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Video clip of Aviary

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Aviary

Extent:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 513 (1989)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.
1 folder

Copyright Date:
1988

Copyright Holder:
Ellen Sebring

Artists:
Sebring, Ellen
Skaggs, Sarah (Dance Choreographer)

Background:
Based on a performance by Beth Galston, Ellen Sebring, and Sarah Skaggs. "Aviary" was broadcast as a segment of Episode 513 of the 1989 season of "New Television."

Scope:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 513 (1989)" for descriptions of videos containing this work. An 8 X 10 black-and-white photographic print shows a still image from the work.

Dream-like video piece that includes interspersed choreographed scenes of a single female dancer moving about a dark room filled with suspended, swinging, mirrored strips. Among the scenes, all in slow motion, are: a gymnast swinging, winter forest shots, a young woman in and around a swimming pool, a party, burning wood floating down a stream (accompanied by spoken German), and sailors sleeping in a small boat. Throughout are interspersed scenes of birds at rest and in flight in an aviary. The loose story concerns a young man and his visions (real and dreamt) of the young woman from the pool. It ends with the man meeting the woman in a city scene. Overall, it is a melancholic mood piece that deals with themes of constraint and freedom.



Director:
Sebring, Ellen

Producers:
Sebring, Ellen
Giambalvo, Corrado (Associate Producer)
Cahill, Liz (Associate Producer)
White, Connie (Performance Producer)

Coproducer:
New Television

Funders:
Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, New Works Program
National Endowment for the Arts, InterArts Program
MIT Council for the Arts
New England Foundation for the Arts
Polaroid Foundation


Performers:
Kutz, Nadja
Winther, Morten
Lipari, Steven (Party)
Marcus, Robert (Party)
Mangiello, John (Party)
Schulze, Lars (Party)
Sebring, Ellen (Party)
Weber, Sally (Party)
Aaron, Shannon (Sailor)
Benson, Geoff (Sailor)
Macy, Charlie (Sailor)
Smith, Keith (Sailor)
Tourlentes, Ted (Sailor)
Riskin, Seth (Gymnast)
Ross, Wayne (Newsman)

Subjects:
Birds
Modern dance


Genre:
Dance

See Also:
New Television, Episode 513 (1989)





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