New Television Workshop Collection

New Television Workshop Collection Program MaterialsFrames of Reference

Dance in Open Spaces

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Solomons, Gus, Jr.
Concert Dance Company
Wagoner, Dan
Perez, Rudy

1 videoreel of 1 (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
4 folders

Includes a 2" master, Betacam SP preservation master, and VHS and 3/4" screening copies of the completed work. Also included are a 1/2" open reel transfer of Maya Deren's "A Study in Choreography for Camera" and a 3/4" with unspecified film transfer. Two folders contain correspondence about the development of the piece and the acquisition of footage to be included and various drafts of the credits. Black-and-white negatives and contact sheets from the production locations exist.

This compilation, which opens with "Frames of Reference" talent Midge Graves in dance class, is a showcase for works created by the Workshop and other filmmakers, showing dancers working out of doors. Film clips featured include Thomas Edison's film of a Maypole dance; Doris Humphrey's "A Hoop and Scarf Dance"; Irma Duncan (an Isadora Duncan disciple) and her dancers in a garden with great columns; an underwater ballerina; Maya Deren's "A Study in Choreography for Camera"; John Butler's "Carmina Burana"; Donald McKayle's "Rainbow Round My Shoulder"; and an Italian television commercial.

Workshop pieces featured include segments of "George's House," "City Motion Space Game," "District 1," and the complete "As Quiet As...."

Barzyk, Fred

WGBY, Springfield, Mass.
New Television Workshop, WGBH

Mason, Nancy

Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts
Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities

Graves, Midge

Modern dance
Natural areas


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