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1974. Rythms of Earth

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  CART OverviewBrowseAbout Our CollectionHome RentalHost a ScreeningPurchase OptionsCataloguesFootage Licensing RHYTHMS OF EARTH Alan Lomax, Forrestine Paulay DVD produced by John Bishop color, 156 min, 1974 WATCH A PREVIEW ► Format: DVD   License: Home Use   Price: $39.95 1  ADD TO CART Discounts are available for non-prots and community colleges. Contact us to inquire. DER DOCUMENTARY  BROWSE CREDITS & INFORESOURCES & LINKS Beginning in the late 1950s, Alan Lomax and his associates undertook a monumental study of the relationship between style in song and dance cross-culturally. It began with Cantometrics which developed a common language description for the many variables in performance style in the diverse cultures of the world and measured how those variables clustered geographically and in relation to means of subsistence and aspects of social organization. Choreometrics continued this investigation into dance and movement. At a primal level, Dance & Human History   is a whirlwind trip through the enormous variety of dance, music, costume and public presentation of culture around the world. More profoundly it represents decades of work to nd an appropriate descriptive language for dance and movement at a cross cultural level, to perceive the patterns that differentiate cultures, and to relate them to basic elements of culture. Your Shopping Cart The Shopping Cart is currently empty LOG IN Contact FILMSPROGRAMSRESOURCESABOUTBLOGSUPPORTBy TitleBy Subject+By Filmmaker+By Geography+New ReleasesCollections Advanced Search ABOUT  Additional video on the DVD includes Alan Lomax speaking about the goals and motivations of the project, Forrestine Paulay discussing the meaning of the work to her as a dancer, and anthropologist/biostatistician Michael Flory discussing the pioneering statistics and computer models used in the research. Choreometrics has special meaning for a generation of ethnographic and documentary lmmakers who contributed their work to this global sample because it is one of a few, and certainly the most ambitious, efforts to discover meaning in footage beyond the story a lmmaker constructs. As Alan wrote with Irmgard Bartenieff, and Forrestine Paulay in Dance Style and Culture  : “We regard the vast, endlessly provocative, prejudice-laden, existing sea of documentary footage as the richest and most unequivocal storehouse of information about humanity. We do not agonize over its limitations or those of the persons who shot or edited it. We come to it with an observational approach like that used by the ordinary person in everyday life, which enables him to differentiate constantly between different classes of visual experience and to behave appropriately in relation to these varieties of experience.” When initially released, these programs were only available as 16mm lm prints, and not available at all for the last ten years. This DVD brings together the best telecine transfers of the four lms with a cluster of supplementary videos and texts to contextualize the lms. The DVD contains the following: ã Dance & Human History   (1974) 40 min - This lm examines two important parameters in the Choreometric study, the dominant trace form of the movement and single/multiple articulation of the torso, and relates them to geography and type of society. ã Palm Play   (1977) 27 min - This lm examines the use of the palm in dance cross culturally. ã Step Style   (1977) 30 min - Examines the use of the foot in dance cross culturally. ã The Longest Trail   (1984) 59 min - This lm uses Choreometric data as evidence that the Americas were populated by Siberian hunters. ãAlan Lomax in conversation with Robert Gardner from Screening Room   (1975) 34 min ãForrestine Paulay interview (2006) 17 min ãMichael Del Rio ( Global Jukebox   programmer) in conversation with anthropologist and biostatistician Michael Flory (2006) 22 min ãMichael Flory interview (2008) 16 min ã Global Jukebox   demonstration (1993) 10 min This disc also contains 177 pages of written material as PDF les that can be accessed with MY COMPUTER (PC) or FINDER (Mac) and opened and printed with Adobe Acrobat Reader: ãTranscriptions of Dance and Human History, Step Style, Palm Play,  and Screening Room ãHandbook for The Longest Trail   - by Alan Lomax and Forrestine Paulay  ã Performance Style Research - article by Anna Lomax Wood that contextualizes the Choreometrics project and contains extensive bibliographies. ã Choreometrics and Ethnographic Film - article by Alan Lomax ã Toward an Ethnographic Film Archive - article by Alan Lomax ã  Alan Lomax: a Remembrance - article by John Bishop RELATED FILMS KEEP THE DANCE ALIVEMOVEMENT (R)EVOLUTION AFRICA  PLAY, JANKUNÚ PLAY SCREENING ROOM: ALAN LOMAX
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