Media / 1975

Westbeth

First video collaboration with Charles Atlas. A collage of six sections, it is based on the recognition that television changes our way of looking and distorts our sense of time. Dancers introduce themselves in the first section by staring directly into the camera. In section II, the camera obscures the dancers' relationship to space through the use of close-ups. In the third section, the viewers attention is continually recentered upon a new dancer who has entered the group. Secion IV investigates the possibilities of deep focus and its relationship to movement. Section V employs an elaborate use of multiple cameras and in the final section, separate movement segments were joined together in the editing process. Cunningham's intention was to alot a question, or several, about video and dance to each section. Filmed at the Merce Cunningham Studio, Westbeth. Costumes were done by Mark Lancaster and based on the Jasper Johns designs for "Un jeux ou deux" (1973).

Details

Video Type

VideoDance

Dances
Length

32 minutes

Director

Charles Atlas

Set

Mark Lancaster

Jasper Johns

Producer

COLOR/BW

B/W

Music

No sound

Dancers

Ellen Cornfield, Meg Harper, Catherine Kerr, Chris Komar, Robert Kovich, Brynar Mehl, Charles Moulton, Julie Roess-Smith, Valda Setterfield, George Titus