. ea.

The Power of Dance. This program examines the work of ballet legend Jacques D'Amboise at his N.Y. National Dance Institute. Includes interviews with Russian dancers, Indian gurus, American song-and-dance men, and other international dancers. Video/C 2914

Lord of Dance. This program examines the role of dance in religious ritual. Examples include Hindu dances in India, Yoruba dances in Nigeria, Christian church dances in Europe. Folk dances that stem from religious ritual where angels and people danced to glorify God. Video/C 2915

Sex and Social Dance. This program examines the male and female roles in dancing in three different societies: USA, Morocco, and Cook Islands of Polynesia. Includes archival film footage. Video/C 2916

Dance at Court. 4 This program examines court dances in several different societies: England, Japan, Ghana, Java, France, and Russia. Imperial families nurtured court dance as an art form during peacetime. Video/C 2917

New Worlds, New Forms. This program examines the heritage that enslaved Africans brought to North and South America via dance. From the Samba in Rio to the Lindy -hop in Harlem, cultural collisions have shaped the popular dances of today. Video/C 2918

Dance Centerstage. This program examines classical theater dances in Russia and Japan. Ballet, based on 17th century court dances of Louis XIV, was developed in St. Petersburg. The Kabuki emerged from the streets of Kyoto. Video/C 2919

The Individual and Tradition. This program presents the history of choreography based on the creativity of Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Eiko and Koma, Sardono Kusumo, and Garth Fagan. Includes examples of contemporary choreography from the USA and Japan, as well as archival film footage. Video/C 2920

Dancing in One World. . This program was made with dancers from the Pacific Rim Area including the United States (Afro-Americans, American Indians, and Hawaiians), Polynesia, Australia, and Indonesia. These dancers also took part in the Los Angeles Festival. Includes archival film footage. Video/C 2921

Dancing From the Inside Out: Three Stories From AXIS Dance Troupe
A provactive and moving film which tells the stories of three professional dancers who use wheelchairs for beautiful dance sequences, the film weaves together these three personal journies to selfhood, their ongoing challenges and victories, and their work with AXIS Dance Troupe integrating disabled and non-disabled dance. 1994. 28 min. Video/C 5803

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Del Mero Corazon (Straight From the Heart).
Producer, Chris Strachwitz; director, photographer, and special editing, Les Blank. A lyrical journey through the musings of the heart in the Mexican-American Nortena music tradition. Various performers are shown in dancehalls and cantinas, presenting songs of passion and death, hurt and humor, and the pleasures and torn dreams of love. Dist.: Flower Films. 1976. 28 min. DVD 3456; vhs Video/C1303

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Ethnic Dance Around the World
Presents examples of ethnic dances from the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia and stresses their social and cultural motivations. Includes festival dances, celebration dances, courtship dances, and dances for recreation. Helps viewers understand why people dance, why dancing and music in many parts of the world are very different, and the role of religion in ethnic dancing. 1983. 24 min. Video/C 6548

Every Little Step
This documentary follows the plight of real-life dancers as they struggle through auditions for the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line". Also investigates the history of the show and the creative minds behind the original and current incarnations. Special features: Commentary with directors Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern and composer Marvin Hamlisch ; "Donna McKechnie : in conversation" featurette ; a new interview with John Breglio, Bob Avian and Baayork Lee ; Deleted scenes. Produced and directed by James D. Stern & Adam Del Deo. 2008. 93 min. DVD X2346

Forbidden City, U.S.A.
"The Forbidden City" was a San Francisco nightclub of the 1930's and 40's featuring Chinese American entertainers. This documentary contains rare film clips from the old club acts, new prints from 35 mm. nitrate negatives, music from vintage 78 records and contemporary interviews, with performers and club owner Charlie Low, tracing the history of this era. Directed, written and produced by Arthur Dong. 56 min. DVD 6278; vhs Video/C 1775

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Journal of American History v77, n3 (Dec, 1990):1119 (2 pages).

Glances at the Past: Performance of the Minuet (Eye on Dance; 59)
Contents: Video excerpt from: "The Art of dancing, an introduction to Baroque dance" (New York Baroque Dance Company, 9 min.) -- Panel discussion by performers from "The Art of dancing" (C. Turocy, A. Jacoby, R. Tolle, 13 min.) -- "Esoterica Balletica" (Betty Low, 4 min.). Performers: Host: Celia Ipiotis; interviewees: Catherine Turocy, Ann Jacoby and Roger Tolle. The staff from the performance of "Art of dancing" compare and contrast dance styles of the 18th century, particularly the Minuet. Concludes with commentary by Betty Low on the history of ballet. Dist.: Eye on Dance. c1982. 27 min. Video/C 4016

Goddess Dancers of Cambodia: Classical Khmer Ballet
The Royal Dancers of Cambodia, once one of the finest Asian troupes in the world, perform two works from their classical repertoire.... These dancers, all women, had just made a successful tour of the United States when this program was made. Soon thereafter the political upheavals in Cambodia virtually destroyed that country. These 'apsaras' or 'goddess dancers' were all either driven into exile or killed. Original American tour of 1971 arranged by Mel Howard and Ninon Tallon Karlweis. Produced and directed by Merrill Brockway. 27 min. Video/C 8169

Habits
Created in a direct cinema style, this film follows students, choreographers and ballet masters at the State School of Dance in Athens, through the arduous construction of a dancer. With the camera serving as an unobtrusive presence, the work gathers momentum as it reaches the climax of performance. The effort is to show every facet of the State School of Dance realistically, from the day to day grind in the classroom and rehearsal studio to the adrenaline-laced rigors of performance. 2005. Producer/director, Gerasimos Rigas. 83 min. Video/C MM486

Hassidut.
Music plays a central role in the daily life of the Hassidic community. Filmed within the Hassidic community, we are treated to beautiful Hassidic melodies as sung in prayer, at celebrations and at many other significant events in the day to day life of Hassidic Jews. Dist.: Ergo Media. 1994. 28 min. Video/C 5612

He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'.
Jacques d'Amboise, principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, teaches children dance during school hours in fourteen schools in the metropolitan area. Tells the story of the children's experiences, from auditions, through the teaching process, culminating in an event at Madison Square Garden in which 1,000 children participate and celebrities perform with them. Dist.: Direct Cinema. 1983. 48 min. Video/C 751

How Do I Look?
A documentary capturing the Harlem "Ball" traditions that originated in the 70's, an historically off shot from the Harlem "Drag Balls" from the 20's. Because of the loss of hundreds of members of the "Ball" community to the HIV epidemic, this film records an important aspect of the history and legacy of the event. Focuses primarily on the icon and legends Pepper Labeija, Willi Ninja, Tracy Africa, Kevin Omni and Octavia St. Laurent, who took their talents outside the "Ball" community successfully and opened many doors for their community. Produced and directed by Wolfgang Busch. c2006. 80 min. DVD 9282

In Heaven There is No Beer?
A film by Les Blank. Shows Polish-American polka musicians and polka dancers performing at festivals, dance halls, and small beer halls in the eastern and midwestern parts of the United States. Features the music of Eddie Blazoncyck and the Versatones, the Dick Pillar Orchestra, Renata and Girls, Girls, Girls, and the Mrozinski Brothers. Dist.: Flower Films. c1984. 51 min. DVD 4970; vhs Video/C 2111

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Irish Dance: See It! Feel It! Love It!
Irish choreographers and dance instructors discuss the origins and history of Irish folk dancing and its current popularity around the world with commentary on Riverdance. Includes demonstrations of types of Irish dancing, dance competitions and winners of competitions, dance costumes and construction of dance shoes, dance music and traditions with dances demonstrated by members of various dance schools in England, Ireland, the United States, and Australia. 1997. 55 min. Video/C 5718

J'ai Ete au Bal (I Went to the Dance).
A film by Les Blank. Looks at the Cajun-zydeco countryside, its people and their dance halls blended with wonderful performances of the music and the recollections of its musicians. Features historical sequences about Joe Falcon, Amede Ardoin, Iry LeJeune, Harry Choates and others. Dist.: Flower Films. c1989. 84 min. DVD 3455; also VHS Video/C 1829

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Brassieur, C. Ray. "J'ai Ete au Bal (I Went to the Dance): The Cajun and Zydeco Music of Louisiana." (movie reviews) Ethnomusicology v37, n1 (Wntr, 1993):149 (3 pages).
Lindahl, Carl. "J'ai Ete au Bal (I Went to the Dance): The Cajun and Zydeco Music of Louisiana." (movie reviews) Journal of American Folklore v106, n422 (Fall, 1993):484 (58 pages).
Whitehead, Kevin. "J'ai Ete au Bal." (video recording reviews) Down Beat v58, n4 (April, 1991):61.

Jazz Tap Ensemble U. S. A.
Contents: Jordu -- Spoon River -- Ice breaker boggie -- Kickin' it -- After hours -- Playin' for keeps -- Tone poem -- Jam with Honi. The Jazz Tap Ensemble perform eight contemporary pieces of original choreography, integrating spoons, wood blocks, harmonica, body music and other instruments. 1998. 35 min. Video/C 6674

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance: The Americas, Volume 1: Canada and the United States
Contents: v. 1. Canada and the United States (Canada:Francophone traditions; Canada: Native and Anglophonetraditions; USA: African American Secular traditions) (59:18)-- v. 2. The United States: European traditions in the NewWorld (58:46) -- v. 3. The United States: Sacred traditions (43:02) -- v. 4. The Caribbean (58:40)-- v. 5. Central andSouth America: Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala,Guyana) (53:46) -- v. 6. Central and South America: Mexico,Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela (55:03). Video/C 4497

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance: The Americas, Volume 2: European traditions in the New World. European traditions in the New World.
Contents: Pop goes the weasel -- The lakes of Champlain -- OldSmokey -- John Brown's dream -- Chicken reel -- Square, hook &broom dances -- The wind that shakes the Barley (and others)-- Old grey mule -- Alabama jubilee -- Daybreak blues --Pickin' girl -- John Henry -- Cincinnati rag -- Black waters-- Marlboro cowboy -- The Jew in Jerusalem -- Kilakila 'o Eke-- Oh Madeleine -- J'ete au bal (I went to the ball) -- ChereBassette -- Think of me once a day -- Fandango -- Polka &conjunto -- Voy a sacarme la espina (I'm gonna take the thornout of me) -- Soft rain -- Salsa. Video/C 4498

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance: The Americas, Volume 3: Sacred Traditions
Contents: African American sacred traditions: Take me to thewater/Glory, glory Hallelujah ; You got to move ; Rock-a-way ;Lay my burden down ; My mother's gone ; I belong to that unionband ; Roll Jordan roll ; Precious Lord ; My God called methis morning ; Jesus is all the world to me ; Can't nobody dome like Jesus ; European & other sacred traditions: Holo maipele mai Kahikina -- We are gathering at the river/God's notdead ; Beautiful hills of Galilee ; Lord, give me one more day; Mansion over a hilltop ; I'm working on a building. Video/C 4499

Laban for Actors: The 8 Effort Aactions
Presentation of a workshop for actors in the use of part of Rudolf von Laban's system on movement to add variety and clarity to their physical work. c1997. 32 min. Video/C 8203

Leicester International Dance Festival, 1991
Edited footage from Opera sportif, a ballet performed at the 2nd Leicester International Dance Festival on Apr. 5-6, 1991, Leicester, England. Performed on a gym floor before an audience. Features a sports motif. Besides the female dancers, the cast includes volunteer athletes from the community in their sports' uniforms, with choreography incorporating movements of their sports. With voice-over narration. Accompanies the Leicester International Dance Festival issue of Choreography and dance, vol. 3, pt. 1. 20 min. Video/C 8880

Lemonade Suite.
Interpretation of several works by the poet using two other forms of expression, music and dance, to bring the word to life. 1982. 25 min. Video/C 533

A Life Apart: Hasidism in America
A life apart relates the story of the creation of the Hasidic post-Holocaust communities in the United States with particular emphasis on New York City. Seven years in the making, this extraordinarily intimate film takes the viewer into the depths of the Hasidim's joyous, sometimes harsh, and often beautiful world. From mystical tales to mesmerizing music, Rebbes to Holocaust survivors, it reveals an insular world few outsiders have seen. A film by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky. 1997. 95 min. Video/C 6020

Lord of the Dance
Performer: Performers: Michael Flatley, Bernadette Flynn, Daire Nolan, Gillian Norris, Helen Egan, Anne Buckley; Lord of the Dance Orchestra ; conductor and orchestrator, Anne Dudley; the Lord of the Dance Troupe.

Michael Flatley takes to the stage in a stunning Celtic dance spectacular which re-tells Irish folk legend in a dazzling and updated style. 1997. 93 min. Video/C 9365

The Magic of Dance
Dame Margot Fonteyn offers a look at the world of ballet. In Pt.1. Fonteyn explores dance from the dominance of the ballerina in the 1930's to theemergence of the great male dancers of the 1960's and the 1970's. Pt.2. explores the movement of dance across national frontiers from Italian and French dancers going to Russia in the 19th century to the coming of the Ballets Russes to Western Europe. Pt.3. looks at some of the pioneers in dance and choreography who have experimented with new styles and new forms. Pt.4. traces the Romantic ballet from the first ballerinas to dance on their toes through new dance styles to the revival of the romantic age early in the 20th century. In Pt.5 Fonteyn traces the ballet from its beginnings as courtly dance in the court of Louis XIV to the worldwide phenomenon of ballet today. In Pt.6 Fonteyn explores the dancer's life: the rigors of ballet class, the rehearsals, the preparation, the performance. Includes a complete performance of "Marguerite and Armand" performed by Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. 1980. 3/4 in. 6 videocassettes, 312 min. Video/C 391

Medicine Fiddle.
Film explores fiddling and step dancing representative of the mixed Native American and European culture which spread westward across Canada and northern United States with the French fur traders. Features interviews with fiddlers and dancers who share their recollections and discuss their art. Includes historical footage and fiddling and dancing performances. Produced and directed by Michael Loukinen. c1991. 81 min. Video/C MM725

Mirror Dance (La danza del espejo)
Tells the story of Margarita and Ramona de Saá. Born identical twins, the sisters grew up to become acclaimed ballerinas with the National Ballet of Cuba. Once inserparable, their relationship deteriorated as one sister left for America while the other embraced the Cuban Revolution. Mirror Dance is the story of two women forever linked by birth and dance but struggling to overcome a deep rift between sisters and nations alike. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Directed by Frances McElroy & María Teresa Rodríguez. 2005. 54 min. Video/C MM1277

Monkey Dance.
Film presents the lives of three Cambodian-American teenagers who come of age in the United States while holding on to some aspects of their Cambodian culture such as Cambodian dance. Directed, shot, and edited by Julie Mallozzi. 2004. 64 min. DVD 4260

New Dance.
9 person precision ball passing / choreographed by Charles Moulton, performed by Mia Babalis, Peggy Baker, Kathy Casey...[et al.] (8 min.) -- Michael Moschen solos / performed by Michael Moschen (16 min.) -- Towards a minimal choreography / choreographed by Michael Moschen, performed by Michael Schwartz (1 min.). Three choreographies: the first is 5 men and 4 women passing yellow balls to eachother; the second is a man doing hand tricks with glass balls, glass sticks, fire; the third shows a man rollerskating in different directions. Performers: Mia Babalis, Peggy Baker, Kathy Casey, Michael Moschen, michael Schwartz. c1986. 25 min. Video/C 4687</p>

Palm Play: a Choreometric Teaching Film
Demonstrates palm presentation patterns used by dancers throughout the world and discusses the distribution of these patterns in various geographic regions as well as the correlation with subsistence cultures. Originally produced in 1977 by the Choreometrics Project, located at the Dept. of Anthropology and the Bureau of Applied Social Research at Columbia University. Directed by Alan Lomax and Forrestine Paulay. 29 min. Video/C MM895

Panorama: A Multimedia Happening
Directed by Lisa Wymore of UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS), Panorama, will use large– and small–scale projections juxtaposed with live dance, robotic cameras and tele-immersion and audio technologies to draw audience members to participate in the performance at any time. The event is inspired by Nine Evenings: Theater & Engineering, seminal 1966 performance pieces instigated by artist Robert Rauschenberg and featuring such artistic and technological luminaries as John Cage, Yvonne Rainer, Frank Stella, Steve Paxton, Deborah Hay and Meredith Monk, among others. Panorama brings together more than 60 students, artists and scientists from UC Berkeley and other universities. The event honors the pioneering explorations at the heart of the Cunningham–Cage–Rauschenberg legacy. DVD X696
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Paris is Burning.
Story of the young men of Harlem who originated "voguing" and turned these stylized dance competitions into glittering expressions of fierce personal pride. A story of street-wise urban survival, gay self-affirmation, and the pursuit of a desperate dream. c1992. 76 min. DVD 4430; also VHS Video/C 3211

Performance: The Living Art.
Documentary on the performance art movement through interviews with artists such as Meredith Monk, Joan Jonas, Spaulding Gray, Robert Wilson, Linda Montano, Michael Smith, Ping Chong and others. Art critics and theorists also discuss the past, present and future of performance art. c1988. 58 min. Video/C 3471

The Pleasures of the Dance
World premiere of a dance/theater work set in 18th-century Paris, depicting Madame Montaigue as she writes to her sister about a gathering in a salon, a lesson with a dancing master, Italian actors at a fair, and a benefit for dancers at the Opera, starring Marie Salle -- occasions for social, popular, and theatrical dances. Work specially commissioned by the Jarvis Conservatory ; reconstructor, Carlos Fittante ; set, Jocelyn Gibson ; costumes, Marie Anne Chiment and Marilyn Skow ; costume for Peasant-in-a-basket made by Jane Stein ; lighting, Lawrence Bluhm. Performed by members of New York Baroque Dance Company and others. Cast: Deda Cristina Colonna (Madame Montaigue) and Catherine Turocy (Marie Salle and other roles), Keith Michael, Carlos Fittante, Rebecca Salzer, John Butterfield, Rai Anne Ivey, Jason Britton, Nicole Lee, Misa Tsuruta, Letizia Dradi, Rachel List, Karen Woods. Music played by Concert Royal: James Richman (harpsichord), Sandra Miller (flute), Cynthia Roberts (violin), Alyssa Pava (cello). The work was produced as the culmination of a Baroque Ballet Festival held at Jarvis Conservatory in 1995. Recorded in performance at the theater of the Jarvis Conservatory, Napa, California, on August 11 and 12, 1995. 29 min. Video/C MM1067

Positive Motion
Documentary about a dance group in San Francisco, where all of the members are men with AIDS or HIV. This video is a collage of seven months of the group's workshops, and a performance of a work entitled "Carry me home." c1991. 37 min. Video/C MM788

Procession: Contemporary Directions in American Dance.
In 1959, Anna Halprin, a pioneer in the field of dance, founded the Dancers' Workshop, dedicated to performances that wed individual process, group interactions, and diverse value systems and skills. In the sixties she sought to extend the dancers' experience to include audience participation. This film presents an interview with Anna Halprin and excerpts from performances by members of the Dancers' Workshop. Anna Halprin, John L. Graham, Charles Ross, A.A. Leath, Jr., Daria Halprin, Rana Halprin, Lucy Lewis. 1967. 21 min. Video/C MM746

Retracing Steps: American Dance Since Postmodernism
Stephen Petronio, Wendy Perron, Johanna Boyce, Jim Self, Bill T. Jones, Arnie Zane, Melissa Fenley, Diane Martel, Blondell Cummings. Explores avant-garde dance in the 1980's through interviews with young choreographers and excerpts from dance performances. 1988. 88 min. Video/C 2985

Rhythm Is It
The film accompanies three teenage protagonists in Berlin during the three-month rehearsals for a dance performance, choreographed by Royston Maldoom and accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker. There is Marie, who is still desperately trying to pass her secondary school leaving exams; Olayinka, who has recently arrived in Germany as a war-orphan from Nigeria; and Martin, who is battling to overcome his inhibitions. A sensitive and moving testimony to the power of dance and the raw talent of young people. A film by Thomas Grube, Enrique Sanchez Lansch 2004. 100 min. DVD 9133

The Romantic Era.
Robert the Devil. Pas de deux -- La Perri. Selection --Natalie, the Swiss milkmaid. Pas de deux -- Esmerelda. Selection -- Le Grand pas de quatre / choreographed by Sir Antonin Dolin and based on Jules Perrot's staging. Four ballerinas in performances and conversationsillustrating the romantic style as evident in the ballet. Filmed live at the 8th International Cervantino Festival, Teatro Juarez in Mexico. 1980. 89 min. Video/C 1153

Salsa in Japan: a Japanese and Latino Mix /
Explores the growing subculture of salsa dancing in Japan, where salsa dancing and salsa clubs serve as a source of interaction and cultural mingling between Japanese and Latino immigrants to Japan. Briefly recounts the history of salsa and examines the connections between Latin America and Japan through interviews with people involved in the salsa world. c2002. 25 min. Video/C 9745

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Shaping Today with Yesterday: Morris Dancers (Eye on Dance; 158)
Contents: Demonstration dances: Sword dance -- Double jig --Morris dance. Host: Celia Ipiotis; interviewees: Sarah Henry and John Dexter. Discussion on Morris dance and demonstrations of various Morris dances and ancient ritual English dances. c1985. 29 min. Video/C 4014

Social Dancing: In the Baroque Era (Eye on Dance; 149)
Contents: Demonstration dances: "La Britannica" (New York Baroque Dance Co.) -- Minuet (N.Y. Baroque Dance Co.) -- Minuet (Gina Bonati, Christopher Battenhorst, Julliard School) -- Class instruction in stage dance -- Esoterica Balletica: Dance masks of Bali and Czechoslovakia (Eileen Pinder, 5 min.) Performers: Host: Celia Ipiotis; interviewees: Wendy Hilton and Regine Astier. Discussion of the formative years of social dance in the Baroque period. Includes demonstration dances in 16th to 18th century costume. Concludes with unrelated piece on dance masks of Bali and Czechoslovakia. c1985. 29 min. Video/C 4021

Speaking of Dance.
Part 2 of this series of conversations with contemporary masters of American modern dance profiles Anna Sokolow. 45 min. Video/C 3153 , and part 3 interviews Donald McKayle. 1992. 60 min. Video/C 3154.

Sprout Wings and Fly.
A film by Les Blank. Profiles old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell, his music, friends, and family in rural North Carolina. Dist.: Flower Films. 1983. 30 min. DVD 4969; vhs Video/C 1828

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Step Style / Choreometrics
Demonstrates dance step styles used throughout the world and discusses the distribution of these styles in various geographic regions, as well as the correlation that exists between patterns of movement and patterns of culture. Originally produced in 1977 by The Choreometrics Project, located at the Dept. of Anthropology and the Bureau of Applied Social Research at Columbia University. 30 min. Video/C MM713

Stomp Out Loud
Using ordinary objects to make extraordinary sounds, the percussion group Stomp presents a unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. Featuring newly choreographed performances from the stage show along with all-new stage and street work, they produce spectacular rhythms out of everyday objects. Also includes brief interviews with the performers about their views on the nature of their presentation. Special features include: Interactive menus, chapter selections, cast & crew bios, audio selections, and the "Making of Stomp out Loud." c1997. 50 min. DVD 686; also on VHS Video/C 9378

Talking Feet: Solo Southern Dance, Buck, Flatfoot and Tap.
Documentary filmed in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina featuring flatfoot, buck, hoedown and rural tap dancing, the styles of solo Southern dancing which are companions to oldtime music and on which modern clog dancing is based. Produced by Mike Seeger with Ruth Pershing. Dist.: Flower Films. c1987. 90 min. Video/C 3562

Das Triadische Ballett: Ein Film in Drei Teilen.
Presents Oskar Schlemmer's famous work with his imaginative and artistic costumes; "The Triadic Ballet", dance of the trinity. Silent with musical accompaniment. Videocassette release of a film originally produced in 1970. 30 min. Video/C 5171

Underground Dance Masters: History of a Forgotten Era
Examines the origins of the urban dance moves Locking and Popping and establishes a definitive timeline for their development. Featuring Thomas "T-Bopper" Guzman-Sanchez, Paul "Cool Pockets" Guzman-Sanchez, Bob "Bosco" Winters, Don "Campbellock" Campbell, "Boogaloo Sam" Solomon, Timothy "Pop'in Pete" Solomon, and Kenny Ortega. Directed by Thomas Guzman-Sanchez. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 1996. 115 min. Video/C MM1249

Unseen Cinema 7: Early American Avant-garde Film, 1894-1941: Viva la Dance: The Beginnings of Cine-dance.
Reveals hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers from the invention of cinema until World War II. Disc 7: "Dance and film have shared the aspiration to creatively sculpt motion and time.". Contents: 7 Annabelle dances and dances (1894-1897) / W.K.L. Dickson, William Heise & James White -- "Early superimpositions" / Frederick S. Armitage -- Davy Jones' locker (1900) / Frederick Armitage -- Neptune's daughters (1900) / Frederick Armitage -- A nymph of the waves (1900) / Frederick Armitage -- Diana the huntress (1916) / Charles Allen & Francis Trevelyan Miller (excerpt) -- The soul of the cypress (1920) / Dudley Murphy -- Looney lens: Pas de deux (1924) / Al Brick -- Hande : Das Leben und die Liebe eines Zartlichen Geschlechts (Hands: the life and loves of the gentler sex) (1928) / Stella Simon & Miklos Bandy -- Mechanical principles (1930) / Ralph Steiner -- Tilly Losch in her dance of the hands (c. 1930-33) / Norman Bel Geddes -- 2 Sergei Eisenstein's Mexican footage (1931) / Sergei Eisenstein (excerpts) -- Oramunde (1933) / Emlen Etting -- Hands (1934) / Ralph Steiner & Willard Van Dyke -- Joie de vivre / Anthony Gross & Hector Hoppin -- Wonder bar: "Don't say goodnight" (1934) / Busby Berkeley (excerpt) -- Dada (1936) / Mary Ellen Bute & Ted Nemeth -- Escape (1938) / Mary Ellen Bute & Ted Nemeth -- An Optical poem (1938) / Oskar Fischinger -- Abstract experiment in Kodachrome (c. 1940s) / Slavko. Vorpapich -- NBC valentine greeting (1939-40) / Norman McLaren -- Stars and Stripes (1940) / Norman McLaren -- Tarantella (1940) / Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth & Norman McLaren -- Spook sport (1940) / Mary Ellen Bute, Ted Nemeth & Norman McLaren -- Danse macabre (1922) / Dudley Murphy & Francis Brugiere -- Peer Gynt (1941) / David Bradley, starring Charlton Heston (excerpt) -- Opening titles -- Pagan dance -- Introspection (1941/46) / Sara Kathryn Arledge. DVD 4671

Vaudeville.
Explores the history of vaudeville through interviews with vaudevillians and footage of over 80 vaudeville performances. Examines vaudeville as entertainment for and by newly arrived American immigrants, its racial and ethnic stereotyped humor, the advent of burlesque and minstrel shows concluding with an examination of the influence of vaudeville on contemporary media. Featuring George Burns & Gracie Allen, Bob Hope, James Cagney, Bert Williams, Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields, Bert Lahr, Weber & Fields, Joe Doris, Babe Ruth, Joe Frisco, Al Jolson, Eddie Peabody, Nicholas Brothers, Fuzzy Knight, Jimmy Durante, Fanny Brice, Carson Robinson, Duncan Sisters, Moms Mabley, Ethel Waters, Rudy Vallee, Ruth Etting, Jack Benny, Ginger Rogers, Thelma White. With commentary by: Studs Turkel, Gerald Marks, Eddie Lane, John Lahr, Bill Irwin, Morey Amsterdam, Fayard Nicholas, Joey Faye, Rose Marie, June Havoc, Billy Barty, Violet Carlson, Leonard Reed, Arthur Tracy, June Taylor, Bobby Coltman, Iron Eyes Cody, Jack Spoons, Bobby Short, Sally DeMay, Al Hirschfeld, Jack LaMaire, Morton Gould, Harold Nicholas, Mel Watkins, Robert Townsend, Carl Ballantine. 1997. 112 min. DVD 5566; vhs Video/C 6884

Video Dance
A collection of three modern dances created specifically for the camera. Each work features director Rosenberg's lyrical camera work and suspends the choreography within an elegant frame. The dances for the camera featured here include works by internationally respected choreographers and peformers: Wind, one of the "environmental trilogy" with Japanese/American modern dancers Eiko and Koma, with Shin Otake; Bardo (In Extremis) with the uniquely creative modern dancer Molissa Fenley; and My Grandfather Dances with renowned choreographer/dancer Anna Halprin. Directed by Douglas Rosenberg. [1998?] 30 min. Video/C 8204

The Visual Urge: Scenic Innovations (Eye on Dance; 220)
Contents: Demonstration dances: Excerpts from a dance by Loie Fuller -- Dance by Annabella Morge using Fuller dance techniques. -- Esoterica balletica: Humorous piece concerning Isadora Duncan and Loie Fuller (2 min.) Performers: Host: Celia Ipiotis; interviewees: Sally Sommer and Michael Kirby. Discussion of the visionary concepts, scenic and lighting innovations and costumes created by modern dance pioneer, Loie Fuller, and the Futurists art movement. Dist.: Eye on Dance. c1987. 29 min. Video/C 4025

Ziveli: Medicine for the Heart.
A film by Les Blank. A look at the culture and music of the Serbian American communities of Chicago and California, focusing on the cultural strengths of these immigrants who helped form the backbone of industrial America. Dist.: Flower Films. c1987. 51 min. DVD 4967; vhs Video/C 3554

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Forry, Mark E. "Ziveli: Medicine for the Heart." (movie reviews) Ethnomusicology v33, n2 (Spring-Summer, 1989):365 (3 pages).
Patterson, G. James. "Ziveli: Medicine for the Heart." (movie reviews) American Anthropologist v90, n2 (June, 1988):485 (2 pages).

Native American Dance

The American Indian Dance Theatre: Finding the Circle.
Presentation of various American Indian dances performed with Native American drums and music accompaniment. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 1865

Ceremonial Music of San Juan Pueblo: Butterfly and Turtle Dances.
A discussion with Cipriano Garcia (Pueblo), Peter Garcia (Pueblo) and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee). Composers Cipriano and Peter Garcia discuss cultural traditions of San Juan Pueblo and demonstrate the butterfly and turtle dances. c1978. 57 min. Video/C 6206

Ceremonial Music of San Juan Pueblo: Eagle, Buffalo, Evening, Cloud, and Deer Dance
A discussion with Cipriano Garcia (Pueblo), Peter Garcia (Pueblo) and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee) concerning the ceremonial dances of the San Juan Pueblo with demonstations of the eagle, buffalo, evening, cloud and deer dances. c1978. 57 min. Video/C 6207

Dances of the Kwakiutl.
Dances of the Kwakiutl is composed of fragments filmed in 1950 in Fort Rupert, British Columbia. They were made during a performance by those still familiar with the tradition of Hamatsa or cannibal dancing. This type of dance was brought to impressive artistic heights by the Kwakiutl people of the Northwest coast. A film by Robert Gardner. 1951. 9 min. DVD 5517

Dancing in One World
This program was made with dancers from the Pacific Rim Area including the United States (Afro-Americans, American Indians, and Hawaiians), Polynesia, Australia, and Indonesia. These dancers also took part in the Los Angeles Festival. Includes archival film footage. c1993. Video/C 2921

Dancing To Give Thanks.
The traditions and family customs of the Omaha Indian Tribe are celebrated in this program that takes a look at the tribe's 184th annual powwow. The program examines the origins of this ceremonial celebration held during the first full moon of August, and includes numerous interviews and examples of traditional and fancy dancing performed in traditional regalia. 1988. 30 min. Video/C 5308

Into the Circle.
An Introduction to Oklahoma powwows and celebrations. Oklahoma, the original Indian Territory, is still home to more Native Americans and more tribes than any other state. It's an ideal location to see the widest array of dancers, singers and regalia. Slow motion sequences of national champions show the grace, power and intricate steps of dance styles. 1992. 58 min. DVD 6158; vhs Video/C 3059

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. the Americas I, North American Indians
Contents: Drum dance -- Drum dance/women's drum dance/song duel -- Drum dance (two varieties) and taliun (women's sitting dance) -- Drum dance -- Haida totem pole ceremony and potlatch -- Songs and dances of the Kwakiutl -- "Chief Joseph memorial song" -- Ceremonial song -- Song for beginning a pow-wow -- Ceremonial song -- War dance -- Soup dance song -- Hoop dance -- "Owl song" and "Coyote song" -- War dance -- Rabbit dance -- Song of Chief Joseph -- Song sung by Yakima women -- War dance -- Song for beginning a pow-wow -- War dance -- Rabbit dance -- Hoop dance -- War dance. 1990. Video/C 3540

Medicine Fiddle.
Film explores fiddling and step dancing representative of the mixed Native American and European culture which spread westward across Canada and northern United States with the French fur traders. Features interviews with fiddlers and dancers who share their recollections and discuss their art. Includes historical footage and fiddling and dancing performances. c1991. 81 min. Video/C MM725

Music of the Sacred Fire: The Stomp Dance of the Oklahoma Cherokee.
A discussion with Willie Jumper (Cherokee), Archie Sam (Cherokee/Creek) and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee) of the religious symbolism underlying Cherokee ceremonies. Includes a performance of various types of stomp dances. 1978. 56 min. Video/C 6204

Navajo Traditional Music: Squaw Dance and Ribbon Dance.
A discussion with Sam Yazzie (Navajo), Sam Yazzie Jr. (Navajo) and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee). Features a demonstration of the traditional Navajo squaw and ribbon dances. 1978. 60 min. Video/C 6203

Sam Yazzie, Navaho Singer.
A discussion with Sam Yazzie (Navajo) and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee). Yazzie talks about his life and demonstrates traditional Navajo dance music, including the squaw dance. 1991. 61 min. Video/C 6302

Song Journey.
A video journal of a trip through the powwow circuit in the United States and Canada in 1993. Looks at how women from a variety of tribes in North America participate in powwows and at how these women view their role in the music, dance, and costume associated with the powwow, in particular, the use of women as drummer/singers and dancers.c1994. 57 min. Video/C 4207

Traditional Music of Native Northwest California: Brush Dance, Feather Dance and Gambling Songs.
a discussion with Loren Brommelyn (Tolowa), Aileen Figueroa (Yurok), Joy Sundberg (Yurok), and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee) featuring an explanation and performance of various types of ceremonial music. 1978. 61 min. Video/C 6201

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The American Dance Festival's Dancing in the Light: Six Dances by African-American Choreographers
A modern dance television program showcasing 6 historic dance compositions by African American choreographers. All of the dances were originally recorded for the Emmy Award-winning series Free to Dance, a three-hour television documentary. Features six dances in their entirety or in the case of one work, a complete section. Ostrich (Awassa astrige) / Asadata Dafora (1932) -- Barrelhouse blues (excerpt) / Katherine Dunham (1943) -- Strange fruit / Pearl Primus (1943) -- Mourner's bench /Talley Beatty (1947) -- Rainbow 'round my shoulder / Donald Mc Kayle (1959) -- D-Man in the waters, section 1 / Bill T. Jones (1989). Originally aired on PBS in 2001 as part of the Great Performances series. 57 min. DVD 8081

Bessie Smith and Friends.
Miscellaneous musical shorts, including the Nicholas Brothers, Eubie Blake, Teddy Wilson, and others. 39 min. Video/C 1990

The Best of Jazz & Blues
Musical shorts originally produced by Paramount Pictures Rhapsody in black and blue / Louis Armstrong (1932) -- Bundle of blues / Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson (1933) -- Hi-de-ho / Cab Calloway (1933) -- Ain't misbehavin' / Fats Waller (1941) -- Symphony in black / Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday (1935) -- Jitterbug party / Cab Calloway (1934) -- St. Louis Blues / Bessie Smith (1929) -- Hoagy Carmichael / Jack Teagarden (1939) -- Ol' king cotton / George Dewey Washington (1930) -- Black and tan fantasy / Duke Ellington, Fredi Washington, Arthur Whetsol (1929) -- Those blues / Vincent Lopez (1932) -- Jazz a la Cuba / Don Aspizau (1933). Musicals shorts made between 1929 and 1941, originally produced to merely fill out the film program, have in many cases acquired more value than the features they once supported. Filmed at the Paramount Studios in Astoria, Queens, these twelve shorts offer unparalleled opportunities to see and hear early great jazz and blues artists in action. 123 min. DVD 543

Black Choreographers' Social Comment in their Work (Eye on Dance; 119).
Demonstration dances: Excerpts from "Hot time, a minstrel collage" (D. Byrd) -- "Roots" (Doame Jarveu) -- Esoterica balletica: Commentary on "The Unsung" (Daniel Lewis, 4 min.). Discussion on how the social and political black experience in the United States is reflected in dance. Concludes with a commentary on the dance "The Unsung" created by Jose Limon as a tribute to the American Indian. c1984. 29 min. Video/C 4023

Born For Hard Luck.
A biographical study of Arthur Jackson, known as Peg Leg Sam, a Black street corner musician, telling of his days as a hobo and performer with patent medicine shows in the South. 30 min. Video/C 890

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Breakin' In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer.
Goes behind the scenes to find the truth behind the highly sexualized images of young black women shaking their assets in hip hop music videos. Follows three young women as they compete for roles in hip hop music videos. Through their eyes we see how this world has impacted their personal values, their career ambitions and their concepts of beauty and self-image. Written and directed by Elizabeth St. Philip. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2005. 71 min. DVD 6687

Buckdancer
Recorded on the Sea Island of Georgia, Black musicians dance on a front porth accompanied by voices, clapping, and broomstick. A craftsman shows how he made his fife and how he plays it. Produced by Bess Lomax Hawes. 1980. 6 min. Video/C MM804

Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, 1935-1947
1. Cab Calloway's jitterbug party (1935) -- 2. Manhattan merry-go-round (1937) -- 3. Blues in the night (1942) -- 4. Minnie the Moocher (1942) -- 5. Virginia, Georgia & Caroline (1942) -- 6. The Skunk song (1942) -- 7. Hi-de-ho (1947) -- 8. Little old lady from Baltimore (1947) -- 9. St. James infirmary (1947). Doc Cheatham, Chu Berry, Milt Hinton, Cozy Cole, Jonah Jones, Tyree Glenn and the Cabaliers, The Peters Sisters. 30 min. Video/C 1989

The Call of the Jitterbug
Documentary on the jitterbug and lindy hop, a dance craze that swept the nation beginning in Harlem in the 1930s. Delilah Jackson, Mama Lu Parks, George Lloyd, Sugar Sullivan-Niles, Frank Manning, Sandra Gibson, and musicians Bill Dillard and Dizzy Gillespie also reminisce about dancing at the Savoy Ballroom and other popular clubs, which are seen in historical film footage. Parks and Manning are shown teaching the dance, which continues to be performed in clubs and on stage. c1988. 35 min. DVD X7094; Video/C 8308

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Changing Trends in Dance: Black Choreographers (Eye on Dance; 260).
Performances: Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble (2 dances) -- "Mythosaur" (G. Solomon) --"Aspen Grove" (G. Solomon). Two black choreographer/dancers discuss the black expression of dance which encompasses ethnically filtered movements as well as post-modern themes. Includes four demonstration dances. c1988. 30 min. Video/C 4015

Creole Giselle.
Dance Theatre of Harlem. DTH founder Arthur mitchell has set the ballet in 1841 Louisiana. c1988. 88 min. Video/C 3269

Dance Black America.
Documents a four-day festival of dancers and dance companies held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.Celebrates the evolution of black dance from the sly parody of plantation quadrilles known at the Cakewalk to the contemporary sophistication of the Alvin Ailey.Narrated by Geoffrey Holder.

