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Chant A Capella

Copyright Date:
1978?

Copyright Holder:
Copyright holder is unidentified.

Artist:
Gigliotti, Davidson

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 24 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.

Background:
This was acquired and broadcast as part of "Artist's Showcase."

Scope:
A single 3/4" tape of this work exists.

Performance artists, musicians, and poets stage works for the camera in this video by Davidson Gigliotti. Stuart Sherman arranges card games, chess pieces, foliage, and miniatures. Julia Heyward delivers a singing monologue, incorporating bird songs and noises. Jean Dupy and Olga Adorno sing a repetitive song in French about Magaritta, who loves "les frites." They carve their way through a paper backdrop and eat the a plate of fried potatoes on the table before them, continuing to sing despite the fact that their mouths are increasingly full. Both wear blonde wigs and blue eye shadow. Don Cherry sings a composition comprised of wordless sounds, looking at the camera dead-on. The naked body of Olga Adorno, shown from the waist down, tiptoes percussively across a floor, issuing shrill cries. The poet Jackson Mac Low recites a wordless composition. There is no credit information on the tape.



Performers:
Sherman, Stuart
Heyward, Julia
Dupy, Jean
Adorno, Olga
Cherry, Don
Mac Low, Jackson


Subjects:
Performance art
Music
Poetry






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