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New Television; New Television, Episode 407; Trisha and Carmen

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Burt Barr looks at the performance of "Carmen" by Trisha Brown at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy Scenes include details of the ornate theater, both empty and with the audience stirring in their seats before the performance. Backstage, Trisha Brown speaks directly to the camera and prepares for the show with a makeup artist. In rehearsal clothes, a duet is shown over and over again. A woman treads her way across the space to her male partner, who slowly lowers her to the ground. This same movement sequence is shown in performance, with full costumes. While the item that was broadcast featured music from the opera "Carmen" by Georges Bizet, it is mute throughout this short clip. Approximate date: 1987

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New Television
New Television, Episode 407
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Trisha and Carmen

Series Description

"New Television" began as a local pilot production of WNET (New York) in 1986. In 1987, WGBH signed on as co-producer, and the shows were aired in Boston and New York. In 1988 and 1989, KCET (Los Angeles) and WETA (D.C.) became producers in association. In 1991, PBS picked up "New Television," and it was broadcast nationally. The following year, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, replaced WNET, WETA, and KCET as co-producer with WGBH. In 1993, WGBH ceased to be a co-producer for the series, and the "home base" moved to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) in Hartford, CT.

"New Television" commissioned, produced, and acquired programming. In its early years, "New Television" broadcast works commissioned by The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund. Increasingly, experimental films as well as video works were broadcast as a part of this series. Many of the later episodes of "New Television" contain works that play with and deconstruct the documentary genre. Series release date: 1986

Program Description

Includes Dennis Darmek’s “Roseland Recollections,” Gaby Agis and Bob Bentley’s “Free Fall,” Burt Barr’s “Trisha and Carmen,” and Myriam Alaux’s “Criss X Cross.”

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Modern dance
Brown, Trisha, 1936-
Dance production
Barr, Burt
Film and Television
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
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