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Frames of Reference; Inhabitant of Another Place

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NTW Dub of Original Ram Island Dance Company

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Frames of Reference
Inhabitant of Another Place
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

“Inhabitant of Another Place” is a short work by choreographer Sam Costa and the Ram Island Dance Company. The work features the rocky seaside landscape of Maine, into which dancers make brief appearances. They are seen hanging from boulders, leaping through the woods, and jumping atop rocks.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Natural areas
Modern dance
Film and Television
Costa, Sam ()
Vanhorne, Larry Lee ()
Goldbas, Stephen ()
Boyle, F. Karl ()
Salmon, Nancy ()
Jones, Gwyneth ()
McClure, Molly T. ()
Chicago: “Frames of Reference; Inhabitant of Another Place,” 09/14/1979, GBH Archives, accessed April 20, 2024,
MLA: “Frames of Reference; Inhabitant of Another Place.” 09/14/1979. GBH Archives. Web. April 20, 2024. <>.
APA: Frames of Reference; Inhabitant of Another Place. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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