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Turtle Dreams

Part of New Television Workshop.

05/21/1981

NTW Dub of Original - 8/98 - Reel B


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Program
Turtle Dreams
Program Number

406

Program Description

“Turtle Dreams,” 1983, was created by the dance/theater artist and composer Meredith Monk. The video is a collage-style work that juxtaposes minimalist movement phrasing and vocal work with images of a live turtle traversing various terrains. The turtle is pictured both in an outdoor natural habitat and roaming through constructed sets (the moon's surface, a city block), which play with scale to make the turtle seem gigantic. The performers execute shifting movements and sing repetitive sounds against a spare backdrop. Close-ups of their features and hands appear.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Dance
Turtles
Music
Avant-garde (Music)
Modern dance
Genres
Performance in a Studio
Topics
Animals
Creators
Susan Dowling (Producer)
Monk, Meredith ()
Contributors
Langland, Paul (Subject)
Goodman, Andrea (Subject)
Een, Robert (Subject)
Citation
Chicago: “Turtle Dreams,” 05/21/1981, GBH Archives, accessed April 20, 2024, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_18B49DF61BDC47B998A7CB127D2F0B4D.
MLA: “Turtle Dreams.” 05/21/1981. GBH Archives. Web. April 20, 2024. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_18B49DF61BDC47B998A7CB127D2F0B4D>.
APA: Turtle Dreams. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_18B49DF61BDC47B998A7CB127D2F0B4D
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