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Frames of Reference; Collisions (Louis Falco)

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Frames of Reference
Collisions (Louis Falco)
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

Louis Falco's company and young Harvard Summer School dancers perform a work in an abandoned Watertown arsenal. The piece presents images of class struggle, with Falco's dancers portraying a privileged elite and the Harvard students representing the workers.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Modern dance
Social conflict
Film and Television
Susan Dowling (Producer)
Harvard Summer School dance students ()
Falco Dance Company, Louis ()
Chicago: “Frames of Reference; Collisions (Louis Falco),” 02/15/1977, GBH Archives, accessed April 20, 2024,
MLA: “Frames of Reference; Collisions (Louis Falco).” 02/15/1977. GBH Archives. Web. April 20, 2024. <>.
APA: Frames of Reference; Collisions (Louis Falco). Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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