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The CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down.

Title
The CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down. Knee plays [videorecording]/ Walker Art Center in association with the Guthrie Theater presents ; scenario, direction, and design by Robert Wilson ; music and words by David Byrne.
Publication
Minneapolis, 1984.

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Moving imageRestricted use NCOV 3008Performing Arts Research Collections - TOFT

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Additional Authors
  • Wilson, Robert, 1941-
  • Byrne, David, 1952-
  • Hanayagi, Suzushi
  • Matsuno, Jun
  • Archer, Julie
  • Wallace, Ann, 1949-
  • Byrd, Donald, 1949-
  • Cheng, Maria
  • Conversano, Frank
  • Donnenfeld, Gail
  • Gustafson, Denise
  • Scher, Marilyn Habermas
  • Cho, Kyoo Hyun
  • Shimazaki, Satoru
  • Lieberthal, Jim
  • Walker Art Center.
  • Guthrie Theater.
Description
2 videodiscs (DVD) (107 min.) : sd., col.; 4 3/4 in.
Donor/Sponsor
Gift of the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation.
Series Statement
Robert Wilson Audio/Visual Collection
Alternative Title
  • Knee plays
  • CIVIL warS. American section
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Drama.
  • Opera – Performance.
  • Musicals.
Note
  • No credits on tape. Title and credits from Walker Art Center program.
  • Donor's inventory numbers: CWK 01A, CWK 01B.
  • The Knee plays (dramatic interludes) were originally the American part of the opera entitled The CIVIL warS, conceived as a world-wide theater piece to be presented in conjunction with the Olympic games in Los Angeles in 1984. The version depicted on this videotape is a preview held prior to the world premiere.
  • "This preview presentation... is a working session during which production notes will be made to assist further refinement of the work"--Program.
Access (note)
  • Restricted to qualified researchers.
Credits (note)
  • Choreography by Suzushi Hanayagi ; design by Robert Wilson, David Byrne, and Jun Matsuno ; lighting by Robert Wilson and Julie Archer ; costume design by Ann Wallace.
Performer (note)
  • Narration: David Byrne.
  • Dancers: Donald Byrd, Maria Cheng, Frank Conversano, Gail Donnenfeld, Denise Gustafson, Marilyn Habermas-Scher, Suzushi Hanayagi, Cho Kyoo-Hyun, Satoru Shimazaki, Jim Lieberthal (understudy).
Event (note)
  • Videorecorded in preview performance at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Wednesday, April 25, 1984.
Language (note)
  • Narration in English.
Call Number
NCOV 3008
OCLC
NYPG04-F404
Title
The CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down. Knee plays [videorecording]/ Walker Art Center in association with the Guthrie Theater presents ; scenario, direction, and design by Robert Wilson ; music and words by David Byrne.
Imprint
Minneapolis, 1984.
Country of Producing Entity
United States.
Series
Robert Wilson Audio/Visual Collection
Access
Restricted to qualified researchers.
Credits
Choreography by Suzushi Hanayagi ; design by Robert Wilson, David Byrne, and Jun Matsuno ; lighting by Robert Wilson and Julie Archer ; costume design by Ann Wallace.
Performer
Narration: David Byrne.
Dancers: Donald Byrd, Maria Cheng, Frank Conversano, Gail Donnenfeld, Denise Gustafson, Marilyn Habermas-Scher, Suzushi Hanayagi, Cho Kyoo-Hyun, Satoru Shimazaki, Jim Lieberthal (understudy).
Event
Videorecorded in preview performance at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Wednesday, April 25, 1984.
Language
Narration in English.
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Added Author
Wilson, Robert, 1941- director.
Wilson, Robert, 1941- designer.
Byrne, David, 1952- Civil wars. Knee plays.
Hanayagi, Suzushi, choreographer.
Hanayagi, Suzushi, performer.
Matsuno, Jun, designer.
Archer, Julie, lighting designer.
Wallace, Ann, 1949- costume designer.
Byrd, Donald, 1949- performer.
Cheng, Maria, performer.
Conversano, Frank, performer.
Donnenfeld, Gail, performer.
Gustafson, Denise, performer.
Scher, Marilyn Habermas, performer.
Cho, Kyoo Hyun, performer.
Shimazaki, Satoru, performer.
Lieberthal, Jim, performer.
Walker Art Center.
Guthrie Theater.
Research Call Number
NCOV 3008
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