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The makers of modern dance in Germany

Author: Harold BergsohnIsa Partsch-BergsohnJan ElterGrayson HirstJohn WilsonAll authors
Publisher: Hightstown, NJ : Dance Horizons Video : Distributed by Princeton Book Co., [2004], ©2001.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Rare archival films, stills and interviews illuminate the rise of modern dance in Europe and its founders, Rudolf Laban, Mary Wigman and Kurt Jooss. Part I begins with Rudolf Laban, credited with being one of the most important innovators and guiding forces for modern dance. It continues with Laban's two most gifted and influential students, Mary Wigman, who became the foremost choreographer and exponent of German  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dance films
Biography
Documentary films
Filmed dance
History
Nonfiction films
Named Person: Rudolf von Laban; Mary Wigman; Kurt Jooss; Kurt Jooss; Rudolf von Laban; Mary Wigman; Kurt Jooss
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Bergsohn; Isa Partsch-Bergsohn; Jan Elter; Grayson Hirst; John Wilson; Kurt Jooss; Valerie Preston-Dunlop; Warren Lamb; Marion North; Hedwig Müller; Ann Hutchinson Guest; Dance Horizons (Firm). Video.
ISBN: 0871272822 9780871272829
OCLC Number: 67723620
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Companion book: The makers of modern dance in Germany : Rudolph Laban, Mary Wigman, Kurt Jooss / by Isa Partsch-Bergsohn and Harold Bergsohn, Princeton Book Co., c2003.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2001.
Credits: Editors, Harold Bergsohn, Frank Eyers ; videographer, Harold Bergsohn.
Performer(s): Narrators, Isa Bergsohn, Jan Elter, Grayson Hirst, John Wilson; interviewees, Kurt Jooss, Valerie Preston-Dunlop, Warren Lamb, Marion North, Hedwig Muller, Anna Markard Jooss, Anne Hutchison Guest; dancers: Gale Bernstein, Gayle Chodera, Sheryl Oden, Susan Pierce, Eva Tessler.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 100 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 program sheet
Details: DVD-R; NTSC; 4:3 presentation; Dolby digital 2.0.
Contents: Part one 1900 to 1936 (60 min.) --
Part two 1936-1979 (60 min.).
Other Titles: Rudolph Laban, Mary Wigman, Kurt Jooss
Responsibility: produced by Harold & Isa Bergsohn ; directed by Harold Bergsohn ; written by Harold & Isa Bergsohn.

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Rare archival films, stills and interviews illuminate the rise of modern dance in Europe and its founders, Rudolf Laban, Mary Wigman and Kurt Jooss. Part I begins with Rudolf Laban, credited with being one of the most important innovators and guiding forces for modern dance. It continues with Laban's two most gifted and influential students, Mary Wigman, who became the foremost choreographer and exponent of German Expressionist dance, and Kurt Jooss, who was Laban's assistant and lead dancer. Jooss later established his own company, Ballets Jooss, with great success until forced to leave Germany for political reasons in 1933. Part II continues with the 1936 Olympics and the cancellation by Josef Goebbels of Laban's massive opening choreographic piece The Spring Wind and The New Joy, and Laban's subsequent fall from favor. World War II finds Jooss and Laban teaching and working in England, while Wigman remains in Germany only to experience the destruction of her school in an air raid. The post-War period focuses on Jooss' return to Germany and the famous Folkwang School; and Wigman's eventual move to West Germany and return to choreography.

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