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Video clip of Turtle Dreams

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Turtle Dreams

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 28 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (ca. 28 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
10 videoreels of 10 : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (ca. 28 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
10 videocassettes of 10 (Betacam SP) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (ca. 28 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
10 videocassettes of 10 (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 28 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 28 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 audioreel of 1 ; 2 in.
5 folders

Copyright Date:
1983

Copyright Holder:
Meredith Monk

Materials Date:
1982-1984

Artist:
Monk, Meredith

Scope:
Includes two 1" masters, with a Betacam SP preservation master and VHS and 3/4" screening copies. There are ten reels of original footage on 1" tape, which have been copied to Betacam SP preservation dubs and VHS screening copies. A 2" audio reel also exists. Two folders contain correspondence, project descriptions, credits listings, production notes, invoices, and expense reports. Black-and-white and color slides, photographic prints, and contact sheets document the production shoot.

"Turtle Dreams," 1983, was created by the dance/theater artist and composer Meredith Monk. The video is a collage-style work that juxtaposes minimalist movement phrasing and vocal work with images of a live turtle traversing various terrains. The turtle is pictured both in an outdoor natural habitat and roaming through constructed sets (the moon's surface, a city block), which play with scale to make the turtle seem gigantic. The performers execute shifting movements and sing repetitive sounds against a spare backdrop. Close-ups of their features and hands appear.

The music is by Meredith Monk. Vocal parts are executed by the performers.

The women wear dresses and the men wear pants with jackets and ties. The costumes were designed by Yoshio Yabara.



Directors:
Chong, Ping (Video Director)
Doty, Robin (Consulting Director and Cameraman)

Producers:
Dowling, Susan
Pine, Jacqueline (Associate Producer)

Coproducer:
House Foundation for the Arts, Inc., The

Editors:
Chong, Ping
Dowling, Susan
Eisenberg, Dan (Editing Consultant)
Herder, Joan (Assistant Film Editor)
Doyle, Mary Helen (Videotape Editor)
Gaydos, Ann (Videotape Editor)

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

Performers:
Een, Robert
Goodman, Andrea
Langland, Paul
Monk, Meredith

Subjects:
Turtles
Modern dance
Avant-garde (Music)



Genres:
Dance
Music





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