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Artist's Showcase; Chant A Capella

Part of New Television Workshop.

01/30/1980

Chant a Cappella / Davidson Dub of A0-01123


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Series
Artist's Showcase
Program
Chant A Capella
Series Description

Anthology series of experimental, avant garde video productions. Program titles: "DANCE FOR CAMERA - SHOW I: DISTRICT I and PALE COOL, PALE WARM;" "DANCE FOR CAMERA - SHOW II: TZADDICK;" "DANCE FOR CAMERA - SHOW III: GEORGE'S HOUSE;" "SELECTED WORKS - 1974 - 1975;" "THE GIRL WITH THE FLAXEN HAIR;" "SET OF COINCIDENCE;" "ALL ACROSS BOSTON;" " UNTITLED PERFORMANCE BY ROBERT GOLDMAN;" "QUIDDATAS;" "TELEPORTRAITS;" "FOUR SIDED TAPES;" "AMY LOWELL;" "PRIMORDIAL SOUP;" "HOWARD;" "THIRD TAPE;" "PAST FANTASIES;" "SEMI BUFFET;" "EAST ENDED TAPE;" "A COLOR PIECE FOR TV;" "CONTEXTS AND ONE AND MANY;" "THREE TRANSITIONS;" "CITY SCAPE;" "OUT OF TIME;" "NO TITLE." Series release date: 1975

Program Description

Performance artists, musicians, and poets stage works for the camera in this video by Davidson Gigliotti. Stuart Sherman arranges card games, chess pieces, foliage, and miniatures. Julia Heyward delivers a singing monologue, incorporating bird songs and noises. Jean Dupy and Olga Adorno sing a repetitive song in French about Magaritta, who loves “les frites.” They carve their way through a paper backdrop and eat the a plate of fried potatoes on the table before them, continuing to sing despite the fact that their mouths are increasingly full. Both wear blonde wigs and blue eye shadow. Don Cherry sings a composition comprised of wordless sounds, looking at the camera dead-on. The naked body of Olga Adorno, shown from the waist down, tiptoes percussively across a floor, issuing shrill cries. The poet Jackson Mac Low recites a wordless composition. There is no credit information on the tape.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Music
Poetry
Performance art
Topics
Film and Television
Creators
Susan Dowling (Producer)
Contributors
Cherry, Don ()
Heyward, Julia ()
Sherman, Stuart ()
Adorno, Olga ()
Gigliotti, Davidson ()
Mac Low, Jackson ()
Dupy, Jean ()
Citation
Chicago: “Artist's Showcase; Chant A Capella,” 01/30/1980, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_24ED2BC50A36430482B5BB7249299348.
MLA: “Artist's Showcase; Chant A Capella.” 01/30/1980. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_24ED2BC50A36430482B5BB7249299348>.
APA: Artist's Showcase; Chant A Capella. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_24ED2BC50A36430482B5BB7249299348
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