Contents: The ostrich (1932) / Charles Moore Dance Theatre -- Shango (1945) / Charles Moore Dance Theatre -- Junkie (1965) / Eleo Pomare -- From before (1978) / Garth Fagan's Bucket Dance Company -- Lenjen-Go/Mandiani / Chuck Davis Dance Company -- Juba (1845-65) / Leon Jackson, Halifu Osumare -- The cakewalk (1900?) / Leon Jackson, Halifu Osumare -- Snakehips (1920?) /Al Perryman -- Lindy hop / Mama Lu Parks' Jazz Dancers -- Tap dance / Chuck Green ; music, Duke Ellington -- Break dancing / The Magnificent Force -- Double Dutch jump rope / The Jazzy Double Dutch Jumpers -- Fontessa and friends / Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.1990. 88 min.DVD X6848; Video/C 2018

Dance on the Wind: Memoirs of a Mississippi Shaman
Performer, street and stage dancer Eno Washington tells and dances the story of how he discovered the West African roots of African-American dance.Included are details of how he learned to dance, the black dance traditions with which he grew up, his visits to West Africa and the connections he subsequently made among dances whose movements reappear under different names with each generation. Features many performances, current and historical.1992.27 min. Video/C 5562

Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Fall River legend / Agnes de Mille -- Troy game / Robert North -- The Beloved / Lestr Horton -- John Henry / Arthur Mitchell.

Dazzling performances by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, America's first outstanding classical ballet company of black dancers. In this special studio production, members of the Theatre perform a selection of its mostpopular works. The pieces are introduced by correographer Robert North and the founder of the Theatre, Arthur Mitchell. 120 min. DVD 407; also on VHS Video/C2019

Dancing in One World
This program was made with dancers from the Pacific Rim Area including the United States (Afro-Americans, American Indians, and Hawaiians), Polynesia, Australia, and Indonesia. These dancers also took part in the Los Angeles Festival. Includes archival film footage. c1993. Video/C 2921

The Dancing Man: Peg Leg Bates
Documentary on the life and work of tap dancer Peg Leg Bates, much of it told in his own words. Profusely illustrated with archival footage, including many scenes of Bates dancing at different times of his life on stage, in films, and on television. Bates' performing career is complemented by his work as the owner and operator of a resort in the Catskills, which welcomed blacks in the years before integration. Commentary by his contemporaries offer insights into the difficulties faced by early black performers, as they critique Bates' dancing and the impact of his success as a black performer and resort owner. c1992. 58 min. Video/C 8168

Dancing the Big Apple
It's 1937, and the nation is struggling to recover from the Great Depression, complicated by a new recession. Three white teenagers enter an African-American nightclub called the Big Apple in Columbia, South Carolina. They see a strange circle dance performed to popular swing music.... So begins an exciting encounter of cultural traditions the builds to a massive dance craze involving Americans from every walk of life - including the FDR family in the White House. Viewers take a journey back to Africa, through slavery, and into the fascinating account of the Ring Shout ceremony practiced by African-Americans - sometimes secretly, sometimes openly - for hundreds of years. With taproots deep in history, The Big Apple dance provided just the right medicine in trying times. A film by Judy Pritchett. 2009. 39 min. DVD X2681

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, 1929-1941: Stars of the Cotton Club.
Featuring Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Fredi Washington, Billie Holiday, and Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. 33 min. Video/C 1987

Free to Dance
Produced and directed by Madison D. Lacy. Originally broadcast as an episode of Great performances on PBS in 2000. 57 min. each installment. DVD 9090

What Do You Dance The first segment in a 3-part series on the history of African American dance with emphasis on the role that African American choreographers and dancers have played in the development of modern Dance. Part one examines the early development of modern dance set against the background of the Harlem renaissance, racial segregation and the great depression. Featured dance companies include The African American Dance Ensemble, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Forces of Nature Dance Theater, Garth Fagan Dance and Urban Bush Women.

Steps of the gods The second segment in a 3-part series on the history of African American dance with emphasis on the role that African American choreographers and dancers have played in the development of modern dance. Part two examines the early history of Black dance that began when Katherine Dunham returned from the Caribbean Islands and taught her approach to movement that became known as the Dunham technique. By the early 1940s her company had become famous and launched the careers of Pearl Primus, Talley Beatty, Donald McKayle and Alvin Ailey. Featured dance companies include The African American Dance Ensemble, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Forces of Nature Dance Theater, Garth Fagan Dance and Urban Bush Women.

Go for What You Know The final segment in a 3-part series on the history of African American dance with emphasis on the role that African American choreographers and dancers have played in the development of modern dance. Part three examines the explosion of Black dance that happened from the 1960s through the 1980s and the choreography of Eleo Pomare, Bill T. Jones, Garth Fagan and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Featured dance companies include The African American Dance Ensemble, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Forces of Nature Dance Theater, Garth Fagan Dance and Urban Bush Women.

The Freshest Kids
Looks at the history and phenomenon of b-boys. Talks about the originators and the innovators, what the forces were that inspired break dancing and made it into the art form of today. Includes segments of many performances by a variety of performers & exclusive interviews with The Nigga Twins, Spy (the man with 1000 moves), Rock Steady Crew icons Crazy Legs and Ken Swift, The New York City Breakers, Fat Joe, Jurassic 5 along with hip-hop legends Kool D.J. Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, Mos Def, Redman and many more. Special features: highlight reel of breaking at its ultimate level; never-before-seen street performance footage; uncut b-boy battles; exclusive interviews; underground music videos; B-boy spotlights; photo gallery ; and more. 2002. 120 min. DVD 2148

The Harlem Renaissance: The Music & Rhythms That Started a Cultural Revolution
Featuring commentary from historians and the performers themselves, this program traces the roots of the music of the Harlem Renaissance, its social impact on society and its eventual acceptance in mainstream culture. Performances by Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, the Nicholas Brothers, Fats Waller, Bill Bojangles Robinson, Fletcher Henderson, the Mills Brothers, Sidney Bechet, Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Billy Eckstine. 2004. 75 min. DVD 3585

History and Concept of Hip-hop Dance
Explores this world-renowned style of dance first introduced to mainstream America in the early 1970's as Break-Dancing (or B-Boyin'), a dance movement expressed to Rap music. In the early 1980's, the focus of Hip-Hop dance moved to a variety of specific party dances. Dances like the Wop, Cabbage-Patch, Running-Man, and many others enabled a larger community of dancers to get in on the fun. The deeply rooted Hip-Hop dance style has now become a global marketing phenomenon. Despite its popularity, Hip Hop continues to struggle to find its definition. The film features expert opinions about the heritage of hip-hop dance from pioneers of B-Boy and party dancing, commercially successful choreographers, and the international new generational dancers and instructors. Contents: What is hip-hop dance -- The origins of hip-hop ; Debate -- Where did these words come from? Hip? Hop? -- Concept of hip-hop culture -- Four bounces of hip-hop. Deep bounce ; Boxer's bounce ; The march ; Step bounce -- The aesthetic of cool -- Classes? Workshops? Who is teaching hip-hop? -- The circle. Commentators: Adesola Osakalumi ; Marjorie Smarth ; Rennie Harris ; B-boy Trac2 ; Bobby "Mileage" Barnette ; Henry "Link" McMillion ; Joao Assuncao ; Anthony Kaye ; Vite ; Alessandra Bequadroa ; Hollow Dreamz ; Bradford Rahmlow ; Jessie Santos ; Shacon "ConWay" Casey ; James "Cricket" Colter ; Shawn Hedjepeth. 2009 43:30 min. DVD X2690

Honi Coles and Cholly Atkins: Over the Top with Bebop.
Master tap dancers Atkins and Coles demonstrate various tap dance steps and discuss the evolution and history of tap dancing with emphasis on the contributions of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and John Bubbles. Includes demonstrations of rhythm tap, soft shoe dancing, "wing", "over the top", and "trenches" tap. Videocassette release of a film originally shown on the CBS television show Camera Three. 199-?. 28 min. Video/C 5186

[Ken Burn's] Jazz.
Amid the hard times of the Depression new dances, the Lindy Hop and Swing, caught on at the dance halls of New York even as the jobless lined the streets and drought ruined Midwest farms. Jazz, during 1929 through 1935, lifted the nation's spirit. Record sales boomed while Armstrong became a major entertainer as singer, trumpeter, band leader, radio and film performer. Ellington's elegance, compositions, brilliant band films and recordings created a huge following in America and abroad. This segment also visits the careers of Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Billy Rose, Chick Webb, Fats Waller, Art Tatum and the record producer, John Hammond. 120 min. DVD 491 [for other installments of this series, see Musical Traditions of the World]

Jazz Tap Ensemble U. S. A.
The Jazz Tap Ensemble perform eight contemporary pieces of original choreography, integrating spoons, wood blocks, harmonica, body music and other instruments. Contents: Jordu -- Spoon River -- Ice breaker boggie -- Kickin' it -- After hours -- Playin' for keeps -- Tone poem -- Jam with Honi. 1998. 35 min. Video/C 6674

Jazzing It Up: Choreographed Lindy Hop. (Eye on Dance; 251)
Contents: Film excerpts from: Performance by Congoroos -- "House a-pop-in" (F. Manning) -- Solo Lindy Hop (Al Minns, Leon James). Host: Celia Ipiotis; interviewees: Frankie Manning and Robert Crease. Guests discuss the emergence of the choreographed Lindy Hop dance, particularly dances created by Herbert White and Frankie Manning. c1988. 29 min. Video/C 4026

Jeni LeGon: Living in a Great Big Way
Explores the fascinating life of the tap dancer, Jeni LeGon who overcame barriers to become the first Black woman to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio. She subsequently appeared in over a dozen films, yet despite her talent, there were many hard lessons to be learned in a segregated Hollywood. This film showcases the path that Jeni forged for herself and the gift of inspiration that she gave a generation of dance students. The film includes interviews with the tap dancer Fayard Nicholas and archival footage of the Nicholas Brothers, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Fats Waller, Paul Robeson and Cab Calloway. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1999. 49 min. Video/C 7464

American Library Assn. Video Round Table Notable Videos winner

Many Steps: The Origin and Evolution of African-American Collegiate Stepping /
Texas is rich in space and myth. In the 1920's, it had the greatest cultural diversity of any southern sate. Within its borders, black music was vital and had a particular style and sound all its own. These two artists profiled were two of the greatest Texas bluesmen to record. 2002. 28 min. Video/C 9421

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Masters of Tap.
Explores the world of tap dance as interpreted by three acknowledged masters: Honi Coles, Chuck Green and Will Gaines. c1983. 61 min. 85 min. Video/C 2178

Nicholas Brothers

"An all-colored vaudeville show", featuring Adelaide Hall and the Nicholas Brothers. Supplement on DVD 5066

Bessie Smith and Friends.

Miscellaneous musical shorts, including the Nicholas Brothers, Eubie Blake, Teddy Wilson, and others. 39 min. Video/C 1990

Jeni LeGon: Living in a Great Big Way The film includes interviews with the tap dancer Fayard Nicholas and archival footage of the Nicholas Brothers, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Fats Waller, Paul Robeson and Cab Calloway. Video/C 7464

Musical shorts featuring the Nicholas Brothers and "Hallelujah" co-star Nina Mae McKinney. DVD 4965

Small Steps, Big Strides This tribute celebrates African American silver screen legends. Video/C 8208

Stormy Weather(1943)DVD 4795

Vaudeville Includes clips of the Nicholas Brothers. DVD 5566; vhs Video/C 6884

No Maps on My Taps.
Veteran jazz tap dancing stars, including Bunny Briggs,Chuck Green, and Sandman Sims, reminisce about theirart and careers in documenting another disappearingart cultured in Black America. Includes scenes ofstreet corner challenge dancing and stills from the1930's of legendary figures from tap dancing's heyday. 1979. 58 min. DVD X6850; Video/C 2318

Croce, A. "No maps on my taps." The New Yorker v. 56 (April 28 1980) p. 133-6
"No maps on my taps." Dance Magazine v. 54 (June 1980) p. 48-9

Paris is Burning.
Story of the young men of Harlem who originated "voguing" and turned these stylized dance competitions into glittering expressions of fierce personal pride. A story of street-wise urban survival, gay self-affirmation, and the pursuit of a desperate dream. c1992. 76 min. DVD 4430; vhs Video/C 3211

Popular Culture in Dance: The World of Hip Hop (Eye on Dance; 128)
Demonstration dances: Excerpts from "Style wars" (R. Colon) -- "Wild style" (C. Ahearn) -- "Electric boogie" -- "Beat street" -- "Wild style". A discussion of break dancing, hip hop, rapping and electric boogie as a reflection of street culture. Includes interviews with performers/choreographers, examples of graffiti as a reflection of street culture and excerpts from performance videos. c1984. 29 min. Video/C 4024

Release Me O' Lord: Black Indian Mardi Gras
It's Mardi Gras morning in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Black Indian tribes are dancing and singing their way through neighborhood streets. The performace features elaborate costumes, dance and verbal battles as the Black Indian tribes of New Orleans perform dances, music and songs to symbolically triumph over oppression, as their Maroon ancestors actually did over the evil institution of slavery. Written and produced by Teri S. Massoth. 1999. 15 min. Video/C 8710

Rize
An intimate portrayal of inner city youth in Los Angeles who have created a dance movement they call Krumping that features aggressive and visually stunning moves indigenous to African tribal rituals and mind-blowing, athletic movement at impossible speeds. Surrounded by drug addiction, gangs and impoverishment, they use dance as an alternative to gangs and hustling; they form their own troupes and paint their faces like warriors, meeting to out perform rival gangs of dancers or just to hone their skills. For the dancers, Krumping becomes a way of life and a vital part of who they are. Directed by David LaChapelle. 2005. 87 min. DVD 4693

Gilbey, Ryan. "Rize." Sight & Sound v. ns15 no. 12 (December 2005) p. 72 UC users only
Morris, Wesley. "Absolutely Fabulous." Film Comment v. 41 no. 3 (May/June 2005) p. 18-19
Phillips, Dougal. "Rize: David LaChapelle." Art and Australia v. 43 no. 2 (Summer 2005) p. 279

Small Steps, Big Strides
This tribute celebrates African American silver screen legends. Included are interviews and rare footage documenting the kinds of roles black actors were first given, the challenges these performers met, and the real behind-the-scenes story of their acceptance and triumphs in Hollywood. Includes special mention of Darryl Zanuck who was the first to open major roles to African American actors. Performers: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Nicholas Brothers, Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, James Earl Jones, Gregory Hines, Hatti McDaniel, Duke Ellington, Ink Spots, Sidney Poitier, Stepin' Fetchit, Harry Belafonte, Ethel Waters, Darryl Zanuck. c1997. 60 min. DVD X2961; Video/C 8208

Soul Train
For over thirty-five years, Soul train was a national institution, the premier U.S. television show for showcasing the latest names in the world of black music and popular dance. This series presents an amazing collection of performances from the Soul Train archives. SEE Musical Traditions of the World

The Spirit Moves: A History of Black Social Dance on Film, 1900-1986.
c2008.

Part 1, Jazz Dance From the Turn of the Century to 1950 Jazz dance from the turn of the century to 1950: "Filmed at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem in the 1950s, Part 1 features demonstrations of ragtime and jazz dances by well-known artists at the Savoy, including James Berry, Pepsi Bethel, Teddy Brown, Sandra Gibson, Leon James, Al Minns and Frankie Manning. Dances in Part 1 include the Cakewalk, Charleston, Black Bottom, Suzie Q, Shake Blues, Gutbucket Blues, Trunky Doo, Big Apple, and some aerial Lindy Hop. 45 min. DVD X1303

Part 2, Savoy Ballroom of Harlem, 1950s Focuses on the Savoy Ballroom of Harlem in the 1950s with footage of dancing by the general public... including Al Minns and Leon James. Dances include the Bebop, Lindy hop, Shim Sham, Charleston, and an aerial Lindy contest for the Harvest Moon Ball Championships. 30 min. DVD X1304

Part 3, Postwar Era Filmed at P.S. 28 (Brooklyn) and at the Palladium (New York), features dances from the 'Bebop Era'. Dances include the Flying Harlem Home Style, Bebop improvisations, the Mambo and an Applejack Challenge. Prominent dancers include Teddy Brown, Sugar Sullivan, Jack Asquiew, Leroy Appens, Tandaleo and Jackie. 40 min. DVD X1305

Stepping
A modernized version of what is known as the African gumboot dance, stepping was adopted by African-American fraternities and sororities, eventually evolving into an essential element of the black college experience. Stepping is a high energy montage of dance, jazz and military movements; an art form that is taking the world by storm. Produced and directed by Marshall Blackwell and Norman Whiteburn. 2008. 75 min. DVD X3013

Steppin'
An overview of step dancing, an African-American dance and chanting art, whose cultural roots stem from traditional African dance, military marching, and hip-hop. Shown here are college fraternity and sorority team competitions, with commentary and interviews from competitors and teachers on the history and current direction of step shows. 1992. 55 min. Video/C 8167

Third World Dance: Black Ballet in America (Eye on Dance; 27).
"Esoterica balletica" : History of the tutu (Betty Low, 5 min.). Discussions on the history and development of black ballet in America. c1981. 29 min. Video/C 4020

Vanities.
Consists of musical shorts featuring Charles Keith's impersonation of Bette Davis with additional song and dance numbers by Joesfred Portree and "Little Audrey" Armstrong. 2000?. 17 min. Video/C 7206

Dance in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Black Music of Brazil.
Street tour of Brazil including visits to ghettos of Rio, Samba schools preparing for Carnival and the African-rooted Bahia region. Includes interview with superstar Gilberto Gil, probing the political impact of his music, and performances and conversation with other Brazilian performers. Finally there's The Capoeira dancers, performers of a unique martial arts dance which originated in Angola. Film surveys many styles of music of the country including Samba, bossa nova and others. 1990. 50 min. Video/C 3260

Capoeira Bahia.
Dance master Bira Almeida and his students demonstrate various forms of the Capoeira, a unique martial arts dance developed in Brazil by African descendants 400 years ago. Includes historical segments of performances by Capoeira dancers plus instruction in basic movements of the dance. 1983. 70 min. DVD 1291 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4332

Carnaval 2000: Dancas e Bailinhos da Ilha Terceira (Selecc~ao)
Presents three musical and dance presentations from Carnaval 2000 held on Terceira Island in the Azores. Danca de pandeiro: "O colch~ao das maravilhas" (47 min.) -- Bailinho: "Os Santos populares" (33 min.) -- Bailinho: "Baile das velhas" (35 min.) In Portuguese. 115 min. 2000.

Cuando o Crioulo Danca? (When Blacks Dance?)
Interviews with Brazilians concerning their attitudes towards Black Brazilians and their experiences of racism and racist behavior in Brazil. Includes demonstrations against racism in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the role of black dance as a protest against oppression. Director/screenplay/editor, Dilma Loes. 1988. 20 min. Video/C 4291

Folklórico: Music and Dance Traditions
Documentary on "folklórico," a term referring both to folkoric dance forms and performing groups, and its role as a symbol of Mexican heritage. The program highlights the Ballet Folklórico de San Antonio. Beginning with an overview of the historical background of folklórico in the southwestern United States the film examines its links with events and movements in Mexico, the achievements of individuals such as Berta Almaguer, who taught Mexican dance and music in San Antonio beginning in the 1930s, and the impetus provided by the Chicano movement in the U.S. in the late 1960s and 1970s, which encouraged expressions of ethnic identity and pride. Teresa Vélez, artistic director of the Ballet Folklórico de San Antonio, discusses questions of authenticity and stylization in choreography and costumes. The program closes with a montage of various dances performed by the Ballet Folklórico de San Antonio. 2004. 30 min. DVD X4964

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. the Americas II, Mexico, Cuba, Bolivia, Argentina
Contents: Cancion ranchera: "Ay Jalisco, no te rajes" -- Dance with mariachi ensemble: "Jerabe Tapatio" ("Mexican hat dance") -- Guajira: "Guantanamera" -- Controversia -- Son at the Casa de la Trova: "Intimate calls" -- Voodoo gathering -- Samba -- Capoeira -- Candomble -- "Qunapaqui" ("Why?") -- "Waritay" ("My little star") -- "El Condor Pasa" ("The condor passes") -- "Mananachu" ("No longer") -- Tango: "La Cumparsita" ("The masquerade") -- Tango: "El Choclo" ("Corn") -- Chorus: "Hail Boca" -- Chamame: "Merceditas" Video/C 3541

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance: The Americas, Volume 4: The Caribbean
Contents: Barbados -- Cuba -- Curacao & Bonaire -- Dominica -- Haiti -- Jamaica -- Martinique -- Puerto Rico -- St. Lucia -- Trinidad and Tobago -- Carnival Montage. Video/C 4500

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas. volume 5. Central and South America: Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Guyana
Video/C 4501

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas. volume 6. Central and South America: Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela
Video/C 4502

New Worlds, New Forms.
This program examines the heritage that enslaved Africans brought to North and South America via dance. From the Samba in Rio to the Lindy -hop in Harlem, cultural collisions have shaped the popular dances of today. c1993. Video/C 2918

Ritual Encounter: The "Danzaq" in Huacana
Scissors dancers act as the intermediaries between the people of the Peruvian Andes and the gods of the mountains. This ethnographic documentary shows the 'dansaq' or dancers impersonating the 'Alacran', the 'Halcon' and the 'Paqary' who dance during the Quechua Water Festivity that coincides with the Catholic festivity honoring Saint Isidore, the Farmer. Presents the festival that took place in the district of Huacana, in the Province of Sucre in Ayacucho in July 1997. During the festivity, the scissors dancers play a crucial role in renacting the symbolic universe of a culture that struggles to survive. [1998.] 40 min. Video/C 8400

On Wings of Faith (En Alas de la Fe).
A visit to two festivals held in the North Sierra of Puebla, Mexico; one to honor Saint Michael the Archangel in the town of San Miguel Tzinacapan; the other for Saint Francis of Assisi in Cuetzalan. Mexican and mesoamerican dancers celebrate their oral traditions, magical medicine, petition for favors and give thanks to their patron saints through the medium of dance. 1991. 28 min. Video/C 4420

Samba da Criacao do Mundo.
Each year the Rio de Janeiro 'samba schools' (neighborhood organizations devoted to celebrating Carnival) choose a narrative or theme to produce for the parade. This video shows one pageant based on the creation legend of the Nago, performed by the Beija-Flor Samba School. Includes music, singing and dancing, splendid costumes, and scenes from the parade interspersed with the same characters in natural settings. 1978. 57 min. Video/C 4229

Tango
Documentary on the art of the tango in Argentina. VHS format (PAL) In Spanish without subtitles. 199-? 23 min. Video/C MM519

Tango Illusions
Three Argentinean generations face difficult times together. Tango remains their metaphor: the lyrics and the dance. Buenos Aires boils over, protesters flood the streets, presidents fall and drums roll as milongueros tango and porteño philosophers rhapsodize life. Directed by Joshua Dylan Mellars. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005. 23 min. DVD X3726

Tango, Our Dance (Tango, Baile Nuestro)
The sensuality and stylized rituals adored by the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are captured in the complex art form of the tango. Jorge Zanada, the director, spent years researching the unique role of the tango in the national landscape, exploring the machismo and passion that feed the dance. c1994. 70 min. Video/C 2266

The Tree of Life.
This film documents the 1500 year old voladores (flyers)ritual performed by the Totonac Indians of Puebla,Mexico which is perhaps the oldest surviving dance inthe Western hemisphere. It is accompanied by fluteand drum music and narration taken from 15th century Nahuatl poetry. c1973. 30 min. Video/C 3555

Dance from Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia

Flamenco
Director, Carlos Saura. Popular dancers and folk groups demonstrate what is considered to be the national dance of Spain, the Flamenco. Over 300 dancers participate as they are photographed by the master cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro. Performers: Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar, Enrique Morente, Joaquin Cortes, Jose Menese, Lole y Manuel, Mario Maya, Jose Merce, Matilde Coral, Carmen Linares, Merche Esmeralda, Chocolate, Manuela Carrasco, Farruco, Fernanda de Utrera, La Paquera de Jerez, Manzanita, Ketama, Agujeta, Manuel Moneo, Paco Toronjo, Maria Pages, Aurora Vargas, Remedios Amaya, Juana la del Revuelo, La Macanita, Chano Lobato, Rancapino, Tomatito, Potito, Duquende, Belen Maya, El Grilo. c1998. 100 min. Video 999:2041

Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Holden, Stephen. "Flamenco." (movie reviews) New York Times v146 (Fri, April 25, 1997):B4(N), C4(L), col 5, 10 col in.; v145 (Sat, Sept 30, 1995):15(N), 17(L), col 2, 11 col in.
Thom, Rose Anne. "Flamenco." (movie reviews) Dance Magazine v71, n9 (Sept, 1997):94 (1 page).

Flamenco at 5:15.
Shows how, for a brief interim each year, senior students at the National Ballet School of Canada meet with Susana and Antonio Robledo, flamenco dancers, teachers and choreographers, to learn flamenco dancing. Includes views of the students and their flamenco dancing as well as views of the students and their teachers dancing, alternated with segments of explanation. 1984. 30 min. Video/C 3445

Here We Come
In Dessau, Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin in the 1980s: Simo, Beatschmidt, Magic Mayer ... breakdance was their home and Hip Hop their lives. They were not supposed to dance in the former GDR ... but they did. They met on the streets, trailored their own jogging suits and painted their shirts with graffiti, imitating the moves from movies, they trained in front of the mirror and on the streets. At first isolated by society, breakdance evolved into an important youth culture symbol in the former East Germany. Contents: "Du Weisst alles uber die DDR? Win Film uber eine Generation, Die Bisher Nicht Gefragt Wurde!" -- Container. Special features (Disc 1): Preview and premiere trailers ; musikvideo FMK & DJ Nas'D "Damals". Disc 2 (Bonus material, 250 min.): 1. Beat street -- 2. Technik -- 3. Music on -- 4. Radebeul und Ostradio -- 5. Sharp GF 777 -- 6. Malen und Sprayan -- 7. Spruhdosen basteln -- 8. Skodadosen -- 9. Trickfilmarbeiten -- 10. Klamotten salbermachen -- 11. Skateboard -- 12. Die Anfange -- 13. Die Auftritte -- 14. Das Archiv -- 15. Die Gruppe -- 16. Verschiedene Wege -- 17. Kerstin & Piere -- 18. Begriffe in de DDR -- Letzter Teil -- 20. Vorstellung -- 21. Trailer 1 "Kuhlschrank" -- 22. Trailer 2 "Karl-Marx-Stadt" -- 23. Trailer 3 "Bjorn" -- 24. Trailer 4 "Kamel aus Holz" -- 25. Here we go -- 26. Wir hatten ja nichts. Kamera, Bjorn Knechtel ; schnitt, Sven Kulik ; idee, Nico + Bjorn. Musik: ElectricB., Electric Beat Crew, DJ Gambler, Beatclub 99, PDM, Downtown Lyrics, S.B.-Jay, 3-M-Men, Pop Projekt, Rockhaus, Opossum & B-Side the Norm, Barry Kunzel, FMK & DJ Nas'D. Documentary accompanied by a sound disc with sixteen songs from the soundtrack. Originally produced by the Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg in 2006. 90 min. DVD 8993

A History of Irish Music and Dance.
Performers: Thomas Makem, the Irish Brigade, Boiled in Lead, the Trinity Dance Company, Peter Yeates, the Makem Brothers, Brian Sullivan. This musical and historical documentary traces the many threads of Irish influence on American music and culture. From the Middle Ages in Ireland to the modern United States, the Irish people have preserved a dynamic "living tradition" that continues to this day. Includes archival footage and interviews, as well as performances of Irish music. 1994. 113 min. Video/C 7193

Improvising Jerez-style
Shot in Spain, in Jerez de la Frontera (the "cradle of flamenco") this documentary examines the flamenco fiesta dance form, "bulerias." Features historical clips, classes in Flemanco, performances and interviews with local flamencos and known artists such as Antonio de la Malena, Moraito, Mercedes Ruiz, Juan Antonio Tejero and others. Directed by Eve A. Ma. 2007. 30 min. DVD X6995
Introduction to Baroque Dance: Dance Types
Acclaimed Baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess demonstrates and performs Baroque dance techniques. Included are descriptions of the dances found in music and dance writings from the period; most notably specific choreographies preserved in 18th century dance notation. c1999. 67 min. Video/C 8165

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Europe. Volume 1
Dance from Iceland, Denmark, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium. Video/C 4504

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Europe. Volume 2
Dance from France, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Romania. Video/C 4505

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Europe I, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, West Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece
Contents: Uilleann pipe -- Folk dance with concertina accompaniment -- Parade of the Military Band of Buckingham Palace -- Bagpipe performance -- Sword dance of Scottish soldiers -- Chanson: "Les feuilles mortes" -- Harlequin's dance -- Farandole -- Alphorn quartet -- Naturjodel ensemble -- The bear spirit at the carnival of Wilflingen -- The Uberlingen sword dance -- Sevillanas and rumba flamenca -- Cossiers -- Folk dance: "Bolero de Belmar" -- Folk dance: "Copeo de Monta~na" -- Sardana -- Neapolitan folk song: "Santa Lucia" -- Lament -- Sardinian folk song: "Love and error" -- Joyous dance -- Sardinian dance song: "Ballo" -- Pentozali -- Wedding ceremony from Crete. 1990. Video/C 3533

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Europe II, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary
Contents: Folk dance medley from Krosno -- Zbojnicki -- Cofava: "Hemp is growing" -- Folk song from the Hana area of Moravia: "The lark in the sky" -- Dance music with early instruments: "Aria Hannaco" -- Hatscho -- Tuschlied and Radl -- Bohemian sword dance -- Karicka and cardas -- Gypsy songs and dances from Slovakia -- Country dance procession -- Citera: "Zavaros a Tiska" -- Tekero -- Legenyes -- Legenyes with Kelimaski gilji -- Hungarian wedding ceremony of Transylvania in Romania. Video/C 3534

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Europe III, Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Albania
Contents: Romania. Ensemble from Muntenia ; Kaval ; Whistling "Ciocirlia" (Skylark) ; Romanian folk song "Hometown" ; Hora and sirba, round dance and line dance of Muntenia ; Music of the autumn harvest festival ; Dance from Botosani in northern Moldavia ; Capra, Christmas "dance of the billy goat" ; Song and dance of the mountain people from Mures in Transylvania ; Sirba, dance from Oltenia in southern Romania -- Yugoslavia. Potkorak, dance from Dalmatia ; Dalmatian folk song "I am a girl of the harbor" ; Serbian folk song "Beautiful Emina" ; Guslar ; Narrative poetry from Montenegro -- Bulgaria. Wedding songs and dances ; Gadulka ; Farm workers' songs -- Albania. Tepsije, tray-spinning song of Kosovo ; Women's chorus from the village of Zur "Tkom thon'dada mos shko me fitve" ; Dance from Zur "Dy mollat e kuge" ; Trio of ethnic instruments from the village of Zur "Canakala mrena" ; Men's folk song "Kanga e ) Bjram Currit" ; Wedding song with dance from Metohija ; Kallcoja, war dance/sword dance ; Narrative song with Lahuta. Video/C 3535

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Soviet Union I, Russia
Contents: Lyric folk songs "Tsvetiki-tsvetochki" -- Khorovod, ) group dance song -- Wedding song "Iz-za lesu to lesu tiomnogu" -- Lyric folk songs "Belaia berezon'ka" ; "Ne vo nashikh vo poliakh" ; "Ne za rechen'koi" ; "Solovei" -- Korovod song "Vykhodili krasny devushki" -- Winter song "Po goram devki khodili" -- Dance for six persons -- Chastushka, folk song of Tarnogskii Gorodok -- Village chorus "Balalaechka gudit -- Spinning song -- Khorovod -- Spring song "Poidiomte devochki" -- Rozhok "Vo luziakh" -- The Briansk-Sverdlovsk Joint Ensemble -- Timonia, dance song of Kursk -- Folk instrument ensemble -- Korovod "Tatianina matushka mela mela seni" -- Children's pliaska (fast dance) -- Lyric folk song " Oi ty batushka nash provoslavnyi Tikhii Don" -- Dance song "Byl ia rano" -- Historical song "Aei da na slavnoi bylo bratsy da na rechushke" -- Wedding song "Rodimaia da mati" -- Lyric folk song "Lazorevyi tsvetochek" -- Lyric folk song and pliaska "Uzh ty batiushka, nash bystryi Terek." Video/C 3536

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Soviet Union II, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Belorussia, Ukraine, Moldavia
Contents: Folk song accompanied with folk instrument ensemble -- Folk song: "The beanstalk" -- Antiphonal song from Alsunga -- Kokle -- Folk instrument ensemble -- Medley of ethnic dances -- Waltz: "I have cut hay" -- Wedding song: "Oh my brothers" -- Male chorus: "Song of youth" -- Folk instrument ensemble: waltz -- Folk instrument ensemble: polka -- Female chorus: lyric song -- Game song: "The magpie" -- Game song: "The gray rabbit" -- Folk dance medley -- Chastushka: "Do not sing under my window" -- Duma: "The death of the Cossack bandura player" -- Folk instrument ensemble -- Folk song: "So that grain will bear much fruit" -- Ethnic dance medley -- Ethnic dances -- Wedding song. Video/C 3537

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Soviet Union III, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Dagestan
Contents: Performance on ethnic instruments by the Makhiliar group -- Puppet dance -- Saz: "Beloved one" -- Balaman (shawm) and saz (plucked lute): "Gule gule" -- Saz -- Duduk: "Memories" -- Wedding dance and song -- Male chorus: "Mravalzhamier" -- Male chorus: "The song of Khasan-bek" -- Song and dance from the Adzhar region -- Krimanchuli -- Ossetian ethnic dance -- Ethnic dance and tightrope walking -- Song: "The girl" -- Song: "The Gypsies are going" Video/C 3538

