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Freefall

Copyright Date:
1988?

Copyright Holder:
Arts Council of Great Britain

Artists:
Agis, Gaby
Bentley, Bob

Extent:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 407 (1988)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

Background:
Broadcast as a segment of Episode 407 of the 1988 season of "New Television."

Scope:
See the record for "New Television, Episode 407 (1988)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

In this work, which is just under 40 minutes long, Gaby Agis and Company perform dance movement sequences in several distinct sections and locations. At the opening of the piece, Agis is seen getting dressed in Western-influenced clothing. She runs through alleyways and streets. Meanwhile, on neighboring rooftops, women are dancing together across vast spaces. Agis eventually makes her way to one of these rooftops. In the second section, Agis and another woman are partnering together against a wall of aluminum siding. They bounce off one another and the wall. Following this, Agis makes her way into an area filled with lush vegetation. Hiding in the foliage, she smears her face with mud. In the distance, a woman executes Irish-influenced dance steps. When she hears Agis in the bushes, she runs away. In the final section, Agis and another dancer are seated in a large waiting room, on opposite benches. Building to a frenzied pace, they run back and forth between the benches, stripping away layers of clothing. Eventually they make their way into a large marble hallway, where they are joined by other dancers. They weave in and out of the space, playing with the concept of entrances and exits.

Original music is by Ana da Silva, with a saxophone composition by David Wright. "Harvest Chant" from the album "Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares" serves as a soundtrack to the latter part of the work.

The costumes, which were designed by Sandy Powell, Pam Downe, and Annie Symons, change distinctly from section to section, alternating between stark white and brightly colored garments.



Director:
Bentley, Bob

Producers:
Jackson, Allison (Associate Producer)
Wilson, Rodney (Executive Producer)
Stacey, David

Coproducers:
Airtight Films Production (Arts Council of Great Britain)
Channel Four Television, London (Producer in Association)

Editors:
Saunders, Kate (Assistant Editor)
Holden, Heather (Sound Editor)
Davies, Paul

Funder:
Arts Council of Great Britian

Performers:
Agis, Gaby
Barney, Emily
Bushe, Clare
Fawcett, Lucy
Zerbey, Charlotte

Subjects:
Modern dance


Genre:
Dance

See Also:
New Television, Episode 407 (1988)





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