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CAGE, JOHN - Variations V

Format: DVD
Label & Cat.Number: Mode Records mode 258
Release Year: 2013
Note: professional video of "Variations V" from 1966 filmed at the NDR television studio in Hamburg, Germany - this multi-media event was created together with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; musicians: JOHN CAGE, DAVID TUDOR, GORDON MUMMA, filmed projections & visuals effects: NAM JUNE PAIK & STAN VANDERBEEK; plus a complete stereo recording of the Paris performance and filmed interviews with some of the dancers; 157 min. playtime, 12 p booklet
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"The Complete John Cage Edition - Volume 48.
'Variations V' (1965) NDR-Hamburg German Television version 1966 (mono, PCM audio) with introduction by Hansjrg Pauli. Musicians: John Cage, David Tudor and Gordon Mumma. Choreography: Merce Cunningham. The Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Merce Cunningham, Carolyn Brown, Barbara Lloyd, Sandra Neels, Albert Reid, Peter Saul, Gus Solomons, Jr. Filmed Projections & Visual Effects: Stan VanDerBeek and Nam June Paik. Lighting: Beverly Emmons. Directed for Film by Arne Arnbom.
'Variations V' (1965) Paris version 1966 (stereo, PCM audio only). Musicians: John Cage, David Tudor and Gordon Mumma-Variations V reflects the experimentation and spirit of the 1960s - a collaborative, interactive multi-media event with choreographed dance, elaborate mobile decor, variable lighting, multiple film projection, and live-electronic music often activated by the dancers' movements. Filmed in 1966 at the NDR television studio in Hamburg, Germany, it is historically important as one of the few available films of a Cunningham Dance Company performance from the 1960s and the first commercial release of Variations V. As the dancers performed on stage, their movements interacted with twelve antennas built by Robert Moog and a set of photocells designed by Bell Labs research scientist Billy Klver in such a way as to trigger the transmission of sounds to a 50-channel mixer whose output was heard from six speakers around the hall. The actual sound sources - a battery of tape recorders and radios - were supervised by Cage, David Tudor and Gordon Mumma. The mise-en-scne was supplemented by a film collage by Stan VanDerBeek that included processed television images by Nam June Paik and footage of the dancers shot by VanDerBeek during rehearsals. 157 minutes of video and music.
Bonus features: A complete stereo recording of the Paris 1966 performance of Variations V (PCM audio, no video, 40 minutes). Cunningham Dance Company's archivist David Vaughan interviews some of the dancers from the original production - Carolyn Brown (40 minutes), and Sandra Neels with Gus Solomons Jr. (30 minutes) - about the production, working with Cage and Cunningham, and touring in the 1960s. 12-page book with essays by Rob Haskins and Gordon Mumma plus archival photos." [label info]

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