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Soviet Union IV, Kazakh, Uzbek, Turkmen, Tajik, Kirgiz, Kalmyk, Mari, Bashkir, Siberia
Contents: Kiui with dombura ensemble: "Sary Arka" -- Zhir -- Wedding song with dutar -- Karnai -- Ethnic dance: "Joy" -- Song: "Song of the horse" -- Dance of celebration -- Wedding song and dance -- Ensemble of ethnic instruments -- War dance -- Folk dance and folk song -- Ensemble of ethnic instruments -- Ensemble of Udehe ethnic instruments -- Udehe song and dance -- Nanaitsy musical children's story -- Love story of Nanai fishermen -- Evenki folk song: "Our mother Katanga" -- Folk dance by a Kamchatkan ensemble -- Koriaki bird dance and Eveny dance -- Koriaki folk song ("Ocha") and bird dance -- Eskimo song and dance: "Ceremonial dance" -- Eskimo song and dance: "Dance of the raven" -- Eskimo song and dance: "Walrus hunting" Video/C 3539

Salomé
In this adaptation of the Biblical story of Salomé a director prepares a troupe of flamenco dancers for a performance. He explains to the dancers and crew that in his version, Salomé is in love with John the Baptist and when the prophet rejects her, she seeks revenge. We meet the principals, watch rehearsals, a dress rehearsal, and then the performance. Presented with great flare through the performance of consummate flamenco dancer and actress Aida Gomez as Salome. Cast: Aída Gómez, Pere Arquillué, Paco Mora, Carmen Villena, Javier Toca. Special feautures: "Looking for 'Salomé'" featurette ; original theatrical trailer. Directed by Carlos Saura. 2002. 83 min. DVD X2210
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Dance in Africa

Chopi Music of Mozambique; Banguza Timbila.
Two short documentary films which depict performances of the timbila (marimba) music of the Chopi people who live in the village of Banguza, in the province of Zavala, in Mozambique. The procedures and techniques employed in making the musical instruments are shown in detail and the stories of the dances performed to the music are explained. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 3560

Dance, Voodoo, Dance (Benin).
Among the many ethnic groups of Benin, two in particular stand out as practitioners of the ancient rites of voodoo. This program explains who the voodoo practitioners are as well as the mythical origins of their cult; it also shows the music and dance of these two groups. c1992. 15 min. Video/C 3028

The Dancing Church of Kenya: Jubilee 2000
Expresses in vivid colours, movement, and gestures, the creativity of the African people as a means of glorifying God and professing their faith. It brings out the rich vibrance and beauty of the different dances found among the Kenyan people. PAL format. 34 min. Video/C MM183

Have You Seen Drum Recently?
A unique social documentary capturing the scope of black South African life in the fifties and the impact of apartheid on their lives. Includes original fifties music and dance...big band, jazz, swing, kwela, penny whistle. 199-?. 77 min. PAL format. Video/C 3202

Ipi Ntombi: an African Dance Celebration
A remake of a South African stage musical originally created by mother/daughter team Bertha Egnos and Gail Lakier titled "Ipi tombi," which opened in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1974 and then played all over the world for the next six years. Now 20 years later, this new updated version which includes some direct descendants of the original cast members, dance the story of the Johannesburg mine worker who sings of his love for the girl back home and his sense of separation from his tribal roots. 1997. 90 min. Video/C 6649

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Africa. Volume 1.
Dance from Egypt, Uganda, Senegal. Video/C 4506

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Africa. Volume 2.
Dance from Gambia, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria. Video/C 4507

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Africa. Volume 3.
Dance from Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Botswana. Video/C 4508

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Middle East & Africa II, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Mali, Cameroon, Zaire, Tanzania
Contents: Egyptian popular song: "Ana gambak ya kol Iraqi" -- Bedouin dance -- Mal'uf -- Berber dance -- Nawba -- Saharan dance: "Twana" -- Berber street musicians -- Imdyazn -- Street artists of Marrakech -- Masked dance of the Dogon -- Song praising King Iisa -- Sanza -- Balafon -- Dummbo -- Buusaw -- Garayya -- Minstrel poet of Maroua -- Minstrel poet of Dargala -- Cowherd's song of Bogo town -- Drum performance of Guirvidik town -- Dance of the Bambuti -- Dance of the Masai. Video/C 3530

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Middle East & Africa III, Chad, Cameroon
Contents: Orchestra of the Town of Mongo -- Sultan's orchestra of the town of Mao -- Festival orchestra -- Dambio -- Hero praise song with Kundinge accompaniment -- Praise song with kukuma accompaniment -- Libo -- Children's dances -- Djele -- Bardjat -- Djersiss -- Al beher -- Am haraba -- Memorial ceremony for King Mkong Moteh -- Mourning music by a mask clan. Video/C 3532

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Middle East & Africa IV, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Republic of South Africa
Contents: Singing and performing on a bow harp -- Drum language -- Gbagba -- Goli -- Gegon mask dance: "The maple song" -- Children's dance of Biankouma: "Lelje" -- Children's dance of Biankouma: "Gua" -- Stilt dance of the kupegbouni -- Masked dance of Bangolo -- Acrobatic dance of the snake girl -- Dance of Zorofla women: "Greagba" -- Masked dance: "Uale" -- Dance of the leopard association -- Musical bow performance -- Handelo -- Dongo -- Trance-dance treatment of sickness -- Lullaby accompanied by musical bow -- Wedding ceremony.Video/C 3533

Mbeni: Dance of the Akamba
Mbeni dance, performed by the Akamba community of Kenya is renowned for its fast paced and precise movements that are prompted by heavy drumming and terse instructions by the dance leader, referred to as ngumii. Adapted from ancient dances, it was given a facelift by soldiers returning from serving in the World War II, injecting into it many military characteristics including marching, saluting, shouting of instructions, shooting demonstrations, etc. Director-producer, Charles Muthini. c2007. 23 min. DVD 9075

Movement (r)evolution Africa: A Story of an Art Form in Four Acts
A discussion of contemporary African dance, consisting of short excerpts from pieces by African choreographers & dancers and interviews with African dance experts. Filmed from 2004-2006 at the University of Florida, Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Bates Dance Festival, Tufts University and Time-Based Art Festival (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art). Director Joan Frosch ; co-director, Alla Kovgan. 2007. 65 min. DVD X6447

Ndumo: Dance of the Agikuyu
The Agikuyu community is endowed with a rich cultural heritage in which music and dance is highly valued. Ndumo, an integral part of this heritage is strictly a girls' dance and was originally performed during the times of plenty harvests in special arenas known as ihaaro. This dance facilitated courtship for the girls thus they were expected to be morally upright and exhibit the best dancing and singing skills. 2006. 28 min. DVD 9076

Ngoma za Kenya
A collection of folkdances from various Kenyan communities. Contents: v. 1. Ruhia : a Gikuyu traditional dance ; Chepolaleiyo : dance of the Pokot ; Chela : dance of the Rabai ; The Boran "bull" dance ; Kiore : dance of the Akamba ; Jini : dance of the Taita ; Ng'endalel-a : Nandi moran dance ; Achokor : a Turkana folksong ; Mbeni : dance of the Akamba ; v. 2. Itheke : dance of the Akamba ; Lapan : dance of the Pokot ; Dele : dance of the Chonyi ; Mwomboko : dance of the Agikuyu ; Samburu women dance ; Miri : dance of the Pokomo ; Mbeni : dance of the Akamba ; Isururu : dance of the Kuria ; Kiberetio : dance of the Sengwer ; v. 3. Ramogi : dance of the Luo ; Iritungu : dance of the Kuria ; Akisuku : dance of the Teso ; Wale/Hinese ; dances of the Orma ; Kishavi : dance of the Taita ; Chelimo : folk song of the Pokot ; Nangoria : dance of the Turkana ; Isukuti : dance of the Abaluhya ; v. 4. Mwinjiro : drum dance of the Chuka ; Ibodi : dance of the Bakhayo ; Isururu : dance of the Kuria ; Mungao : dance of the Giriama ; Nyangweso : dance of the Kisii ; Kibuuchio : dance of the Tharaka ; Lolaleiyohoye : folk song of the Njemps ; Njuuri : dance of the Agikuyu ; v. 5. Eunoto : ceremony of the Maasai ; Authi : dance of the Ameru ; Heloi : Somali wedding songs ; Gonda : dance of the Chonyi ; Dodo : dance of the Luo ; Muthirigu : dance of the Agikuyu ; Lipala : dance of the Abaluhya ; Chemiray : dance of the Pokot ; Nkiro : dance of the Meru ; Wakaruri : dance of the Agikuyu 300 min. DVD X2601

N/um tchai the Ceremonial Dance of the !Kung Bushmen
Documents a formalized Bushman curing ceremony in the Kalahari Desert area of South West Africa by showing an all-night n/um tchai (medicine dance) in which a number of men go into trance and exercise special curing powers. Divided into two parts: the first reviews and explains typical dance scenes; the second shows the ceremony without narration. 1966. 20 min. Video/C 3421

Oba Koso: Nigerian Music and Dance Drama
Excerpts from the famous Yoruba folklore drama about a wicked man who tries to overthrow the king. Features intricate dance steps, brilliantly colored costumes, and Yoruba instruments and singing. 1996. 28 min. Video/C 5967

Dance from the Middle East and North Africa

Islamic Mysticism the Sufi Way
Traces the history of Islam and shows ruins of its empire which stretched from India to Spain. Presents the rituals, dance, art, music, and philosophy of Sufism, the heart of Islam. Shot on location from India to Morocco, breathtaking images feature stunning Muslim art and architecture, rarely-seen religious rituals and the fascinating whirling dervishes of Turkey. 1997. 30 min. Video/C 5402

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Middle East & Africa I, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Qatar
Contents: Azan -- Mehter: "Eski ordu marsi" ("An old army march") -- Hancer bar -- Dances from the Gaziantep region -- Dance from the Black Sea region -- Dance from the Afyon region -- Saz -- Dance from the Silifke region -- Asik -- Sema -- Santur: "Nagme-ye karevan" -- Bedouin dance -- Contemorary Iraqi song: "Ya zahrat al-madiyin" -- Lebanese popular song: "Ya qalbi" -- Belly dance -- Traditional songs of the Persian Gulf Arab States -- Bedouin song and dance -- Mortar-pounding song -- Song and dance of welcome. Video/C 3529

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Middle East & Africa II, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Mali, Cameroon, Zaire, Tanzania
Contents: Egyptian popular song: "Ana gambak ya kol Iraqi" -- Bedouin dance -- Mal'uf -- Berber dance -- Nawba -- Saharan dance: "Twana" -- Berber street musicians -- Imdyazn -- Street artists of Marrakech -- Masked dance of the Dogon -- Song praising King Iisa -- Sanza -- Balafon -- Dummbo -- Buusaw -- Garayya -- Minstrel poet of Maroua -- Minstrel poet of Dargala -- Cowherd's song of Bogo town -- Drum performance of Guirvidik town -- Dance of the Bambuti -- Dance of the Masai. Video/C 3530

Night on the Sea of Galiliee: Israel Folk Dance Festival.
A collection of the best folkloric dance groups performing in Israel today, consisting of one hour of action, colors and music reflecting the traditions and history of the Israeli people. 1985. 60 min. DVD 4504; also VHS Video/C 1994

Dance from Asia

China/Japan/ Korea | South/Southeast Asia/Oceanea

China, Korea, Japan

Butoh: Body on the Edge of Crisis.
Using contemporary footage of leading Butoh performers, this documentary presents the history of the development of butoh dance, interviews the creator of this Japanese modern dance form, Tatsumi Hijikata, and explores the cultural significance of the Butoh dance form in Japan. Narration in Japanese and English. 1990. 90 min. Video/C 2839

Chiang Ching: A Dance Journey
Biographical portrait of a young Chinese-American dancer and choreographer. Traces her childhood in China and illustrates her integration of the rigorous principles of traditional Chinese dance with the free expression of modern Western styles. 1982. 30 min. Video/C 6564

Colonel Jing Xing: A Unique Destiny
Depicts the world of Jin Xing as a dancer, choreographer, colonel in the People's Liberation Army and the first to have a sex change operation in China. Directed by Sylvie Levey ; produced by Arnaud Hamelin. c2001. 52 min. DVD X6941

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Dance in the No Theatre.
Tape 1: Fundamentals of No dance (54 min.) -- Tape 2: Dance and verbal meaning (37 min.) -- Tape 3: Dance and props (45 min.) -- Tape 4: Costume and mask (60 min.) -- Tape 5: Instrumental dance (40 min.) Made to be used in conjunction with monograph by Monica Bethe & Karen Brazell with the same title. Taped in Japan, 1978-79. Video/C 528

Dancing in One World
This program was made with dancers from the Pacific Rim Area including the United States (Afro-Americans, American Indians, and Hawaiians), Polynesia, Australia, and Indonesia. These dancers also took part in the Los Angeles Festival. Includes archival film footage. c1993. Video/C 2921

Dancing Through Death: The Monkey, Magic & Madness
This documentary examines the importance of dance and music in Cambodian culture, as demonstrated by the lives of Cambodian classical dancers both in Cambodia and the United States. The dancers speak movingly of their suffering during the regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, their accounts illustrated by archival footage and photographs. Dancers and scholars in both countries describe their work in reviving classical dance and rebuilding its written records. Cambodian immigrants in American communities talk about their efforts to keep Cambodian dance and music alive in order to maintain their cultural identity in their adopted country. c1999. 56 min. DVD X8640

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. East Asia I, Korea 1
Contents: Hyangak: "P'yojongmanbang-jigok" -- Chongjae: mugoch'um -- Salp'uri --Chakpop: Parach'um -- Kayagum pyongch'ang: "Sae-t'aryong" ("Song of the birds") -- Chongak: taegum solo: "Sangyongsan" from "Pyongjo hoesang" -- Talch'um -- Pompae: "Toryanggye" performed with Nabich'um. Video/C 3514

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. East Asia II, Korea 2
Contents: Sungmu -- Chakpop: Parach'um -- Kop'uri -- Salp'uri -- P'ansori: "Hungboga" -- Koktukaksi-norum -- Chul-t'agi -- Nongak -- Mudang kut. Video/C 3515

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. East Asia III, China 1
Contents: Dizi: "Gusuxing" ("Trip to Suzhou") -- Pipa: "Shimian maifu" ("Ambush on all sides") -- Erhu: "Erquan Yingyue" ("The moon reflected in a spring") -- Zheng: "Yuzhou changwan" ("The fisherman singing in the evening") -- Instrumental ensemble: "Chunjiang huayueye" ("A beautiful moonlit night by the river in springtime") -- From liyuanxi: "Paixiongwu" ("Beating the chest dance") -- Instrumental ensemble: "Meihuacao" ("Plum blossoms") -- Dongxiao: "Huainian" ("Nostalgia") -- From liyuanxi: Colored ball dance -- From jingju: "Bawang bieji" ("The King's parting with his favorite") -- From chuanju: "Baishezhuan" ("The white snake") Video/C 3516

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. East Asia IV, China 2
Contents: Dage -- Dage: "Xianzige" -- Shange -- Shange -- Narrative song: "Kaitian pide" ("The origin of heaven and earth") -- Sword dance: "Eruyeba shuadao" -- Dage -- Datiao: ("Beat leap") -- Lushengtiao ("Reed mouth organ leap") -- Dance with song and lusheng: "Amengda" -- Dance with song: "Orere" -- Circle dance with song: "Alili" -- Gugi: "Ximasha" -- Lusheng, flute, and Kouxian -- Masked dance-drama: "Rgya-lu Rngon-pa" and dance of battle. Video/C 3517

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. East Asia IV, China 2
Contents: Threshing song and lullaby -- Mashrap -- Dance from Kucha -- Song with dutar and daf: "A woman as beautiful as the moon" -- Panjgah-mukam: "Sambang" -- Group dance: "The joy of the farmers" -- Dance Solo: "Pomegranate garden" -- Doppasorman -- Mukam -- Mashrap -- Urtiin duu: "Uyaxan ambuu tiviin naran" ("The beautiful sun of the universe") -- Urtiin duu: "Ulemdziin canar" ("Ulemdziin's traits") -- Xoomij: "Tsombon tuuraitai xuren" ("The chestnut horse with round hooves") and "Xanin dzoroo mori" ("The dzoroo horse that walks with small steps like a sheep") Video/C 3518

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 1-2, Kyutei geino to shinji geino.
Contents: Pt. 1. Bugaku "Ryoo," Bugaku "Nasori." -- Pt.2. Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri, Omoto saitengaku "Imayo," Kurozumikyo saitengaku kibigaku "Haru." 1991. Video/C 6300 Pt. 1-2

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 3-4, Bukkyo gyoji to Bukkyo geino.
Contents: Pt. 1. Shitennoji shoryoe, Todaiji shunie goya, jinjo -- Pt. 2. Shingonshu Buzan-ha Nika hoyo tsuki chukyoku rishuzanmai, Sotoshu Daihonzan Eiheiji Ryakufusatsu. Video/C 6301 Pt. 1-2

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 5-7, No to kyogen.
Contents: Pt. 1. No "Funabenkei," -- Pt. 2. Kyogenjo "Nasu no Yoichi katari," Kyogen "Boshibari" -- Pt. 3. Kurokawa no "Shiki sanban," Nogo no noto kyogen, Mibu dainembutsu kyogen "Dojoji,", Sado Daizen Jinja takigino Sagiryu kyogen "Sadogitsune," Sado Daizen Jinja takigino Kita-ryu "Aoinoue." Video/C 6302 Pt. 1-3

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 8-15, Kabuki
Contents: Pt. 1-2 Kabuki I: "Kanadehon Chushingura," nanadanme Gion Ichiriki jaya no ba. -- Pt. 3-4 Kabuki II: "Ehon Taikoki," judanme Amagasaki kankyo no ba. -- Pt. 5-6 Kabuki III: "Kanjincho," ataka no seki no ba. -- Pt. 7. Kabuki IV (jo): "Sannin kichisa kuruwa no hatsugai," okawabata Koshinzuka no ba, "Kuruwa Bunsho," Yoshidaya Koshisaki no ba. -- Pt. 8 Kabuki IV (ge): "Kuruwa Bunsho," Yoshidaya okuzashiki no ba. Video/C 6303 Pt. 1-8

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 16-18, Bunraku.
Contents: Pt. 1-2 Bunraku I: "Omi Genji senjinyakata" Moritsuna jinya no dan. -- Pt. 3. Bunraku II: Hadesugata onna maiginu Sakaya no dan. Video/C 6304 Pt. 1-3

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 19-20, Katarimono no ongaku.
Contents: Pt. 1. Moso biwa "Kaidan hoyo," heikyoku "Nasu no Yoichi," Satsuma biwa "Jinyoko," Chikuzen biwa "Nasu no Yorchi." -- Pt. 2. Gidayubushi "Nozaki-mura-Shinban Utazaimon," Shinnaibushi "Rancho-Wakaki no adanaguca, Tokiwazubushi," Seki no to-Tsumoru koi yuki no sekito, "Kiyomotabushi Miyama no hana todokann edaburi, Rokyoku "Nogitsune Sanji." Video/C 6305 Pt. 1-2

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 21, Edo nagauta to kabuki buyo.
Contents: Nagauta "Kishu Dojoji," Buyo "Shiokumi." Video/C 6306

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 22, Kamigatauta to zashikimai.
Contents: Inoue-ryu Kyomai "Yuko," Yamamura-ryu Kamigatamai "Kigisu." Video/C 6307

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 23, Sankyoku.
Contents: Sokyoku danmono "Rokudan," Sokyoku Kumiuta "Shiki no kyoku," Yamada-ryu sokyoku "Hototogisu," Sankyoku gasso "Yugao," Shakuhachi Honkyoku "Sokaku Reibo." Video/C 6308

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 24-25, Ongaku o chushin ni mita Nihon koten geinoshi.
Contents: Pt. 1. Nihon ongaku no akebono, Tairiku ongaku no torai to shoka, Bukkyo geino no denrai to shoka, Nihon geino no koryu. -- Pt. 2. Shamisen no denrai, Junana-seiki no kigaku gasso, Gendai no kigaku gasso, Ningyo shibai no tenkai, Shamisen no hatten, Kabuki no ongaku. Video/C 6309

Kabuki.
Provides an introduction to the 400-year old tradition of Kabuki, explaining its origins and purposes, its literary sources, and the meaning of its symbolism. 35 min. Video/C 6309

Kabuki Classics: Oneo Baiko VII in The Salt-gatherer
Faubion Bowers discusses the 18th century Kabuki dance, The salt gatherer, as the famous Kabuki actor Baiko VII performs the dance which is based on a Noh drama about a simple local girl who loves a court noble during his exile to a remote island and her subsequent abandonment. Baiko also grants a rare interview explaining his art and the origin of the dance. c1997. 29 min. Video/C 5191

Kabuki Dance (Bando Tamasaburo buyos = kanshu Bando Tamasaburo ; seisaku, chosaku Shochiku Kabushiki Kaisha. 2 II)
Contents: Sagi-musume = The heron maiden -- Kurokami = Black hair -- Kanegamisaki = The bell promontory -- Inabune = Rice boat -- Yamanba = Mountain witch. Bando Tamasaburo. Presents performances of five works of Bando Tamasaburo's brilliant Kabuki dance. c2003. 82 min. DVD 3752

Korean Dances.
An introduction to the history and spirit of Korean dance. 1977. 23 min. Video/C 3649

The Mask Dances of Korea.
An introduction to the Korean masked dances, the construction of such masks and their cultural significance. 1984. 20 min. Video/C 3661

South and Southeast Asia and Oceanea

4 Koreografer Indonesia
Documentary of dance drama performance in annual festival of the Salihara Community. Filmed in performance on November 11-12, 2008 at Teater Salihara, Jakarta. DVD X2980
Aboriginal Artists of Australia
Dance Performance at North Field, UC Berkeley. 1981. 60 min. Video/C 2041

Ajuba Dance and Drama Co.
Introduces a troupe of popular entertainers in North India. Performing in private compounds, factory yards, and mango groves, they stage a type of theatre known as Nautanki, an amalgam of music, dance, comedy routines, and drama. Nautanki draws as easily from the arts of royal courts as it does from the latest Bombay feature films. 1990. 20 min. Video/C 3380

--& It's Me
Documentary of dance drama performance in annual festival of Salihara Community. Filmed in performance on April 14-15, 2008 at Teater Salihara, Jakarta. DVD X2978

Ang pilya
A ballet dance presentation of "Naughty girl" or Coquette". VHS format (PAL). In Tagalog. 71 min. Video/C 9161

Ball of Fire: The Angry Goddess
Ethnographic coverage of the Kerala South Indian ritual dance mudiyettu, in which men become possessed by the spirit of the goddess Bhadrakali. 1999. 58 min. Video/C MM617

Circles-Cycles: Kathak Dance
Celebrates various images of Shiva, the Hindu Lord of dance, as expressed in ritual dance. Illustrates the concept of the circular in Indian philosophy and religion through music and dance performances of Kathak, the classical dance form of North India. Includes the history, technique, and lore behind Kathak dance. 199-?. 28 min. Video/C 6567

Classical Indian Dance.
Presents classical dances from India, demonstrating the range of this art form with its combination of mime, gesture, facial expression and body movement, all executed within a traditional framework rich in allegory. Contents: Odissi / Dancer, Ranjna Gauhar. -- Bharatanatyam "Vernam" / Alarmel Valli. -- Kathak / Durga Lal. -- Bharatanatyam "Todayam" / Chitralekha Bolar, Indra Thigarajah. -- Kutchipudi / J. Venkatachalapati. -- Kathak / Nahid Siddiqui. -- Bharatanatyam "Vernam" / Alarmel Valli. -- Bharatanatyam "Ardhaneshwaram" / Chitra Sundaram. -- Bharatanatyam "Tillana" / J. Venkatachalapati. -- Odissi "Pallavi" / Ranjna Ganhar. -- Kathak / Durga Lal. -- Bharatanatyam / Chitralekha Bolar. -- Kathak "Tarana" / Nahid Siddiqui. c1995. 60 min. Video/C 4577

Concepts in Indian Culture
A technical study of three different cultural concepts of dance in Taminadu. Therukoothu is a folk theater form with loud music, garish costumes and elaborate make up. Yet it has the most intricate dance movements and highly evolved narrative and song patterns. Bharatnatyam is one of the most highly evolved classical dance forms in the world and has a long unbroken history in South India where it originated. Abhinaya tries to provide some insights into the gestural codes of this dance language. Yoga is an exercise and meditation system that deals with harmonizing the various sense organs of the body. Samadhi progresses through the set of structured steps to reach the highest point in Yoga viz. total communion with the Inner Self. In Tamil with English commentary. 40 min. 2002. Video/C MM1222

The Cosmic Dance of Shiva.
Celebrates various images of Shiva, the Hindu Lord of dance, as expressed in ritual dance. 199-?. 60 min. Video/C 2616

Dance and Trance of Balinese Children
Documentary on the role of dance and trance in Balinese culture, with special attention to the teaching of children. New footage is combined with footage taken by Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson over fifty years ago to show the continuation of the tradition. It also visits Balinese living in the United States, where the children are still taught the traditional dances but also combine their Balinese heritage and their experiences living in the U.S. to create a new, multicultural dance. 1995. 43 min. Video/C 8698

Dance of Life: Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
This documentary shows a variety of traditional dances of three of the indigenous peoples of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Includes commentary on culture, costume, and music. Contents: Kadazandusun dances. Sumazau ; Sumazau Penampang ; Sazau ; Mongigol sumundai ; Mongigol sumayau -- Bajau dances. Tarirai ; Bolak-bolak ; Daling-daling ; Kuda pasu ; Limbai -- Murut dances. Anggalang ; Mangalang ; Alang ra ilau ; Pinapasan ; Magunatip -- Sambut tamu & finale. 2003. 45 min. DVD 6588

A Dance the Gods Yearn to Witness
Introduces the Bharata Natyam dance, a classical Hindu dance form which originated thousands of years ago with the legends of Shiva and Parvati. In this film, a novice learns from well-known artist Priyamvada Sankar, a respected master of classical south Indian dance. Interwoven with the performance are explanations of the history and tradition of this art form to place it in its cultural context. 1997. 27 min. Video/C 8964

Dances of India.
Contents: 1. Slokam: Guru Brahma -- 2. Slokam: Manikya Veena -- 3. Pushpanjali -- 4. Alarippu -- 5. Jatiswaram -- 6. Varnam -- 7. Padam -- 8. Sabdam -- 9. Tillana -- 10. Mangalam. Features Padma Chebrolu performing traditional Bharat natyam dances to music used during formal performances. Also presented are all the dances performed during Arangetram (solo graduation recital), which is done after many years of intense dance training from the guru. 60 min. DVD 2317

Dances of India.
Classic dances of India performed in traditional costume by Nala Najan, leading American dancer and teacher of Indian dance. Dances include a celebrated invocation "of auspicious beginnings" from South India; a south Indian dance to a religious song; and a North Indian dance of great antiquity that came from Hindu tradition but was adapted by the Moslem culture and spread from Spain to China. The closing number, a court dance taught to Najan by the prince of the court titled "Wounded deer," is a metaphor for non-violence. Originally broadcast as a segment on the television series, Camera Three in 1966. 27 min. Video/C 7821

Finks
Documentary of dance drama performance in annual festival of the Salihara Community. Filmed in performance on November 28-29, 2008 at Teater Salihara, Jakarta. DVD X2977

Hastha Prayogaah: Vocabulary of Hand Gestures in Bharatanatyam
Based on the ancient Indian text "Abhinayadarpanam" illustrates the varied usages of the hasthas (hand gestures in Indian dance) with special reference to the Asamyutha (single hand gestures) and the Samyutha (double hand gestures) and their applications known as Viniyogas (the vocabulary of dance gestures). The film is divided into two sections: the single hand gestures and double hand gestures with each available in two formats: long shots and close-up shots. 2006. 120 min. DVD 8903

Islamic Mysticism the Sufi Way
Traces the history of Islam and shows ruins of its empire which stretched from India to Spain. Presents the rituals, dance, art, music, and philosophy of Sufism, the heart of Islam. Shot on location from India to Morocco, breathtaking images feature stunning Muslim art and architecture, rarely-seen religious rituals and the fascinating whirling dervishes of Turkey. 1997. 30 min. Video/C 5402

Journey into Thailand: Tales of Gods and Demons
Describes the history of the masked ballet performed by Thai dancers. Explains the dance drama Ramakien. 1982. 27 min. Video/C MM1184

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia I, India 1
Contents: Bharata natyam: "A devotional dance to Shiva" -- Kathakali: "Dryodana-vadham" from the Mahabharata -- Manipuri: "Vasanta Ras" ("Circular dance of spring") -- Kathak: "Panchavati-varnam" (Rama and Sita in the forest) -- Folk dance from Manipuri "Thougal jagoi" (Prayer for a rich harvest) -- Dhol cholam -- Kathak: "Tarana" Video/C 3524

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia II, India 2
Contents: Chhau: "Mahishasur-vadh" (Killing of the demon Mahishasur) -- Yakshagana: "Abhimanyu-vadh" (Death of the young hero Abhimanyu) -- Chhau: "Hara-Parvati" ("Shiva and Parvati"); "Ratri" ("Night"); "Nabik" ("Boatman"); "Mayur" ("Peacock") -- Yakshagana: "Abhimanyu-vadhum" -- Geet or bhajan -- Bhajan. Video/C 3525

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia III, India 3
Contents: Rudra-vina -- Sitar -- Pabuji-ki-phad -- Kath-putli -- Folk songs from Bengal -- Bhatiyali: "Majhi baiya yaore, akul dariyar majhe" -- Sari-gan: "Sundoira majhir nao ujan chale dhaiya" -- Baul songs -- Lalan giti: "Sabloke Kaya Lalan ki jat samsare" -- Prem-tattva: "E prem garal makha naya " -- Guru-tattva: "Ki chamatkar phal go Guru dhare oi gachhe". Video/C 3526

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia IV, Pakistan, Bangladesh
Contents: Qawwali -- Hamd -- Manqabat -- Trance ritual of bitan and instrumental prelude -- Lolo han -- Bericho surnai -- Tarwar -- Trance ritual of bitan -- Women's dance: "Sonari ansh" ("Golden fiber") -- Mountain folk dance -- Dance-drama: "Our life". Video/C 3526

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia V, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan
Contents: Tovil -- Dance based on the Kohomba kankariya ceremony: "Asne" -- Dance based on a ritual to Devol: "Telme" -- Dance from Perahara Festival: "Ves" -- Dance based on a ritual to Devol: "Devol" -- Panchaturya -- Hunting song of the Vedda -- Gaine song with sarangi: "Krishna murari" -- Dhime, dapa khin, dholak and madal -- Dapa khala -- Lamaist ritual music -- Masked dance-drama: "Mahakali pyakhan" -- Cham. Video/C 3528

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia I, Vietnam, Cambodia
Contents: Water puppet play -- Sao -- Saranai and trong ki nang -- Roneat -- Sao phong tieu, t'rung, and angklung -- Dan tranh: "Treo len nui thien thai" ("Climbing Mt. Thien Thai") -- Folk song with dance: "Ngoi tua man thuyen" ("Reclining on the side of a boat") -- Folk instruments performance -- Saranai, trong bara nung, and trong ki nang -- Gong ensemble -- Festival of the Gialai people -- Apsara dance -- Lakhon Bassac -- Folk instruments performance -- Wedding ceremony. Video/C 3519

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia II, Thailand, Burma
Contents: Fawn tien -- Ram sat chatri -- Khon: "Prince Rama's fight with the Devil King Thosakanth" from the Ramakian -- Dance-drama: "Chui-chai Prahm" ("Chui-chai of a Brahmin") -- Jakhe: "Lao Phaen" -- Khlui: "Phya Kruan" -- So sam sai: "Khaek mon" -- Kruang sai: "Lao duong duen" -- Molam -- Classical music in the yo-daya style: "Mo bwe nan thein" ("Song of the rain god") -- Monkey play -- Hsaing-waing ensemble: Overture -- Salutation dance -- Dance to pray for the protection of the spirits -- Saung -- Drum dance -- Dance performance: Pledge of love -- Puppet dance. Video/C 3520

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia III, Malaysia, Philippines
Contents: From a court dance: "Tarinai Layang Mas" ("Golden swallow dance") -- From folk tradition: "Selayang Kercing" ("Flying Kercing") -- Dance-drama: Ramayana -- Sapeh: "Jempen letoh" -- Balingbing -- Tongali -- Onnat -- Kulibit -- Paldong -- Saggeypo -- Tongatong -- Topayya -- Palook -- Fishermen's supplication dance: "Tahing baila" -- Bamboo pole dance: "Singkil" -- Folk dance medley. Video/C 3521

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia IV, Indonesia 1
Contents: Gamelan: "Sekar jupun" -- Pendet -- Baris -- Legong keraton -- Kebyar trompong -- Calonarang Video/C 3522

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia V, Indonesia 2
Contents: Kecak -- Wayang -- Gamelan degung -- Tembang Sunda Cianjuran -- Pantun: "Mundinglaya Dikusumah" ("The story of Mundinglaya") -- Tembang Sunda Cianjuran: "Papatet" -- Tarawangsa and kacapi siter: "Kidung" -- Celempungan: "Tablo". Video/C 3523

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Oceania I, Micronesia, Melanesia, Australia
Contents: Canoe navigation dance -- Lehp -- Stick dance -- Dance of welcoming: "Hafa adai" ("Hello") -- Wedding dance -- Dance based on lullabies -- Tagarangau -- Woragutngau -- Sumi -- Kul -- Song of the mythical ancestors -- Ensemble of seven bamboo flutes and drum: "Yumanwusmange" -- Memorial service in the village of Gaikorobi -- Work song -- Jew's harp performance -- Song and dance from Bellona -- Dance from Tiga -- Dance from Ouvea -- Dance from the eastern side of the main island (New Caledonia) -- Ngalko -- Balununbir -- Bomba -- Gomonge -- Bulunbulun -- Larajeje -- Baritje -- Brolga. Video/C 3542

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Oceania II, Polynesia, New Zealand
Contents: Excerpts from a [Tahitian] drama -- Himene-tarava -- 'Otea -- 'Ute -- 'Aparima: "O Vai 'ete rabi" -- Putu -- Song and dance from the Marquesas -- Tape'a -- Fa'ataupati -- Ma'ulu'ulu -- Sasa -- Seated dance -- Ula -- Prelude to ma'ulu'ulu -- Mauluulu -- Me'etu'upaki -- Lakalaka -- Seasea -- Meke wesi -- "Isa Lei" ("Farewell Song") -- Songs and dances -- Kaparima: "Taku manu e" -- Kaparima: "Onakura" -- 'Ura pa'u -- fa'atele -- Parting song - Haka poi -- Tititorea -- Maori love song: "Pokarekare ana." Video/C 3543

Kalakshetra.
Portrays the daily life of Kalakshetra, India's finest center for the performing arts, showing students learning from India's leading exponent of music and dance, Rukmini Devi. Culminates in a spectacular exposition of dance drama. 1986. 50 min. Video/C 7268

Learning Bharata Natyam
Noted Indian dancer-scholar Dr. Kanak Rele demonstrates Bharata Natyam dance techniques and training. PAL format. 1999. 56 min. Video/C 7928

Lord of the Dance: Destroyer of Illusion.
Filmed in a remote region of Nepal within the shadow of Mt. Everest, Lord of the Dance documents activities at two Buddhist monasteries where Sherpas and Tibetans preserve a unique way of life and vision of the world. The film focuses on the ancient Mani-Rimdu festival of "awakening" and on Trulshig Rinpoche, the Tibetan Lama who directs its performance. c1995. 114 min. Video/C 4530

Monkey Dance.
Film presents the lives of three Cambodian-American teenagers who come of age in the United States while holding on to some aspects of their Cambodian culture such as Cambodian dance. Directed, shot, and edited by Julie Mallozzi. 2004. 64 min. DVD 4260

Nangiarkoothu
Dances depicting stories from the life of Krishna. This Hindu temple dance tells the story of the killing of Kamsa, the king of Madhura by Krishna, Hindu deity; part of Srikrsnacaritam, an anonymous libretto for Nangiarkoothu. 60 min. DVD 9328

Nattasin Thai: muat ramnai wannakhadi Thai thi pen chut pen ton.
Contents: Chut thi 1. Rotchana siang phuang malai (Sangthong) -- Mekhala-Rammasun (Rammakian) -- Phralo tamkai (Choetching-Phralo) -- Phralo tamkai (Phleng Lao Chaosu-Phralo) -- Mekhala-Nangwiman (Rammakian) -- Phlai Bua kieo Nangtani (Khunchang-Khunphaen) -- Chut thi 2. Suphalak umsom (Unarut) -- Choetching Suphalak (Unarut) -- Busaba chomsan (Inao) -- Rabam Nangkoi (Ngo-pa ton taeng ngan Nang Lamhap) -- Yaran tam Nokyung (Inao). Shows a wide variety of traditional Thai classical dances. Performances are based on and adapted from folk tales in Thai literature. In Thai. PAL format. 1 hr., 47 min. Video/C MM201

