ALIVE FROM OFF CENTER: SUMMER DANCES (TV)

Summary

One in this series of arts programs featuring the work of leading avant-garde artists in video, music, dance, theater, and film. In this program, dance pieces by five different choreographers are featured. "Summer" is the theme of the dances, which are performed outdoors. Inspired by the teenage life in a working-class neighborhood, the first dance, "You Little Wild Heart" by Marta Renzi, is performed to music by Bruce Springsteen in an actual suburban neighborhood. In the second dance, "District 1" by Rudy Perez, Boston's City Hall Plaza is transformed into a kind of summer playground. In "George's House" by Dan Wagoner, a group of young women play "hide-and-seek" by popping their heads in and out of the doors and windows of a cabin to the rhythm of the country music accompaniment. In "Secret of the Waterfall" by Charles Atlas and Douglas Dunn, performers move to the phrases and words of a poem, which appear on screen as part of the visual composition. The final piece, "From An Island Summer" by Atlas and Karole Armitage, follows a group of dancers through Coney Island from the boardwalk to the amusement park, as passersby react with surprise.

(Series title varies; as above, 1985-1991; as "Alive TV," 1992 onward.)

Acquisition and cataloging of this program was made possible by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Details

  • NETWORK: PBS
  • DATE: August 5, 1985
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:27:54
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:26454
  • GENRE: Dance
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Amusement parks
  • SERIES RUN: PBS - TV series, 1985-1996
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • For "Alive From Off Center":
    • Melinda Ward … Executive Producer
    • Tom Adair … Producer
    • Art Silverman … Writer
    • David Byrne … Theme Music by
    • Susan Stamberg … Host
    • Susan Dowling … Executive Producer, "Summer Dances"
    • For "You Little Wild Heart":
    • Susan Dowling … Producer, Editor
    • Jacqueline Pine … Associate Producer
    • Dick Heller … Director
    • Marta Renzi … Original Concept by, Choreographer
    • Springsteen, Bruce, and the E Street Band … Music by
    • Phebe Clark … Dancer
    • Chris Dowling … Dancer
    • Terrence Gray … Dancer
    • Robert Gregory … Dancer
    • Caroline Grossman … Dancer
    • Joy Kellman … Dancer
    • Sophie Matisse … Dancer
    • Joanne Callum … Dancer
    • Glenda Madeiros … Dancer
    • Kendall Norris … Dancer
    • David Porter … Dancer
    • Tracy Poulter … Dancer
    • Marta Renzi … Dancer
    • Johnny Sullivan … Dancer
    • Henry Tomaszewski … Dancer
    • Paul Untch … Dancer
    • For "District 1"
    • Fred Barzyk … Producer, Director
    • Olivia Tappan … Associate Producer
    • Rudy Perez … Choreographer, Dancer
    • Thaddeus Barlter … Dancer
    • Sukey Price … Dancer
    • Larry Teitelbaum … Dancer
    • Dean Theodorakis … Dancer
    • Reudi Brack … Dancer
    • Joanna Berman … Dancer
    • Jane Goldberg … Dancer
    • Julia Hanlon … Dancer
    • Fred Hardy … Dancer
    • Richard Kristal … Dancer
    • Hannah Kattman … Dancer
    • Elizibeth Kendall … Dancer
    • Elizibeth Lurie … Dancer
    • Rylin Malone … Dancer
    • Debra McCall … Dancer
    • Francine Mills … Dancer
    • Midge Newell … Dancer
    • Dave Nowe … Dancer
    • Jean Perwin … Dancer
    • Mitchell Rose … Dancer
    • Denise Simard … Dancer
    • Barbara Valinsky … Dancer
    • Leslie Jane Weiss … Dancer
    • For "George's House":
    • David Atwood … Producer, Director
    • Nancy Mason … Associate Producer
    • White Oak Mountain Boys, The … Music by
    • Dan Wagoner … Choreographer, Performer
    • Ann Asnes … Performer
    • Regan Frey … Performer
    • Sue Hendrickson … Performer
    • Sally Hess … Performer
    • Judith Moss … Performer
    • Faith Pettit … Performer
    • Leslie Woodies … Performer
    • For "Secret of the Waterfall":
    • Susan Dowling … Producer
    • Jacqueline Pine … Associate Producer
    • Charles Atlas … Director, Created by, Designer, Editor
    • Douglas Dunn … Created by, Choreographer, Dancer
    • Ann Waldman … Poetry by
    • Reed Bye … Poetry by
    • Susan Blankensop … Dancer
    • Diane Frank … Dancer
    • John McLaughlin … Dancer
    • Deborah Riley … Dancer
    • Grazia Della-Terza … Dancer
    • For "From An Island Summer":
    • Jacqueline Pine … Coordinating Producer
    • Susan Dowling … Producer, For WGBH
    • Charles Atlas … Director, Created by, Editor
    • Karole Armitage … Movement Sequences, Dancer
    • Lita Boassert … Dancer
    • Donald Byrd … Dancer
    • Patrick McMullen … Dancer
    • Mary Beth Vishno … Dancer
    • Henry Fiol … Music by, "Ven Baila Mi Son"
    • Burns, Rabbie, and His Ticket Toots … Music by, "We'll Be There"