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Ex Romance

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Atlas, Charles
Armitage, Karole

1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 50 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
7 folders
See the record for "New Television, Episode 311 (1987)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.

"Ex-Romance" was shot in Rhode Island at Brown University, Roger Williams Park, the T. F. Green International Airport, a gas station, a bar, and various other locations. It was broadcast as Episode 311 of the 1987 season of "New Television." This program was also broadcast on Channel 4 in the U.K.

Includes two 3/4" screening copies. File folders contain correspondence, notes, budgets and credits information, production schedules, news clippings, distribution information, music cue sheets and logs, narrative/transcript of the piece, scripts and post-production notes, and spoken text from the piece. See the record for "New Television, Episode 311 (1987)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.

"Ex-Romance," 1987, was created by video artist Charles Atlas with movement sequences by choreographer Karole Armitage. This video dance is a fictional story of a dance company with documentary-like segments. The work traces choreographer Karole Armitage as she drifts in and out of three different romantic relationships, while working with five dancers to create a piece. The dancers are seen socializing and rehearsing, as well as dancing in site-specific locations. Armitage's repeat visits to the airport to pick up and drop off members of her company lead into scenes where she and others are dancing in various spots there. At one point, dancers appear on the wing of a plane. Interspersed with this is a talk-show-style interview about the making of the film, featuring Dorothy Chiesa. Chiesa answers the host's probing questions, such as, "Do you think that the dancing on the wing symbolized that the group was really taking off?" thus offering a somewhat unreliable commentary that calls the objectivity of the whole work into question.

The score includes music by Gene Ammons, Bach, David Alanloe, Henry Fiol, Jeffrey Lohn, and Gene Vincent.

Atlas, Charles
Gibson, Paul (Director of Photography)

Dowling, Susan (Producer, Executive Producer)
LaPierre, Linda (Associate Producer)
Pine, Jacqueline (Line Producer)

New Television Workshop, WGBH

Egges, Peter (Video Editor)
Atlas, Charles
Pell, J. Mirako

National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts
Rockefeller Foundation
Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities
Channel Four Television, London

Armitage, Karole
Blankensop, Susan
Clark, Michael
Didiere, Jean-Marie
McPherson, Brenda
Vlana, Luis
Williams, Arlene (Singer)
Schaefer, Stephen (Host)
Chiesa, Dorothy (Guest)

Interpersonal relations
Modern dance


See Also:
New Television, Episode 311 (1987)

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