Neo-Filipino
A dance interpretation of the various cultures influencing the contemporary filipino personality. VHS format (PAL). In Tagalog with some English. 60 min. Video/C 9165

Ottan Thullal
Presents a solo performance in the ancient dance form of Ottan Thullal. This performance portrays the tale of Garuda Garvabhangam, the vanquishing of Garuda's pride, by the poet Kunchan Nambiar of Kerala, India. 2003. 45 min. PAL format. DVD 3433

Philippine Folkdances. Vol. 1.
Shows the viewer how to dance the Bumaya and Kayabang folkdances of the Igorot tribe from northern Luzon. Also shows the Malong-Malong and Singkil dances of the Muslims from the southern regions. Each complete dance is shown followed by a replay with a running commentary from Dr. Paz Cielo Belmonte, the founder and director of the Barangay Dance Troupe. 1995. 35 min. Video/C 5141

Philippine Folkdances. Vol. 2.
Demonstrates the famous dances of the Tagalog region such as the Sayaw Sa Bangko, Palo-Palo, Salakot, and Tinikling. Each complete dance is shown followed by a replay with a running commentary from Dr. Paz Cielo Belmonte, the founder and director of the Barangay Dance Troupe. 1995. 33 min. Video/C 5142

Philippine Folkdances. Vol. 3.
Demonstrates the Spanish influenced dances of the Philippines such as the Pandango Sa Ilaw, Polka Sa Plaza, Simpatica, and the La Jota Moncadena. Each complete dance is shown followed by a replay with a running commentary from Dr. Paz Cielo Belmonte, the founder and director of the Barangay Dance Troupe.1995. 29 min. Video/C 5143

Ram chuichai phram
Contents: Ram chuichai phram -- Ram chuichai benchakai -- Ram chuichai wanthong -- Ram Khom bua -- Rabam thep banthoeng -- Fon man mongkhon -- Ram phlai chumphon. In Thai. PAL format. Video/C MM202

Rasinah: dalang Topeng
Looks at the life and work of Rasinah, age 72, a master of the ancient mask dance Topeng Cirebon, which originated in West Java, Indonesia. Rooted in Islamic mysticism, the spiritual significance of the masks and dances was restricted to "specialist families," who for centuries passed on their unique heritage from generation to generation. By the late 1900's the popularity of Topeng Cirebon had faded -- its mystical masters forgotten. Once one of the most popular of the Topeng artists, Rasinah had been reduced to poverty as the taste for this traditional art form waned, but now her body moves again like a young dancer and she is off on an incredible journey of renewal. Directed by Rhoda Grauer. c2003. 57 min. DVD 7131

Rhythm of Joy: Bhihu Dance, Assam
The Bihu dance is performed during the Assamese folk harvest festival heralding the new year. One man sings the refrain and others repeat it in cycles. The participants dance in a circle, initially with a slow tempo and then gradually the dancers build up to a fast rhythm. Bihu is basically a dance for couples, young men and women both take part and dance to the rhythmic music of the Bihu songs. The dance begins in a circle, but soon breaks up into parallel lines, the dancers execute beautiful figures of intertwined semi- circles. 1998. 26 min. DVD X3205

Sayaw: A Documentary on the Spanish Influence on Philippine Dance
Describes the different kinds of European and Mexican dances the Spanish brought to the Philippines, giving special emphasis to the jota, balse, pandanggo, habanera, escotis, mazurka, paseo, marcha and pasodoble, and showing elements that have been incorporated into traditional dances. Accompanied by text: Sayaw: an essay on the Spanish influence on Philippine dance / Lucretia T. Urtula, Prosperidad Arandez. 1992. 35 min. Video/C 8751

Sayaw: A Documentary on American colonial and Contemporary Traditions in Philippine Dance
American colonial and contemporary traditions in Philippine dance New styles, forms and themes developed, which Filipino choreographers later merged or fused with local dance traditions, whether ethnic or Spanish-influenced. This film discusses the Bodabil dances, classical ballet, and modern dance introduced from America and Europe especially during the first half of the century, and the folklore, modern and neo-ethnic ballets and modern dance pieces created by Filipinos in the last four decades. Accompanied by a book titled: Sayaw: an essay on the American colonial and contemporary traditions in Philippine dance by Basilio Esteban S. Villaruz. 1994. 60 min. Video/C 8752

Seraikella Chhau: The Masked Dance of India.
Introduces the art form of the masked dance and illustrates the variety of characters that may be portrayed. c1980. 38 min. Video/C 3245

Siete Dolores
A ballet dancer depicts the historical victimization of Filippine society through the sorrows faced by each of her seven children who represent various sectors in the society: youth, women, politicians, artists, peasants, the military and workers. Originally produced for television. "Based on the 7 sorrows of the Blessed Mother." PAL format. In Tagalog. 48 min. Video/C 9160

The Sorceress of Dirah (Dongeng dari)
Presents an experimental performance event of Balinese dances and legends, developed by the Javanese performance artist and choreographer Sardono W. Kusumo, working with his group in the village of Teges in Bali. The performance was presented widely in Europe and the US in the 1970s and this film version was produced in Bali in 1992. The film is presented in four sections, each involving myths and legends by which village communities have for generations sought to balance forces of good and evil. 2001. 41 min. Video/C MM157

Trance and Dance in Bali.
Presents a Balinese ceremonial dance drama in which the never-ending struggle between the witch and the dragon is played out to the accompaniment of comic interludes and violent trance seizures. Filmed at the village of Pagoetan, 1937-1939. 22 min. Video/C 2958

Understanding Bharatanatyam
Part 1 deals with the history of dance in Tamil Nadu with an emphasis on the late Nayaka and Maratha Periods. It also examines the ritual functions of the devadasi, the public group performance of the kuravanci, and the fundamental execution of both nrtta and abhinaya technique. Part 2 is a discussion and demonstration of the marga of seven-fold repertoire crystallized by the Tanjavur brothers in the 19th century. The alarippu, jatisvaram, sabdam, varnam, javali and tillana are described along with excerpts from performances. 1998. 75 min. Video/C 8736

Understanding Kuchipudi
Explores the solo dance tradition of Andhra Pradesh known as Kuchipudi devised by Vedantam Lakshminarayana Shastri in the present century. It examines the three sources of his solo repertoire: temple, concert and narrative traditional dances. Temple and concert dances were practised by temple dancers of Andhra, while narrative traditional dances were to be found in the repertoires of both temple dancers and Brahman male performances in villages. 1998. 52 min. Video/C 8740

Vidithat phua kansuksa nattasin Thai.
120 min. In Thai. PAL format. Video/C MM202

Yakshagana
Presents a performance of Yakshagana (the music of celestial beings), a 400-year-old dance form born in coastal Karnataka, South India. This traditional theatre-form or dance opera emphasizes distinctive make-up and footwork rather than actual dance. An intriguing amalgam of colour, rhythm, song and gestures, Yakshagana is a cherished cultural art. 2003. 50 min. DVD 3432

Yarkyi Y2K: 41st Anniversary of TIPA
Performances of traditional and contemporay tibetan songs and folk dances to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the founding of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.

Contents: Performances: Uhnyay drenlu (solo singer) -- Jangsem chen (solo singer) -- Nangchen choedro (dance) -- Toeshay gangtoe thonpo (dance) -- Nangsay kabshey (group song) -- Tashipai dhar (group song) -- Gungngon uhphang thojung (dance) -- Doemey gar (dance) -- Lungpa chigdang lungsang ghi fu (group song) -- Drimoe drilen (group song) -- Dharkar ringmo (solo singer). PAL format 2000. 90 min. Video/C 8919

Works on Individual Dancers, Choreographers, and Dance Companies

Choreographers/Dancers/Companies: A-J

Choreographers/Dancers/Companies: K-Z

Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Contents: Divining / choreography by Judith Jamison; music, Kimati Dinizulu, Monti Ellison -- Revelations / choreography by Alvin Ailey -- The stack-up / choreography by Talley Beatty -- Cry / choreography by Alvin Ailey. Four short compositions performed by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with an introduction by Alvin Ailey. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 6671

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Beyond the Steps
Featuring Judith Jamison and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with Robert Battle and Rennie Harris. Follows the Alvin Ailey American Dace Theater during a pivotal time in its history as the company ventures abroad while establishing new roots at home in New York City. When the company moves into a state-of-the-art facility, longtime company Artistic Director Judith Jamison creates a new ballet entitled Love Stories. Choreographed in collaboration with hip-hop pioneer Rennie Harris and modern dance maverick Robert Battle, Jamison explains that Love Stories expresses "the past, present and future" of the company. Ailey dancers take center stage in this documentary as the troupe brings this new work to the White Nights Dance Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Additional feature: Love stories live performance ; music by Stevie Wonder ; original composition by Darrin Ross. Originally broadcast in 2006 as an episode of Dance in America in the Great performances series. 54 min. DVD 8265

Dance Black America.
Documents a four-day festival of dancers and dance companies held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Celebrates the evolution of black dance from the sly parody of plantation quadrilles known at the Cakewalk to the contemporary sophistication of the Alvin Ailey. Narrated by Geoffrey Holder. Contents: The ostrich (1932) / Charles Moore Dance Theatre -- Shango (1945) / Charles Moore Dance Theatre -- Junkie (1965) / Eleo Pomare -- From before (1978) / Garth Fagan's Bucket Dance Company -- Lenjen-Go/Mandiani / Chuck Davis Dance Company -- Juba (1845-65) / Leon Jackson, Halifu Osumare -- The cakewalk (1900?) / Leon Jackson, Halifu Osumare -- Snakehips (1920?) / Al Perryman -- Lindy hop / Mama Lu Parks' Jazz Dancers -- Tap dance / Chuck Green ; music, Duke Ellington -- Break dancing / The Magnificent Force -- Double Dutch jump rope / The Jazzy Double Dutch Jumpers -- Fontessa and friends / Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. 1990. 88 min. DVD X6848; Video/C 2018

An Evening with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Presents two ballet performances by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Divining (choreography by Judith Jamison and Alvin Ailey): A dance evoking a strong feeling for African tribal ritual set to hauntingly rhythmic drum music. Revelations (choreography by Alvin Ailey): Expresses Ailey's intense feelings for his roots in the South. Here is Ailey's vivid "blood memories" of the blues, spirituals, gospel music, ragtime and folk songs as well as the hard life of the Southern black during the Depression. 2000. 61 min. DVD 541

American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre in San Francisco.
Airs/music by George Frideric Handel; choreography by Paul Taylor; reconstructed by Eileen Cropley -- Jardin aux Lilas/ music by Ernest Chausson; choreography by Antony Tudor -- The Black Swan; pas de deaux: (Grand pas de deaux from Act III, Swan Lake)/ music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; choreography by Marius Petipa -- Romeo and Juliet: (balcony pas de deux Act 1) music by Sergei Prokofiev; choreography by Kenneth McMillan -- Great Galloping Gottschalk/music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; orchestrated by Jack Elliot; La Savane arranged by Victoria Bond; choreography by Lynn Taylor-Corbett. Recorded at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, March 1, 1985. 105 min. Video/C 1080

American Ballet Theatre at the Met.
Les Sylphides/music by Frederic Chopin; choreography by Michel Fokine -- Triad/music by Sergei Prokofiev; choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan -- Sylvia/music by Leo Delibes; choreography by George Balanchine -- Paquita/ music by Ludwig Minkus; choreography by John Lanchbery. This triple bill of ballets was recorded at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, on June 11, 1984. 101 min. Video/C 1086

15 Days of Dance: The Making of Ghost Light
The American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and choreographer Brian Reeder were commissioned by the Center for the Moving Image, University of Buffalo to create a new dance "Ghost Light." This film documents day-by-day, the making of the dance. Dancers: Aria Alekzander; Roddy Dobie; José Sebastian; Joseph Gorak; Mary Mills Thomas; Yannick Bittencourt; Owen Gaj; Ty Gurfein; Devon Teuscher; Faye Hideko Warren; Katherine Williams. A film by Elliot Caplan. 101 min. DVD X5407

American Indian Dance Theatre

American Indian Dance Theatre: Finding the Circle.
A presentation of various American Indian dances performed with Native American drums and music accompaniment. The dancers, in their native costumes and makeup, perform in various settings, including a summer pow wow. Included are: Zuni Rainbow dance -- San Carlos Apache crown dance -- Memory dance -- Drum Roll -- Traditional suite -- Ladies fancy shawl dance -- A warrior prepares -- Men's fancy dance suite --- Plains snake dance -- Plains buffalo dance. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 1865

Sir Frederick Ashton

Ashton to Stravinsky: A Study of Four Ballets with Choreography by Frederick Ashton
A study of four ballets by the choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, with music by Stravinsky. Includes a detailed analysis of Sc`enes de ballet (1948) and excerpts from Persephone (1961), Le baiser de la fee (1935), and Le rossignol (1981), compared with settings of Baiser de la fee by Kenneth MacMillan (1960) and George Balanchine (1937). Dancers from the Royal Ballet (Federico Bonelli, Mara Galeazzi, Isabel McMeekan, Natasha Oughtred), the Dutch National Ballet, and the New York City Ballet. c2004. 90 min. Video/C MM1025

Homer Avila

Phoenix Dance
After losing a leg to cancer, dancer Homer Avila talks about his experiences and then performs a duet with Andrea Flores which was choreographed by Alonzo King. A film by Karina Epperlein. c2006. 22 min. DVD 5844

George Balanchine

The Balanchine Celebration.
Selections from Agon / music by Igor Stravinsky -- Selections from Stars and stripes / music by John Philip Sousa -- Selections from Western symphony / music by Hershy Kay -- Selections from Who cares? / music by George Gershwin. Recorded at the New York State Theater, NYC, Spring 1993. 86 min. DVD X1155 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4489

Balanchine Essays: Arabesque
Contents: Arabesque pliee -- Arabesque with releve -- Arabesque penchee -- Arabesque elongee -- Arabesque piquee: illustrated by an excerpt fromSymphony in C -- Arabesque sautee: excerpt from Donizetti variations -- -Arabesque sissone [on pointe]: excerpt from Divertimento no. 15 -- Arabesque sissone [jumping] -- Arabesque traveling backward: excerpt from Raymonda variations -- Arabesque traveling forward: excerpt from Swan lake -- Hops onpointe: excerpt from Raymonda variations -- [Arabesque falling off-balance]:excerpts from Divertimento no. 15 and The four temperaments.

Performer: Instructors: Suki Schorer and Merrill Ashley. Demonstrators: Jeffrey Edwards, Maydelle Fason, and Rebecca Metzger. c1995. 45 min. Video/C 4486

Balanchine Essays: Passe and Attitude
Contents: Passe / illustrated by excerpts from Diamonds [from Jewels], Raymonda variations, Tschaikovsky piano concerto no. 2 [Ballet imperial], and La source -- Passe saute / excerpt from Scotch symphony -- Passe as a movement / excerpts from Swan lake, Square dance, Agon, The nutcracker, Stars and stripes, and Symphony in C. Attitude / excerpts from Concerto barocco and The nutcracker -- Attitude front / excerpts from La source and Concerto barocco.

Performer: Demonstrators: Jeffrey Edwards, Maydelle Fason, and Rebecca Metzger. Instructors: Suki Schorer and Merrill Ashley.

Drawing upon their experience as principal dancers with George Balanchine's New York City Ballet, Suki Schorer and Merrill Ashley provide a detailed analysis and demonstration of the ballet steps passe and attitude, according to the principles of Balanchine technique. Schorer, a longtime teacher at the School of American Ballet, sets exercises intended to help the dancer learn and practice correct form, and both she and Ashley recall images Balanchine used in class to elicit desired movement qualities from the dancers. Brief phrases from Balanchine's ballets illustrate the choreographic application of Balanchine technique. c1994. 45 min. Video/C 4532

Balanchine Essays: Port de Bras and Epaulement
Instructors: Suki Schorer and Merrill Ashley. Demonstrators: Jeffrey Edwards, Maydelle Fason, and Rebecca Metzger.

Drawing upon their experience as principal dancers with George Balanchine's New York City Ballet, Suki Schorer and Merrill Ashley provide a detailed analysis and demonstration of ballet port de bras and epaulement, according to the principles of Balanchine technique. Schorer, a longtime teacher at the School of American Ballet, sets exercises intended to help the dancer learn and practice correct form, and both she and Ashley recall images Balanchine used in class to elicit desired movement qualities from the dancers. Brief phrases from Balanchine's ballets Divertimento no. 15 and Symphony in C illustrate the choreographic application of Balanchine technique. c1994. 43 min. Video/C 4533

Balanchine: The Father of American Ballet
Through rare archival audio and video footage, interviews, film, and photographs, this program traces Balanchine's life from his youth, through his work for Hollywood and Broadway, to his creation of the New York City Ballet. Features selections from many of his ballets, including Chaconne, Agon, Symphony in C, Apollo, A midsummer night's dream, and Western symphony. Originally broadcast in 1984 as episodes of the television programs Great performances and Dance in America. 115 min. DVD 2531

Balanchine Library
Chaconne; Prodigal Son.
Contents: Chaconne / music by Christoph Willibald Gluck -- Prodigal Son /music by Serge Prokofiev.

Dancers: Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Karin von Aroldingen, Shaun O'Brien. 1995. 57 min. Video/C 4487

The Balanchine Celebration. Part 2: New York City Ballet.
Selections from Agon / music by Igor Stravinsky -- Selections from Stars and stripes / music by John Philip Sousa -- Selections from Western symphony / music by Hershy Kay -- Selections from Who cares? / music by George Gershwin. c1996. 86 min. Video/C 4489

Tzigane; Andante from Divertimento no. 15; The Four Temperaments
Performed by the New York City Ballet; choreography by George Balanchine.

Dancers: Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Merrill Ashley, Maria Calegari, Susan Pillarre, Stephanie Saland, Marjorie Spohn, Tracy Bennett, Victor Castelli, Robert Weiss, Bart Cook, Adam Luders, Colleen Neary, Daniel Duell. 1995. 54 min. Video/C 4531

Selections from Jewels; Stravinsky Violin Concerto
Contents: Emeralds / music by Gabriel Faure -- Diamonds / music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky -- Stravinsky violin concerto / music by Igor Stravinsky. Dancers: Ashley Merrill, Daniel Duell, Heather Watts, Darin von Aroldingen, Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins. c1996. 56 min. Video/C 4488

Choreography by Balanchine [Part I]
Tzigane / music by Maurice Ravel -- Andante from Divertimento No. 15 / music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- The four temperaments / music by Paul Hindemith -- Selections from Jewels : emeralds / music by Gabriele Faure : Diamonds / music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky -- Stravinsky violin concerto / music by Igor Stravinsky. Originally produced for television as part of the series Dance in America in 1977-1978. 110 min. DVD 5582

Choreography by Balanchine [Part II]
Chaconne / music by Christoph Willibald Gluck -- Prodigal son : a ballet in three scenes / music by Serge Prokofieff -- Ballo della Regina / music by Giuseppe Verdi -- The steadfast tin soldier / music by George Bizet -- Elegie / music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky -- Tschaikovsky pas de deux / music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky. Originally produced for television as part of the series Dance in America in 1977-1978. 110 min. DVD 5583

Dancing for Mr. B.: Six Balanchine Ballerinas.
This documentary portrays six of Balanchine's celebrated American ballerinas and, through them, also illuminates the life of their mentor. A chronicle of forty years of the New York City Ballets. Also features archival footage from Balanchine's greatest ballets. c1989. 94 min. DVD X842; vhs Video/C 1798

The Individual and Tradition.(Dancing; 7)
This program presents the history of choreography based on the creativity of Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Eiko and Koma, Sardono Kusumo, and Garth Fagan. Includes examples of contemporary choreography from the USA and Japan, as well as archival film footage. c1993. Video/C 2920

Music Dances: Balanchine Choreographs Stravinsky
Professor Stephanie Jordan examines the extraordinary range of Balanchine's approach to Stravinsky's music across the years. The major focus is Agon, with additional selections from Apollo, Duo concertant, Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée, Movements for piano and orchestra, and Danses concertantes. Studio dancers (New York City Ballet): Peter Boal, Albert Evans, Alexander Ritter, Jennifer Tinsley, Kathleen Tracey, Wendy Whelan ; studio musicians: piano, Nancy McDill ; violin and percussion, Gabriel Schaff. Director, Virginia Brooks. New York, N.Y.: George Balanchine Foundation, c2010. 96 min. DVD X5054

Ballets Russes

Diaghilev

Ballets Russes
Tells the straightforward history of the Paris based renowned Ballets Russes troupe from 1929 until its demise in 1962, providing commentary, as well as tidbits on ballet aesthetics, backstage gossip and clip after clip of rare footage. It also offers portraits of the handful of surviving dancers, most of them in their 80s, who provide its commentary. After a brief review of the Diaghilev years (1909-29), it tells the tale of the company after Diaghilev, the story of a troupe renamed, split in two and run by various directors and artists until its demise. Special features: Encores ; Additional footage: Dancer beginnings ; Collaborations ; Behind the velvet curtain ; The rehearsal studio ; Archival footage ; Photo galleries ; Theatrical trailer. Director of photography, Dan Geller ; editors, Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine, Gary Weinberg ; original music, Todd Boekelheide, David Conte. Narrator, Marian Seldes ; interviews with members of the Ballets Russes. Produced and directed by Dayna Goldfine & Dan Geller. c2005 119 min. DVD 6562

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Impresario Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
Presents the life of Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes. Examines the influence of the The Ballets Russes which created a huge sensation around the world, altering the course of musical history, bringing many significant visual artists into the public eye, and completely reinvigorating the art of performative dance. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 33 min. DVD X234

Picasso and Dance
A program commemorating Pablo Picasso as an artistic collaborator with Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. The first part of the program, The story of a marriage uses Picasso's portrait of his ballerina wife Olga Koklova as a departure point for discussions of his designs for the ballets Parade, Le tricorne, Pulcinella, Mercure, and Le train bleu. The second part consists of reconstructions of two ballets, Le Train Bleu (The Blue Train, 1924) and Le Tricorne (The Three-Cornered Hat, 1919). Le Train Bleu is an operetta dansé of a chic and flippant society. Jean Cocteau, who wrote the scenario, mockingly celebrates the cult of open air life, fine bodies and sport. The dances are inspired by golf, tennis, swimming and acrobatics. Le Tricorne is Spanish from start to finish. Picasso, a native of Andalusia, created sets, costumes, and a stage curtain, which evokes the atmosphere of the ballet by means of a typically Spanish scene. The story is of a miller's wife, her jealous husband and a senile magistrate by whom she is pursued. Performers: Paris Opera Ballet dancers: Le Train Bleu: Élisabeth Maurin, Nicholas Le Riche, Clotilde Vayer, Laurent Quéval; Le Tricorne: Kader Belarbi, Françoise Legrée, Fabrice Bourgeois, Eric Quillére, Nathalie Riqué. Contentsf: The Story of Marriage / written and directed by Didier Baussy-Oulianoff ; English version and narration by Robin Scott (ca. 16 min.) -- Le Train Bleu = The blue train / director for television and videogram, Yvon Gerault (ca. 25 min.) -- Le Tricorne = The three cornered hat / director for television and videogram, Yvon Gerault (ca. 39 min.). DVD X2770

Spanish Fiesta(1942)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo perform a ballet to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol." Included on DVD X345
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Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

An Evening with Les Ballets Trockadero. Program 1
Contents: Swan Lake. Act II -- Le corsaire (Pas de deux) -- Go for Barocco -- The dying swan -- Raymonda's wedding. Presents performances by the all-male ballet troupe Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Founded in 1974 for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and in travesty, the comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. 100 min. DVD 3277

An Evening with Les Ballets Trockadero. Program 2
Contents: Les sylphides -- Le grand pas de quatre -- Yes, Virginia, another piano ballet -- The dying swan -- Paquita. Presents performances by the all-male ballet troupe Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Founded in 1974 for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and in travesty, the comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance. 100 min. DVD 3278

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Baryshnikov by Tharp
Contents: The little ballet / music, Alexander Glazounov -- Sinatra suite : performed to the music of Frank Sinatra -- Push comes to shove / music, Joseph Lamb, Franz Joseph Haydn.

Mikhail Baryshnikov discusses dance and performs with the American Ballet Theatre in three ballets choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Includes the Sinatra Suite performed to the music of Frank Sinatra. 60 min. DVD 5592; vhs Video/C 9370

Chaconne; Prodigal Son.
Contents: Chaconne / music by Christoph Willibald Gluck -- Prodigal Son /music by Serge Prokofiev.

Dancers: Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Karin von Aroldingen, Shaun O'Brien. 1995. 57 min. Video/C 4487

Pina Bausch

Dancing Dreams
Two years ago, world-famous dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch selected forty teenagers who had never heard her name to be part of her dance piece Contact Zone. For ten months through opening night, the young dancers discovered Bausch's genius and their own bodies. A stimulating examination of the many ways in which art can give an electric charge to everyday experience. Written and directed by Anne Linsel. 2010. 89 min. DVD X5052

European Tanztheater
Performer: Kurt Jooss, Pina Bausch, Susanne Linke, Reinhild Hoffmann, Christine Brunel. European dance theater comes alive through the works and voices of its creators and fascinating narrative about its originators. Archival footage and beautifully filmed and edited excerpts of current repertory demonstrate the forms and power of this genre. 1997. 62 min. Video/C 6675

Pina.
Directed by Wim Wenders. A tribute to the late innovative German choreographer, Pina Bausch. The film was originally planned as a collaboration between Wenders and Bausch and was in pre-production when she passed away in 2009. Wenders decided to continue the project as a tribute to her. In this film, the dancers of her company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, perform her most famous visionary creations. 2011. 103 min. DVD X8066

The Plaint of the Empress (Die Klage der Kaiserin)
This first film by choreographer Pina Bausch reflects her method of working as developed with the Wuppertal Theatre of Dance during the 1973/74 season. The film does not tell a story, but is made up of various scenes put together as a collage with scenes set in different locations, such as the woods and fields around Wuppertal, the city centre, the suspension railway, a carpet shop, a greenhouse and the rehearsal room. The futility of human activity and the search for love make up the film's central theme set against the strains of a Silician funeral march. Performed by the Wuppertaler Tanztheater: Mariko Aoyama, Anne Marie Benati, Benedicte Billiet, Rolando Brenes Calvo, Antonio Carallo, Finola Cronin, Dominique Duszynski, Mechthild Grossmann, Barbara Hampel, Kyomi Ichida, Urs Kaufmann, Ed Kortlandt, Beatrice Libonati, Anne Martin, Dominique Mercy, Jan Minarik, Helena Pikon, Dana Sapiro, Jean-Laurent Sasportes, Mark Sieczkarek, Julie Ann Stanzak, Mark Alan Wilson, and others. Filmed on location in Wuppertal, Germany, between October 1987 and April 1989. 99 min. Video/C 5406

In Search of Dance--The Different Theater of Pina Bausch (Auf der Suche Nach Tanz--Das Andere Theater der Pina Bausch)
Documentary on choreographer Pina Bausch and her work with the Wuppertaler Tanztheater. A brief biography of Bausch covers her early studies with Kurt Jooss at the Folkwangschule in Essen, and her studies in the U.S. with choreographers such as Jose Limon. Includes a choreographic analysis of Bausch's works, illustrated with performance excerpts and additional commentary through interviews with dance critic Jochen Schmidt and Bausch herself. Contents: Performance excerpts: Arien -- Kontakthof -- The rite of spring -- Blaubart -- Auf dem Gebirge hat man ein Geschrei gehort -- Nelken -- Bandoneon -- Walzer -- Palermo, Palerm -- (the dance film) Die Klage der Kaiserin. 1991. 29 min. Video/C 5407

Understanding Pina: The Legacy of Pina Bausch
Profiles the life of the German modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch. Explores her dance background, and offers insights into her creative legacy. Features interviews with dancers who worked with Bausch in the early stages of her career. Produced by Kathryn Sullivan. c2010. 40 min. DVD X4760

What do Pina Bausch and her dancers do in Wuppertal? (Was Tun Pina Bausch und Ihre Tanzerin in Wuppertal?)
Documentary on choreographer Pina Bausch and the Wuppertaler Tanztheater, filmed in the course of rehearsals for a new work, Walzer. Selected days of rehearsal, presented with a minimum of interpretive narration, show Bausch and the company working on creative exercises as the piece gradually takes shape. Performance and rehearsal footage of an earlier work, Bandoneon, are seen at the opening of the documentary. In order to create a sense of the general milieu of Wuppertal, the filmmakers also include scenes of the town, interviews with factory workers, and a pre-recorded reading by German writer Peter Weiss. Performer: Danced by the Wuppertaler Tanztheater: Malou Airaudo, Jacob Andersen, Anne Marie Benati, Ulrich Bergfelder, Benedicte Billiet, Matthias Burkert, Marion Cito, Jo-Anne Endicott, Mechthild Grossmann, Urs Kaufmann, Ed Kortlandt, Beatrice Libonati, Anne Martin, Jan Minarik, Nazareth Panadero, Helena Pikon, Hans Pop, Isabel Ribas Serra, Arthur Rosenfeld, Monika Sagon, Jean-Laurent Sasportes, Janusz Subicz, Meryl Tankard, Christian Trouillas, Francis Viet, Vitus Zeplichal. Recorded in Wuppertal, Germany, in spring 1982. 115 min. Video/C 5408

Talley Beatty

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.
Divining/Judith Jamison -- Revelations/Alvin Ailey -- The Stack Up/Talley Beatty -- Cry/Alvin Ailey. 140 min. Video/C 1079

The American Dance Festival's Dancing in the Light: Six Dances by African-American Choreographers
A modern dance television program showcasing 6 historic dance compositions by African American choreographers. All of the dances were originally recorded for the Emmy Award-winning series Free to Dance, a three-hour television documentary. Features six dances in their entirety or in the case of one work, a complete section. Ostrich (Awassa astrige) / Asadata Dafora (1932) -- Barrelhouse blues (excerpt) / Katherine Dunham (1943) -- Strange fruit / Pearl Primus (1943) -- Mourner's bench /Talley Beatty (1947) -- Rainbow 'round my shoulder / Donald Mc Kayle (1959) -- D-Man in the waters, section 1 / Bill T. Jones (1989). Originally aired on PBS in 2001 as part of the Great Performances series. 57 min. DVD 8081

Maya Deren. Volume 1: Dances for the Camera.
Contents: Study in choreography for the camera (1945) / Maya Deren and Talley Beatty -- Ritual in transfigured time (1946) / Maya Deren, Frank Westbrook -- Meditation on violence (1948) / Maya Deren, performed by Chao Li Chi -- Very eye of night (1955) / Maya Deren, performed by the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, with choreography by Anthony Tudor. 199-?. 50 min. Video/C 5294

Mourner's Bench (1947)
Choreography: Talley Beatty DVD 8081

Speaking of Dance.
Part 2 of this series of conversations with contemporary masters of American modern dance profiles Anna Sokolow. 45 min. Video/C 3153 , and part 3 interviews Donald McKayle. 60 min. Video/C 3154.

