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1999 Dance Critics Association Conference

Author: Dance Critics Association (U.S.)
Publisher: 1999.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape : NTSC color broadcast system   Visual material : English
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Selected sessions from the Dance Critics Association's annual conference. Most of the cassettes begin with announcements by conference organizers. All of the sessions conclude with question-and-answer periods.
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Genre/Form: Dance
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Panel discussions
Named Person: Stacey Prickett; Pearl B Schaeffer; Merilyn Jackson; Gin McCallum; Sandra Kurtz; Ann Daly; Deborah Jowitt; Ralph Lemon; Megan Halverson; Linda Belans; Kathy Biehl; Marcia B Siegel; Selma Jeanne Cohen; Mindy Aloff; Katharine Livingston; Ivan Sygoda; Margaret Jenkins; Rita Felciano; Septime Webre; Karyn D Collins; Carolelinda Dickey; Randy Schwartz; Deidre Sklar; Donald Byrd; Roko Kawai; Eric Schoefer; Linda Caruso Haviland; Hellmut Gottschild; Joan Myers Brown; Roy Kaiser; Sarah Chapman Hilsendager; Cathryn Harding; Nicole Plett; Tom Laskin; Brenda Dixon Gottschild; Sal Murgiyanto
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Dance Critics Association (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 83195052
Notes: Title from original container.
Conference title: Critical state: writing dance into the 21st century.
Event notes: Videotaped at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa., on June 19 and 20, 1999.
Description: 7 videocassettes (608 min.) : sd., col. NTSC ; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Contents: Cassette 1. Opening comments (ca. 37 min.) / recorded on June 19, 1999, 9-11:30AM ; among the speakers are Stacey Prickett, Pearl Schaeffer, Merilyn Jackson, Sandra Kurtz ; includes dance solo performed by Gin McCallum. Keynote session: Dance criticism--who needs it? (ca. 76 min.) / panel: Ann Daly, Deborah Jowitt, Ralph Lemon. Topics include the dance critic's relationship to his/her readers, including both artists and the viewing public ; making dance criticism more productive ; the relationship between journalistic and academic writing ; the Internet's effects on writers. Ralph Lemon discusses his own experiences as an artist turned writer. Cassette 2. Live from America! Dance critics on the Internet (ca. 78 min.) / recorded on June 19, 1999, 2:30-4PM ; panel chair, Megan Halverson ; panel, Linda Belans, Kathy Biehl, Marcia B. Siegel. Halverson discusses online dance publications ; the future of publishing on the Internet ; what writers can do now. Belans discusses the positive and negative implications of Internet publishing. Biehl addresses issues of electronic rights, describing different types of agreements currently in use in print and online publications ; problems of copyright violations on the Internet ; organizations that assist writers. Siegel discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet from the user's point of view. Cassette 3. Pages from one life--Reflections on the body of work of Selma Jeanne Cohen (ca. 68 min.) / recorded on June 19, 1999, 3-4:30PM ; interviewer, Mindy Aloff ; interviewee, Selma Jeanne Cohen. Topics include the changing definition of ballet ; the differences among dance criticism, dance history and dance aesthetics ; reconstructing dance works of the past ; Cohen's achievements as the editor of Dance Perspectives and the International Encyclopedia of Dance. Cassette 4. Announcements by Stacey Prickett and Merilyn Jackson, followed by a dance solo performed by Katharine Livingston (ca. 13 min.) / recorded on June 19, 1999, before the panel Wish you were here? Wish you were here? Dance on the road--how it gets there and what we can do about it (ca. 82 min.) / recorded on June 19, 1999, 4-5:30PM ; panel chair, Ivan Sygoda ; panel, Margaret Jenkins, Rita Felciano, Septime Webre, Karyn D. Collins, Carolelinda Dickey, Randy Schwartz. Discussion centers on issues of the artist's interrelationship with the community, from the points of view of artists, critics and presenters. Topics include examples of various efforts to involve community members and educate audiences, particularly Jenkins's dance work Fault ; and the problem of balancing outreach activities with the artist's primary task of making art. Cassette 5. Artists' session (ca. 94 min.) / recorded on June 20, 1999, 10-11:30AM ; panel chair, Deidre Sklar ; panel, Donald Byrd, Roko Kawai, Ralph Lemon, Eric Schoefer. Each artist is introduced by Sklar with a brief biography and video clips. Much of the discussion focuses on issues of community and communication, and the artists comment on the works seen on the videos (Byrd's Life situations ; Kawai's Daughter tongue ; Lemon's Geography). Cassette 6. The Philadelphia story--examining one city's dance culture (ca. 84 min.) / recorded on June 20, 1999, 11:45-1:15PM ; panel chair, Linda Caruso Haviland ; panel, Pearl Schaeffer (Philadelphia Dance Alliance), Hellmut Gottschild (Group Motion, Zero Moving Company), Joan Myers Brown (Philadanco [Philadelphia Dance Company]), Roy Kaiser (Pennsylvania Ballet), Sarah Hilsendager (Temple University). Speakers describe the background, activities and achievements of their respective institutions, then discuss common concerns such as marketing, performance space, rental fees, outreach and audience development programs, and the state of dance criticism in Philadelphia. Cassette 7. Critics and their context (ca. 76 min.) / recorded on June 20, 1999, 12-1:30PM ; panel chair, Cathryn Harding ; panel, Nicole Plett, Tom Laskin, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Sal Murgiyanto. The discussion covers various aspects of functioning as a critic in a complex world, balancing multiple roles and maintaining objectivity. The discussion also touches upon the power of the written word, and whether critics' assessments can affect popular taste or counteract mass media marketing.
Other Titles: Critical state--writing dance into the 21st century

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Selected sessions from the Dance Critics Association's annual conference. Most of the cassettes begin with announcements by conference organizers. All of the sessions conclude with question-and-answer periods.

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