Free to Dance


60m 2001

Brief Synopsis

Special that chronicles the role that African-American dancers and choreographers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form. Through first-person storytelling by dancers and witnesses, the program documents how African-derived movement and European dance fused and made m

Film Details

Also Known As
Dance in America (06/24/01), Great Performances (06/24/01)
Release Date
2001

Technical Specs

Duration
60m

Synopsis

Special that chronicles the role that African-American dancers and choreographers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form. Through first-person storytelling by dancers and witnesses, the program documents how African-derived movement and European dance fused and made modern dance distinctively America. Landmark dance masterpieces by African-American choreographers are woven throughout the historical narrative. Included is the work of Katherine Dunham ("Barrelhouse Blues"), Pearl Primus ("Strange Fruit"), Donald McKayle ("Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder"), Talley Beatty ("Mourner's Bench"), Bill T. Jones ("D Man in the Waters"), Alvin Ailey ("Revelations") and many others.

Crew

Carmen I Abrazado

Electrician

Alan Adelman

Lighting

Alvin Ailey

Choreographer

Blane Allan

Other

Prudence Arndt

Researcher

Tadesse A Bantiweson

Assistant Camera Operator

John R Barnett

Dolly Grip

Jeremy Barr

Audio

Talley Beatty

Choreographer

Chris Blake

Production

Tom Blancato

Gaffer

Christopher Boston

Production Assistant

Erica Bowen

Researcher

Alvin Bowens

On-Line Editor

Angela Michelle Boyette

Other

Kelly Britt

Gaffer

Ronald K Brown

Choreographer

Trisha Brown

Choreographer

Jacqulyn Buglisi

Choreographer

Jennifer Cahill

Production Assistant

Candace Chambliss

Researcher

Blondell Cummings

Choreographer

Zita D'azalia Allen

Writer

Zita D'azalia Allen

Editor

Asadata Dafora

Choreographer

Chuck Davis

Choreographer

Mathew Diamond

Consultant

Joaquin Dorfman

Production Assistant

Ulysses Dove

Choreographer

Katherine Dunham

Choreographer

Garth Fagan

Choreographer

Julia L Foulkes

Advisor

Paul Furedi

Audio Mixer

Ed Fussell

Camera

Denise Greene

Line Producer

Amy Grumann

Production Assistant

Amy Grumann

Editorial Production Assistant

Christopher S Hall

Assistant Camera Operator

Ned Hallick

Gaffer

Gary Halvorson

Segment Director

Robert Harari

Sound

James Hepler

Production

Byran Hoffman

Camera

Lester Horton

Choreographer

Kris Jefferson

Associate Producer

Earl Johnson

Production Assistant

James A Johnson

Other

Bill T. Jones

Choreographer

Lewanne Jones

Researcher

Melvin Jones

Production Assistant

Jane E Kasper

Production

Amy Kaufmann

Researcher

Gordon Kennett

Production Assistant

Ngaio Killingsworth

Camera

Judy Kinberg

Producer

Heidi Kinney

Assistant

Randy Klein

Music

Ross Kolman

Production Supervisor

David Krivonak

Other

Madison Davis Lacy

Producer

Madison Davis Lacy

Segment Producer

Madison Davis Lacy

Writer

Jenna Lambie

Archival Footage

Karen Lefcourt

Assistant Editor

Ted Lehame

Grip

Alvoro Leite

Production Assistant

Don Lenzer

Director Of Photography

Valerie Linson

Associate Producer

Julia F Lochra

Production

Richard A Long

Advisor

Michael Lonsdale

Sound Recordist

Annette Macdonald

Production Assistant

Mark Mandler

Sound Recordist

Paul B Marsland

Electrician

Gil Mcdowell

Lighting

Donald Mckayle

Choreographer

David Mellow

Assistant Camera Operator

Jaime Meyers

Production Assistant

Rachelle Michaud

Researcher

Carlton Midyette

Other

Peter G. Miller

Sound Recordist

Gerald E Myers

Advisor

Jodee Nimerichter

Associate Producer

Thomas Orr

Production Assistant

Horace Ove

Segment Director

Horace Ove

Producer

Jason Palmquist

Other

Maria Patrick

Producer

David Patterson

Sound Recordist

Keir Pearson

Editor

Gayle Pemberton

Advisor

John Perpenter

Advisor

Eleo Pomare

Choreographer

Daisy Pommer

Camera Coordinator

Pearl Primus

Choreographer

Eugene Ramsey

Production Assistant

Rachel Reichman

Editor

Charles L Reinhart

Executive Producer

Stephanie Reinhart

Executive Producer

Greta Reisel

Archival Footage

Stephanie Renegar

Electrician

John M. Roche

Other

Steven J Rogers

Sound Recordist

John Romeo

Assistant Camera Operator

Kaoru Sakabe

Production

Abdel Salaam

Choreographer

Laila Sales

Researcher

Anthony Savini

Assistant Camera Operator

Daniel Seiggard

Carpenter

Jada Shapiro

Researcher

David Shaw

Camera

Robert Shepard

Director Of Photography

Sekou Shepard

Sound Recordist

Themba Sibeko

Production Assistant

Dallas Smith

Production Assistant

Melanie Smith

Production Assistant

Rodney Smith

Production Assistant

Ronnie Smith

Camera

Gus Solomons Jr.

Choreographer

Buddy Squires

Director Of Photography

Ruth St. Denis

Choreographer

Andrea Sumner

Stage Manager

Rona Taylor

Set Designer

Rona Taylor

Set Decorator

Keith Townsend

Production Assistant

Tim Travitz

Assistant Camera Operator

David Trenkle

Assistant Camera Operator

Jill Tufs

Assistant Camera Operator

Christine Van Cott

Production Assistant

Jac Venza

Executive Producer

Jeffrey Victor

Assistant Camera Operator

Jonathan Weaver

Assistant Camera Operator

S'thembile West

Advisor

David Wiggall

Production

Peter Wood

Advisor

John Wright

Advisor

John Zecca

Sound Recordist

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

Choreographer

Adam Zucker

Writer

Adam Zucker

Segment Director

Adam Zucker

Editor

Film Details

Also Known As
Dance in America (06/24/01), Great Performances (06/24/01)
Release Date
2001

Technical Specs

Duration
60m

Quotes

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