Documents a dialogue with legendary dancer Katherine Dunham at age 95. Beginning with a tribute to Dunham's career, the program contains rare footage of Dunham drumming with percussionists and a discussion of her views on rhythmic motion, Haitian dance, and love
Classic dances of India performed in traditional costume by Nala Najan, leading American dancer and teacher of Indian dance. Dances include a celebrated invocation "of auspicious beginnings" from South India; a south Indian dance to a religious song; and a North Indian dance of great antiquity that came from Hindu tradition but was adapted by the Muslim culture and spread from Spain to China. The closing number, a court dance titled "Wounded deer," taught to Najan by the prince of the court is a metaphor for non-violence.
José Limón and his company of dancers perform dances choreographed by Doris Humphrey and Limón himself. Day on earth / Doris Humphrey -- Lament for a bullfighter / José Limón -- Moor's Pavane / José Limón -- The exiles / José Limón -- Theater piece / Doris Humphrey -- Nightspell / Doris Humphrey.
From a classical position" constitutes a one-off experience of Forsythe and Caspersen's work, giving dance lovers a unique vision of their art as choreographers, dancers and now film-makers. The piece is performed to an original score by Thomas Willems, a composition for a single piano. Just dancing around? is a documentary that focuses on the build-up to the first performance of Forsythe's "The loss of small detail", and the soundtrack features the avant-garde music of Thomas Willems and Handel's Concerti grossi.
Shows steps to dances from 18 different countries taught by representatives from the countries dressed in traditional dress. Includes general background information and lore about the dances. The sound discs provide traditional music for the dances. The guides provide written instructions for each dance.
The dance film Amelia, performed by the dance company La La La Human Steps, explores the use of point technique using extended intertwining solos, complex partnering sequences and speed to generate power performances with emotion and serenity. Using intricate choreography for both camera and dancers, choreographer Lock combines minimalism with lyrics from five of Lou Reed's most famous works of the 60's.
George Balanchine's world-famous abstract ballet is a lyric tribute to women and the capital cities of the great dance schools. Accompanying by a documentary discussing Balanchine, his style of classical dancing, and his ballet Jewels.
Anna Sokolow, choreographer and dancer, discusses her childhood years; Russian parents who were very poor Jews; themes that she uses, such as struggle and rebellion; the Depression; support from trade unions; 1960's protest; attitude towards work; travels and work in Mexico and Israel; dancers at the Juilliard School.
Choreographer Elizabeth Streb discusses the principles of and history behind pop action, a dance movement technique designed by her. Much of the discussion centers on how the development of this technique progressed with Streb's own life and career. Footage of dancers employing this technique is interspersed with the discussion.
Popular music -- Political aspects -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
Popular music -- Social aspects -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
Music and state -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- 20th century