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Frames of Reference; You Little Wild Heart

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Frames of Reference
You Little Wild Heart
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

“You Little Wild Heart” is a dramatic dance work, starring a cast of Boston-area teenaged youth. The dancers move in and out of choreographed dance and everyday movements in a variety of settings, including various streets, a metal works, and an athletic field. The program loosely follows the interaction between one young couple, a boy and a girl, who perform both tender and heated duet work. Dramatic group work with some very athletic partnering takes place in a darkened alleyway at night. Marta Renzi appears intermittently, and the work ends with the larger cast joining her in a car dealership. On the whole, the work addresses adolescent coupling and sexuality.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Rock music
Springsteen, Bruce, 1966-
E Street Band
Modern dance
Film and Television
Renzi, Marta ()
Susan Dowling (Producer)
Medeiros, Glenda ()
Gray, Terence ()
Grossman, Caroline ()
Norris, Kendal ()
Untich, Paul ()
Tomaszewski, Henry ()
Dowling, Christopher ()
Matisse, Sophie ()
Sullivan, John ()
Callum, Joanne ()
Poulter, Tracy ()
Gregory, Robert ()
Clark, Phebe ()
Kellman, Joy ()
Porter, Davis ()
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