Talley Beatty: Conversations with Contemporary Masters of American Modern Dance.
Interviews with choreographer and modern dance artist, Talley Beatty, including his performances, film footage of Beatty as he instructs students, and stories about his life in dance. 1993. 59 min. Video/C 3247

Jerome Bell

Le dernier spectacle (1988)
Avant-garde dance performance conceived and directed by Jerome Bel. A piece meant to end all performances of an identity (Bel), while putting its trust in the imagination of the audience like no other, is an "Endgame" of dance. Includes an excerpt from Wandlung (1978), choreographed by Susanne Linke. With Claire Haenni, Antonio Carallo, Frederic Seguette, Jerome Bel. Recorded at the Tanz im August festival, Berlin, August, 1999. 58 min. DVD X468

Jerome Bel: le film
Avant-garde dance performance conceived and directed by Jerome Bel. Bel reduces dance to its component parts -- space, time, the body, with lights and music in the form of a hand-held bare light bulb and a breathily-sung rendition of the Rite of Spring. The performers apparently reveal all, their names, telephone numbers, bank balances, and naked bodies, yet still remain ciphers. With Claire Haenni, Gisèle Pelozuelo, Eric Bono, Yseult Roch, and Frederic Seguette. Recorded at the Nieuwpoortheater, Ghent, December 1998. 55 min. DVD X466

Nom donne par l'auteur (1994)
Avant-garde dance performance conceived and directed by Jerome Bel. Features a series of tableaux in an exhaustive exploration of all possible combinations of objects and their properties - people treated as material, inanimate objects presented choreographically in time, space, and exploiting qualities of 'line'. Recorded at the Centre national de la danse, Paris, May 2005. 68 min. DVD X465

Pichet Klunchun and Myself 2006; Novel Dance for Your Eyes, for Your Soul
Chiefly consists of an on-stage conversation between experimental French choreographer Jerome Bel and traditional Thai dancer Pichet Klunchun. The piece puts two artists face to face, who have very different aesthetical and artistic practices. Problematic notions such as euro-centrism, inter-culturalism, or cultural globalization, are issues defined throughout the piece. With Jerome Bel and Pichet Klunchun. Recorded at the Taipei Novel Hall for the Novel Dance Series, Taipei, June 2006. 91 min. DVD X471

Shirtology (1997)
Avant-garde dance performance conceived and directed by Jerome Bel. As playful as it is minimalist, Shirtology is simply a matter of deploying the people and the T-shirts in combination and arrangement -- structures through time, pictures in space. The work of the piece is that of dressing and appearing -- changing clothes, presenting oneself, in T-shirts. With Frederic Seguette. Recorded at the Montpellier Danse festival, Montpellier (France), July 1999. 23 min. DVD X467

The Show Must Go On
Avant-garde dance performance conceived and directed by Jerome Bel. "The possibility of an art-piece, even a choreography, today is not to propose an utterance, but to invite the spectator to re-invent him/herself, or perhaps less utopic, to re-search his/her ideology of watching, of constructing self, or articulating security. To be part of an art-experience is always only the experience of the self." With Sonja Augart, Nicole Beutler, Carine Charaire, Germana Civera, Olda de Soto, Juan Dominguez, Dina Ed Dik, Benoit Izard, Cuqui Jerez, Henrique Neves, Frederic Seguette, Amaia Urra, Peter Vandenbempt, Hester Van Hasselt, Ion Munduate, Eva Meyer Keller, Gisèle Pelozuelo, Simon Verde, Carlos Pez, Johannes Sundrup and Esther Snelder. Recorded at the Teatro Nacional San Joao, Porto, (Portugal) for PONTI and ANCA, December 2001. 102 min. DVD X469

Veronique Doisneau (1994)
Invited to make a piece for the ballet of the Paris Opera, Jerome Bel wanted to stage a kind of theatrical documentary on the work of one of the dancers of the ballet : Veronique Doisneau. The dancer, close to the retirement age, alone on stage, retrospectively and subjectively considers her own career as a ballerina. Includes extracts borrowed from several other ballets. With Veronique Doisneau. Celine Talon, Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera Ballet. Recorded at the Palais Garnier, Opera National de Paris, October 2005. 68 min. DVD X470

Bolshoi Ballet

An Evening with the Bolshoi.
Les Sylphides (complete) -- Spartacus (Act II) -- the Sleeping Beauty (Pas de deaux) -- La Bayadere (Solo) -- Swan Lake (Black Swan pas de deaux) -- Spring waters -- Golden Age (Adagio) -- Don Quixote (Grand pas). Recorded at Battersea Pavillion, London. The Bolshoi Ballet with the Orchestra of London, conducted by Alexander Kopylov. 1986. 120 min. Video/C 1081

The Glory of the Bolshoi
During the Bolshoi Ballet's first tours abroad in the mid-20th century, Western audiences were brought to their feet by the Bolshoi style-thrilling athleticism that never lost the essential beauty of the dance. Five years research in Russia's film archives has unearthed fascinating footage, much of it never before available in the West, of many of the company's great dancers. Sequence of solos: Le Corsaire, Laurensia, Don Quixote; Spartacus (excerpts); Shuraleh (pas de deux); Etude; The Fountain of Bakhchiserai (excerpts); The Flames of Paris (pas de deux); Ravel Waltes; Paganini (excerpt); The Little Humpbacked Horse." Les Sylphides (Waltz) -- Moment Musical (pas de deux) -- Moszkowski Waltz -- Swan Lake (White Swan pas de deux) -- Swan Lake (Black Swan pas de deux) -- Ribbon Dance -- Boston Waltz -- The Nutcracker (pas de trois) -- The Nutcracker (Sugar Plum Fairy solo). Natalia Bessmertnova, Vakhtang Chaboukiani, Ekaterina Geltzer, Musa Gottlieb, Pyotr Gusev, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Olga Lepeshinskaya, Maris Liepa, Ekaterina Maximova, Asaf Messerer, Irek Mukhamedov, Maya Plisetskaya, Marina Semenova, Vasili Tikhomirov, Galina Ulanova, Vladimir Vasiliev. 1995. 90 min. DVD 5591

Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown
In this interview with Trisha Brown, who has been hailed as one of the true great experimentalists in modern dance, she speaks about her life in dance. Ms. Brown began her career in New York City as a member of the Judson Dance Theater. Since forming her own company in 1971, she has received major commissions from foundations and festivals around the world. Includes excerpts from some of her performances. c1996. 66 min. Video/C 8201

Trisha Brown: Early Works 1966-1979.
Disc 1. Homemade (1966). Man walking down the side of a building (1970). Floor of the forest (1970). Leaning duets (1970). Walking on the wall (1971). Accumulation (1971). Primary accumulation (1972). Group primary accumulation (1973). Roof and fire piece (1973). Structured pieces 11 (1974). Spiral (1974). Locus (1975). Structured pieces 111 (1975). Sololos (1976). Line up (1976). Spanish dance (1976). Watermotor (1978). Accumulation with talking Features Trisha Brown, a choreographer of contemporary dance, who is instrumental in changing the limits of modern dance. In the 1960s Brown created works which attempted to defy gravity and challenge dancers to experiment with the dynamics of stability. Her search for her own style in dance and the formation of her own company in 1970 showcase her unique ideas of movement. Disc 1 presents some of Brown's major performances -- Disc 2 presents a conversation between Trish Brown and art historian, Klaus Kertess, in which she reminisces about her early years, her works and the creation of her characteristic style. 2004. 80 min. DVD 6386

Fernando Bujones

Fernando Bujones, in His Image
A profile of dancer Fernando Bujones, who is interviewed and seen in excerpts from Giselle, Raymonda, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, La Sylphide and Bejart's 7-Greek dances. c1986. 57 min. Video/C 8296

Doris Chase

Doris Chase Collected Works. Volume 1
Painter and teacher, sculptor of monumental kinetic forms, Doris Chase is best known as a pioneer in the field of dance for the camera. Beginning in the 1970s, she produced more than fifty videos now regarded as key works in the history of video art. This collection features her most important works. In Full circle: the work of Doris Chase she explains her work in various media from painting on flat surfaces through sculpture in wood, plexiglass, plastic, and metal, to film and videotape. The seven remaining films showcase Chase's film production work in dance. Contents: ull circle : the work of Doris Chase / producer, Elizabeth Wood (ca 10 min.) -- Tall arches / choreographer, Mary Staton ; music, Vito Ricci ; dancers, Cynthia Robertson, Mary Staton, Melissa Teske ; produced by Doris Chase (ca. 7 min.) -- Rocking orange / choreographer, Mary Staton ; music, George Kleinsinger ; dancers, Cynthia Robertson, Mary Staton, Melissa Teske ; produced by Doris Chase (3 min. 30 sec.) -- Moon gates / choreographer, Mary Staton ; music, George Kleinsinger ; dancers, Cynthia Robertson, Mary Staton, Melissa Teske ; produced by Doris Chase (5 min.) -- Doris Chase dance series (ca. 8 min.); Improvisation (4 min. 23 sec.) / dancer, Kei Takei -- Doris Chase dance series / dancer, Gus Solomons, Jr. ; music, George Kleinsinger (ca. 8 min.) -- Doris Chase dance series in Brooklyn / dancer, Cynthia Anderson ; music, Laurie Spiegel (ca. 13 min.) DVD X812

Lucinda Childs

Making Dances: Seven Postmodern Choreographers.
Includes interviews, rehearsal, and performance sequences with seven contemporary choreographers: Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, David Gordon, Douglas Dunn, Kenneth King, Meredith Monk, Sara Rudner. c1980. 88 min. Video/C 1385

Dana Caspersen

From a Classical Position; Just Dancing Around?
From a classical position / choreographed, directed and danced by Dana Caspersen and William Forsythe (1992) -- Just dancing around? / director: Mike Figgis (1996). "From a classical position" constitutes a one-off experience of Forsythe and Caspersen's work, giving dance lovers a unique vision of their art as choreographers, dancers and now film-makers. The piece is performed to an original score by Thomas Willems, a composition for a single piano. Just dancing around? A documentary that focuses on the build-up to the first performance of Forsythe's "The loss of small detail". The soundtrack features the avant-garde music of Thomas Willems and Handel's Concerti grossi. DVD 8206

Martha Clarke

Martha Clarke: Light & Dark: A Dancer's Journal.
Designed to show the process of producing art through dance by portraying artist Martha Clarke as she creates an evening of original theatrical dance. 1980. 54 min. Video/C 5184

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Moon Water
The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan has developed a unique and dynamic style. This dance film examines the correlation between essence and appearance, effort and effortlessness, man and woman , all explored using water, mirror, light and reflections. Director, Ross MacGibbon c2000. 85 min. DVD X5898

Merce Cunningham

Cunningham Dance Foundations web site

Beach Birds for Camera
A film adaptation of a modern dance work originally made for the stage, featuring the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The film combines different shooting locations, black and white and color film and stereo sound to present the dance through the visual medium of film. Filmed at Kaufman Astorio Studios and on location at Industria Superstudio, Dec. 1991, New York City. 28 min. Video/C 5318

Blue Studio: Five Segments.
A solo modern dance by Merce Cunningham which emphasizes the body's natural articulation, incorporating ordinary gestures and movements, while using abstract space to achieve a synthesis of dance and video. The title is derived from the technique of "chromakeying" whereby imagery can be superimposed upon the blue area of a video image. Produced at WNET-TV, October, 1975, New York City. 15 min. Video/C 5321

Cage/Cunningham: A Film.
Combines archival material and eight years of world tour footage to document the 50 year collaboration between composer John Cage and dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham. Featuring: Merce Cunningham and John Cage ; with Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolyn Brown, Viola Farber, Alvin Lucier, LaMonte Young, Rudolf Nureyev, David Tudor, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Virgil Thomson. 1991. 95 min. Video/C 5312

Changing Steps.
A performance of the dance 'Changing Steps' choreographed by Merce Cunningham in 1973. In its original form it consisted of a solo dance for each member of the Company, 5 duets, 2 trios, 2 quartets and 2 quintets, which could be performed in any order and separately or overlapping if space allowed. Credits: Choreography, Merce Cunningham ; directors, Merce Cunningham, Elliot Caplan ; music, Cartridge music / John Cage. 1989. 36 min. Video/C 5317

Channels/Inserts.
In this modern dance production Cunningham and Atlas divided the studio into 16 possible areas for dancing and used chance methods based on the I Ching to determine the order in which the spaces would be used, the number of dancers to be seen and events that would occur in each space. Atlas employed cross-cutting and animated mattes or wipes to indicate a simultaneity of dance events occurring in different spaces, as well as to allow for diversity in the continuity of the image. Filmed at the Cunningham Dance Studio in January 1981. 32 min.

Coast Zone.
Direction and editing, Charles Atlas. Thirteen members of the Cunningham dance troupe perform to the musical composition, Beachcombers. Filmmaker Atlas utilized a new use of deep-focus by contrasting background figures (often in motion) with those in the foreground (sometimes in extreme close-up). Filmed on location at Synod Hill, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City, 1983. 28 min. Video/C 5336

The Collaborators.
Interview with John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Robert Rauschenberg who discuss their collaborative efforts in artistic dance production. Includes excerpts from dance productions such as Travelogue and Nocturnes, as well as the entire production of Coast zone. 1987. 56 min. Video/C 5320

CRWDSPCR
Looks at Merce Cunningham's choreographic methods featuring his work with the computer program Lifeforms. Shot over a course of one year, the film follows the dancers as they transform Cunningham's computerized images to staged reality. Commissioned for the stage by the American Dance Festival and first performed in Durham, North Carolina, July 15, 1993. Filmed at the Merce Cunningham Studio, Westbeth, New York City. 1996. 52 min. Video/C 5332

Cunningham Dance Technique: Elementary Level.
An introduction to a number of the elements that comprise the basics of the Cunningham technique for dancers. Exercise and movement combinations are demostrated by dancers, intercut by teacher demonstrations during technique classes. Cunningham's narration provides an explanation of each exercise. 1985. 35 min. Video/C 5312

Deli Commedia.
Cunningham's slapstick nod to the improvised farces of the Italian 18th century commedia dell l'arte which includes a short discussion by the choreographer. The music in this modern dance, like the action, is a throwback to silent films days when actors "danced" their storyline and exaggeration conveyed emotion. Comic kinetic jokes, cakewalking, tango, lindyhop and imaginative juxtapositions of bodies, props and special effects are enhanced by the aural image of an old-time player piano. Production filmed Sept. 5, 1985. 18 min. Video/C 5315

Fractions I: A Video Dance.
A dance by Merce Cunningham and Charles Atlas. In the dance Fractions I as many as four video monitors share the screen space with the dancers. The division of the frame into parts or "fractions" allowed filmmaker Atlas to group more dancers into the frame, while still achieving greater depth and fluidity of movement by alternating between the monitors and the studio space. 1978. 33 min. Video/C 5326

Locale.
In this modern dance production the camera movements are choreographed as precisely as those of the performers. The film was structured in four parts based upon use of specific cameras, dancers and time. Filmmaker Atlas also designed the costumes, choosing the same hues as are seen on the television adjustment color-bars, combining those into gradations of the corresponding gray-based tones used in tuning black and white television monitors. 1978. 30 min. Video/C 5327

Merce by Merce by Paik
Director, Charles Atlas. Collaboration between video artist Nam June Paik and modern dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham. Cunningham performs two of his works; electronic effects are supplied by Paik. 1978. 60 min. Video/C 5335

Merce Cunningham.
Contents: Dance excerpts: Travelogue / music, John Cage; design, Robert Rauschenberg. -- Squaregame / music, Takehisa Kosugi; design, Mark Lancaster. -- Exchange / music, David Tudor; design, Jasper Johns.

Interviews with Merce Cunningham, Carolyn Brown, Karole Armitage and Chris Komar with scenes from rehearsal of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and performance excerpts from Exchange, Squaregame, and Travelogue. 1979. 60 min. Video/C 5334

Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance
Merce Cunningham has performed and choreographed modern dance for over fifty years. This in-depth profile explores Cunningham's prolific career from his earliest successes to recent works such as Occasion Piece. Featuring new and archival performance footage, the film also includes exclusive interviews with dancers, collaborators and the master himself. c2001. 90 min. DVD 2540

Merce Cunningham & Co.
A documentary exploring Cunningham's methods of choreography, including his employment of random methods through the use of I Ching, his collaboration with composer John Cage and his relationship with the dancers. Cunningham candidly reveals his ideas on dance through interviews and footage from rehearsals at the Cunningham studios. Videocassette release of a film originally produced in 1962. Includes excerpts from "Trails", "Scramble", "Aeon", "Quartet", "Suite for five", "Roadrunners", and "Fractions". c1982. 455 min. Video/C 5316

Merce Cunningham and Dance Company (Dance in America)
Contents: Minutial -- Solo -- Westbeth -- Septet -- Antic meet -- Scramble -- Rainforest -- Sounddance -- Video triangle.

Dances from the repertory of choreographer Merce Cunningham and his dance company, created from 1952 to 1977. The dances present images of human beings moving in different ways which give each viewer a natural and individual impression. The music and dance act as separate identities which coexist much as do sight and sound in daily life. Videocassette release of a performance created for television, aired January 5, 1997 on WNET-13, New York. 59 min. Video/C 5330

Points in Space.
This is the critically acclaimed collaboration for the screen by choreographer Merce Cunningham, composer John Cage, and filmmaker Elliot Caplan. Looks at the production process of a modern dance ballet, followed by a performance of the same. 1986. 55 min. DVD X4886; Video/C 3268

Roamin' I
Directed by Charles Atlas. A documentary on the making of the film dance "Locale". Roamin' I which may also be read as "Roman numeral one" or "Roaming eye", the interactions of dancers, choreograper and film crew working together are recorded. The film is a fascinating lesson on the methods used and problems encountered in filming dance movement. 1980. 15 min. Video/C 5328

Robert Rauschenberg Collaborations
In 1954, Robert Rauschenberg became the Resident Designer to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, a position he held for ten years. During that time these friends and collaborators, along with the musician John Cage, created some of the most iconoclastic artworks of the 20th century. This set showcases these great artists' work, along with the work of another, filmmaker Charles Atlas. Charles Atlas has directed and collaborated on over 35 film or video projects with Merce Cunningham and served as the company's filmmaker-in-residence for ten years (1974-1983). The three films in this collection showcase Atlas's direction and editing of films and include the 2003 revival of Suite for Five, the 1999 revival of Summerspace, and the original cast of Interscape in 2000. ... Interscape explores the transitions between darkness and light, stillness and exertion, and silence and sound. A detailed and beautifully rendered work, Interscape showcases the essence of the artists Cage, Cunningham and Rauschenberg. 95 min.

Credits Interscape: choreography, Merce Cunningham ; decor and costumes, Interscape mirage, Robert Rauschenberg ; music, John Cage (One to the eighth) ; music performed by Loren Dempster ; director of photography, Jacques Pamart ; editing, Joshua Thorson Suite for Five : choreography, Merce Cunningham ; costumes, Robert Rauschenberg ; music, John Cage (Music for piano, no. 4-19) ; music performed by Christian Wolff ; director of photography, Jarred Alterman ; editing, Charles Atlas, Glen Fogel. Summerspace: choreography, Merce Cunningham ; decor and costumes, Robert Rauschenberg ; music, Morton Feldman (Ixion) ; music performed by John Cage, David Tudor ; director of photography, Jacques Pamart ; editing, Joshua Thorson.

Interscape was first performed at Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, April 6th, 2000; Suite for five was first performed May 18, 1956 at University fo Notre Dame, South Bend, IN; Summerspace was first performed at the Eleventh American Dance Festival, August 17, 1958, Connecticut College, New London, CT. DVD X5869

Sometimes It Works, Sometimes It Doesn't.
Part 1: directors, Chris Dercon, Stefaan Decostere; produced by Belgian Radio & Television. Part 2: Choreography, Merce Cunningham; director, CharlesAtlas; produced by Cunningham Dance Foundation.

A videotape in two parts. The second is the film danceChannels/Inserts. In the first part Merce Cunninghamand John Cage discuss in separate interviews, theinfluence of the other on his own work, as well astheir collaboration together in the theater, therelationship between movement and sound and their useof chance operations. Interviews alternate withfootage from earlier works that illustrate their styleand aesthetic.1983. 63 min. Video/C 5333

Split Sides
Presents four of 32 possible variations of Cunningham's work Split sides (2003), featuring two set designs, two sets of costumes, and two lighting plots. Split sides 45 : choreography "A" followed by "B" (126 min.) -- Split sides 46 : choreography "B" followed by "A" (126 min.). A film by Charles Atlas. 2006. 252 min. DVD X2373

Squaregame Video.
Directed by Charles Atlas. In this modern dance production, originally conceivedfor adaptation to video, Cunningham designed thechoreography so that it would fit in a square areameasured upon the larger rectangular space of thestage. The resulting work illuminates one area ofCunningham's imagination of the spatial and temporal relationship between the viewer and the total dance event. 1976. 27 min. Video/C 5331

Story.
Film of a performance at the Ruotsalaeisessa Teaterissa in Helsinki, Finland during the world tour of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1964. "Story" was deliberately indeterminate in its composition and could change, depending on the theatre from performance to performance. The performers could exchange parts not only among themselves but also on occasion with the conductor. 198? 20 min. Video/C 5314

Torse
A film production by Niels Melo; direction and editing by Charles Atlas. A filmed version of a modern dance performed by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company which utilizes the split screen method, allowing the viewer to see the movements from two different aspects at the same time. The right and left screen versions have been optically printed onto one film. "Torse" refers to the extensive use of the torso throughout the film. Filmed for the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image of the Dance Collection by Charles Atlas, Merce Cunningham and Niels Melo on August 24-26, 1977, at Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. 55 min. Video/C 5319

Variations V.
In this multimedia production which incorporates modern dance, electronic music and film, twelve sound sensitive electronic poles are placed around the stage. The sound is triggered by the dancer's movements and then altered or delayed by the musicians. Videocassette release of the 1966 television production. 199-?. 48 min. Video/C 5329

Walkaround Time.
Director, Charles Atlas; music, "...For Nearly an Hour...", by David Behrmann; decor after Marcel Duchamp's "The large glass" in the Philadelphia Museum, supervised by Jasper Johns. A film created in homage to Marcel Duchamp. Embodies aspects of the artist's work, such as transparency, motion, the role of the viewer, and the nature of vision. The transparency of the set allows parts of the dance action to be observed within and behind the decor. 1973. 48 min. Video/C 5325

Wedding Dance to Video and Film: Relating to Merce (Eye on Dance; 282)
Contents: Demonstration dances: 2 excerpts from "Changing steps" (M. Cunningham, E. Caplan) -- "Show" (Lynn Dally) -- "Cunningham dance technique: Intermediate level" (Instructional video) -- Plie in first & second position (Instructional video) -- Jose Limon dance technique (Instructional video). Performers: Host: Celia Ipiotis; interviewees: Elliot Caplan and Dennis Diamond. Guests talk about relating to the famous choreographer, Merce Cunningham and other dancers. Discussion centers around the making of artistic and instructional dance video tapes and the challenge to create a successful transition from stage dance to filmed dance. c1989. 29 min. Video/C 4022

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Fall River legend / Agnes de Mille -- Troy game / Robert North -- The Beloved / Lester Horton -- John Henry / Arthur Mitchell. 1989. 120 min. Video/C 2019

Mark Dendy

Mark Dendy
In this interview with modern dancer and choreographer Mark Dendy, he talks about what has shaped his life and influenced his work. Dendy is well known for his physically daring and energetic dances exploring such themes as gender, religion and other critical social issues. Includes excerpts from his best known dances. c1996. 60 min. Video/C 8202

Sean Dorsey

The Outsider Chronicles: A Dance Theater Journey Into the World of the Gender Outsider
A full-evening concert of Artistic Director Sean Dorsey's groundbreaking choreography. Playful, evocative and deeply moving, The Outsider Chronicles fuses dance, theater, storytelling and original scores to dive into aspects of coming out and living as transgender... foiled first love, lovers' spats, coming out (or not) to family, road trips, homophobic violence and learning what "til death do us part" really means, and the joys of therapy. Contents Second kiss (ca. 12:00) -- Red tie, red lipstick (ca. 9:00) -- In closing (ca. 5:00) -- 6 hours (ca. 15:00) -- Creative (ca. 20:00). November 18 & 19, 8 pm, ODC Theater. c2005. 65 min. DVD X1264

Isadora Duncan

The Individual and Tradition.(Dancing; 7)
This program presents the history of choreography based on the creativity of Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Eiko and Koma, Sardono Kusumo, and Garth Fagan. Includes examples of contemporary choreography from the USA and Japan, as well as archival film footage. Video/C 2920

Isadora Duncan: Masterworks, 1905-1923
Presents ten complete Isadora Duncan dances with commentary by Andrea Mantell Seidel and Julia Levein. Performers: Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble; artistic director Andrea Seidel; artistic advisor, Julia Levien; Bambi Anderson, resident guest artist/soloist. Contents: Ave Maria, Schubert (5:24) -- Harp etude, Chopin (Opus 25, No. 1) (2:18) -- Gypsy mazurka, Chopin (Op. 68, No. 2) (2:48) -- Narcissus, Chopin (Op. 64, No. 2) (2:58) -- Brahms Waltzes (Op. 39): Greeting (0:47); Gypsy (1:16); Rosepetals (1:35) -- Bacchanal, Gluck (Iphigenia) (3:32) -- Furies, Gluck (Orpheus) (5:55) -- Mother, Scriabin Etude (Opus 2, No. 1) (2:58) -- Revolutionary, Scriabin Etude (Op. 8, No. 2) (2:03) -- Impressions of revolutionary Russia: Warshavianka, Songs from the Russian Red Army (4:08) DVD X1301

Isadora Duncan: Technique and Repertory Dance
Seventeen excerpts choreographed by modern dance legend Isadora Duncan as performed by Julia Levien, of the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble. Includes elements of class technique as taught at the Duncan schools and an illustrated history of Duncan Dance schools. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 8297

Trailblazers of Modern Dance.
Documentary on Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Dennis and Martha Graham, and their contributions to modern dance. 1981. 60 min. DVD 1371; VHS Video/C 207

Katherine Dunham

The American Dance Festival's Dancing in the Light: Six Dances by African-American Choreographers
A modern dance television program showcasing 6 historic dance compositions by African American choreographers. All of the dances were originally recorded for the Emmy Award-winning series Free to Dance, a three-hour television documentary. Features six dances in their entirety or in the case of one work, a complete section. Ostrich (Awassa astrige) / Asadata Dafora (1932) -- Barrelhouse blues (excerpt) / Katherine Dunham (1943) -- Strange fruit / Pearl Primus (1943) -- Mourner's bench /Talley Beatty (1947) -- Rainbow 'round my shoulder / Donald Mc Kayle (1959) -- D-Man in the waters, section 1 / Bill T. Jones (1989). Originally aired on PBS in 2001 as part of the Great Performances series. 57 min. DVD 8081

Barrelhouse Blues (1943) (excerpt)
Choreography: Katherine Dunham (1943) DVD 8081

The Individual and Tradition.(Dancing; 7)
This program presents the history of choreography based on the creativity of Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Eiko and Koma, Sardono Kusumo, and Garth Fagan. Includes examples of contemporary choreography from the USA and Japan, as well as archival film footage. Video/C 2920

Katherine Dunham
Interview with Katherine Dunham, dancer, choreographer, and arts educator for many years. She talks about the influences on her work and the challenges she overcame being Black, female and an outsider to the dance establishment. Also shows her teaching a group of students. 1989? 15 min. Video/C MM1223

Mambo. (1954)
Director, Robert Rosen. Choreographer: Katherine Dunham. Cast: Silvana Mangano, Michael Rennie, Vittorio Gassman, Shelley Winters, Katherine Dunham. In this offbeat romance set in Venice a young saleswoman, her love life complicated by a penniless gambler and a sickly count, becomes a famous dancer. This film allows modern-day viewers the pleasure of seeing Katherine Dunham, one of the greatest American dancers of the 20th century, in action. 94 min. DVD X5534; vhs 999:2272

Stormy Weather (1943)
Directed by Andrew L. Stone. Cast: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and his band, Katherine Dunham and her troupe, Fats Waller, Nicholas Brothers. A delightful musical strung together with a silly romantic show biz script. Horne sings the title song, Waller does a rendition of "Ain't misbehavin". A thinly veild dramatization of the life of dancer Bill Robinson. 78 min. DVD 4795; vhs 999:355
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Tanz: Ein Film um Die Muse Terpsichore
Beginning with cultures of prehistory and primitive dance forms, this film depicts forms of native dancing with emphasis on the work of dance ethnographer, Katherine Dunham. The second part of the film deals with folk dances of more than fifteen nations. Videocassette release of a motion picture originally produced in 1960 by Deutsche Wochenschau. In German; narration in English. 199-?. 74 min. Video/C 5357

DV8

The Cost of Living
The work of the dance troupe DV8 Physical Theatre is about taking risks -- both physical and aesthetic. It is about personal politics, about breaking down barriers between dance and theatre and, above all, about communicating ideas and feelings clearly and unpretentiously. The company tells stories through extended naturalistic movement in a radical yet accessible way, rejecting the traditional conventions of ballet and modern dance. The Cost of Living highlights the troupe in a story about two dancers, Eddie, a tough confrontational guy and David, a legless dancer who is determined not to let his disability or society's prejudices get him down. DV8 Theatre: Eddie Kay, David Toole, Vivien Wood, Tanja Liedtke, Rowan Thrope, Kareena Oates, Tom Hodgson, Jose Maria Alves, Robin Dingemans and Eddie Nixon. 2004. 35 min. DVD 5289

Dead Dreams of Monochrome Men
Performers: Lloyd Newson, Nigel Charnock, Russell Maliphant, Douglas Wright. "Dead Dreams of Mononochrome Men explores the grisly world of the notorious serial killer Dennis Nilsen. Founded upon the conviction that societal homophobia is bound to result in tragic consequences, it gets to grips with the disturbing forces that drove Nilsen to kill for company ..." 1990. 52 min. Video/C MM809

Enter Achilles
Performers: Gabriel Castillo, Jordi Cortes Molina, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, David Emanuel, Ross Hounslow, Jeremy James, Liam Steel, Robert Tannion. "A funny, cruel exploration of the male psyche, Enter Achilles is set in a typical British pub: pop songs blare out of the jukebox, there is football on TV, and eight men lark around, pint glasses in hand. But their blokeish fun is balanced on a knife-edge of tension, for beneath their apparent friendship lurks a disturbing undercurrent of paranoia and insecurity." 1996. 48 min. Video/C MM808

Strange Fish
Performers: Kate Champion, Nigel Charnock, Jordi Cortes Molina, Wendy Houstoun, Melanie Pappenheim (vocals), Diana Payne-Myers, Lauren Potter, Dale Tanner. "The nature of our quest for someone to love and someone, or something, to believe in. The tyranny of couples and groups, the pain of not belonging and the terror of being alone are all laid bare in a series of powerful images which are both pitiless and profoundly compassionate." c1993. 56 min. Video/C MM810

Eiko and Koma

The Individual and Tradition.(Dancing; 7)
This program presents the history of choreography based on the creativity of Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Eiko and Koma, Sardono Kusumo, and Garth Fagan. Includes examples of contemporary choreography from the USA and Japan, as well as archival film footage. Video/C 2920

Lament.
Seen in a reflecting pool, naked and struggling with agonized movements "against gravity and fate", the bodies of the Japanese modern dancers Eiko and Koma are articulated by auras of light becoming luminous apparitions transmuted into near abstraction through an elegant rendering of spatial composition, slow motion and long dissolves. c1985. 9 min. Video/C 4685

European Tanztheater

European Tanztheater
Performer: Kurt Jooss, Pina Bausch, Susanne Linke, Reinhild Hoffmann, Christine Brunel. European dance theater comes alive through the works and voices of its creators and fascinating narrative about its originators. Archival footage and beautifully filmed and edited excerpts of current repertory demonstrate the forms and power of this genre. 1997. 62 min. Video/C 6675

Garth Fagan

Garth Fagan's Griot New York
Following brief interviews with Garth Fagan and Wynton Marsalis, the program includes a complete performance of Griot New York. The concept of a griot, a West African storyteller who keeps the cultural heritage of a people alive, is used to depict the non-European culture of New York City, and particularly the African and Caribbean backgrounds of some of its residents. c1995. 85 min. Video/C 9009

Suzanne Farrell

Suzanne Farrell: Elusive Muse
Based on the remarkably candid memories of Suzanne Farrell, this documentary eloquently weaves together vintage and extraordinary never-before-seen archival clips of her radiant performances of Balanchine ballets with the compelling and bitter-sweet love story between Farrell and Balanchine. Contents: Ballet excerpts: Apollo -- Meditation -- A Midsummer night's dream -- Don Quixote. c1997. 105 min. Video/C 8367

William Forsythe

From a Classical Position; Just Dancing Around?
From a classical position / choreographed, directed and danced by Dana Caspersen and William Forsythe (1992) -- Just dancing around? / director: Mike Figgis (1996). "From a classical position" constitutes a one-off experience of Forsythe and Caspersen's work, giving dance lovers a unique vision of their art as choreographers, dancers and now film-makers. The piece is performed to an original score by Thomas Willems, a composition for a single piano. Just dancing around? A documentary that focuses on the build-up to the first performance of Forsythe's "The loss of small detail". The soundtrack features the avant-garde music of Thomas Willems and Handel's Concerti grossi. DVD 8206

Bob Fosse

Individual movies choreographed by Fosse

Fosse
Ben Vereen, Ann Reinking, J.P. Christensen, Parker Esse, Deborah Leamy, Robin Lewis, Christopher Windom, Ken Alan, Mark Arvin, Brad Anderson, Ashley Bachner, Lynne Calamia, Susan Lamontagne, Dylis Croman, Byron Easley, Josh Rhodes, Meg Gillentine, Annew Hawthorne, Scott Jovovich, Suzanne Harrer, James Kinney, Julio Monge, Sharon Moore, Jill Nicklaus, Rachelle Rak, Dana Moore, Edward Liang, Eugene Fleming, Marc Calamia.

A tribute to the man behind such favorites as "Cabaret," "Chicago," "Sweet Charity," and "Pippin." A mixture of physically aggressive dance moves and dazzling visual style, Bob Fosse's approach to theater revolutionized how we experience music and dance, while his mixture of cynicism and sentiment remains timely decades after his death. Join one of Fosse's most gifted collaborators, Ann Reinking, as she and a wild, gyrating cast take you through such memorable standards as "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," "Steam Heat," "Mein Herr," and the unforgettable "Big Spender." 127 min. DVD 1196

Margot Fonteyn

Margot Fonteyn
Margot Fonteyn recounts the story of her life, both professional and personal, and her long career as one of the world's great ballerinas. Includes archival footage and interviews with associates. 1989. 88 min. Video/C 9010

Joe Goode

Excerpts from Without a Place.
Modern dance performance which depicts interpersonal relationships within the context of chaos, excerpted from a work titled Without a place and performed by the Joe Goode Performance Group of San Francisco. 1992. 7 min. Video/C 2843

Without a Place, Excerpts From.
Joe Goode Performance Group. 6 min. Video/C 2843

Martha Graham

Five Dances by Martha Graham.
Contents: El Penitente (1940) -- Steps in the street (1936) -- Diversion of angels (1948) -- Herodiade -- Maple leaf rag (1990). Performer: Martha Graham, Martha Graham Dance Company, Orchestre National de l'Opera de Paris. 85 min. Video/C 3469

The Individual and Tradition.(Dancing; 7)
This program presents the history of choreography based on the creativity of Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Eiko and Koma, Sardono Kusumo, and Garth Fagan. Includes examples of contemporary choreography from the USA and Japan, as well as archival film footage. Video/C 2920

Martha Graham: An American Orignal in Performance.
Contains A Dancer's World, Night Journey and Appalachian Spring. 1980-. 93 min. Video/C 1241

Martha Graham Dance Company. (Great Performances: Dance in America)
Contents: Diversion of angels / music by Norman dello Joio.-- Lamentation / music by Zoltan Kodaly. -- Frontier / music by Louis Horst. -- Adorations / music by Mateo Albeniz, Domenico Cimarosa, John Dowland, Girolamo Frescobaldi. --- Cave of the heart / music by Samuel Barber. -- Appalachian spring / music by Aaron Copland. Presents Martha Graham as she reminisces on the history of her dance company and gives her interpretation of six dance creations as they are performed by her company. Originally presented as an episode of Dance in America in 1976. DVD X1154 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM22

Martha Graham: Dance on Film
A compilation of three works dealing with Martha Graham; all are collaborations with television arts-programming pioneer Nathan Kroll. A Dancer's World (1957), narrated by Graham herself, is a glimpse into her class work and methodology. Appalachian Spring (1958) and Night Journey (1961) are two complete Graham ballets. The first is a celebration of the American pioneer spirit , scored by Aaron Copland, and the second is a powerfully physical rendering of the Oedipus myth. Contents: Disc one: A dancer's world (1957, 31 minutes) -- Appalachian spring (1958, 32 minutes) -- Night journey (1961, 29 minutes) -- Ron Simon on Nathan Kroll -- The Editors: Interviews with film editors Eleanor Hamerow and Miriam Arsham -- Nathan Kroll visual essay -- Dance critic and historian Deborah Jowitt -- Aaron Copland discusses Appalachian spring -- Disc two: "Martha Graham: the dancer revealed" -- The dancers -- The Martha Graham technique -- The Company on tour 1954 -- Booklet: Martha Graham on film by Joan Acocella. Special features: "Martha Graham: the dancer revealed," a 1994 documentary produced for PBS's American masters series; a comparison of Appalachian spring with an archival performance, by dance critic and historian Deborah Jowitt; excerpts from a television pilot of Aaron Copland discussing his work on Appalachian spring; a visual essay on working with Graham, narrated by Nathan Kroll; interview with Museum of Television and Radio curator Ron Simon, discussing Kroll's work and legacy; new interviews with the films' editors; new interviews with 6 dancers from the films; excerpts from a 1975 filmed technique demonstration by Graham's company, narrated by Graham; footage of Graham's company from a 1954 European tour. 2007. 93 min. DVD X858

Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed.
Contents: Excerpts from: Acts of Light -- Errand into the Maze -- Frontier -- Appalachian Spring -- American Document -- Primitive Mysteries -- El Penitente -- Night Journey. A documentary of the woman who originated modern dance, Martha Graham. Her biography is constructed using a variety of sources; films, television programs, sound recordings, photographs, as well as interviews with leading dance figures such as Agnes de Mille, Erick Hawkins, Ron Protas and others. c1994. Video/C 3468

Martha Graham in Japan.
Contents: Acts of light (1981, music, Carl Nielsen) -- Errand into the maze (1947, music, Gian-Carlo Menotti) -- Rite of Spring (1984, music, Igor Stravinsky). Performer: Martha Graham, Martha Graham Dance Company. Summary: Three ballets performed by Martha Graham and her troupe representing her deep interest in the human psyche and her belief that dance should chart the landscape of the human soul. Video/C 3470

3 By Martha Graham
Contents: pt. 1. Cortege of eagles (1967, 38 min.) -- pt. 2. Acrobats of God (1969, 22 min.) -- pt. 3. Seraphic. Martha Graham and her dance company present three modern dances. Cortege of eagles: Miss Graham portrays Hecuba in ancient Troy at the time of its fall. Acrobats of God: A lyrical, lighthearted fanfare to dance as art. Seraphic dialog: A drama of Joan of Arc at her moment of exhaltation. 1990? 87 min. DVD 9889; vhs Video/C 6672

Trailblazers of Modern Dance.
Documentary on Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Dennis and Martha Graham, and their contributions to modern dance. 1981. 60 min. DVD 1371; VHS Video/C 207

Anna Halprin

Breath Made Visible
A documentary about the life and career of Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer who has helped redefine the notion of modern art with her belief in dance's power to teach, heal, and transform at all ages of life. This cinematic portrait blends recent interviews with counterparts such as the late Merce Cunningham, archival footage, including her establishment of the first multiracial dance company in the U.S., and excerpts of current performances such as "Parades and Changes" at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, to weave a stunning, inspiring account of one of the most important cultural icons in modern dance. Contents: Performances. Branch dance -- Hangar -- Procession -- Parades and changes, 1965 -- Parades and changes, Paris 2004 -- Intensive care: reflections on death and dying. Directed by Ruedi Gerber. 2009. 80 min. DVD X5248

Circle the Earth: A Peace Dance with the Planet (Anna Halprin's World Dance for Peace)
A compilation of New Age modern dances celebrating peace and harmony. 199-?. 62 min. Video/C 4651

Procession: Contemporary Directions in American Dance.
In 1959, Anna Halprin, a pioneer in the field of dance, founded the Dancers' Workshop, dedicated to performances that wed individual process, group interactions, and diverse value systems and skills. In the sixties she sought to extend the dancers' experience to include audience participation. This film presents an interview with Anna Halprin and excerpts from performances by members of the Dancers' Workshop. Anna Halprin, John L. Graham, Charles Ross, A.A. Leath, Jr., Daria Halprin, Rana Halprin, Lucy Lewis. 1967. 21 min. Video/C MM746

Video Dance
A collection of three modern dances created specifically for the camera. Each work features director Rosenberg's lyrical camera work and suspends the choreography within an elegant frame. The dances for the camera featured here include works by internationally respected choreographers and peformers: Wind, one of the "environmental trilogy" with Japanese/American modern dancers Eiko and Koma, with Shin Otake; Bardo (In Extremis) with the uniquely creative modern dancer Molissa Fenley; and My Grandfather Dances with renowned choreographer/dancer Anna Halprin. [1998?] 30 min. Video/C 8204

Hanya Holm

Hanya: A Portrait of a Dance Pioneer.
Using archival footage from the 30's and 40's, and interviews with many of her students, this film traces the career of Hanya Holm, dancer-choreographer, from the 20's through the Broadway stage. 1988. 60 min. Video/C 1254

Dore Hoyer

Dore Hoyer Tanzt: Eine Gedenksendung.
A profile of the life and work of Dore Hoyer, a famous German dancer and choreographer of modern dance, including performances by her of dances entitled Eitelkeit, Begierde, Hass, Angst, and Liebe. Originally produced as a motion picture by Hessischer Rundfunk in 1963-67, and released in 1967 as a memorial to Dore Hoyer at her death. 32 min. Video/C 5166

