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Frames of Reference; Dancing on the Edge


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Series
Frames of Reference
Program
Dancing on the Edge
Series Description

“Frames of Reference” was a series that began circa 1978. Half-hour shows were produced to showcase commissioned and already created works. It was around this time that the focus of the Workshop shifted, to concentrate more heavily on creating works for broadcast. During its time, “Frames of Reference” was the focus of the Workshop’s national arts programming effort. In an attempt to raise funds and foster collaboration, Workshop personnel approached and visited several public television stations nationwide. The major collaborative relationship was with WGBH’s “sister station,” WGBY (Springfield, Mass.). Among the featured artists were Meredith Monk, Remy Charlip, Trisha Brown, and Peter Campus. In 1981, “Frames of Reference” was packaged and offered to PBS, during what is known as “flex time” and was broadcast by WGBH, WNET (New York), and WGBY (Springfield, Mass.). “Frames of Reference” ended as a series ca. 1983, because of a lack of funding. Series release date: 1978

Program Description

A collection of dances created specifically for the medium of video by choreographer Trisha Brown. Video artist Peter Campus served as visual consultant, and a team of WGBH producers (Susan Dowling, Nancy Mason, and Fred Barzyk) collaborated with individuals from WGBY and Bennington College, where most of “Dancing on the Edge” was filmed. The works included are “Opal Loop," “Watermotor for Dancer and Camera," and “Locus/Altered.” “Opal Loop” and “Locus/Altered” are introduced by images of Trisha Brown and company members in a lecture/demonstration at Bennington. All of the works feature repetition of movement and unusual camera and editing techniques.

“Opal Loop": A group work performed by four dancers (Brown, Stephen Petronio, and two women) in diverse, colorful costumes.

“Watermotor for Dancer and Camera”: Peter Campus did the camera work for this work. In the editing, two takes -- one from the front and one from the side -- were slow-motioned and superimposed. The superimposition was done “on the fly,” bringing one or the other take to more prominence as it went along.

“Locus/Altered”: features Brown and three female dancers, dressed in unassuming white costumes, performing this geometry-influenced work, which is shot from unusual vantage points.

Duration

00:30:00

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Topics
Film and Television
Citation
Chicago: “Frames of Reference; Dancing on the Edge,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_13EE3DA408D441DAA46DF39961A5DB9B.
MLA: “Frames of Reference; Dancing on the Edge.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_13EE3DA408D441DAA46DF39961A5DB9B>.
APA: Frames of Reference; Dancing on the Edge. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_13EE3DA408D441DAA46DF39961A5DB9B
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