ASSOCIATES OF THE GEORGE BALANCHINE FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTE TO NEW BOOK/DVD PROJECT "ENVISIONING DANCE ON FILM AND VIDEO"
NEW YORK CITY — Several people associated with The George Balanchine Foundation are included in Routledge Publishing's new book/DVD project Envisioning Dance On Film And Video. Barbara Horgan, Chairman of The Foundation was interviewed by dance writer Robert Greskovic about Balanchine's work with television and film, and three separate articles were written by Nancy Reynolds, Director of Research for The Foundation, on the Foundation's video archives; Merrill Brockway, award-winning television director and a member of the board of directors of The Foundation, on filming choreography, and Virginia Brooks, editor of The Foundation's video archive series, on 100 years of recording the moving image (and a timeline of significant events). In addition, two brief excerpts from The Foundation's video archival series are included on the DVD in the book package: Maria Tallchief, coaching dancers in Balanchine's Scotch Symphony, and Todd Bolender coaching excerpts from Balanchine's The Four Temperaments.
Envisioning Dance On Film And Video chronicles the history of dance and the use of electronic media technology, and gives readers new insight on how dance creatively exploits the art and craft of film and video. In 53 essays, choreographers, filmmakers, critics and collaborating artists explore all aspects of the process of rendering a three-dimensional art form in two-dimensional electronic media. Many of these essays are illustrated by 93 photographs and a two-hour DVD, which includes 40 video excerpts.
The editor of the book, Judy Mitoma, is Director of UCLA's Center for Intercultural Performances. She has taught dance and world arts for over two decades at UCLA, and is one of the leaders in the study of dance on film. The text editor for the book is Elizabeth Zimmer, dance critic and editor for the Village Voice. The DVD editor is Dale Ann Stieber of UCLA. The book and accompanying DVD is a project of UCLA's Center for Intercultural Performance.