Lester Horton

Lester Horton (1906-1953): Genius on the Wrong Coast
The compelling story of the visionary choreographer Lester Horton, and his contributions to modern dance as told by those who knew him. Horton created perhaps the first integrated dance theatre company in the United States. His modern dance technique is taught at many universities and is the underpinning of many professional companies including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. 1993. 90 min. Video/C 8506

Doris Humphrey

A New Dance for America: The Choreography, Teachings and Legacy of Doris Humphrey
The story of the life and works of Doris Humphrey, a seminal figure in modern dance. She, along with other pioneers, changed forever the way dancers move, the way choreography is conceived and the way audiences experience dance. She choreographed over ninety dances, many of which are masterpieces and continues to influence choreographers today. Directed, and narrated by Ina Hahn. c2010. 80 min. DVD X6703

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The Shakers
Based on Shaker ritual, The Shakers weaves Humphrey's fascination with the sect with her interest in formal dance composition. The dance portrays the shaking off of sin by celibate members who achieve a state of religious ecstacy. Stodelle protege Corbin teaches technical aspects of the choreography and Stodelle completes the coaching, including an examination of Shaker life with still photographs and engravings of Shakers. 1997. 91 min. Video/C 6805

Two Dances: Ritmo Jondo: Day on Earth
With swirling movement and exciting leaps, Ritmo Jondo stunningly portrays masculine and feminine roles in a traditional culture. Dancers, Michael Blake, Paul Dennis, Jonathan Leinbach, Nina Watt, Gordon White. c1999. 43 min. Video/C 6677

Water Study
Dancers: Vicki Butler, Joann Concialdi, Catherine Connal, Laura Dixon, Betsy Fiske, Larry Ippel, Micki Nishida, Linda Papa, Patricia Ackerman, Lydia Saad, Peggy Thrasher, Gina Wilken. Water study, one of the first works Humphrey composed as an independent choreographer, is an ensemble work performed without musical accompaniment. Ernestine Stodelle, a former member of the Humphrey-Weidman Company, coaches students and analyzes the choreography section by section. Each section is preceded by a video clip depicting the choreography in performance, and key concepts are identified in subtitles. A full performance of the work concludes the tape. Videotaped in rehearsal at the Doris Humphrey Memorial Theater, Academy of Movement and Music, Oak Park, Ill., during the 5th and 6th annual Doris Humphrey Technique Workshops coordinated by the National Doris Humphrey Society in August 1994 and 1995, and in performance at the Doris Humphrey Memorial Theater on August 12, 1995. Additional video clips recorded in a performance by the Momenta Performing Arts Company on April 20, 1997. 91 min. Video/C 6804

With My Red Fires and New Dance: Two Masterpieces of Modern Choreography by Doris Humphrey.
These two selections are part of a trilogy the general theme of which is human relationships. They are performed by a company especially assembled by the American Dance Festival in 1972 to honor Doris Humphrey. 1989. 65 min. Video/C 1561

Bill T. Jones

The American Dance Festival's Dancing in the Light: Six Dances by African-American Choreographers
A modern dance television program showcasing 6 historic dance compositions by African American choreographers. All of the dances were originally recorded for the Emmy Award-winning series Free to Dance, a three-hour television documentary. Features six dances in their entirety or in the case of one work, a complete section. Ostrich (Awassa astrige) / Asadata Dafora (1932) -- Barrelhouse blues (excerpt) / Katherine Dunham (1943) -- Strange fruit / Pearl Primus (1943) -- Mourner's bench /Talley Beatty (1947) -- Rainbow 'round my shoulder / Donald Mc Kayle (1959) -- D-Man in the waters, section 1 / Bill T. Jones (1989). Originally aired on PBS in 2001 as part of the Great Performances series. 57 min. DVD 8081

Bill T. Jones: Dancing to the Promised Land.
This video guides the viewer through rehearsals and performance of choreographer Bill T. Jones' most highly regarded work, Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land, as performed by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. 60 min. 1994. DVD X727; vhs Video/C 4974

Bill T. Jones: Still Here.
A look at dancer/choreographer Bill T. Jones's highly acclaimed dance,"Still/Here". At workshops around the country, people facing life-threatening illnesses are asked to remember the highs and lows of their lives, and even imagine their own deaths. They then transform these feelings into expressive movement, which Jones incorporates into the dance "Still/Here". Jones demonstrates for Moyers the movements of his life story--his first encounter with white people, confusion over his sexuality, his partner Arnie Zane's untimely death from AIDS, and Jones's own HIV status. 1997. 56 min. Video/C 5255

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D-Man in the Waters, section 1 (1989)
Choreography: Bill T. Jones. DVD 8081

I'll Make Me a World: The Freedom You Will Take
Looks at the contemporary cultural landscape, which has been transformed by the power of African-American film, performance, dance, rap music, and the spoken word art forms. Focuses on Spike Lee and his influence on American independent cinema; choreographer Bill T. Jones and how his work challenges stereotypical views of race, sexuality, and fear; and how hip-hop expresses the hopes and challenges of young African-Americans. 57 min. 1999. Video/C 6267

Kurt Jooss

Ansichten Uber die Liebe die Macht und den Tod: Der Choreograph Kurt Jooss (1901-1979) (Studies of Love, Power and Death: The Choreographer Kurt Jooss (1901-1979).
Contents: Performances: Grosstadt (Big city) -- La table verte (Green table). A biography of German choreographer Kurt Jooss, including his contemporary, Sigurd Leeder. Contains interviews with Jooss and excerpts from performances of his ballets which express a social conscience and commentary on today's society. In German with English voiceovers. Videocassette release of a film originally produced in the 1970's. 44 min. Video/C 5170

European Tanztheater
Performer: Kurt Jooss, Pina Bausch, Susanne Linke, Reinhild Hoffmann, Christine Brunel. European dance theater comes alive through the works and voices of its creators and fascinating narrative about its originators. Archival footage and beautifully filmed and edited excerpts of current repertory demonstrate the forms and power of this genre. 1997. 62 min. Video/C 6675

Judson Dance Project

The Bennington Judson Project.
A series of interviews with members of the Judson Project. Filmed in New York, 1981. Trisha Brown/Alex Hay/Robert Rauschenberg Video/C 1737 (82 min.) Al Carmines Video/C 1734 (21 min.) Lucinda Childs Video/C 1742 (31 min.) Philip Corner Video/C 1729 (38 min.) Simone Forti Video/C 1739 (45 min.) David Gordon Video/C 1735 (45 min.) Deborah Hay Video/C 1734 (32 min.) Jackson MacLow Video/C 1740 (48 min.) John Herbert McDowell Video/C 1741(28 min.) Phoebe Neville Video/C 1732 (52 min.) Aileen Passloff Video/C 1738 (49 min.) Steve Paxton Video/C 1730 (58 min.) Yvonne Rainer Video/C 1731 (56 min.) Carolee Schneemann Video/C 1736 (50 min.) Elaine Summers . 50 min. Video/C 1733

Lives of Performers: A Melodrama.(1972)
A stark and revealing examination of romantic alliances, this dilemma of a man who can't choose between two women and makes them both suffer was originally part of a dance performance that Rainer choreographed for the Judson Dance Theatre. 90 min. Video/C 999:1779

Kirov

La Bayadere.
Based on an ancient Indian poem, Sakuntala, the story concerns Nikia's love for Solor, who loves her in return, and Solor's obligation to wed Gamzatti. Gamzatti murders her rival and the inconsolable Solor envisions Nikia inviting him to join her in the Kingdom of the Shades. Recorded live from a production in Leningrad at the State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, named after Kirov. 1977. 126 min. Video/C 1085

The Children of Theatre Street.
A behind-the scenes look at the students who attend the Kirov Ballet School in Leningrad, Russia. 1978. 92 min. Video/C 1083

"Children of Theatre Street." New York v. 11 (January 9 1978) p. 65
"Children of Theatre Street." Time v. 111 (January 30 1978) p. 60
Stoop, N. M. "Children of Theatre Street." Dance Magazine v. 51 (September 1977) p. 63-5

Giselle.
Giselle, a simple peasant girl is driven to madness and death through an unhappy love, becomes a ghost ordered to destroy the man who betrayed her, yet seeks to sustain him because of her undying love. Performed by Galina Mezentseva, Konstantin Zaklinsky, and the Kirov Ballet, 1983. 115 min. Video/C 1088

Giselle: Ballet in 2 Acts
In this much loved classic ballet a young girl, Giselle, is deceived by her lover, Albrecht, whose duplicity drives Giselle to madness and causes her to die of a broken heart. Performed by Alessandre Ferri, Massimo Murru, Maurizio Vanadia, Isabel Seabra; Corps de Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala; Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala, Paul Connelly, conductor. 1996. 110 min. DVD 542.

Giselle: A Romantic Ballet
Giselle, as produced on the stage by Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith ; stage version directed by David Blair ; libretto, Theophile Gautier & Vernoy de Saint-Georges. Carla Fracci, Erik Bruhn, Toni Lander, Bruce Marks, Eleanor D'Antuono, Ted Kivitt and other members of the American Ballet Theatre ; Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, John Lanchbery, conductor. The ballet takes its inspiration from the Slavic legend of the "Wilis" as described in the poems of Heinrich Heine. Giselle, a simple peasant girl driven to madness and death through an unhappy love, becomes a ghost ordered to destroy the man who betrayed her, yet seeks to sustain him because of her undying love. Filmed at Madrid, Bronston Studios, 10 & 11/1968. 90 min. DVD 5601.

The Glory of the Kirov
From the early days of this century, the Maryinsky Ballet, later the Kirov, dazzled audiences with the beauty of the dance. Five years research in Russia's archives has unearthed fascinating footage, much of it never before available in the West, of many of the company's great dancers: Baryshnikov, Dudinskaya, Karsavina, Kolpakova, Kurgapkina, Makarova, Nureyev, Osipenko"--Container. Swan lake -- Raymonda -- Viennese waltz -- Reflection -- Le Corsaire -- Laurencia -- The tale of Serf Nikish -- The dying swan -- Pas de quatre -- Syrinx -- Spartacus -- Romeo and Juliet -- The ice maiden -- Les sylphides. 1995. 90 min. DVD 5590

The Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky
Contents: Sheherazade -- Le spectre de la rose -- Polovtsian dances -- Firebird. Mikhail Fokine was Diaghilev's chief choreographer from 1909-1914 and he is considered to have been the creator of modern dance. This sparkling Russian gala features four Fokine ballets, all associated with Nijinsky. Recorded live from the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Kirov Ballet brings to life, once again, the full glory of the Ballets Russes. 2002. 110 min. DVD 3497

Sleeping Beauty

Production staged by Konstantin Sergeyev; choreography by Marius Petipa ; music, Pyotr Iiyich Tchaikovsky. Irina Kolpakova, Sergei Berezhnoi, Lubov Kunakova, Vladimir Lopukhov; The Kirov Ballet; Orchestra of the Leningrad Theatre of Opera and Ballet, conductor Viktor Fedotov. First performed in 1890 in St. Petersburg, the Sleeping Beauty ballet, the grandest of all the surviving 19th-century ballets of the imperial Russian ballet, has been preserved in continuous performance by the company that created it. Presented here is the Kirov Ballet's performance filmed in 1982 on the company's 200th anniversary year. 170 min. DVD 4446; also VHS Video/C 994

Harald Kreutzberg

Harald Kreutzberg : Der Ewige Kreis
Harald Kreuzberg is one of the best-known representatives of "Ausdruckstanz". This ballet performed by Kreuzberg, consists of five scenic dances which refer to the eternal dance of death, which everyone must encounter. Silent, with musical accompaniment. Videocassette release of a film originally produced in 1952. 12 min. Video/C 5169

Jose Limon

Jose Limon & Company
Contents: Day on earth / Doris Humphrey -- Lament for a bullfighter / Jose Limon -- Moore's Pavane / Jose Limon -- The exiles / Jose Limon -- Theater piece / Doris Humphrey -- Nightspell / Doris Humphrey. Dancers, Ruth Currier, Lucas Hoving, Betty Jones and Jose Limon. Excerpts from six modern dance works by Jose Limon and his company of dancers choreographed by Doris Humphrey and Limon himself. Includes brief commentaries by Jose Limon, including a voiceover introduction to the Moor's Pavene in which he explains the intentions of the work. Most of the works are danced fully or partly in rehearsal clothes. Originally telecast by WCBS-TV on the series Camera three in 1956. 27 min. Video/C 8170

Jose Limon: Three Modern Dance Classics
Contents: The moor's pavane (1949, 21 min.) -- The traitor (1954, 19 min.) -- Eugene O'Neill's Emperor Jones (1956, 23 min.)

Three of the most famous works by the Mexican-American choreographer, Jose Limon. Moor's Pavane: Generally considered to be one of the great masterworks of modern dance, Limon distills the legend of Othello into a one-act drama. The Traitor: Against a music score of violence, passion and tenderness the tragedy of Judas is portrayed as if it were taking place in modern times. The Emperor Jones: Based upon the play by Eugene O'Neill wherein a fugitive from a chain gang sets himself up as the ruler of an island domain. 1999. 63 min. Video/C 6673

Susanne Linke

European Tanztheater
Performer: Kurt Jooss, Pina Bausch, Susanne Linke, Reinhild Hoffmann, Christine Brunel. European dance theater comes alive through the works and voices of its creators and fascinating narrative about its originators. Archival footage and beautifully filmed and edited excerpts of current repertory demonstrate the forms and power of this genre. 1997. 62 min. Video/C 6675

Susanne Linke
A very personal film portrait of the German choreographer and dancer Susanne Linke. This is a poignant account of her life; of her undiagnoised meningitis, how as a young girl she laboriously learned to speak; how she discovered dance and movement as a vehicle of expression and then at the Folkwang Academy of Essen, how she eventually had the opportunity to create works of her own. Includes extracts from works created and danced by Susanne Linke with her commentaries. Excerpts: Shadowing footsteps (1985) -- Effects (1990) -- Metamorphosis (1978) -- In the Bathtub (1980) -- Homage to Dore Hoyer-Dolor (1987). In French with English voiceovers. 57 min. Video/C 5168

Mark Morris

Dido & Aeneas
Performers: Mark Morris Dance Group, Mark Morris (Dido & the sorceress), Guillermo Resto (Aeneas), Ruth Davidson (Belinda), Rachel Murray, Tina Fehlandt, William Wagner, Kraig Patterson. A danced performance of the Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas. Dido, the noble queen of Carthage, has fallen in love with the Trojan Prince Aeneas. While the court celebrates the imminent union of the two monarchs, the evil sorceress with her coven of witches plots their downfall. Romance leads to hearbreak and tragedy. 55 min. DVD X6428; Video/C 4600

The Hard Nut
Production of the famous ballet, updated with the sensibilities of the 1960s and 1970s. Production based somewhat on the work of Charles Burns. 87 min. DVD 9656; vhs Video/C 3417

Inspired by Bach. Vol. 2
Contents: Falling down stairs / choreographer, Mark Morris -- Sarabande / director, Atom Egoyan, producer, Niv Fichman. Presents cellist Yo-Yo Ma in artistic collaborations with choreographer Mark Morris and filmmaker Atom Egoyan, involving two of Bach's six Cello Suites. Originally produced from 1995-1997. 111 min. DVD 3563

New Dance Group

The New Dance Group Gala Concert: An Historic Retrospective of New Dance Group Presentations 1930's-1970's
Concert performance of 18 dances and excerpts recreated from the original performances of the 1930's to 1970's by the New Dance Group. Includes interviews with some of the original choreographers.Recorded from a performance on June 11, 1993 for the conference Of, by and for the people, sponsored by the Congress on Research in Dance and the Society of Dance History Scholars.

Contents" Disc 1 (62 min.): Songs. pt. III: To each his own / Mary Anthony -- Tenant of the street / Eve Gentry -- Blues / Ronnie Aul -- Southern landscape. Mourner's bench / Talley Beatty -- The desperate heart / Valerie Bettis -- Ativisms. Lynchtown / Charles Weidman -- The Negro speaks of rivers / Pearl Primus -- Pursued. The flight / Joseph Gifford -- Shuvi Nafshi. Return oh my soul unto thee / Hadassah. Disc 2 (78 min.): Time is money ; Harmonica breakdown / Jane Dudley -- Sign dance for Sarah / Irving Burton -- Rainbow 'round my shoulder suite excerpt / Donald McKayle -- The transformations of Medusa / Jean Erdman -- Lyric suite duet excerpt / Anna Sokolow -- Strange hero / Daniel Nagrin -- Concerto in E. (Romeo and Juliet) excerpt / Joyce Trisler -- Folksay excerpt / Sophie Maslow. 160 min. DVD X2682; Video/C 9241

Nijinsky/Diaghilev

Ballets Russes

Paris Dances Diaghilev.
Four ballets of the Ballets Russes, recreated in their original sets, costumes and choreography, performed by the Paris Opera Ballet as a tribute to Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev. Contents: Petrouchka : comic ballet in four scenes / by Igor Stravinsky and Alexander Benois ; music by Igor Stravinsky ; based on the choreography and production of Michel Fokine (34:48) -- La spectre de la rose / music by Carl Maria von Weber ; orchestrated by Hector Berlioz ; choreography by Michel Fokine (9:52) -- L'apres-midi d'un faune / choreographic tableau by Vaslav Nijinsky ; music by Claude (11:22) -- Noces : Russian wedding in four tableaux / words and music by Igor Stravinsky ; original choreography by Bronislava Nijinska (27:09). Performer: Corps de Ballet of the Paris Opera Ballet under the joint direction of Patrice Bart and Eugene Polyakov ; Orchestra of the Paris Opera ; Michel Tabachnik, conductor. c1990. 85 min. Video/C 4227

The Kirov Celebrates Nijinsky
Contents: Sheherazade -- Le spectre de la rose -- Polovtsian dances -- Firebird. Mikhail Fokine was Diaghilev's chief choreographer from 1909-1914 and he is considered to have been the creator of modern dance. This sparkling Russian gala features four Fokine ballets, all associated with Nijinsky. Recorded live from the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the Kirov Ballet brings to life, once again, the full glory of the Ballets Russes. 2002. 110 min. DVD 3497

Rudolph Nureyev

Nureyev
A biography of dancer Rudolf Nureyev with extensive archive material and extracts from ballet performances. Mentor Ninette de Valois, ballet partner Margot Fonteyn, choreographer Roland Petit, dancer Sylvie Guillem and others comment on truth and legends surrounding Nureyev. 1991. 90 min. Video/C 9011

Romeo & Juliet
Performers: Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, David Blair, Desmond Doyle, Julia Farron. Credits: Producer/director, Paul Czinner; music, Serge Prokofiev; choreographer, Kenneth MacMillan; orchestra, Royal Opera House Covent Garden; conductor, John Lanchberry. 1966. 124 min. Video/C 1584

Swan Lake
Performers: Natalia Bessmertnova, Alexander Bogatyrev, Boris Akimov and the company of the Bolshoi Ballet; music performed by the Moscow Symphonic Orchestra. Natalia Bessmertnova is soft and lyrical in the dual role of Odette and Odile. Her eminently feminine quality makes her the ideal interpreter of this classic. The elegance and magnetism of Siegfried is masterfully portrayed by Alexander Bogatyrev. Choreographed, written and staged by Yuri Grigorovich. 1985. 117 min. DVD 9655

Swan Lake: Ballet in Four Acts
Credits: Music by Piotr I. Tchaikovsky; Wiener Symphoniker; conducted by John Lanchbery; members of the Wiener Staatsopernballett; choreography by Rudolf Nureyev. Tchaikovsky's ballet about a prince, a swan queen, a sorcerer and his wicked daughter, and the age old battle between good and evil. 1966. 106 min. DVD 432

l'Opéra de Paris

La Danse: le Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris
Follows the rehearsals and performances of seven ballets: Genus by Wayne McGregor, Medea by Angelin Preljocaj, The House of Bernarda Alba by Mats Ek, Paquita by Pierre Lacotte, The Nutcracker by Rudolph Nureyev, Orpheus and Eurydice by Pina Bausch, and Romeo and Juliet by Sasha Waltz. The film shows the work involved in administering the company and the coordinated and collaborative work of choreographers, ballet masters, dancers, musicians, and costume, set, and lighting designers. Directed by Frederick Wiseman. 2009. 158 min. DVD X7236

Steve Paxton

Chute [Contact Improvisation, 1972]
Dancers, Steve Paxton, Danny Lepkoff, Barbara Dilley, David Woodberry, Laura Chapman, Nancy Stark Smith, Mark Petersen, Emily Siege, Nita Little, Leon Felder, Curt Siddall, Tom Hast, Mary Fulkerson.

"Chute" was the first contact improvisation concert. This unique dance form has its origin in improvisation between two dancers or more, and includes dance with acrobatic elements, give and take weight, lifting, playing with rhythm, rolling, falling and flying. Contact improvisation uses elements from release-technique, new dance, martial arts and bodywork. Filmed at John Weber Gallery in New York City, 1972. 10 min. DVD X6415; Video/C MM374

Contact at 10th & 2nd [Contact Improvisation, 1978]
Dancers: Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson, Kirstie Simson, David Appel, Peter Ryan, Alan Ptashek, Robin Field. Documents the 11th anniversary of contact improvisation dance with a performance by Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, and Lisa Nelson, along with other dancers from England, Canada and all parts of the United States. They perform various improvisatory movements and sequences before a live audience. Performed at St. Mark's Church in New York City, June 10, 1983.48 min. DVD X6417; Video/C MM378

Fall After Newton: Contact Improvisation, 1972-1983
Dancers: Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton, Alan Ptashek, Curt Siddall, Leon Felder, Daniel Lepkoff, Lisa Nelson. Selected performance footage traces eleven years of growth in the contact improvisation form of modern dance, accompanied by narration and analysis by choreographer Steve Paxton. The progression from its beginnings in 1972 through successive years of performances up to 1983 shows the development of this multi-faceted duet dance form. 23 min. DVD X6415; Video/C MM379

Magnesium [Contact Improvisation, 1972]
An improvisational dance by Steve Paxton and six other dancers, which investigates the reflexive quality of touch, with momentum, falling, rolling and colliding; it concludes with a sustained tableau of balanced standing stillness. This piece is often referred to as the seminal work for Contact improvisation. Performed at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, in January, 1972. 10 min. DVD X6416; Video/C MM375

Peripheral Vision [Contact Improvisation, 1974]
Dancers: Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith ... [et al]. An edited version of a contact improvisation concert performed in California in 1974 with a voiceover by dancers Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith, conversing on what is visible and memorable in the dancing from the point of view of one year later. 20 min. DVD X6416; Video/C MM376

Soft Pallet [Contact Improvisation, 1979]
Dancers: Annette Laroeque, Steve Paxton, David Woodberry, Nancy Stark Smith, Mary Fulkerson, Danny Lepkoff. Selections from a concert held in Rome at L'Attico Gallery in 1973 demonstrating the contact improvisation dance form which incorporates elements of acrobatics, rolling and falling, giving and taking weight, lifts and martial arts. 20 min. DVD X6416; Video/C MM377
Steve Paxton.
An interview with modern dancer and choreographer Steve Paxton. A former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mr. Paxton is best known for his developmentof Contact Improvisation. In this interview he speaks about his career since the 1960's and his work with Cunningham, Trisha Brown, and others as well as his involvement with Contact Improvisation. c1996. 78 min. Video/C 8200

Pilobolus Dance Theatre

Pilobolus Dance Theatre
Contents: Monkshood's Farewell -- Movement from Ocellus -- Movement from Ciona -- Untitled. Documentary on the formation of the Pilobolus Dance Theatre with four performances by the company. 1998. 58 min. Video/C 6669

Jerome Robbins

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About
Examines the life of the controversial master of the Broadway musical and ballet choreographer Jerome Robbins. Features excerpts from Robbins' work, including never-before-seen rehearsal footage, and interviews with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Suzanne Farrell, Arthur Laurents, Peter Martins, Frank Rich, Chita Rivera, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harrick, Joseph Stein, and others. Contents: Jerome Rabinowitz -- Life-changing revelations -- Camp Tamiment -- Ballet Theatre -- Fancy free -- On the town -- The playful side and the darker side -- Love and loss -- Autobiographical material -- Broadway's rising star -- Balanchine and the New York City Ballet -- The king and I -- The House Un-American Activities Committee -- Robbins' muse, Tanaquil Le Clercq -- Pete Pan -- West Side story -- Ballets U.S.A. -- Gypsy -- Challenges and fixes -- Fiddler on the roof -- Les noces -- Dances at a gathering -- The Goldberg variations -- Watermill -- Robbins and Balanchine -- Dybbuk -- Other dances -- Glass pieces and Antique epigraphs -- In memory of-- -- Jerome Robbins' Broadway -- Dancing until the end. Originally broadcast on PBS on Feb. 18, 2009 as an episode of the television program American masters. 114 min. DVD X1302

Trudi Schoop

The Conquest of Emptiness: Encounter with Trudi Schoop (Die Eroberung der leere: Begegnung mit Trudi Schoop)
In the 1920s, Trudi Schoop was an internationally famous dancer, but in the early 1950s she began working with long-term psychiatric patients -- a revolutionary idea for its time. In this documentary the now 90-year-old Schoop, shares some of the key lessons and insights she has learned in her long career. The film interweaves interviews with archival footage of her dancing, old documentaries of her pioneering work in dance therapy and recent scenes of her still-vital interactions with patients and pupils. 1992. 48 min. Video/C MM819

Margaret Severn

Dance Masks: The World of Margaret Severn.
In the 1920s and 30s, ballerina Margaret Severn invented her own choreography for the vaudeville stage, out of which grew her trademark mask dances. Presents Severn performing dances wearing her elaborate masks intercut with remininces on her life as a dancer. 1983. 33 min. Video/C MM565

Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn

Denishawn: The Birth of Modern Dance.
Tells the story of one of the most influential modern dance companies in America; founded by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn at the turn of the century. c1988. 40 min. Video/C 2922

The Individual and Tradition.(Dancing; 7)
This program presents the history of choreography based on the creativity of Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Eiko and Koma, Sardono Kusumo, and Garth Fagan. Includes examples of contemporary choreography from the USA and Japan, as well as archival film footage. Video/C 2920

The Men Who Danced.
Narrator, Anne Weiner; dancers, Barton Mumaw, Wilbur McCormack, Frank Overlees, Foster Fitzsimmons, John & Frank Delmar, Jess Meeker, Fred Hearn. Presents the story of the first all-male dance company in the U.S., Ted Shawn's Male Dancers. Includes historic footage of the company performing in the 1930's and features interviews with surviving male dancers, including Barton Mumaw at the 50th reunion of the company in 1983. 30 min. Video/C 4226

Trailblazers of Modern Dance.
Documentary on Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Dennis and Martha Graham, and their contributions to modern dance. 1981. 60 min. DVD 1371; also VHS Video/C 207

Anna Sokolow

Anna Sokolow: Choreographer
Contents: Rooms -- Excerpts from Bullfight -- Excerpt from Odes. Examines the life and career of dancer and choreographer, Anna Sololow, traced through historical photos and film clips. She speaks about her life and is shown in a studio training a dancer for "Rooms," her study of urban alienation. She is quick, combative and alert and the viewer is left with the impression of a passionate personality who has spent her life sharing her social commitment with audiences through dance. 1980. 20 min. Video/C 6676

Dance and Social Consciousness in the 30's and 40's (Eye on Dance; 117).
Contents: Demonstration dances: "I ain't got no home in the world anymore" (Woodie Gutherie, composer) -- Balag in a popular style. Performers: Host: Celia Ipiotis and Barry Laine; interviewees: Anna Sokolow and Sophie Maslow. Dancers who began their careers in the 1930's and 1940's discuss promotion of social and political comment through dance. c1984. 29 min. Video/C 4017

Speaking of Dance.
Part 2 of this series of conversations with contemporary masters of American modern dance profiles Anna Sokolow. 45 min. Video/C 3153 , and part 3 interviews Donald McKayle. 60 min. Video/C 3154. Talley Beatty- Video/C 3247

Three Women Artists: Anna Sokolow, Alice Neel, Muriel Rukhauser [i.e. Rukeyser]
Discribes the careers and lives of three American women artists. Follow the outstanding choreographer of the twentieth century, Anna Sokolow, and famous figure painter Alice Neel, along with poet Muriel Rukeyser as they explain their interesting, yet diverse careers as artists. Anna Sokolow, choreographer (18 min.) -- Alice Neel, painter (18 min.) -- Muriel Rukeyser, poet (18 min.). Originally produced in 1978. Video/C 5876

Meg Stuart

Blessed
Producer, Bart Van den Eynde ; music and sound, Hahn Rowe. Once again Stuart locates her lonesome heroes in parable-like territory between civilization and wilderness like Robinson Crusoe on an island with paper mache palms. This abandoned faun is only blessed with reminiscences of dance history. When it starts to rain his little world melts. Robinson regresses to an animal -- until someone sells him a few props of civilization once again, as if the path from animal to human was just an absurd back and forth, depending on supply. DVD X174

Disfigure Study
Performed by Simone Aughterlony, Michael Ruegg, Sigal Zouk-Harder. In this piece Meg Stuart reflects on ordinary moves like standing, sitting, walking, lying, listening, and thinking. By freezing, isolating and repeating the moves, she uncoves the essence of motion. In Disfigure Study the disintegration of the human body is examined in a series of physical meetings; between different body parts from one dancer and between dancers who share the same space. 2002. DVD X173

Forgeries, Love and Other Matters
Performed by Meg Stuart and Benoit Lachambre. Meg Stuart and Benoit Lachambre find each other again on the stage in an intimate, tender, and, at moments, brutal duet that explores the inner and outer geographies of our relationships to one another and the environment. DVD X175

Replacement
Performed by Gaetan Bulourde, Thomas Conway, Abraham Hurtado, Anna MacRae, Kotomi Nishiwaki, Vania Rovisco, Frank James Willens, Sigal Zouk-Harder. In this piece eight performers ramble different realities leaking and spilling over into their bodies. On the brink of loss and joy they cope with residues and monstrous emotions, intoxicate their thoughts, incorporate unsettling realities, find themselves upside down. Prone to shifting grounds they experiment with space and exercise fiction in a theatre disguised as a laboratory. 2007. DVD X172

Visitors Only
In this performance piece the characters of Visitors Only have no memory and their perception is disturbed, disposed in visions and volatile information. Herein the body becomes a radio receiver and transmitter for fragments, gestures, signals for image, energy and sound; a transit zone, where dream and reality pass by. 2003. DVD X171

Maria Tallchief

[Tallchief, Maria] Maria Tallchief
Maria Tallchief and her sister Marjorie came from the Osage Nation in Oklahoma, and as children trained as both pianists and dancers. Marjorie began a ballet career in Europe, and Maria became America's first home-grown prima ballerina. As her career flourished, her partnership with George Balanchine coincided with the founding of the New York City Ballet, and of a new style of dance and dancer. This documentary, using interviews and archival dance footage, looks at her life and career, at how her heritage informed her dancing, and at what it means to be "a Balanchine dancer." 2007. 57 min. DVD 9888

Paul Taylor

American Ballet Theatre in San Francisco.
Airs/music by George Frideric Handel; choreography by Paul Taylor; reconstructed by Eileen Cropley -- Jardin aux Lilas/ music by Ernest Chausson; choreography by Antony Tudor -- The Black Swan; pas de deaux: (Grand pas de deaux from Act III, Swan Lake)/ music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; choreography by Marius Petipa -- Romeo and Juliet: (balcony pas de deux Act 1) music by Sergei Prokofiev; choreography by Kenneth McMillan -- Great Galloping Gottschalk/music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk; orchestrated by Jack Elliot; La Savane arranged by Victoria Bond; choreography by Lynn Taylor-Corbett. Recorded at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, March 1, 1985. 105 min. Video/C 1080

Athleticism in Dance: Daring Dancers (Eye on Dance; 135)
Demonstration dances: Contact improvisational piece (N. Stark Smith) -- "Autumn song" (B. Salz) -- Excerpt from Paul Taylor Dance commercial -- "Esoterica Balletica": Commentary on contact improvisational dance (Elizabeth Zimmer). Dancers discuss and perform contact improvisation, modern and aerial dance. c1984. 29 min. Video/C 4019

The Paul Taylor Dance Company
Contents: Runes -- Esplanade. Paul Taylor talks about his dance group and what he looks for in his dancers plus two performances by the company. 1998. 58 min. Video/C 6670

Paul Taylor, Dancemaker
A breathtaking journey into the world of preeminent choreographer Paul Taylor, and his extraordinary creations. The film chronicles the evolution of the fiery, tango-derived Piazzolla Caldera from its first tentative steps through its New York City premiere. Filled with archival footage from Taylor's early years as a featured dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company and inspired performances from his toupe, this is a unique exploration of the mysteries of creative life, the obsession of dancers and the mind of a genius. Special features: Inspirations and interpretations behind Paul Taylor's dances ; select biographies of Paul Taylor and dancers ; complete Paul Taylor dance repertory. 1998. 98 min. DVD 498

Paul Taylor's Speaking in Tongues
A performance by members of the Paul Taylor Dance Company of Paul Taylor's ballet Speaking in tongues. The dance centers around an evangelical pastor divided against himself and his confused flock with depraved or disturbed members and one bright angel who succors them all. Originally produced as a television program in 1991. 54 min. Video/C 6143

Twyla Tharp

Baryshnikov by Tharp
Contents: The little ballet / music, Alexander Glazounov -- Sinatra suite : performed to the music of Frank Sinatra -- Push comes to shove / music, Joseph Lamb, Franz Joseph Haydn.

Mikhail Baryshnikov discusses dance and performs with the American Ballet Theatre in three ballets choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Includes the Sinatra Suite performed to the music of Frank Sinatra. 60 min. Video/C 9370

The Catherine Wheel.
Performed by the Twyla Tharp Dance Company. 87 min. Video/C 1639

Celebration.
Dancers, Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Frederick Ashton, Dame Alicia Markova, Kenneth Macmillan, Sir Robert Helpmann, Sir Anton Dolin, Anna Pollack, Eric Shilling; Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet Orchestra, conductor, Barry Wordsworth. Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet commemorates fifty years of dance with extracts from the ballets Polonia, Giselle, La fille mal gardee, Paquita, Three pictures, and Elite syncopations. Founder Dame Ninette discusses the past and present and narrator James Mason explores the history of the company. c1981. 50 min. Video/C 4228

The Individual and Tradition.(Dancing; 7)
This program presents the history of choreography based on the creativity of Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Eiko and Koma, Sardono Kusumo, and Garth Fagan. Includes examples of contemporary choreography from the USA and Japan, as well as archival film footage. Video/C 2920

Urban Bush Women

Women's Work
Urban Bush Women is an extraordinary dance/theater company led by artistic director, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Since 1984, the group has been creating works that celebrate the heritage of African Americans, interacting with communities through workshops and performances. Using historic perspectives on dance, music, song, and folklore, the company affirms many aspects of African-American life. [1995?]. 27 min. Video/C 8205

Wim Vandekeybus

dt>Wim Vandekeybus: Dance & Short Fiction Films.

