A dancer's world: Martha Graham discusses the dancer as a creative artist, as members of her dance company illustrate her theories in a dance choreographed by Miss Graham. Woven into the movements of the dance are all the basic techniques required by the modern dancer.
Appalachian spring: a ballet depicting the wedding day of a pioneer couple.
Night journey: Martha Graham's interpretation of the Oedipus legend, depicting the moment of Jocasta's death.
Rating: Not rated.
Release date: Sep. 18, 2007.
Special features: "Martha Graham: the dancer revealed," a 1994 documentary produced for PBS's American masters series; a comparison of Appalachian spring with an archival performance, by dance critic and historian Deborah Jowitt; excerpts from a television pilot of Aaron Copland discussing his work on Appalachian spring; a visual essay on working with Graham, narrated by Nathan Kroll; interview with Museum of Television and Radio curator Ron Simon, discussing Kroll's work and legacy; new interviews with the films' editors; new interviews with 6 dancers from the films; excerpts from a 1975 filmed technique demonstration by Graham's company, narrated by Graham; footage of Graham's company from a 1954 European tour.
Appalachian spring: Martha Graham, Stuart Hodes, Bertram Ross, Matt Turney, Yuriko, Helen McGehee, Ethel Winter, Miriam Cole.
Night journey: Martha Graham, Bertram Ross, Paul Taylor, Helen McGehee, Ethel Winter, Mary Hinkson, Linda Hodes, Akiko Kanda, Carol Payne, Better Shaler.
DVDs; NTSC, region 1; Dolby digital mono.; full frame (1.33:1 aspect ratio).
Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.
A dancer's world / Janus Films ; WQED, the Metropolitan Pittsburgh educational television station presents Martha Graham and her dance company ; dances conceived and choreographed by Martha Graham ; directed and photographed by Peter Glushanok ; commentary by Martha Graham and LeRoy Leatherman ; music composed and played by Cameron McCosh ; produced by Nathan Kroll (31 min. ; 1957). Appalachian spring / Janus Films ; conceived and choreographed by Martha Graham ; music by Aaron Copland ; setting by Isamu Noguchi ; directed and photographed by Peter Glushanok ; edited by Eleanor Hamerow ; orchestra conducted by Eugene Lester ; produced by Nathan Kroll ; presented by WQED Pittsburgh in cooperation with National Educational Television and Chatham College (32 min. ; 1958). Night journey / Janus Films ; [presented by} Bathsabee de Rothschild ; conceived and choreographed by Martha Graham ; music by William Schuman ; settings, Isamu Noguchi ; produced by Nathan Kroll ; directed by Alexander Hammid ; orchestra conducted by Robert Irving (29 min. ; 1961).
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