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Frames of Reference; High Hot Moons

Part of New Television Workshop.

Approximate date: 1975

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Frames of Reference
High Hot Moons
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 "High Hot Moons" by Melinda Atwood and the Independent Composers and Choreographers, a re-creation of the Charleston takes place in period dress at the Copley Plaza Hotel bar. This work was created with the Workshop and is featured in the "Frames of Reference" dance showcase "A Place to Dance."

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Charleston (Dance)
Film and Television
Independent Choreographers and Composers ()
Atwood, Melinda ()
Kramer, Stanley ()
Epstein, Skip ()
Earl, Diane ()
Abbott, Richard ()
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