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In the Blink of an Eye, Amphibian Dreams... If I Could Fly, I Would Fly

Alternative Title:
In the Blink of an Eye
(Amphibian Dreams)
If I Could Fly, I Would Fly

Extent:
See "New Television, Episode 305 (1987)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

Copyright Date:
1987

Copyright Holder:
Mary Lucier

Artists:
Streb, Elizabeth
Lucier, Mary

Background:
"The original video performance of ´Amphibian' was commissioned by the Harvard Summer Dance Center and first performed at the Loeb Drama Center in July, 1985." -- From tape credits. "Amphibian," a collaborative video installation/dance performance, seems to have served as a starting point for "If I Could Fly, I Would Fly." Composer Earl Howard is blind and created the sound score with Lucier as she described the imagery to him. The work was broadcast as Episode 305 of the 1987 season of "New Television."

Scope:
See "New Television, Episode 305 (1987)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.

"If I Could Fly, I Would Fly" features the camera and video work of artist Mary Lucier and the choreography of Elizabeth Streb. Streb and other performers are seen in natural environments such as water, a sandy beach, and a grassy meadow. The dancers are often filmed in close-ups, so that their bodies appear suspended as they leap, jump, or twist. The work becomes increasingly more aerial, and the final segment shows the performers engaging in trampoline and trapeze work.

An original musical score by Earl Howard accompanies the work.

The dancers are clad in primary-colored unitards.



Editors:
Featherman, Gregg (Videotape Editor)
Nexus Productions (Videotape Editor)

Funders:
American Film Institute
National Endowment for the Arts
New York State Council on the Arts
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Performers:
Streb, Elizabeth
McIntosh, Daniel
Gifford, Paula
Beer, Henry

Subjects:
Modern dance
Natural areas


Genres:
Dance


See Also:
New Television, Episode 305 (1987)





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