Presents "an overview of choreographer and filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus's career with more then 7 hours of never before released dance films and short fiction films, including many extras and featuring original compositions by David Byrne, Thierry De Me, David Eugene Edwards (16 Horsepower & Woven Hand), Marc Ribot and Peter Vermeersch. Contents: DVD 1. Blush (53 min., 2005) ; Silver (15 min., 2001) -- DVD 2. In spite of washing and wanting (51 min., 2002) ; Inasmuch (14 min., 2000) ; The last words (20 min., 1999) ; Bereft of a blissful union (14 min., 1996) ; Body, body on the wall-- (7 min., 1997) -- DVD 3. Roseland (46 min., 1990) ; Mountains made of barking (15 min., 1995) ; La mentira (50 min., 1992) ; Elba & Federico (26 min., 1993) ; Dust (4 min., 1996). DVD X6747

Sasha Waltz

Alee der Kosmonauten
Performed by Nicola Mascia, Laurie Young, Luc Dunberry, Nadia Cusimano, Takako Suzuki, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Yael Schnell. The story of a sort of universal familiy, as portrayed in dance by Sasha Waltz & Guests. Entertaining and visually stimulating, this debut film from Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz, conjures up a surreal dream dance of family life, at once grotesque, kinetic and amusing. Originally produced on stage in 1996. 58 min. DVD X130

Dido & Aeneas
Narrator, Charlotte Engelkes ; singers, Aurore Ugolin, Reuben Willcox, Deborah York, Fabrice Mantegna, Vocalconsort Berlin ; dancers, Clementine Deluy, Michal Mualem, Virgis Puodziunas, Sasa Queliz, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Xuan Shi, Laslo Sandig. Live recording of the classic Dido and Aeneas, which combines traditional performances of the opera singers with contemporary dance. The 17th century English composer would not in his wildest imaginings have foreseen his stately drama refashioned by a 21st century German choreographer whose dancers cross-dress, shout, contort and generally perform with all the vivid self-consciousness characteristic of modern dance, and of Waltz's in particular; dance that is rigorous, frequently athletic and always inventive. World premier, January 29, 2005. 90 min. DVD X132

Impromptus
Presents the first performance in which Sasha Waltz has developed a dance piece based on the structure of a classical music composition. The music was performed live onstage together with vocal accompaniment by selections from four Schubert pieces. The dance like the music creates in a subtle way emotional states between weightless floating and being off balance. Sasha Waltz explores in her work the existential questions of the human body with its vulnerability and beauty. This is dance at its most riveting, at once unmasking, manipulating, and ultimately exalting in the innumerable aspects that make us human. Contents: Franz Schubert music includes: Impromptu F minor, Op. 142, no. 1, D. 93; Impromptu E-flat magor, Op. 90, no. 2, D. 899; Impromptu A-flat magor, Op. 90, no. 4, D. 899; Des madchens klage, Op. 58, no. 3, D. 191; Der wanderer an den mond, Op. 80, no. 1, D. 870; Der doppelganger, schwanengesang, no. 13, D. 957; An mignon, Op. 19, no. 2, D. 161b; Impromptu G-flat major, Op. 90, no. 3, D. 899; Impromptu C minor, Op. 90, no. 1, D. 899. Danced by Maria Marta Colusi, Clementine Deluy, Juan Kruz Dias de Garaio Esnaola, Luc Dunberry, Michal Mualem, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Xuan Shi. Videotaped in performance on April 17, 2004. 60 min. DVD X123

Insideout
Performed by Mikel Aristegui, Jiri Bartovanec, Maria Marta Colusi, Lisa Densem, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Luc Dunberry, Charlotte Engelkes, Nicola Mascia, Michal Mualem, Manuel Perez Torres , Sasa Queliz, Paolo dos Santos, Mata Sekka, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Xuan Shi, Takako Suzuki, Laurie Young, Matan Zamir, Sigal Zouk-Harder. Waltz developed this interdisciplinary piece together with nineteen dancers and ten musicians from Asia, Europe and North and South America. Based on the personal biographies of the dancers and actors the work deals with social and individual values, life-style and status symbols. What do we need to form our identity? What do origin, family and history signify today? Rebecca Saunders integrated solos, duets and trios for the ten musicians dispersed over the stage and music generated mechanically into a multi-level composition. Video artist Philip Bubmann contributed a complementary visual layer of meaning with his projections. World premiere, October 9, 2003. 80 min. DVD X131

Korper (Bodies)
Performed by Davide Camplani, Lisa Densem, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Luc Dunberry, Annette Klar, Nicola Mascia, Grayson Millwood, Michal Mualem, Virgis Puodziunas, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Takako Suzuki, Laurie Young, Xuan Shi. Sasha Waltz looks at the quest for immortality by celebrating the inner human body and the outer shell -- its beauty and its ugliness, its mortality and the dream of the perfect body. The thirteen dancers generate an rich assortment of movement as they explore the human organism as a segment and as a whole system. A film by Nachtaktivfilm commissioned by ZDF/Arte/ZDF Theaterkanal in cooperation with the Goethe Institute" -- container. "World premier" January 22, 2000. 90 min. DVD X124

Medea
Performed by Liza Alpizar Aguilar, Jiri Bartovanec, Davide Camplani, Maria Marta Colusi, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Luc Dunberry, Gabriel Galindez Cruz, Mamajeang Kim, Pinar Omerbeyoglu, Virgis Puodziunas, Sasa Queliz, Mata Sakka, Yael Schnell, Xuan Shi, Davide Sportelli, Laszlo Sandig, Luna Zscharnt. Singers: Gesa Hoppe, Cecile Kempenaers, Anne-Kristin Zschunke, Bettina Ranch ... [et al]. Sasha Waltz has developed her theatre-music production, the tragedy Medea from Pascal Dusapin's 1991 opera with texts by Heiner Muller. Reworked in cooperation with the Akademie fur Alte Musik and the Vocalconsort Berlin, the investigation of these materials allows the choreographer to bring all her artistic capabilities into play. In working alongside a large collective Sasha Waltz has found a happy correspondence with the music of Pascal Dusapin who has the coloratura soprano accompanied by a chorus (from vocal quartet up to twenty singers), as partner, echo and reflection. 70 min. DVD X125

No Body
Performed by Mikel Aristegui, Jiri Bartovanec, Rita Aozane Bilibio, Davide Camplani, Hsuan Cheng, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Luc Dunberry, Andreas Ebbert, Mamajeang Kim, Nicola Mascia, Michal Mualem, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Laura Siegmund, Mohan Thomas, Norbert Steinwarz, Junko Wada, Laurie Young, Xuan Shi. In NoBody Sasha Waltz investigates the metaphysical existence of humanity. The performance addresses the absence of the body, and it confronts the viewer with feelings aroused by the realisation of being mortal. What does being human mean beyond having a body? Which part of us is immortal? In NoBody, the choreographer, accompanied by 25 dancers, faces the challenge of rendering the non-physical visible through the physical body itself. World premiere February 23, 2002. 90 min. DVD X133

Zweiland
Performed by Luc Dunberry, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Nicola Mascia, Klaus Jurgens, Grayson Millwood, Claudia de Serpa Soares, Takako Suzuki, Laurie Young. In the multifarious universe of movement Sasha Waltz melds the territories of two bodies into an archaic mythical creature incorporating two arms, four legs, one head and two bellies, in living-breathing inderdependnce -- an antipathetic unity. World premier" May 23, 2007. 73 min. DVD X126

Charles Weidman

Charles Weidman, On His Own.
Traces the career of modern dance pioneer Charles Weidman from his roots in Lincoln Nebraska to his beginnings with Denishawn, his association with Doris Humphrey, and the Weidman Theatre Dance Company. Includes: Lynchtown -- Men's Dance, from New Dance -- On my mother's side -- Flickers -- Brahm's waltzes -- Christmas oratorio. 1990. 60 min. Video/C 2021

Mary Wigman

Mary Wigman Danser (1929)
A priestess in "Serafisk Sang", virginal in "Pastorale", botanic in "Sommerdans" and finally a witch in "Heksedans", Mary Wigman is a woman-flower, goddess and a prophetess in turn. Her jerky, sombre and introspective movements proudly claim the expression of the free body. We are at the end of the roaring twenties and Mary Wigman provoked a real revolution in the world of dance.

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Mary Wigman: Mein Leben ist Tanz.
Details important stages in the work of modern dance pioneer Mary Wigman. Archival film footage shows Mary Wigman as she discusses her life and work; as she performs some of the dances she created; and as she directs other dancers in the performance of her work. Narration taken from her writings summarizes her theories of dance and the art of choreography. In German with English voiceovers. 199-?. 29 min. Video/C 5167

When the Fires Dance Between Two Poles: Mary Wigman, 1886-1973.
Mary Wigman, one of the founders of modern dance, discusses her work and her theories; discussion is illustrated by footage of performances of her most notable pieces. 1991. 41 min. DVD X1300; vhs Video/C 2020

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Individual Works

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Amelia
The dance film Amelia, performed by the dance company La La La Human Steps, explores the use of point technique using extended intertwining solos, complex partnering sequences and speed to generate power performances with emotion and serenity. Using intricate choreography for both camera and dancers, choreographer Lock combines minimalism with lyrics from five of Lou Reed's most famous works of the 60's. Disc 1. Opus Arte commentary -- Disc. 2. 25 years La La La Human Steps with commentaries by Edouard Locke, video and photo material from productions including Human sex, 2, Exauce/salt, New demons and Infante, cest destroy. Producers, Pierre L. Touchette, Bob Krupinski ; choreographer/director/editor, Edouard Locke ; original score, David Lang. Dancers, Andrea Boardman, Nancy Crowley, Mistaya Hemingway, Keir Knight, Chun Hong Li, Bernard Martin, Jason Shipley-Holmes, Billy Smith, Naomi Stikeman, Zofia Tujaka. 2006. 138 min. DVD 8931

Carlos Acosta's Tocororo: a Cuban Tale
All the soul and passion of Cuba is captured in this vibrant and spectacular dance extravaganza which successfully bridges the class divide between ballet and contemporary dance, representing a mainstream celebration of Cuba's dance rhythms. Tocororo tells the story of a humble boy who leaves his family and the traditions of the Cuban countryside for an urban future. Loosely based on principal dancer Carlos Acosta's own life story. Carlos Acosta, Yonah Acosta, Michel Avalos, Veronica Corveas, Mireya Chapman, Alexander Varona, Soloists and corps de ballet from Danza Contemporanea de Cuba. Filmed live at London's Sadler's Wells theater. c2004. 110 min. DVD 5333

Chaconne; Prodigal Son.
Contents: Chaconne / music by Christoph Willibald Gluck -- Prodigal son / music by Serge Prokofiev. Dancers: Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Karin von Aroldingen, Shaun O'Brien. 1995. 57 min. Video/C 4487

The Company (2003)
Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Neve Campbell, Malcolm McDowell, James Franco, and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Presents a behind-the-scenes look at the world of dance, produced with the cooperation of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. The drama is presented as seen through the eyes of a talented but conflicted young dancer on the brink of success. 112 min. DVD 2725

Coppelia.
Directed for television and videogram by Colin Nears ; producer, Robin Scott; choreography by Oleg Vinogradov; music by Leo Delibes. Danced by the Kirov Ballet: Irina Shapchits, Mikhail Zavialov, Petr Rusanov, Elvira Tarasova, Marina Abdullayeva (Spanish doll), Irina Guseva (Scottish doll), Albert Mirzoyan (Chinese doll), Aleksandr Sapogov (nutcracker), Vladimir Ponomaziev (mayor). Music performed by the Maryinsky Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Alexandre Viliumanis. 1993. 92 min. Video/C 6806

Coppelia.
Performers, Fernando Bujones, Ana Maria Castanon. Recorded in 1980 in Puerto Rico with the Ballets De San Juan. 1982. 110 min. Video/C 1084

Coppelia: Ballet in Three Acts.
A ballet performance telling the story of two young lovers and their amusing encounter with the exquisite mechanical doll, Coppelia. Recorded Feb. 2000 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Ninette de Valois, choreography, after Lev Ivanov and Enrico Cecchetti; Anthony Dowell, stage direction; Osbert Lancaster, set designs. Leanne Benjamin; Carlos Acosta ; Luke Heydon; Leana Palme; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, London; Nicolae Moldoveanu, conductor. Includes the film short "The ballet moves" and a film biography of Osbert Lancaster. 120 min. DVD 5248

Cup/Saucer/Two Dancers/Radio
Performer: Dancers: Kenneth King, Phoebe Neville. A postmodern dance in the Pop Art style in which all the elements listed in the title have equal emphasis. Rock and roll songs comment ironically on the action of the dancers while a taped voice explains the dance's structure. Filmed by Jonas Mekas, September 29, 1965 with the assistance of David Brooks. 23 min. Video/C 4631

Dance and the Railroad.
Recorded live in San Francisco, February 18, 1984. Performance by the Asian American Theater Company. 1984. Video/C 666:1-2

Davidsbundlertanze.
Suzanne Farrell, Jacques D'Amboise, Peter Martins, Ib Anderson and the New York City Ballet Company. 1982. 43 min. Video/C 1082

Dido & Aeneas
Performers: Mark Morris Dance Group, Mark Morris (Dido & the sorceress), Guillermo Resto (Aeneas), Ruth Davidson (Belinda), Rachel Murray, Tina Fehlandt, William Wagner, Kraig Patterson. A danced performance of the Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas. Dido, the noble queen of Carthage, has fallen in love with the Trojan Prince Aeneas. While the court celebrates the imminent union of the two monarchs, the evil sorceress with her coven of witches plots their downfall. Romance leads to hearbreak and tragedy. 55 min. Video/C 4600

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary
Directed by Guy Maddin. Cast: Zhang Wei-Qiang, David Moroni, Johnny Wright, Tara Birtwhistle, Cindy Marie Small. Filmmaker Guy Maddin resurrects the style and visual grammar of the silent cinema in this ambitious screen adaptation of the Royal Winnepeg Ballet's acclaimed dance production, which incorporates elements of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula and F. W. Murnau's film Nosferatu. In 1897, a mysterious visitor from the East, Dracula, arrives in London, and soon puts the wealthy Lucy under his spell. Dracula next sets his sights on the virginal Mina, but when the vampire's machinations begin to alter her personality, her fiance realizes something is wrong and vampire hunter Von Helsing is brought in to slay the monster. 1992. 75 min. DVD 2780
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La Fille Mal Gardee.
Dancers: Leslie Collier, Michael Coleman, Brian Shaw, Leslie Edwards, Garry Grant. 1981. 98 min. Video/C 1087

Giselle.
Giselle, a simple peasant girl is driven to madness and death through an unhappy love, becomes a ghost ordered to destroy the man who betrayed her, yet seeks to sustain him because of her undying love. Performed by Galina Mezentseva, Konstantin Zaklinsky, and the Kirov Ballet, 1983. 115 min. Video/C 1088

[Giselle] Creole Giselle.
Dance Theatre of Harlem. DTH founder Arthur mitchell has set the ballet in 1841 Louisiana. c1988. 88 min. Video/C 3269

Medea
A production of Jean-Georges Noverre's 18th century ballet which tells the daunting tale of a woman's desperate love, jealousy and murder. Called "the father of modern ballet," Noverre was a seminal thinker on the importance of expression and gesture in ballet. Medea, his most famous ballet, is presented here by a chamber ensemble in full period costume accompanied by 16 musicians. Followed by "Recreating Medea," a discussion of the production by key participants. Presented by the University of New Mexico Dept. of Theatre and Dance and Meadowlark Productions. Taped before an audience in the Rodey Theater of the University of New Mexico, March 3 and 4, 2000. 64 min. Video/C 8166

Manon
Jennifer Penney (Manon) ; Anthony Dowell (Des Grieux) ; David Wall (Lescaut) ; Royal Ballet ; Norman Morrice, director ; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House ; Ashley Lawrence, conductor. Orchestrated and arranged by Leighton Lucas, with the collaboration of Hilda Gaunt ; Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Jan. 19, 1982. A ballet of the love story of Manon Lescaut and the Chevalier des Grieux, a tragedy of innocence corrupted in the pleasure-seeking world of 18th century Paris. 64 min. Video/C 8166

New Dance.
9 person precision ball passing / choreographed by Charles Moulton, performed by Mia Babalis, Peggy Baker, Kathy Casey...[et al.] (8 min.) -- Michael Moschen solos / performed by Michael Moschen (16 min.) -- Towards a minimal choreography / choreographed by Michael Moschen, performed by Michael Schwartz (1 min.). Three choreographies: the first is 5 men and 4 women passing yellow balls to eachother; the second is a man doing hand tricks with glass balls, glass sticks, fire; the third shows a man rollerskating in different directions. c1986. 25 min. Video/C 4687

[Nutcracker Suite] The Hard Nut
Production of the famous ballet, updated with the sensibilities of the 1960s and 1970s. Production based somewhat on the work of Charles Burns. 87 min. DVD 9656; vhs Video/C 3417

Othello
Originally produced for the stage by American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet in collaboration with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Desmond Richardson, Yuan Yuan Tan, Parrish Maynard, Katita Waldo, Gonzalo Garcia, Lorena Feijoo; San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; conductor, Emil De Cou. A ballet performance of the Shakespearan play Othello performed by the San Francisco Ballet company. 84 min. DVD 3931

A Portrait of Giselle.
Alicia Alonso, Yvette Chauvire, Carla Fracci, Tamara Karsavina, Natalia Makarova, Dame Alicia Markova, Olga Spessivtzeva, Galina Ulanova, Patricia McBride. As host Sir Anton Dolin prepares New York City Ballet's Patricia McBride for the role of Giselle, he tells the plot of the ballet, gives the history of its performance, and lends insight into the technical and dramatic expertise required of its dancers. Presents footage of performances of, and interviews with celebrated ballerinas who have danced the role of Giselle. 1982?. 97 min. Video/C 1585

Rim of Heaven.
A dance choreographed by David Wood and performed by students from the Dramatic Art Department, University of California, Berkeley. Performed in Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, April, 1984. Video/C 718

Romeo & Juliet.
The Royal Ballet with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. 198-?. 124 min. Video/C 1584

Le sacre du printemps (The Rites of Spring
Uwe Scholz was one of the leading German choreographers of the 20th century. He choreographed more than one hundred ballets, all of which are distinguished by their magical beauty, profound emotionality and extraordinary musicality. Seen here is the legendary two-part Sacre du printemps from the final years of his creative life, complemented by the film Soulscapes, a highly personal and moving portrait of Uwe Scholz with excerpts from his most important ballets. Performers: Giovanni Di Palma, Kiyoko Kimura, dancers ; Wolfgang Manz, Rolf Plagge, pianists ; Leipzig Ballet ; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig ; Henrik Schaefer, conductor. Ballet recorded in performance at Leipzig Opera, Feb. 22, 2003. 165 min. DVD X3971
Sleeping Beauty

Production staged by Konstantin Sergeyev; choreography by Marius Petipa; music, Pyotr Iiyich Tchaikovsky. Irina Kolpakova, Sergei Berezhnoi, Lubov Kunakova, Vladimir Lopukhov; The Kirov Ballet; Orchestra of the Leningrad Theatre of Opera and Ballet, conductor Viktor Fedotov. First performed in 1890 in St. Petersburg, the Sleeping Beauty ballet, the grandest of all the surviving 19th-century ballets of the imperial Russian ballet, has been preserved in continuous performance by the company that created it. Presented here is the Kirov Ballet's performance filmed in 1982 on the company's 200th anniversary year. 170 min. DVD 4446; also VHS Video/C 994

Spartacus
Filled with spectacular scenes of mass pageantry this is a filmed performance by the Bolshoi of the ballet Spartacus, based on the true story of the valiant slave who led an uprising against Rome. Dancers: Irek Moukhamedov, Alexander Vetrov, Natalia Bessmertnova, Ludmila Semenyaka, Maria Bilova, orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre; conductor, Alygis Zhyuraitis. Ballet based on the book by Nikolai Volkov. Originally produced in 1984. 132 min. DVD 5584; vhs Video/C 8171

Swan Lake
Performers: Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev. 106 min. DVD 432

Swan Lake (The Ultimate Swan Lake)
Host Gene Kelly narrates this production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, performed by the Bolshoi Ballet, as choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich. The aristocratic beauty of the Bolshoi makes this production, exquisitely designed and opulently mounted, unlike any other. 1985. 126 min. Video/C 7635

La Sylphide: Ballet en Deux Actes
Aurelie Dupont (La Sylphide) ; Mathieu Ganio (James) ; Melanie Hurel (Effie) ; Jean-Marie Didière (La sorci`ere) ; Isabelle Ciaravola, Gila Isoart (Pas de deux des Ecossais) ; Corps de Ballet and Orchestre de l'Opera national de Paris ; Ermanno Florio, conductor. Recorded July 2004, Opera national de Paris, Palais Garnier. The classical ballet which tells the story of a Scottish nobleman who falls in love with a sylph just as he is to be married. He follows her only to lose her and his bride-to-be. c2005. 127 min. DVD 4506

La Sylphide: Ballet in Two Acts
Lis Jeppesen as La Sylphide ; Nikolaj Hubbe as James ; Sorella Englund as Madge. Royal Danish Ballet ; Royal Danish Orchestra ; Poul Jorgensen, conductor. August Bournville's ballet created in 1836, tells the story of the Sylphide who entrances a Scottish farmer, James. Madge, a witch is smitten by James and seeks revenge when he rejects her attention and that revenge leads to tragic consequences. 63 min. DVD 8204

Les Sylphides (An Evening with the Bolshoi)
Includes complete ballet and excerpts from others. 1986. 120 min. Video/C 1081

Zero Degrees
Following worldwide acclaim since its premiere at Sadler's Wells in July 2005, "Zero Degrees" is a multi award-winning collaboration between four of today's most respected artists. The ground-breaking production unites celebrated Moroccan-Flemish dancer-choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan - renowned for developing his own 'contemporary kathak' style, composer/producer Nitin Sawhney, and sculptor Antony Gormley who contributed to the staging with two life-size casts of the dancers. Special features: interviews with Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; photo gallery; booklet. 2008.. 66 min. DVD X5897

Dance in the Movies

Musicals
South Asian film (for Bollywood films)

Dance in the Movies bibliography

All That Jazz. (1979)
Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Performers: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange. DVD 5209; vhs 999:1015
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Awards & Honors

Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or (Bob Fosse)
National Film Registry Selection

Seltzer, Alvin J. "All That Jazz: Bob Fosse's solipsistic masterpiece." Literature Film Quarterly, 1996, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p99, 6p UC users only
Wood, Robert E. "Cloven Hoofer: Choreography as Autobiography in "All That Jazz." Post Script, Winter87, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p43-53, 11p UC users only

Amadeus. (1984)
Directed by Milos Forman. Choreography, Twyla Tharp. Performers: Tom Hulce, F. Murray Abraham et all. DVD 250; vhs 999:397; and Director's Cut, 2001: DVD 1462
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American in Paris.
Directed by Vincente Minnelli (1951). Choreography, Gene Kelly. Performers: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary, Nina Foch. DVD 1432; VHS 999:26
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El amor brujo (Spain, 1986)
Directed by Carlos Saura. Cast: Antonio Gades, Cristina Hoyos, Juan Antonio Jimenez, Laura del Sol, Emma Penella. 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. 103 min. DVD 9170

Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Directed by George Sidney. Dance Sequences created by Gene Kelly; Dance Director Jack Donohue. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, Jose Iturbi, Dean Stockwell. The film is notable for the mixed live and animated scene with Gene Kelly dancing with an animated Jerry (of the Tom and Jerry cartoon) For information on animation sequence see the Big Cartoon Database. 140 min. DVD 7269
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Babes in Arms (1939)
Directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee, June Preisser, Grace Hayes, Betty Jaynes, Douglas McPhail. Based on the play "Babes In Arms" by Rodgers and Hart. Learning that his parents are in financial straits, the son of a famous vaudeville team rounds up all the stage kids and puts on a lavish show to raise money. Special DVD features: All-new introduction by Mickey Rooney; commentary by historian John Fricke; vintage "Our Gang" short "Duel personalities", classic cartoon "The mad maestro"; 1939 newsreel; theatrical trailer ; Audio bonuses: "Leo is on the air" radio promo; 3 radio shows with Rooney and Garland. 91 min. DVD 8479; vhs 999:1848
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Babes on Broadway (1941)
Directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Richard Quine, Donald Meek, Alexander Woollcott. One of the famous old musicals that combines captivating music and lavish production numbers by the master, Busby Berkeley. The story is the standard tale of two struggling Broadway hopefuls, and is filled with 16 song and dance numbers. Special features: All-new introduction by Mickey Rooney; "Pete Smith specialty" comedy short "How to hold your husband-- back"; classic cartoon "Dance of the weed"; theatrical trailer ; Audio bonuses: 2 "Leo is on the air" radio promos; radio show adaptation of "Merton of the movies" with Rooney and Garland; "Chin up! Cheerio! Carry on!" song demo performed by Burton Lane. 118 min. DVD 8479
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Le Bal (Italy | France | Algeria, 1983)
Directed by Ettore Scola. Cast: Christophe Allwright, Aziz Arbia, Marc Berman, Regis Bouquet, Chantal Capron, Liliane Delval, Martine Chauvin, Francesco De Rosa, Rossana Di Lorenzo, Etienne Guichard, Raymonde Heudeline, Arnault LeCarpentier, Olivie Loiseau, Nani Noel, Jean-Claude Penchenat, Jean-François Perrier, Anita Picchiarini, François Pick, Genevieve Rey-Penchenat, Danielle Rochard, Monica Scattini, Michel Toty, Michel van Speybroeck. Le Bal takes place in a hypothetical Parisian dance hall and its plot is communicated entirely through mime, its pop music soundtrack and period ballroom dances. The prologue section, set in present time, introduces viewers to the cast of characters. The music begins and in a series of flashback sequences that use key moments in modern French history as their backdrop, viewers are presented with a clever yet poignant social commentary of prewar, postwar and modern times. 107 min. DVD X4394
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The Band Wagon. (1953)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Choreography, Michael Kidd. Performers: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse. DVD 3558; VHS 999:213
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The Barkleys of Broadway. (1953)
Directed by Charles Walters. Dance director: Hermes Pan. Performers: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Oscar Levant, Billie Burke, Jacques Francois, Gale Robbins. DVD 4256
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Beat Street (1984)
Director, Stan Lathan. Cast: Rae Dawn Chong, Guy Davis, Robert Taylor, Jon Chardiet, Sandra Santiago ; cameo appearances by Us Girls, The Treacherous Three, The System, Rock Steady Crew, Soul Sonic Force & Shango, The Magnificent Force, New York City Breakers, Furious Five, Tina B., Afrika Bambaataa, Johnny B. Bad, and others. A ghetto-derived musical film which delves into the hip-hop culture of New York's streets to uncover the despairs, dreams, and triumphs of the emerging 80s generation. Before the backdrop of wild rhythms and whirling bodies lies a tableau of young aspiring artists, striving to turn their fever into fame through hip-hop, graffiti art and break dancing. The break battle scene is the highlight of the film when gangs fight eachother with dancing, not guns. 106 min. DVD X5590; vhs 999:3171
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The Belle of New York (1952)
Director, Charles Walters. Cast: Fred Astaire, Vera-Ellen, Marjorie Main, Keenan Wynn, Alice Pearce, Clinton Sundberg, Gale Robbins. Music, Harry Warren ; lyrics, Johnny Mercer. Special features: Comedy short and classic cartoon; "I wanna be a dancin' man" alternate version; theatrical trailer. 81 min. DVD 8293
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Billy Elliot(UK / France, 2000)
Director, Stephen Daldry Cast: Julie Walters, Gary Lewis, Jamie Draven, Jamie Bell, Adam Cooper. Eleven-year-old miner's son Billy Elliot is on his way to boxing lessons when he stumbles upon a ballet class. Billy secretly joins the class, knowing that his blue-collar family would never understand. 111 min. DVD X6181
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The Black Swan (2010)
Director, Darren Aronofsky. Ballet choreography, Benjamin Millepied; ballet costumes designed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte; "Swan Lake" composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Cast: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder. Nina is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company. Her life, like most in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her mother Erica, a former ballerina who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: new dancer Lily, who impresses Leroy as well. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side - a recklessness that threatens to destroy her. Special features: Black Swan: Metamorphosis [featurette] (49 min.); Sneak peeks (7 min.). 108 min. DVD X5693
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Blood Wedding. (1981)
Directed by Carlos Saura. Flamenco interpretation of the classic drama by Federico Garcia Lorca. The National Ballet of Spain. DVD 9168; vhs 999:652
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Blue Melodies (1929-34; Hollywood Rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 3)
Directed by Various, Paramount: Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life - Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday (1935); Those Blues - Vincent Lopez (1932); Ol' King Cotton - George Dewey Washington (1930); ABundle of Blues - Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson (1933); Jitterbug Party -Cab Calloway (1934); Her Future - Ethel Merman (1930); St. Louis Blues- Bessie Smith (1929); Blue of the Night - Bing Crosby (1933). Eight mini musicals featuring landmark performances by the legends of jazz and blues from the early years of sound film production. Bessie Smith stars in her only film, the once-notorious musical St. Louis Blues. Tennaged Billie Holiday performs with Duke Ellington's orchestra while another piece, Bundle of Blues, spotlights Ellington's favorite band singer, Ivie Anderson. And, months before her Broadway debut, a girlish Ethel Merman defendsher life before a judge in Her Future. c1997. 85 min. 999:1692

Born to Dance (1936)
Directed by Roy del Ruth. Cast: Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Reginald Gardiner, Virginia Bruce, Una Merkel, Sid Silvers, Buddy Ebsen. Sailor Ted meets Nora at the Lonely Hearts Club and falls in love... Nora aspires to become a dancing star, but her career nearly ends before it begins when she inadvertently comes between Broadway luminary Lucy James and her producer-lover. Highlights include Reginald Gardiner's impersonation of a symphony-conducting traffic cop and Eleanor Powell's climactic tap routine on board an art-deco battleship. 105 min. DVD 9893
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Bring It On (2000)
Directed by Peyton Reed. Choreographer: Anne Fletcher. Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, Gabrielle Union. 99 min. DVD 1359
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Broadway Melody. (1929)
This was billed as the first full-length, all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing musical. Choreography, George Cunningham (uncredited) DVD 4001; vhs 999:804
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Broadway Melody of 1936. (1935)
Directed by Roy Del Ruth. Dance numbers created and staged by Dave Gould. Performers: Jack Benny, Robert Taylor, Eleanor Powell, Una Merkel. 999:845
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Broadway Melody of 1938 (1938)
Directed by Roy Del Ruth. Dance Ensembles Dave Gould. Cast: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Binnie Barnes, Buddy Ebsen, Sophie Tucker, Judy Garland, Charles Igor Gorin, Raymond Walburn, Robert Benchley, Willie Howard, Charley Grapewin, Robert Wildhack. Music, Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed. 113 min. 999:811
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Broadway Melody of 1940.
Choreography, Bobby Connolly. Directed by Norman Taurog (1940). Performer: Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy. DVD 2831; vhs 999:800
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The Busby Berkeley Disc.
Features 21 song-and-dance spectaculars staged and directed by Busby Berkeley, from movie musicals released in the 1930's. Included are excerpts from "42nd Street" (1933), "Gold diggers of 1933" (1933), "Fashions of 1934" (1934), "In Caliente" (1933), "Footlight parade" (1933), "Wonder Bar" (1934), "Dames" (1934), "Gold diggers of 1935" (1935), and "Gold diggers of 1937" (1937). Contents: Shuffle off to Buffalo -- Young and healthy -- 42nd Street -- We're in the money -- Pettin' in the park -- Shadow waltz -- Remember my forgotten man -- Ah, the moon is here -- Sittin' on a backyard fence -- Honeymoon hotel -- By a waterfall -- Shanghai Lil -- Spin a little web of dreams -- Don't say goodnight -- The girl at the ironing board -- I only have eyes for you -- Dames -- The words are in my heart -- Lullaby of Broadway -- The lady in red -- All is fair in love and war. Featuring: Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, James Cagney. 163 min. DVD 5300

Cab Calloway's Jitterbug Party(1935)
Directed by Fred Waller. Cab Calloway performs two numbers at the Cotton Club, then takes his friends down to Harlem for a jitterbug party. DVD 543; also on vhs Video/C 1989; Video/C 999:1692; Video/C 7616

Cabaret(1972)
Directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. An egocentric American girl dreams of becoming a star while working in a third-rate Berlin cabaret. 124 min. DVD 339; VHS 999:794
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Captain January (1936)
Directed by David Butler. Dances staged by Jack Donohue. Cast: Shirley Temple, Guy Kibbee, Buddy Ebsen, Slim Summerville. 76 min. DVD 6028
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Carefree (1938)
Directed by Mark Sandrich. Choreographer, Hermes Pan. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy, Luella Gear, Jack Carson, Clarence Kolb, Franklin Pangborn. Special features: Vintage musical short "Public jitterbug no. 1"; Classic cartoon "September in the rain." Choreographer, Hermes Pan. Music by Irving Berlin. 83 min. DVD 6744
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Carousel (1956)
Directed by Henry King. Choreographer, Agnes DeMille. Performers: Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones et all. 102 min. DVD 5683
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Chicago (1985)
Directed by Rob Marshall. Cast: Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reily, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs, Christine Baranski. Based on the musical play Chicago, directed and choreographed for the stage by Bob Fosse; based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Performers: Michael Douglas, Audrey Landers et all. 113 min. DVD 1850
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Chorus Line (1985)
Directed by Richard Attenborough. Choreography, Jeffrey Hornaday. Performers: Michael Douglas, Audrey Landers et all. DVD 1743; VHS 999:1133
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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (France, 2009)
Directed by Jan Kounen. Cast: Anna Mouglalis, Mads Mikkelsen.By the 1920s, Coco Chanel has established herself in the world of fashion. After a disastrous reaction to an early production of his Rite of Spring ballet, Igor Stravinsky has become a penniless refugee living in exile. When the two are introduced, the attraction is immediate and together they embark on a passionate affair, which results in a period of great artistic achievement for both artists. Based on the novel by Chris Greenhalgh.110 min. DVD X4665
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Daddy Long-Legs (1955)
Directed by Jean Negulesco. Cast: Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore, Thelma Ritter. Words and music by Johnny Mercer ; ballets by Roland Petit. Millionaire playboy Jervis Pendleton III becomes enamored with a young woman living in a French orphanage, and decides to anonymously sponsor her college education in America. When they finally meet face-to-face two years later, romance blossoms but is complicated by Jervis's hesitance towards their age differences. 126 min. DVD 5261; vhs 999:2094
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Dames (1933)
Directed by Ray Enright. Choreography by Busby Berkeley. Performer: Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, ZaSu Pitts, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert. 92 min. DVD 5320; vhs 999:1664
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Damn Yankees (1958)
Directed by Stanley and George Abbot. Choreography by Bob Fosse. Perfomers: Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston. DVD 5707; vhs 999:777

