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Changing images of men and women dancing: Femaleness

Changing images of men and women dancing: Femaleness [videorecording]

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Moving imageUse in library *MGZIC 9-2863Performing Arts Research Collections - Dance


Additional Authors
  • Harper, Meg.
  • Streb, Elizabeth.
  • Cummings, Blondell.
  • Ipiotis, Celia.
  • Sommers, Ben, 1906-1985.
  • Bush, Jeffrey C.
  • ARC Videodance (Firm)
1 videocassette (U-matic, NTSC) (28 min.) : sd., col.; 3/4 in.
Choreographers Meg Harper, Elizabeth Streb, and Blondell Cummings discuss the different ways in which their choreography breaks with traditional images of women in dance. Harper and Streb perform an excerpt from Harper's Women of iron; recorded excerpts of Cummings' Chicken soup and Streb's Fall line are shown. Streb talks about her interest in functional movement; Cummings about her use of contemporary and personal sources. Harper discusses the influence of Merce Cunningham, with whom she performed. Other topics include choreography as a reflection of the socio-political climate and the influence of alternate forms of training (jogging, gym workouts, martial arts) and their role in extending the movement vocabulary. In Esoterica balletica, Ben Sommers, head of Capezio, Inc., recalls how he and Walter Terry organized a demonstration during World War II to advocate dance as a form of physical fitness for women.
Series Statement
Eye on dance ; 71
Uniform Title
Chicken soup (Choreographic work : Cummings)
  • Produced by ARC Videodance as part of the television series Eye on dance. Recorded on November 22, 1982 at Arc Videodance Studio, New York. Telecast on December 20, 1982. Producers: Celia Ipiotis and Jeff Bush. [Video] director: Richard Sheridan. Program director: Celia Ipiotis. Technical director: Jeff Bush. Host: Celia Ipiotis.
Call Number
*MGZIC 9-2863
Changing images of men and women dancing: Femaleness [videorecording]
Eye on dance ; 71
Local Subject
Television. Changing images of men and women dancing.
Television. Eye on dance.
Television. Esoterica balletica.
Women in dance.
Added Author
Harper, Meg. ive, choreographer, dancer.
Streb, Elizabeth. ive, choreographer, dancer.
Cummings, Blondell. ive, choreographer.
Ipiotis, Celia. Host. Producer. Director
Sommers, Ben, 1906-1985. Commentator
Bush, Jeffrey C. Producer
ARC Videodance (Firm)
Added Title
Chicken soup (Choreographic work : Cummings)
Research Call Number
*MGZIC 9-2863
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