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The body as an instrument (Motion picture)

The body as an instrument (Motion picture)

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Moving imageUse in library *MGZHB 12-1350Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance


Additional Authors
  • Ballard, Michael
  • Carlson, Carolyn
  • Ditson, Les
  • Kent, Helen
  • Levine, Lynn
  • McLeod, Anne
  • Small, Robert, 1951 or 1952-
  • Wardell, Marcia
  • Louis, Murray.
  • Louis, Murray
  • Lieb, Warren.
  • Nikolais, Alwin.
  • Garcia, Frank.
  • Chimera Foundation for Dance.
  • Free Life Communications.
1 reel. 29 min. 1045 ft. : sd. color.; 16 mm.
  • Film one of a five-part series entitled Dance as an art form.
  • Written, directed, narrated, and choreographed by Murray Louis.
  • Produced by Jack Lieb Productions, Chicago for Chimera Foundation for Dance, Inc., New York City. Director of photography: Warren Lieb. Music: Free life Communications. Electronic sound: Alwin Nikolais. Costumes: Frank Garcia.
  • Performed by Michael Ballard, Caroline Carlson, Les Ditson, Helen Kent, Lynn Levine, Murray Louis, Anne McLeod, Robert Small, and Marcia Wardell. Additional participants include actors, college students, athletes, and animals.
Summary: As the musical instrument is to the musician, so the body is to the dancer. The film, made on location throughout the country and at the Louis-Nikolais Dance Theatre Lab at the "Space" in New York City, examines the dancer's instrument from its preparation in the studio to its use in the eventual performance experience. The wide diversity of body size, shape and temperament is explored and the conclusion is drawn that "anyone can dance." Includes excerpts from dance works.
Call Number
*MGZHB 12-1350
The body as an instrument (Motion picture)
Local Subject
Motion pictures. Dance as an art form.
Motion pictures. The body as an instrument.
Dancers -- Anatomy.
Dance technique.
Dance appreciation.
Added Author
Ballard, Michael, dancer.
Carlson, Carolyn, dancer.
Ditson, Les, dancer.
Kent, Helen, dancer.
Levine, Lynn, dancer.
McLeod, Anne, dancer.
Small, Robert, 1951 or 1952- dancer.
Wardell, Marcia, dancer.
Louis, Murray. Director
Louis, Murray, choreographer.
Louis, Murray, dancer.
Lieb, Warren. Photographer
Nikolais, Alwin. Composer
Garcia, Frank. Costume designer
Chimera Foundation for Dance.
Free Life Communications.
Research Call Number
*MGZHB 12-1350
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