Brooklyn, N.Y. : First Run/Icarus Films, c2002.
1 videodisc (84 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Interviewees: Jonathan Wolken, Robby Barnett, Michael Tracy, Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorinks, Rebecca Anderson, Ela Weissberger, Gaspard Louis, Benjamin Pring, Terry Teachout, Otis Cook, Josie Coyoc, Matt Kent, Bob Bielecki, Michael Hagen, Mark Stanley, Charles Reinhart, Stephanie Reinhart, Linda Shelton.
Danced by Pilobolus Dance Theatre: Rebecca Anderson, Otis Cook, Josie Coyoc, Matt Kent, Gaspard Louis, and Benjamin Pring ; Music for A selection played by the Hawthorne String Quartet: Ronan Lefkowitz (violin), Si-jing Huang (violin), Mark Ludwig (viola), Sato Knudsen (cello).
Director, Mirra Bank ; producers, Mirra Bank and Vic Losick ; editors, Mirra Bank, Axuve Espinosa; director of photography, Vic Losick.
Credits for A selection: created by Pilobolus Dance Theatre (Robby Barnett, Michael Tracy, Jonathan Wolken) and the Night Kitchen Theater (Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorinks) in collaboration with the Pilobolus dancers Rebecca Anderson, Otis Cook, Josie Coyoc, Matt Kent, Gaspard Louis, and Benjamin Pring; music, Hans Krása and Pavel Haas; sets and costumes, Maurice Sendak; sound design, Bob Bielecki; lighting, Mark Stanley.
Originally produced as a documentary motion picture in 2002.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Documentary on the genesis of A selection, a dance work created in collaboration by Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks of the Night Kitchen Theater. Beginning with the first rehearsals for the work, the film explores the complex and occasionally troubled interaction between the dance company, known for its innovative collaborative approach to choreography, and Sendak, an eminent author and illustrator. Archival footage from Nazi Germany depicts the inspiration for the work, a dance of death evoking the evils of the Jewish Holocaust. The film follows A selection from its presentation as a work-in-progress at Purchase College's Performing Arts Center to its world premiere at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C., and its New York premiere at the Joyce Theater. A sequence of performance excerpts from the work conclude the film.
Special features: Pilobolus in motion; Improvisation; Dancer profiles; Maurice, Arthur and the dancers at work; Interview with director Mirra Bank; Biographies; Photo gallery; trailers.
Selection (Choreographic work : Pilobolus Dance Theatre)
FRF911245D First Run/Icarus Films