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Carmen

Copyright Date:
1990

Copyright Holder:
Ann-Sargent Wooster

Artist:
Wooster, Ann-Sargent

Extent:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 612 (1990)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

Background:
Broadcast as a segment of Episode 612 of the 1990 season of "New Television."

Scope:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 612 (1990)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

"A contemporary interpretation of the Bizet opera, this late twentieth century story of ill-fated romance set on New York's Lower East Side features Carmen as a rock-and-roll singer and Don Jose as a record producer. The drama is interrupted and examined through a series of audiovisual asides that serve as commentary, with images of fire and ice poetically illuminating the romantic and tragic elements. Carmen is played by New York musician Emily XYZ...." WGBH press release.

In this piece written, directed, and produced by Ann-Sargent Wooster, a man and a woman reflect on their roles in an obsessive relationship. The work assumes a mock documentary style, as the story unfolds through interviews and confessions juxtaposed with the events depicted.

Music includes "Cloud" and "Fire and Water" by Brook Williams and Ann-Sargent Wooster, excerpts of Andrew Nadelman's "Tapestry" and "Rhapsody," clarinet solo by Michael Isenberg, and opera singing by Janeal Sugars, Meth Genies, and Clay Steward.



Directors:
Wooster, Ann-Sargent
Meyer, Steve (First Assistant Director)

Producer:
Wooster, Ann-Sargent

Editors:
Belcher, Gary (Online Editor, Videoworks)
Miller, Barney (Assistant Editor)

Funders:
New York State Council on the Arts
WNET, New York
Experimental Television Center
Film/Video Arts

Performers:
Emily XYZ (Carmen)
Steward, Clay (Don Jose)
Wooster, Ann-Sargent (Carmen's Friend)
Meyer, Steven (Don Jose's Friend)
Mello, Arnolfodi (Dancer)
di Ferria, Paulo (Male Commentator)
Isenberg, Michael (Additional Voice)
Williams, Brooks (Additional Voice)
Ellerman, Michelle (Choreographer, Dancer)



Subjects:
Interpersonal relations
Carmen (Fictitious Character)
Rock music
Opera


Genres:
Documentaries and factual works
Parodies

See Also:
New Television, Episode 612 (1990)





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