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Frames of Reference; Imaginary Crossing

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Part of NTW Master Dubbing: 8/98 Labeled DAWN DANCE

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Frames of Reference
Imaginary Crossing
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

In “Imaginary Crossing,” by dancer Dawn Kramer and videographer Robin Doty, two distinctly different environments overlap. At the beginning of the work Kramer dances alone in a studio. The camera follows her closely as she makes contact with the walls that surround her. Out-of-doors on a bridge, Kramer faces a group of dancers. They back up slowly and she weaves in and out of participation with them. The work occurs mostly in silence, although occasionally the sounds of the environment are amplified, so that we hear the dancers’ labored breathing or whispered remarks. The work is 11 minutes in length.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Modern dance
Film and Television
Blackman, Hamish ()
Doty, Robin ()
Pomerantz, Janet ()
Laviana, Ellen ()
Kramer, Dawn ()
Lane, Dawn S. ()
Buck, Stephen ()
Peeden, Terry ()
Chicago: “Frames of Reference; Imaginary Crossing,” 12/06/1981, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F99E777C1D73479DA6B8AC0381B4BFB0.
MLA: “Frames of Reference; Imaginary Crossing.” 12/06/1981. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F99E777C1D73479DA6B8AC0381B4BFB0>.
APA: Frames of Reference; Imaginary Crossing. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F99E777C1D73479DA6B8AC0381B4BFB0
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