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Secret of the Waterfall


Part of NTW Master Dubbing: 8/98

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Secret of the Waterfall
Program Description

A video dance by Charles Atlas and Douglas Dunn. Performers include Susan Blankensop, Douglas Dunn, Diane Frank, John McLaughlin, Deborah Riley and Grazia Della-Terza. “Secret of the Waterfall,” 1983, was created by video artist Charles Atlas and choreographer Douglas Dunn. The work features Douglas Dunn and dancers in various indoor and outdoor locations on Martha's Vineyard, performing Dunn's quirky, spirited choreography. A pair of poets, Reed Bye and Anne Waldman, enter the scenes, reading their work from clipboards, providing a score for the dancers and occasionally interacting with them physically. Movement is seen in a beach-house-style dwelling, in a country field, at a beach club, and a church or municipal building.



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Broadcast program

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Performance in a Studio
Performing Arts
Chicago: “Secret of the Waterfall,” 03/01/1983, GBH Archives, accessed June 22, 2024,
MLA: “Secret of the Waterfall.” 03/01/1983. GBH Archives. Web. June 22, 2024. <>.
APA: Secret of the Waterfall. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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