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Once upon a time in Chinese America, a martial arts ballet [videorecording] : Works & process at the Guggenheim

Title
Once upon a time in Chinese America, a martial arts ballet [videorecording] : Works & process at the Guggenheim / [performance series producer, Mary Sharp Cronson] ; concept and music by Fred Ho.
Publication
1999.

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Description
1 videodisc (NTSC) (86 min.) : sd., col.; 4 3/4 in.
Donor/Sponsor
Gift of Works & process at the Guggenheim, Mary Sharp Cronson, producer.
Series Statement
Works & process at the Guggenheim collection ; 129
Uniform Title
Works and process at the Guggenheim.
Alternative Title
Martial arts ballet
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Dance.
  • Music.
  • Video.
Note
  • Names of dancers and martial artists do not appear on printed program.
Credits (note)
  • Director, Mira Kingsley; martial arts choreography, Jose Figueroa; writers, Fred Ho, Ruth Margraff; stage designer, Todd Lundquist; costume designer, Kenneth Chu; Alan Hahn, lighting designer.
Event (note)
  • Recorded as part of the Works & process performance series at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, on Dec. 12 and 13, 1999 (viewer copy is Dec. 13, 1999).
Funding (note)
  • With support from The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, digitization and DVD authoring of the Works & process at the Guggenheim video archive was done by StreamingCulture at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York.
Call Number
*MGZIDVD 5-1130
OCLC
147943662
Title
Once upon a time in Chinese America, a martial arts ballet [videorecording] : Works & process at the Guggenheim / [performance series producer, Mary Sharp Cronson] ; concept and music by Fred Ho.
Imprint
1999.
Country of Producing Entity
United States.
Series
Works & process at the Guggenheim collection ; 129
Works and process at the Guggenheim.
Credits
Director, Mira Kingsley; martial arts choreography, Jose Figueroa; writers, Fred Ho, Ruth Margraff; stage designer, Todd Lundquist; costume designer, Kenneth Chu; Alan Hahn, lighting designer.
Performer
Fred Ho, baritone saxaphone ; David Bindman, tenor saxaphone ; Royal Hartigan, percussion ; Sam Furnace, alto saxaphone ; Ayodele Maakheru, electric bass ; Diana Herold, vibraphone.
Event
Recorded as part of the Works & process performance series at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, on Dec. 12 and 13, 1999 (viewer copy is Dec. 13, 1999).
Summary
Jazz composer, Fred Ho presents excerpts of his newest action-adventure epic. Based on a 17th century martial arts legend, this heroic tale of betrayal and redemption features a fusion of Eastern and Western styles of music, theater and martial arts. Includes a panel discussion with Fred Ho, Mira Kingsley, Jose Figueroa and Ruth Margraff, moderated by Celia Ipiotis. Ho discusses his background in both music and hand-to-hand combat techniques, and sets the scene for the piece, which is based on a 17th-century Chinese legend about the battle for control of the Shaolin Temple's martial arts secrets. Ho explains that the work's title derives from its allegorical representation of Chinese-American youth culture of the 1970s and 1980s. During the panel discussion, Ho and his collaborators discuss the score's musical roots in Chinese and African-American forms, the theatrical shaping of the work, the casting of martial artists in each of the roles, and the distinctions between martial arts and dance choreography.
Funding
With support from The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, digitization and DVD authoring of the Works & process at the Guggenheim video archive was done by StreamingCulture at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York.
Added Author
Cronson, Mary Sharp. Producer
Ipiotis, Celia. Interviewer
Ho, Fred Wei-han. Conceptor
Ho, Fred Wei-han. Composer
Ho, Fred Wei-han. Musician
Ho, Fred Wei-han. Interviewee
Furnace, Sam. Performer
Herold, Diana. Performer
Bindman, David. Performer
Hartigan, Royal James, 1947- Performer
Maakheru, Ayodele. Performer
Margraff, Ruth. Author of dialog
Margraff, Ruth. Interviewee
Kingsley, Mira. Director
Kingsley, Mira. Interviewee
Figueroa, José M., 1965- choreographer.
Figueroa, José M., 1965- Interviewee
Chu, Kenneth. Costume designer
Lundquist, Todd. Designer
Hahn, Alan. Lighting designer
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Added Title
Martial arts ballet
Gift of Works & process at the Guggenheim, Mary Sharp Cronson, producer.
Research Call Number
*MGZIDVD 5-1130
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