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Frames of Reference; Place to Dance, A



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Frames of Reference
Place to Dance, A
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

It is a compilation of segments of site-specific dance works created in the Boston area mainly by local choreographers. The work is narrated by Nancy Mason, who was the New TV Workshop’s Dance Coordinator at the time of production. She introduces each segment in or near the area where it was filmed.

Works featured include Talley Beatty’s upbeat dance across city streets,“Cityscape”; Melinda Atwood’s re-creation of the Charleston, “High Hot Moons”; Ruth Wheeler’s nature study, “As Quiet As...”; Martha Gray’s moody “Images Diffused by Time” (referred to here as “Out of Time”); and Louis Falco’s meditation on class struggle, “Collisions.”



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Broadcast program

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Film and Television
Chicago: “Frames of Reference; Place to Dance, A,” 01/28/1976, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 21, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_15F6691E4F4F45DFAF7AC57F46EA3DE3.
MLA: “Frames of Reference; Place to Dance, A.” 01/28/1976. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 21, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_15F6691E4F4F45DFAF7AC57F46EA3DE3>.
APA: Frames of Reference; Place to Dance, A. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_15F6691E4F4F45DFAF7AC57F46EA3DE3
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