New Television Workshop Collection

New Television Workshop Collection Program MaterialsDance for Camera


Alternative Title:
Tzaddik for Television
Tzaddik and Television
Tzaddik Documentary

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Feld, Eliot

1 videoreel of 1 (28:54 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (28:54 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (28:54 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (28:54 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (28:54 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (28:54 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
9 folders

This piece was created with the Dance Workshop at WGBH and broadcast as part of the "Dance for Camera" series. Multiple WGBH and Workshop personnel, including Rick Hauser and Nancy Mason, are credited with its production.

Includes two 2" masters, Betacam SP and D3 preservation masters, and VHS and 3/4" screening tapes.
Four folders contain sheet music, correspondence, design orders, expense reports, production reports, newspaper clippings, press releases, viewers' letters, and transcripts. Five folders contain color and black-and-white slides, photographic prints, and negatives showing the work as performed during production and monitor stills.

A short documentary about the filming of "Tzaddik" at WGBH precedes the completed work. This was filmed in black and white and shows the behind-the-scenes happenings in the studio. Voiceover commentary is provided by director Rick Hauser and Dance Workshop Coordinator Nancy Mason, by Eliot Feld, and by members of his company. In the completed color work, Feld dances the role of the Tzaddik, a Jewish holy man. Two young male dancers perform with him. The movements range from spirited partnering work to more serious and contemplative gestures. A scroll-like banner is unfurled and the three slowly roll themselves into its folds at the completion of the work. Hebrew text is projected onto the floor and backdrop of the studio through lighting.

Music is by Aaron Copland and is performed by Gladys Celeste Mercader (Piano), Marc Ginsberg (Violin), and Ruth Glasser (Cello). The piece featured is "Vitebsk." The voice of Cantor Gregor Shelkan is incorporated.

Costumes designed by Boris Aronson evoke traditional Jewish clothing.

New Television Workshop, WGBH

Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts
Rockefeller Foundation

Feld, Eliot
Gilmore, Richard
Satinoff, Jeff

Modern dance
Judaism -- Customs and practices


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