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Dancing on the Edge

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Brown, Trisha

1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 29 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 29 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 29 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
11 videoreels of 11 : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 29 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
6 videocassettes of 11 (Betacam SP) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (ca. 29 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (ca. 29 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 29 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
5 folders

This was the first of many Trisha Brown/New Television Workshop collaborations. It is also one of the first dance productions filmed when Susan Dowling was taking over as Dance Coordinator. Correspondence with Bennington College in the New Television Workshop Subject Files indicates that WGBH was invited to use the college's newly built arts facilities as a filming location after its construction in the 1970's.

Includes multiple 2" masters, Betacam SP and D3 preservation masters, and VHS and 3/4" screening tapes. Eleven reels of original footage exist on 2" videoreels (although several of the reel numbers overlap), and Betacam SP preservation dubs have been made from a sampling of this footage. A 3/4" tape with outtakes exists as well. Two folders include program descriptions, detailed production notes, a budget, press clippings about Trisha Brown's work, and an 8" disk with unspecified contents. Black-and-white negatives, contact sheets, and photographic prints show images scenes from the production set and monitor stills of the completed work. A set of 8 X 10 promotional photographic prints of documents a

A collection of dances created specifically for the medium of video by choreographer Trisha Brown. Video artist Peter Campus served as visual consultant, and a team of WGBH producers (Susan Dowling, Nancy Mason, and Fred Barzyk) collaborated with individuals from WGBY and Bennington College, where most of "Dancing on the Edge" was filmed. The works included are "Opal Loop," "Watermotor for Dancer and Camera," and "Locus/Altered." "Opal Loop" and "Locus/Altered" are introduced by images of Trisha Brown and company members in a lecture/demonstration at Bennington. All of the works feature repetition of movement and unusual camera and editing techniques.

"Opal Loop": A group work performed by four dancers (Brown, Stephen Petronio, and two women) in diverse, colorful costumes.

"Watermotor for Dancer and Camera": Peter Campus did the camera work for this work. In the editing, two takes -- one from the front and one from the side -- were slow-motioned and superimposed. The superimposition was done "on the fly," bringing one or the other take to more prominence as it went along.

"Locus/Altered": features Brown and three female dancers, dressed in unassuming white costumes, performing this geometry-influenced work, which is shot from unusual vantage points.

Introductory music is credited to Robert Ashley. Characteristic of Brown's work at that time, there is no accompanying music, though there is a minimal score, which includes the sounds of a thunderstorm heard during "Locus/Altered" and wind in "Opal Loop."

Costumes were designed by Judith Shea.

Dowling, Susan (Coordinating Producer)
Mason, Nancy (Coordinating Producer)
Barzyk, Fred (Executive Producer)

WGBY, Springfield

Dowling, Susan (Designing Editor)

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

Brown, Trisha
Garren, Elizabeth
Karczag, Eva
Kraus, Lisa
Petronio, Stephen

Modern dance

Brown, Trisha
Bennington College (Bennington, Vt.)

Modern dance
Unedited footage

See Also:
Watermotor for Dancer and Camera

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