What’s so hard about getting dance to “sing” on TV

Apropos of posts earlier this summer–from Paul and me and Tonya (a.k.a. Swan Lake Samba Girl)–about how dance translates to the screen (or fails to), here’s an advance feature I wrote for Newsday about “Live From Lincoln Center’s” national telecast this Thursday of Mark Morris’ widely acclaimed “Mozart Dances.”
Morris and the wonderful 86-year-old director of “Live From…,” Kirk Browning, shed much light on the subject–and both are forthright about the difficulties of making dance work onscreen. Browning describes all of the things he does to make it work–and, wow, what a lot of work it is!

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  1. says

    Great article! I’ll be really excited to watch it now, although it would be on the one night this week I actually have theater tickets (I’ll tape it though). Annoyingly though, apparently PBS isn’t broadcasting it everywhere: http://artsplace.blogspot.com/2007/08/sad-no-mozart-dances-on-west-coast.html
    Apollinaire responds: Thank you, Tonya. At mmdg.org, the Mark Morris Dance Group site, you can type in your zip code and see what your local viewing options are. Nifty!

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