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Secret of the Waterfall

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Atlas, Charles
Dunn, Douglas

1 videoreel of 1 (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 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 (PAL) (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
7 folders

This work was created independently of any series and was probably broadcast as a special.

Includes a 1" master, Betacam SP preservation master, and multiple VHS and 3/4" screening copies of the work. There is a 3/4" PAL version. One folder contains project descriptions. Color slides and photographic prints document the locations and production sets. Black-and-white photographic prints showing monitor stills exist.

"Secret of the Waterfall," 1983, was created by video artist Charles Atlas and choreographer Douglas Dunn. The work features Douglas Dunn and dancers in various indoor and outdoor locations on Martha's Vineyard, performing Dunn's quirky, spirited choreography. A pair of poets, Reed Bye and Anne Waldman, enter the scenes, reading their work from clipboards, providing a score for the dancers and occasionally interacting with them physically. Movement is seen in a beach-house-style dwelling, in a country field, at a beach club, and a church or municipal building.

The dancers wear brightly colored, loose clothing.

Atlas, Charles

Dowling, Susan (Producer, Executive Producer)
Pine, Jacqueline (Associate Producer)

Atlas, Charles
Gaydos, Ann (Videotape Editor)
Martin, Doug (Videotape Editor)

Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts

Blankensop, Susan
Dunn, Douglas
Frank, Diane
McLaughlin, John
Riley, Deborah
Della-Terza, Grazia
Bye, Reed
Waldman, Anne

Modern dance
Martha's Vineyard (Mass.)


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