Merce Cunningham Trust

Locale 1979

LENGTH 30 minutes
DIRECTOR Charles Atlas
DESIGNERS Charles Atlas
PRODUCER Cunningham Dance Foundation
DISTRIBUTOR Electronic Arts Intermix, Alexander Street Press
MUSIC Interspersion, Takehisa Kosugi
DANCERS Karole Armitage, Louise Burns, Ellen Cornfield, Meg Eginton, Susan Emery, Lisa Fox, Lise Friedman, Alan Good, Catherine Kerr, Chris Komar, Robert Kovich, Joseph Lennon, Rob Remley, Jim Self
"Locale" was designed to explore the possibilities of moving cameras and moving dancers in a film. Filmed at the Merce Cunningham Studio, Westbeth, New York NY, Jan - Feb 1979. First public screening at City Center Theater, New York NY, 24 February 1980. The camera movements are choreographed as precisely as those of the dancers. Three kinds of cameras were used: Steadicam, Movieola crab dolly and an Elemac dolly with a crane arm. "Locale" was structured in four parts based on use of specific cameras, dancers, and time. Filmmaker Charles Atlas also designed the costumes, choosing the same hues as are seen on the television adjustment color-bars and comining these with the gradations of the corresponding gray-based tones used in tuning black and white television monitors.