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Dance with Me (1998)
Directed by Randa Haines. Cast: Vanessa L. Williams, Chayanne, Kris Kristofferson, Jane Krakowski, Beth Grant, Joan Plowright. Rafael, a young Cuban whose mother has just died, comes to the United States to meet his father, who runs a dance studio and is unaware of his paternal status. While dancers prepare for the World Open Dance championship in Las Vegas, it becomes clear that Rafael is a very good dancer, and Ruby is the studio's best hope for the championship. 127 min. DVD 7287
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Dancing Lady (1933)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. A Broadway chorine (Joan Crawford) needs a little help with her hoofing, so her dance director gets a good idea. "Do you feel like going through that opening number with Mr. Astaire?" And Fred Astaire, making his screen debut, shows the lady how it's done. Three film icons (Crawford, Clark Gable,and Franchot Tone) give this backstage musical a jolt of superstar electricity in a song-, dance-, and romance-filled extravaganza. 92 min. DVD 5730
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Danzón. (Mexico/Spain, 1991)
Directed by Maria Novaro. Cast: Maria Rojo, Blanca Guerra, Tito Vasconcelos, Carmen Salinas. Julia is a phone operator in Mexico City who divides her time between her job, her daughter and the danzon: a cuban dance very popular in Mexico and Central America. Every wednesday Julia does the danzon with Carmelo in the old 'Salon Colonia'. They've danced for years but barely know each other. One night Carmelo disappears without a trace. Feeling lonely and sad, Julia takes a train to Veracruz, where she knows Carmelo has a brother. That sudden trip will change Julia's life forever.103 min. DVD X4982; vhs 999:1375
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Deep in My Heart (1954)
Directed by Stanley Donen. Choreographer: Eugene Loring.Cast: Jose Ferrer, Merle Oberon, Helen Traubel, Doe Avedon, Tamara Toumanova, Paul Stewart, Isobel Elsom, William Olvis, James Mitchell, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Henreid, Rosemary Clooney, Gene & Fred Kelly, Jane Powell, Vic Damone, Ann Miller, Cyd Charisse, Howard Keel, Tony Martin. Dance numbers: Leg of mutton dance, performed by Ferrer and Traubel -- Sunrise in Paris, performed by Toumanova -- Mr. & Mrs., from Midnight girl, performed by Ferrer and Clooney -- I love to go swimmin' with women, from Dancing around, performed by Gene & Fred Kelly -- It, from Artists & models, performed by Ann Miller -- Dance, from The desert song, performed by Charisse and Mitchell. 132 min. DVD 9895
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Dimples (1936)
Directed by William A. Seither. Dance Director: Bill Robinson. Cast: Shirley Temple, Frank Morgan, Robert Kent, Helen Westley, Stepin Fetchit. A little girl with nothing but tiny dimples and a huge amount of talent makes her way from poverty to potential stardom. 78 min. DVD 6030
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Drumline (2002)
Directed by Charles Stone III. Cast: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, J. Anthony Brown, GQ, Leonard Roberts, Orlando Jones. 118 min. DVD 2572
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Easter Parade (1948)
Directed by Charles Walters. Choreographers: Fred Astaire (uncredited), Charles Walters (uncredited). Cast: Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford, Ann Miller. 102 min. DVD 3560; VHS 999:1013
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Falling in Rhythm(2004)
Directed by Malcolm Lam. Cast: Performed by Talia Castro-Pozo and Jules Helm, with Anya, Angel C. Clemente, Gamze Ceylan, Sally Tseng. Caught in the monotonous rituals of everyday life, a young couple experiences a renewal of their love in their new-found passion for the rhythms of Latin dance. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 19 min. DVD X7373
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Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Director, Norman Jewison. Choreography, Choreography, Jerome Robbins. Cast: Topol ; Norma Crane ; Leonard Frey ; Molly Picon ; Paul Mann; soloist, Isaac Stern. 180 min. DVD 2578; vhs 999:768
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Finian's Rainbow (1968)
Director, Francis Ford Coppola. Choreographer, Hermes Pan. Cast: Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Steele, Barbara Hancock. DVD 3649
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Flashdance (1983)
Director, Adrian Lyne. Choreographer: Jeffrey Hornaday. Cast: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Belinda Bauer, Lilia Skala. Alex Owens is a fiercely determined and beautiful 18 year old woman who works as a welder by day and as a dancer at a local bar at night. Alex struggles to gain independence, finds love, and realize her dream--to dance at the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance. DVD X207
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Flower Drum Song (1961)
Director, Henry Koster. Choreographer, Hermes Pan. Cast: Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Juanita Hall, Jack Soo, Benson Fong, Miyoshi Umeki. DVD 6548; vhs 999:537
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Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Directed by Thornton Freeland. Dance Director: Dave Gould. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Delores Del Rio, Gene Raymond, Raul Roulien. This film, containing the first of many Fred Astaire - Ginger Rogers partnerships, concerns a troupe of entertainers stranded in Rio. Songs include "The Carioca," "Orchids in the Moonlight," and the title song. Notable for a brilliantly photographed finale with chorus girls on the wings of flying airplanes, the movie was the musical that broke with the rather contrived Busby Berkeley productions and moved toward a closer integration of musical and narrative elements. Astaire's dance numbers come not as interruptions but as extensions of the plot. 89 min. DVD 6713
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Follow the Fleet (1936)
Directed by Mark Sandrich. Choreographer, Hermes Pan. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Hilliard, Astrid Allwyn. 104 min. DVD 4253; VHS 999:3364
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Footlight Parade. (1933)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Choreography by Busby Berkeley. Performer: James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell. DVD 5318; vhs 999:713
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42nd Street. (1933)
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Choreography by Busby Berkeley. Performer: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Una Merkel, Ruby Keeler, Guy Kibbee, Ned Sparks, Dick Powell. DVD 321
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French Can Can (1955)
Directed by Jean Renoir. Choreographer: Claude Grandjean. Cast: Jean Gabin, Francoise Arnoul, Maria Felix. A musical comedy about an aging theater impressario with a talent for transforming common working girls into dance hall sensations. Complications arise when he is captivated by Nini, a beautiful laundress, and decides to make her the star of his new show. Despite a jealous mistress and romantic intrigue, the show must go on. The film concludes with an exuberant, high-kicking cancan finale at the grand opening of the Moulin Rouge. 105 min. DVD 2913; vhs 999:3233
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Funny Face. (1956)
Directed by Stanley Donen. Choreography, Eugene Loring and Fred Astaire. Performers: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Kay Thompson, Michael Auclair, Robert Flemyng. DVD 6223; vhs 999:1297
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Gay Divorcee. (1934)
Directed by Mark Sandrich. Choreographer, Hermes Pan. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Eric Blore, Lillian Miles, Charles Coleman, William Austin, Betty Grable. Special DVD features: 2 vintage musical shorts: "Show kids" and "Star night at the Cocoanut Grove"; Classic cartoon "Shake your powder puff"; Audio-only bonus: "Hollywood on the air" radio promo; Theatrical trailer. DVD 6715; vhs 999:1026
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Ginger & Fred (1986)
Directed by Federico Fellini. Cast: Giulietta Masina, Marcello Mastroianni, Franco Fabrizi, Martrin Blau, Francesco Casale. A former dance team that used to earn its living in Italian dance halls by imitating the routines of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, reunites thirty years later to do a television variety show. Fred is the same as ever drinking and chasing women, but Ginger has matured and gotten married, yet fond remembrances of former days still gleam in her eyes. Together they learn that they can never leave the past behind. 999:2577
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Gold Diggers of 1933. (1933)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy, Mervyn. Choreography by Busby Berkeley. Performer: Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee, Ned Sparks, Ginger Rogers. DVD 5317; vhs 999:434
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Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
Directed/choreographed by Busby Berkeley. Featuring Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart, Alice Brady, Hugh Herbert. This fast-paced comedy provides a showcase for Berkeley's lavish production numbers including the renowned song and dance sequence "Lullaby of Broadway." 96 min. DVD 5319; vhs 999:2037
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Grease (1978)
Directed by Randal Kleiser. Choreographer: Patricia Birch. An exuberant musical celebrating the 50's era of rock 'n roll centering around the romance between a teen-age gang leader, his naive girlfriend and other "hip" seniors at Ridel High School. 130 min. DVD 5693; vhs 999:1896
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Guys and Dolls. (1955)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Choreography, Michael Kidd. Performers: Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra et all. DVD 569; VHS 999:894
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Gypsy (1962)
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Choreographer: Robert Tucker. Performers: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden et all. DVD 565; also VHS 999:789
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Hair (1979)
Directed by Milos Forman. Choreography, Twyla Tharp. Performers: Treat Williams, John Savage, Beverly D'Angelo et all. DVD 567; VHS 999:1014
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Harlem Swings
(Black musical shorts) vol.3,Various,1940-1950. 999:423-424

Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943)
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. Choreographer: Hermes Pan. Cast: Alice Faye, John Payne, Jack Oakie, Lynn Bari, Laird Cregar, June Havoc, Ward Bond, Aubrey Mather. A talented singer starring on the Barbary Coast is abandoned by her ambitious saloon-owner beau for a heartless socialite. After becoming a huge star in England, she returns to San Francisco when his marriage crumbles, hoping that he still loves her. Special features: Isolated score track ; Hello again: the remaking of Alice Faye featurette ; restoration comparision, original theatrical trailer, advertising gallery, still gallery. 99 min. DVD X405
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Hellzapoppin' (1941)
Directed by H.C. Potter. Cast: Ole Olsen (Ole), Chic Johnson (Chic), Martha Raye (Betty Johnson), Hugh Herbert (Quimby), Jane Frazee (Kitty Rand), Mischa Auer (Pepi), Robert Paige (Jeff Hunter), Richard Lane (the director), Lewis Howard (Woody Taylor), Clarence Kolb (Andrew Rand), Elisha Cook, Jr. (Harry Selby), Shemp Howard (Louie), Harlem Congeroo Dancers (i.e. Congaroos) [including Ann Johnson and Frankie Manning], Olive Hatch Water Ballet, others. Musical combining lighthearted romance with slapstick comedy by Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, and others. Includes swing dancing; a water ballet; and the lindy hop, performed by African-American dancers and musicians costumed in uniforms of various service professions. The closing show-within-a-show sequence includes a semi-serious waltz ballet, a dog act, the production number "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee," and a conga finale. 84 min. DVD X393; vhs 999:3767
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Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Vaults
Features a dazzling array of "lost" cinematic treasures from the vaults of 20th Century Fox ... singing, dancing and comedy routines cut from classic Hollywood films. Rescued from the cutting room floor, these sequences have been restored to their original, pristine condition and are now presented in their entirety -- for the first time ever. Highlights include: "Hop, Skip and Jump", performed by Shirley Temple and Jimmy Durante deleted from Little Miss Broadway ; Delightful Betty Grable musical numbers deleted from Tin Pan Alley, Hot Spot and Pin Up Girl ; Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in two spectacular dance sequences cut from Cafe Metropole (1937) ; Al Jolson performing a medley of his greatest hits from Rose of Washington Square ; Ethel Merman and Dan Dailey singing "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better" deleted from Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like Show Business ; "Some Sunny Day," performed by Don Ameche ; Joan Collins and Robert Wagner in makeup and wardrobe test for Lord Vanity ; "The Woof song" performed by Bert Lahr ; Katherine Hepburn's first appearance on film in an early screen test (1932) ... and more." Bill "Bojangles" Robinson -- Alice Faye -- Irving Berlin's Alexander's ragtime band -- Rose of Washington Square -- Bert Lahr -- Betty Grable -- Pin up girl -- The Gang's all here --Irving Berlin's There's no business like show business -- We're not married! -- Joan Collins in Lord Vanity -- That's showbiz! DVD 6852

Hit the Deck (1955)
Directed by Roy Rowland. Choreographer: Hermes Pan. Cast: Jane Powell, Tony Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Walter Pidgeon, Vic Damone, Gene Raymond, Ann Miller, Russ Tamblyn. Sailor Danny Xavier Smith and two other gobs try to save his sister Susan's virtue. She wants to get a role in the show "Hit the Deck". After wrecking the producers hotel suite, they land in the brig. But Danny's father is a Rear Admiral... Special features: Film short "The Fall Guy", cartoon "Field and Scream", Sometimes I'm Happy audio outake (audio only), and theatrical trailer. 112 min. DVD 8322; vhs 999:1520
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
Directed by David Swift. Choreography, Bob Fosse. Cast: Robert Morse, Michele Lee, Rudy Vallee, Anthony Teague, Maureen Arthur. 121 min. DVD 568
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It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Dances and Music numbers staged by Stanley Donen. Cast: Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray, Michael Kidd. Music, Andre Previn ; lyrics, Betty Comden, Adolph Green ; choreography, Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen. A musical revolving around the ten-year reunion by three war buddies in New York who discover that while friendship changes over time, having fun definitely does not! 102 min. DVD 5691
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Jailhouse Rock. (1957)
Directed by Richard Thorpe. Choreographer: Alex Romero. Cast: Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley choreographer: Jailhouse Rock sequence DVD 6224; vhs 999:764
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Jammin' the Blues(1942)
Director: Gjon Mili. Prominent jazz musicians of the 1940's get together for a rare filming of a jam session. Marie Bryant has a vocal, and dancer Archie Savage does the jitterbug. It is notable that for several cast members, this is their only known appearance in a theatrical film. Rare performance featuring Lester Young, Red Callender, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Marlowe Morris, "Big" Sid Catlett, Barney Kessel, Joe Jones, John Simmons, Illinois Jacquet, Marie Bryant, and Archie Savage. Directed by Gjon Mili. 10 min. DVD 5839; also DVD 6281 (supplement with Passage to Marseille)

Jitterbug Follies(1939)
Directed by Milt Gross. Animated short. "Count Screwloose and J.R. the Wonder Dog are promoting a $10,000 swing contest. They plan to skip town with the entry fees, but a menacing thug from the "Citizens for Fair Play" convinces them otherwise. The contestants: A singing hippo, "Mother Goose" who starts out as an old woman, then sheds her disguise to reveal a pretty girl, and a fan-dancing ostrich. Throughout, a couple of penguins are heckling. The ostrich proves wildly popular, and Screwloose fears he'll have to give the prize to her, when he gets an idea. He dresses J.R. up as the ostrich and sends him out, but the penguins use a box of sausages to expose the dog. The crowd runs Screwloose and J.R. out, and they grab a ride on a train where the penguins are waiting for them." [Internet Movie Database] Included on DVD 2665

Jitterbugs. (1943)
Directed by Malcolm St. Clair. Choreographer: Geneva Sawyer. Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Vivian Blaine, Robert Bailey, Douglas Fowley, Lee Patrick. 74 min. DVD 5660
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Juke Joint (1947)
Director, Spencer Williams. Cast: Spencer Williams, July Jones, Inez Newell, Leonard Duncan, Dauphine Moore, Melody Duncan, Katherine Moore, Tilford Patterson, Albert Smith, Howard Galloway, Clifford Beamon, Frances McHugh, Don Gilbert, Mac and Ace, Kit and Kert, The Jitterbug Johnnies, Duncan's Beauty Show Girls. Two slick talking traveling "thespians" seek a room at the home of Mama Holiday and become embroiled in her family's affairs. Mama is at odds with her dreamer husband & glamour-seeking daughters, one of whom is propositioned by the owner of the local juke joint. To gain Mama's favor, the men use their persuasive skills to keep the daughter from leaving town with her suitor. 70 min. 999:1259
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Just Around the Corner (1938)
Directed by Irving Cummings. Dances staged by Geneva Sawyer. Cast: Shirley Temple, Charles Farrell, Joan Davis, Amanda Duff, Bill Robinson, Bert Lahr, Cora Witherspoon. 70 min. DVD 6029
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King and I (1956)
Director, Walter Lang. Choreography, Choreography, Jerome Robbins. Cast: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Rita Moreno, Martin Benson, Terry Saunders, Rex Thompson. DVD 606; VHS 999:696
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Ma, Sheng-mei. "Rodger's and Hammerstein's "Chopsticks" musicals.(Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein; "The King and I," "Flower Drum Song" and "South Pacific")(Critical Essay)." Literature-Film Quarterly 31.1 (Jan 2003): 17-26. UC users only

The King Dances (Le Roi danse) (France / Germany / Belgium, 2000)
Directed by Gerard Corbiau. Cast: Benoit Magimel (Louis XIV), Boris Terral (Lully), Tcheky Karyo (Moli`ere), Colette Emmanuelle (queen mother [Anne of Austria]), Cecile Bois (Madeleine), Claire Keim (Julie), Johan Leysen (Cambert), Idwig Stephane (Conti), Emil Tarding (the young Louis XIV). Historical drama about Louis XIV of France, centering on his passion for dance and music. The shy heir to the throne has his destiny altered when musician Jean-Baptiste Lully and the famed playwright Moliere enter his life. Recognizing the young king's talent for dance they compose and stage ballets that glorify Louis' image. The film includes many recreations of dance, drama, and opera of the era. 114 min. DVD 4502
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Kismet (1936)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Choreography, Jack Cole.Cast: Howard Keel, Ann Blyth, Dolores Gray, Vic Damone, Monty Woolley, Sebastian Cabot, Jay C. Flippen, Mike Mazurki, Jack Elam, Ted de Corsia. This lush musical follows one fateful, fabulous day as a beggar-poet and his daughter cross paths with a wicked wazir, a wily temptress, a handsome prince, and a magical curse. Special features: Film short "The battle of Gettysburg," cartoon "The first bad man," MGM parade tv series excerpts, song outtakes, and theatrical trailers. 113 min. DVD 9894
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Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Directed by George Sidney. Choreography by Hermes Pan. In this musical drama a battling, once-married couple, are reunited to star in a musical version of The taming of the shrew. On stage they fight it out and backstage they continue to clash. But backstage and downstage, viewers get to see lavish numbers and hear wonderful Cole Porter tunes. 110 min. DVD 5709; vhs 999:1016
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Les Girls (1957)
Directed by George Cukor. Choreography, Jack Cole. Cast: Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg, Jacques Bergerac, Leslie Phillips, Henry Daniell, Patrick Macnee, Stephen Vercoe, Philip Tonge. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter ; music adapted and conducted by Adolph Deutsch. After the break up of the musical act of Barry Nichols and Les Girls the members of the act have a reunion under inauspicious circumstances. Sybil has published her memoirs of the years with Les Girls, including how Angele attempted suicide when Barry spurned her. Angele sues for libel and her testimony in court recounts how it was Sybil who attempted suicide. 114 min. DVD 5717; vhs 999:1036
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The Little Colonel (1935)
Director, David Butler. Cast: Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore, Bill Robinson, John Lodge, Evelyn Venable, Hattie McDaniel. 81 min. DVD 6039; vhs 999:2031
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Haskins, James. Mr. Bojangles : the biography of Bill Robinson New York : William Morrow, c1988. (MAIN: GV1785.R54 H37 1988)
Ostendorf, Berndt. "Celebration or pathology? Commodity or art? The dilemma of African-American expressive culture." Black Music Research Journal 20.2 (Fall 2000): 217(20). UC users only
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The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Director, David Butler. Cast: Shirley Temple, John Boles, Jack Holt, Karen Morley, Bill Robinson. 70 min. DVD 6038; vhs 999:1359
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Haskins, James. Mr. Bojangles : the biography of Bill Robinson New York : William Morrow, c1988. (MAIN: GV1785.R54 H37 1988)
Ostendorf, Berndt. "Celebration or pathology? Commodity or art? The dilemma of African-American expressive culture." Black Music Research Journal 20.2 (Fall 2000): 217(20). UC users only
Vered, Karen Orr. "White and Black in Black and White: Management of Race and Sexuality in the Coupling of Child-Star Shirley Temple and Bill Robinson." Velvet Light Trap, vol. 39, pp. 52-65, Spring 1997. UC users only

Mambo. (1954)
Director, Robert Rosen. Choreographer: Katherine Dunham. Cast: Silvana Mangano, Michael Rennie, Vittorio Gassman, Shelley Winters, Katherine Dunham. In this offbeat romance set in Venice a young saleswoman, her love life complicated by a penniless gambler and a sickly count, becomes a famous dancer. This film allows modern-day viewers the pleasure of seeing Katherine Dunham, one of the greatest American dancers of the 20th century, in action. 94 min. Video 999:2272
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Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Director, Baz Luhrmann. Choreography, John 'Cha Cha' O'Connell. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh, Garry McDonald, Jacek Koman, Matthew Whittet, Kerry Walker. 128 min. DVD 976
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My Fair Lady(1964)
Directed by George Cukor. Choreographer, Hermes Pan. Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde- White, Gladys Cooper, Jeremy Brett, Theodore Bikel. 170 min. DVD 464; VHS 999:872:1&2

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Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Choreographer: Nick Castle. Cast: Jane Powell, Ann Sothern, Barry Sullivan, Carmen Miranda, Louis Calhern. 99 min. DVD 9892
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Oklahoma! (1955)
Directed by Fred Zinnemann. Choreographer, Agnes de Mille. Cast: Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame, Shirley Jones, Gene Nelson, Charlotte Greenwood, Eddie Albert, James Whitmore, Rod Steiger. 146 min. DVD 812; VHS 999:544
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On the Town (1949)
Directors/choreographers, Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen. Performers: Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, Ann Miller. Music by Leonard Berstein. DVD 238; VHS 999:169
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Genne, Beth. "'Freedom incarnate': Jerome Robbins, Gene Kelly, and the dancing sailor as an icon of American values in World War II." Dance Chronicle 24.1 (Spring 2001): 83(21).

The Pajama Game (1957)
Directed by George Abbot and Stanley Donen. Choreography, Bob Fosse. Cast: Doris Day, John Raitt, Carol Haney, Eddie Foy Jr., Reta Shaw, Barbara Nichols. Labor and management at the Sleeptite Pajama Factory aren't getting much sleep lately: a proposed 7 1/2 cent hourly wage increase is the reason--and a job action just may be the result. But not to worry: negotiating strategies here involve snappy stars, terrific tunes and dynamic dances, all part of one of the most infectiously joyful stage/screen musicals ever. 102 min. DVD 5723; vhs 999:1996
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Pal Joey (1957)
Directed by George Sidney. Choreographer: Hermes Pan. Cast: Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak. Music, Richard Rodgers: lyrics, Lorenz Hart: screenplay, Dorothy Kingsley. Based on the play, Pal Joey, book by John O'Hara. 103 min. 999:2519
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The Pirate. (1948)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli. Dance Director Robert Alton. Performers: Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper. Songs by Cole Porter. DVD 8298; vhs 999:640
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Pizzicata (Italy / Germany, 1996)
Directed by Edoardo Winspeare. Cast: Cosimo Cinieri, Fabio Frascaro, Chiara Torrelli, Anna Dimitri, Paolo Massafra. An Italian American pilot shot down during WWII assumes the identity of a cousin to the rural peasant family who protects him. Set in southern Apulia in a region called Salento, this film presents much folk dancing, including the pizzica and the tarantata. 92 min. 999:2956
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Public Jitterbug No. 1 (1939)
Musical short. Directed by Joseph Henabery. Cast: Hal LeRoy (dancer); Betty Hutton, Chaz Chase, Tom Emerson. Included in supplement on DVD 6744
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The Red Shoes (1948)
Directed by Michael Powell. Intricately weaving backstage life with the thrill of performance, this film centers on the dilemma of a young ballerina torn between the composer who loves her and the impresario determined to fashion her into a great dancer. 134 min. DVD 748
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Roberta (1935)
Directed by William A. Seiter. Choreographer: Fred Astaire. Cast: Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Helen Westley, Claire Dodd, Victor Varconi. Special features: Vintage musical short "Starlit days at the Lido"; Classic cartoon "The calico dragon"; Audio-only bonus: "Hollywood on the air" radio promo; Theatrical trailer. 106 min. DVD 6743
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Rock Around the Clock(1956)
Directed by Fred F. Sears. Choreographer: Earl Barton. Cast: Bill Haley and The Comets, The Platters, Ernie Freeman Combo, Tony Martinez and his band, Freddie Bell and his Bellboys, Alan Freed, Johnny Johnston, Alix Talton, Lisa Gaye, John Archer, Henry Slate, Earl Barton. 11 min. DVD 7288
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Roman Scandals (1933)
Directed by Frank Tuttle. Choreography,Busby Berkeley. Cast: Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, Gloria Stuart, Edward Arnold, David Manners. In this musical comedy a wistful young man from Oklahoma daydreams his way back to ancient Rome in its hey-day where he finds himself a spokesperson for the downtrodden Roman people, suffering under the tyrannical rule of the cruel and sneering Emperor Valerius. Features the screen debut of Lucille Ball and choreography by Busby Berkeley. 92 min. 999:2237
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Roxie Hart(1942)
Director, William A. Wellman. Choreographer: Hermes Pan. Cast: Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, George Montgomery, Lynne Overman, Nigel Bruce, Phil Silvers, Sara Allgood, William Frawley, Spring Byington. Roxie Hart, an ambitious 1920s showgirl, confesses to a murder just for the publicity. After her husband shoots a burglar in their apartment, Roxie is talked into pretending she did it by a newsman and a theatrical agent who promise to sign her for a vaudeville tour. Realizing she'll become a household name overnight, Roxie agrees and becomes the center of an outrageous trial. Based on a true story. Based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins. 75 min. DVD X2175
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Royal Wedding (1951)
Directed by Stanley Donen. Dances by Nick Castle. Cast: Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford, Sarah Churchill. Music by Burton Lane; lyrics, story and screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner. This musical is set during Princess Elizabeth's wedding to Philip Mountbatten. A brother-sister dance team go to London to take part in the festivities, but once there, become preoccupied with romance. Film includes Fred Astaire's amazing dance on the walls and ceiling which has become so famous across the years. 93 min. DVD 8293; vhs 999:2028
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Saturday Night Fever. (1977)
Directed by John Badham. Choreographer: Lester Wilson. Performers: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pape, Bruce Ornstein, Donna Pescow. 112 min. DVD 6222; vhs 999:1145
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Awards & Honors
National Board of Review, USA - Best Actor (John Travolta)
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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. (1954)
Directed by Stanley Donen. Choreography, Michael Kidd. Performers: Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Rall. DVD 721; also VHS 999:408
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Shall We Dance? (1937)
Directed by Mark Sandrich. Choreographer, Hermes Pan. Performers: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. DVD 4252; VHS 999:816
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Shall We Dance? (Shall we dansu?) (Japan, 1996)
Directed by Masayuki Suo. Cast: Koji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eriko Watanabe. A middle-aged Japanese businessman's dull life takes an interesting turn when he signs up for a ballroom dance class just to meet the beautiful dance instructor. But he becomes ashamed to tell his family his secret. Meanwhile, his wife feels the changes in the behavior of her happier husband, and hires a private eye to investigate whether Shohei is having an affair. DVD 7285
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Showgirls (1995)
Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Cast: Elizabeth Berkeley, Gina Gershon, Robert Davi, Kyle MacLachlan, Glenn Plummer, Robert Davi, Alan Rachins, Gina Ravera. A young stripper, with the help of a more experienced dancer, starts to make it big, only to realize that there is only room for one of them to be the star of the stage. Blows the lid off the seemingly glamorous world of Las Vegas showdancing. Special features: "The greatest movie ever made": audio commentary by David Schmader with video commentary on the strip club dance scene by the girls of Scores, lap dance tutorial featuring the world-famous girls of Scores, a Showgirls diary: storyboard-to-screen featurette, trivia track-includes revealing information about the film. 131 min. DVD X2349
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Silk Stockings. (1957)
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Choreographer, Hermes Pan. Performers: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Peter Lorre, Janis Paige. DVD 5710; vhs 999:1086
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Singin' in the Rain. (1952)
Directed by Stanley Donen & Gene Kelley. Choreographer, Stanley Donen. Performer: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse. DVD 3; VHS 999:36
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State Fair (1945)
Directed by Walter Lang. Choreographer: Hermes Pan. Cast: Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine. Music, Richard Rodgers: lyrics, Oscar Hammerstein II. A musical about the Frake family and their adventures at the Iowa State Fair. Each member of the family is out for a different prize: Father wants a blue ribbon for his favorite pig, while for his son and daughter the hunt is on for true love. Based on the novel by Philip Stong. 100 min. DVD 813
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Stormy Weather (1943)
Directed by Andrew L. Stone. Cast: Lena Horne, Bill Robinson, Cab Calloway and his band, Katherine Dunham and her troupe, Fats Waller, Nicholas Brothers. A delightful musical strung together with a silly romantic show biz script. Horne sings the title song, Waller does a rendition of "Ain't misbehavin". A thinly veild dramatization of the life of dancer Bill Robinson. 78 min. DVD 4795; vhs 999:355
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Stomp the Yard (2007)
Directed by Sylvain White. Choreographer, Dave Scott. Cast: Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Ne-Yo, Darrin Henson, Brian White, Laz Alonso, Valarie Pettiford, Harry Lennix. After the death of his younger brother D.J. a troubled 19-year-old street dancer from Los Angeles is able to bypass juvenile hall by enrolling in the historically black Truth University in Atlanta, Georgia. His efforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelined when he discovers 'stepping,' a traditional dance performed by African-American fraternities. He soon finds himself in the middle of a fierce rivalry between the top two campus fraternities. Both want and need D.J.'s fierce street-style dance moves to win the highly coveted national step show competition. Special features : Battles. rivals. brothers - the story of Stomp the yard; filmmaker commentary; extended dance sequences : Get Buck and Opening battle; deleted scene : The clean up; gag reel. 116 min. DVD 7633
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The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
Directed by H.C. Potter. Choreographer: Fred Astaire. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edna May Oliver, Walter Brennan, Lew Fields, Etienne Giradot, Janet Beecher. Fred and Ginger dance up a storm as they dramatize the careers of the renowned ballroom dancers, Vernon and Irene Castle who created such dances as the Castle Walk, Maxie, Texas Tommy and other sensations. Special features: Vintage musical short "Happily buried"; Classic cartoon "Puss gets the boot." 93 min. DVD 6745
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Strictly Ballroom (Australia, 1992)
Directed by Baz Luhrmann. Ballroom Advisor: Sonia Kruger; Choreographer: John 'Cha Cha' O'Connell. Cast: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson, Gia Carides, Peter Whitford, Barry Otto. Scott Hastings is a champion caliber ballroom dancer, but much to the chagrin of the Australian ballroom dance community, Scott believes in dancing "his own steps." Fran is a beginning dancer and a bit of an ugly duckling who has the audacity to ask to be Scott's partner after his unorthodox style causes his regular partner to dance out of his life. Together, these two misfits try to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championships and show the Ballroom Confederation that they are wrong when they say, "there are no new steps!" Special features: Samba to slow Fox dance featurette; 3D gallery; audio commentary with Bas Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and John O'Connell. 94 min. DVD 7286
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Sweet Charity (1968)
Directed by Bob Fosse; music, Cy Coleman; lyrics, Dorothy Fields; staging and choreography, Bob Fosse. Cast: Shirley MacLaine, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis, Jr., John McMartin, Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye. DVD 5724; vhs 999:2030
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Swing Time. (1936)
Directed by George Stevens. Choreographer, Hermes Pan. Performer: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. DVD 4254; VHS 999:801

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Tango(Spain / Argentina, 1998)
Directed by Carlos Saura. Set in Buenos Aires with a rich blend of muted light and intoxicating dance this film tells the story of director Mario Suarez's quest to create the ultimate tango film. Complications develop when Mario falls in love with Elena, a talented young dancer who is the girlfriend of an investor in the picture. And Mario's creative vision is challenged by his investors when he plans a scene that recreates Argentina's dark years of political suppression and "disappearances." 115 min. DVD 6194; vhs 999:2650
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Tangos, the Exile of Gardel (El exilio de Gardel: Tangos) (Argentina | France, 1985)
Directed by Fernando E. Solanas. Cast: Marie Laforet, Philippe Léotard, Miguel Angel Solá, Marina Vlady, Georges Wilson. In the sorrow of exile, a group of Argentinians in Paris seek solace and connection to their culture by staging a tango-ballet, dedicated to Carlos Gardel, a legendary Argentinian tango star. The film alternates between their vibrant rehearsals and their circumscribed lives in low-rent apartments, trying to make do with what they hope are only temporary arrangements in a foreign land. 121 min. DVD X5237

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That's Dancing!
Host, Gene Kelly ; special guests, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ray Bolger, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli. From Baryshnikov to break dancing, from Fred and Ginger to Shirley and Bojangles, from movement depicted on Grecian urns to the kaleidoscopic pizzazz of Busby Berkely spectaculars, this cinema anthology features commentary by legendary dancers and dazzling dance sequences from showstoppers. Special features: Introduction by Gene Kelly and Jack Haley, Jr.; 4 vintage making-of featurettes: "Invitation to dance," "The search," "The camaras roll" and "The gathering;" theatrical trailer. Original music composer, Henry Mancini. 104 min. DVD 8302

That's Entertainment.
Hosts, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Peter Lawford, Liza Minnelli, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, James Stewart. Presents musical sequences from nearly 100 MGM musicals, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 1974. 135 min. DVD 3090; vhs 999:1011

That's Entertainment II.
Hosts, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly. John Barrymore, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Maurice Chevalier, Dinah Shore. Continues the dazzling tradition of That's Entertainment taking up where Part One left off, presenting fabulous sequences from movie musicals and highlighting co-stars. 1976. 126 min. DVD 3091; vhs 999:1012

That's Entertainment III.
Hosts, Gene Kelly, Mickey Rooney, Esther Williams. Appearances by: Judy Garland, June Allyson, Cyd Charisse, Lena Horne, Howard Keel, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, Debbie Reynolds, Mickey Rooney, Esther Williams. Released in 1994 in celebration of MGM's 70th anniversary, That's Entertainment! Part 3 brings back to the screen the stars and musical numbers that have excited audiences for generations. 1994. 113 min. DVD 3092

That's Entertainment: Treasures from the Vault
50 years of MGM entertainment's 1974 premiere is the setting for a gala reunion of more than 50 of the studio's most radiant stars. Includes documentary films, premier night coverage, salutes to behind the scenes camera talents, television specials, and an extensive video jukebox of rare, star-packed musical outtakes. Side A. MGM's 25th anniversary newsreel -- 1974 featurette Just one more time -- 1975 featurette The lion roars again -- 1976 The Mike Douglas show excerpt with the stars of That's Entertainment! Part 2 -- Side B. Musical outtake jukebox of more than a dozen delightful numbers left on the cutting-room floor, now liberated from the studio vault. 126 min. DVD 3093
That's the Way I Like It (Forever Fever) (Singapore, 1998)
Director, Glen Goei. This irresistibly sexy comedy set to a hot soundtrack of '70s dance hits, presents a decidedly offbeat look at disco culture as it hits Singapore. Hock, an ordinary underachiever, discovers disco when his favorite kung fu movie is replaced by a low-budget "Saturday Night Fever." 92 min. DVD X3448
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They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
Directed by Sydney Pollack. Cast: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young, Bonnie Bedelia, Red Buttons. A story of the haunting madness and desperation of Depression-era marathon dance contest participants. rought together by chance, Gloria and Robert test the limits of their friendship and physical endurance, encouraged by the manipulative contest promoter. 120 min. DVD 9178; vhs 999:2520
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Three Little Words (1950)
Directed by Richard Thorpe. Choreographer, Hermes Pan. Cast: Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Vera-Ellen, Arlene Dahl, Keenan Wynn, Gale Robbins, Gloria de Haven. Original Music by Andr? Previn and Harry Ruby. 102 min. DVD 5683
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Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Directed by Richard Whorf. Choreographer, Hermes Pan. Cast: Robert Walker, Van Johnson, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, June Allyson, Kathryn Grayson, Van Heflin, Dinah Shore, Lucille Bremer, Lena Horne, Angela Lansbury, Tony Martin, Virginia O'Brien, Cyd Charisse. A musical biopic based on the life of American Broadway pioneer Jerome Kern, Cast: renditions of the famous songs from his musical plays by contemporary stage artists, including a condensed production of his most famous: Showboat. Special features: Making-of featurette "Till the clouds roll by: reel to reel"; "Glimpses of California," a short travelogue in James A. Fitzpatrick's series Traveltalks; "Henpecked hoboes," a cartoon directed by Tex Avery; outtake songs: "Music in the air" and "D'ya love me?"; theatrical trailer. 130 min. DVD 5682
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Top Hat. (1935)
Directed by Mark Sandrich. Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers. Music by Irving Berlin.Choreographer, Hermes Pan. DVD 4255; VHS 999:186
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Vanneman, Alan. "Fred and Ginger Hit Their Highest Peak in Top Hat." Bright Lights January 2001 Issue 31

Two Weeks with Love (1950)
Directed by Roy Rowland. Cast: Jane Powell, Ricardo Montalban, Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Phyllis Kirk, Debbie Reynolds. Choreography, Berkeley Busby. 92 min. DVD 9892
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Valentina's Tango (2007)
Director, Rogelio A. Lobato. Cast: Guillermina Quiroga, Jordi Caballero, George Perez, Jack Rubio, Dianna Miranda, Yelba Osorio, Mario Larraza. Allen Walls. Valentina and Eduardo own a nightclub in Los Angeles where they star as tango performers. Fortunately for Valentina, the dance gives her relief from her madness and obsessive love for her husband. The couple have two sons: one entering the priesthood and the other drifting toward gangster life. They both exhibit some of their mother's mental illness. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 99 min. vhs 999:3925
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Vengo (Spain, 2000)
Directed by Tony Gatlif, Alvaro Alonso. Cast: Antonio Canales, Orestes Villasan Rodriguez, Antonio Perez Dechent, Bobote, Juan Luis Corrientes, Fernando Guerrero Rebollo, Francisco Chaveco Rios, Jose Ramirez el Cheli, Juan Luis Barrios Llorente. After his brother has murdered a member of a rival gypsy clan and gone into hiding, Caco becomes both the de facto figurehead of his 'family' and protector of his handicapped nephew. As tension mounts between the two clans, the threats of revenge against the nephew for the crime of his father are played out against a backdrop of rapturous flamenco music and dance performances. 89 min. DVD 6459
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West Side Story. (1961)
Directed by Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins. Choreography by Jerome Robbins. Music by Leonard Berstein; book by Stephen Sondheim. Performer: Natalie Wood (Maria), Richard Beymer (Tony), Russ Tamblyn (Riff), Rita Moreno (Anita), George Chakiris (Bernardo), Simon Oakland (Lt. Schrank), Ned Glass (Doc). DVD 1747; VHS 999:115
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Whoopee!(1930)
Directed by Thornton Freeland. Cast: Eddie Cantor, Ethel Shutta, Paul Gregory, Eleanor Hunt, John Rutherford, Spencer Charters. A musical sparked by Cantor's performance as a hyper-hypochondriac. Out West, Henry Williams (Cantor) helps Sally flee her wedding, unaware that she has left a note behind saying they've eloped. Features some of Busby Berkeley's most fanciful choreography. 93 min. 999:3734
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Wild Style (1982)
Directed by Charlie Ahearn. Cast: Lee George Quinones, Patti Astor, Andrew (Zephyr), Grandmaster Flash, Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Fab 5 Freddy, Cold Crush Four, Double Trouble, Rock Steady Crew. Tells the story of street artists in the South Bronx who put on a big outdoor performance to showcase their unique talents, graffiti, rap, and break dancing. The story centers on Zoro, who spends his time spray-painting subway cars who gets his break when he is hired to decorate the platform for the upcoming rap concert. 106 min. DVD 8176; vhs 999:3172
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Wonder Bar (1934 )
Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Dance numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley. Cast: Al Jolson, Kay Francis, Dolores Del Rio, Ricardo Cortez, Dick Powell. Proprietor Al Wonder, a master showman keeps the champagne flowing, the patrons glowing and the bills paid. In just one night at this merrily sophisticated Parisian watering hole, anything can happen ... and almost everything does. As in most of his film appearances Jolson, in effect, plays an entertainer based on his own stage persona. Berkeley's choreography is to be seen at its most imaginative and at a low point in Goin' to Heaven on a Mule, a number which embodies the patronising 'happy darkie' cliches prevalent in Hollywood movies well into the forties. Based on the play by Geza Herczeg, Karl Farkas and Robert Katscher. 84 min. DVD X1963
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