New Dance

1986, 24:30 min, color, sound

A new form of athletically inspired, circus arts-derived dance is the focus of this group of performance tapes. Nine Person Precision Ball Passing is a synchronized dance performance by avant-garde choreographer Charles Moulton. Nine dancers in a grid formation repeatedly pass nine balls to one another in formal and dynamic geometries of mechanized movement, alternately criss-cross, back-forth, up-down. Choreographing with the camera, Blumberg meticulously traces these mathematical intricacies, then transforms this collective feat via computer processing into a tic-tac-toe grid of repeated images. In Solos, acrobat/juggler/mime Michael Moschen conveys acute agility in his deft performance with crystal balls, glowing rods and flaming torches. Blumberg's single camera witnesses Moschen's gestural technique in this dance-acrobatic hybrid. In Toward a Minimal Choreography, Blumberg humorously manipulates the image of a man on roller skates to create an unconventional "dance" through electronic imaging.

Toward a Minimal Choreography Skater: Michael Schwartz. Produced in residence at the Sundance Institute, Utah.

Charles Moulton's Nine Person Precision Ball Passing Choreography: Charles Moulton. Camera: Bill Marpet. Music: A. Leroy. Produced in association with KTCA.

Michael Moschen: Solos Performed by Michael Moschen. Camera: Bill Marpet. Music: David Van Tieghem. Produced in association with KTCA.

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