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Dance for Camera; Tzaddik

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Tzaddik Documentary

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Dance for Camera
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Series Description

"Dance for Camera" was the earliest series created by the Dance Workshop, which was coordinated at the time by Nancy Mason. The series was broadcast in 1976. Carmen De Lavallade, a former dancer with Lester Horton, John Butler and others, recorded introductions for the shows. Some of the works were rebroadcast as part of the "Frames of Reference" series. Series release date: 1974

Program Description

A short documentary about the filming of “Tzaddik” at WGBH precedes the completed work. This was filmed in black and white and shows the behind-the-scenes happenings in the studio. Voiceover commentary is provided by director Rick Hauser and Dance Workshop Coordinator Nancy Mason, by Eliot Feld, and by members of his company. In the completed color work, Feld dances the role of the Tzaddik, a Jewish holy man. Two young male dancers perform with him. The movements range from spirited partnering work to more serious and contemplative gestures. A scroll-like banner is unfurled and the three slowly roll themselves into its folds at the completion of the work. Hebrew text is projected onto the floor and backdrop of the studio through lighting.

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Broadcast program

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Modern dance
Judaism--Customs and practices
Performance in a Studio
Performing Arts
Feld, Eliot ()
Gilmore, Richard ()
Satinoff, Jeff ()
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