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  • Actors: John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Elliot Caplan, BBC Television
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 16, 1995
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301629825
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,947 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1999
Merce Cunnigham is one of the modern masters of modern dance. Points in Space is all you've imagined modern dance to be and more! The program is about the rehearsal and making of a video piece based on the work, which is included at the end of the tape in complete and finished form. A complete work, the videotape takes us through rehearsal, elaboration and filming of this video dance project. It shows Merce working with the dancers during practice, and going through the choreography. Then it shows the actual filming, of the piece in a studio. The actual finished work is presented at the end. The dancers are transformed as they don the close fitting costumes of autumn in which the work will be filmed. The soundtrack is the sound of breathing and of the the wind. The effect is uncanny and mesmerizing. If you like dance, see this video!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By scarecrow VINE VOICE on October 28, 2003
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After all these decades of, books, discussion and vibrant example of the import of the avant-garde, where it has become institutionalized we still find those perplexed and angered by John Cage and Merce Cunningham, their working methods,spirit, artistic affinities, and expanding perceptive means of what can be art.
In art, music or dance all there is,for the modern, or post-modern is the frame,(the stage, or the musical work) the duration of something, you have tones that are High or Middle or Low,Coloured (a Flute, A Cello) Loud or Soft,Short, Long or Not-So-Long, or Very Long, Textured,Thorny, Shaped, or Un-Shaped,Wistful, OverWhelming,or Passive. In Dance you have Motion, Fast Slow, variegated,clean, threadbare,lyrical or convoluted. When you see the Cunningham Dancers Dance you can sense that their movements comes from someplace,the repertoire associated with Martha Graham still exists here like a "ghost", "spectre".And Cunningham's fascinating lifeworld is to see how the human body can move? what is motion?what it can be? and visually it is always deeply absorbing, what is dancing together? It is far from improvised as most/may think, It is highly structured and precise.And there is a great deal of discretion imparted within the working out or the dance. The revolution of the 20th Century was to make all the various dimensions in art, motion, time, durations, timbre, sounds, words, all independent,so they can become something magical, or simply interesting, yet they all do meet someplace. Cage and Cunningham having been honing their/these methods since the early Sixties,(largely ignored at first by so-called savy NYCity critics) when they gave their first tour of Europe in a Volkswagon Bus altogether.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By an amateur soprano on January 13, 2001
Cunningham's fine dance production is a learning experience for anyone who appreciates modern dance. There's an ABC interview included in this dance production that helped viewers understand who the production staff and processes are. You'll see as watching this video that the choreography, sound effects, and dance movements are as origianl as they can be.
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