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Advanced voice workout for the actor. 1990. 1 videocassette (44 min.). Host Susan Leigh presents exercises for actors focusing on breathing and projection. VHS 2562

The art of Kabuki. 1988. 1 videocassette (35 min.). A study of the traditional, bombastic theater of Japan, with attention given to the symbolism of the performances. Program provides an introduction to the 400-year-old tradition of Kabuki, explaining its origins and purposes, its literary sources, and the meaning of its symbolism. The program shows the rehearsal, preparation of costume and wigs, and the performance of the Kabuki play. VHS 553

Behind the scenes. Curriculum Materials Center. 1992. 10 videocassettes (ca. 28 min. each). Focuses on the creative process behind the visual and performing arts.  Goes behind the scenes with renowned artists and performers, covering fields of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, music, dance and theater.  Designed to instill creative and critical thinking skills in children through exploration of the visual and performing arts.  VHS 1921-1930

Behind the scenes with Julie Taymor. Behind the scenes. 1992. 1 videocassette (30 min.). Theater director Julie Taymor gives children a glimpse of herself at work staging scenes from The Tempest. The children are also given a taste of the kind of visual theater created by using puppets, masks and music. VHS 1930

Brecht on stage. Literature in the modern world. 1989. 1 videocassette (25 min.). Scholars and contemporaries of Bertolt Brecht discuss his work and its impact on modern theater. VHS 5936

Broadway! a musical history. 1989. 5 videocassettes (720 min.). Describes the history of the Broadway musical since the late 19th century. Includes pictures and interviews of performers active in the Broadway scene. The formative years: Reviews beginnings of theater performances on Broadway and the histories at musical shows, including works by Gilbert and Sullivan, Victor Herbert, Ziegfeld, Cohan, etc. Discusses development of comic and live musicals, revues, and Viennese operettas. -- Broadway comes of age: Traces the history of Broadway theater through the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Discusses the development of musical comedy and revue, the decline of the operetta, the trend toward integrated and "meaningful" shows. Reviews hit shows from that era. -- The golden years: Reviews styles in musical theater, musical comedy and revues in the postwar years and the 1950s. Features interviews with actors, actresses, directors, etc. Discusses musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Lerner and Lowe, Leonard Bernstein, and Meredith Wilson. The revolution on Broadway: Reviews musical shows produced from 1959 through the 1960s. Discusses how the political atmosphere of the decade affected the theater. Uses interviews with actors, actresses, directors, and historians to discuss such works as Camelot, Hello Dolly, and Fiddler on the Roof. -- The revolution mellows: Reviews Broadway musical theater beginning in 1966 with cabaret and continuing through the 1970s. Traces the emergence and development of rock musicals and other radical changes. Discusses George M., Hair, Follies, Godspell, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, etc.  Features interviews with composers, actors, actresses, directors and historians.  VHS 1920

Commedia dell'arte. Styles of theatre. 198. 1 videocassette (14 min.). Presents the gallery of stock commedia characters focusing on the Maschere, the mask characters. Giovanni Poli provides the authentic voice quality, characteristic movements, and gestures of commedia dell'arte. VHS 1770

Dream girls. 1 videocassette (50 min.). Film looks at the Takarazuka Revue, a highly successful theater company in Japan, where all roles are played by women and the Takarazuka Music School whose students dream of joining the Revue. VHS 4518

Greek drama reconstructing a Greek theater. Fifth century Athens : democracy & city state. 1998. 1 videocassette (25 min.). Reconstructs the famous Theater of Dionysus in Athens, showing how it evolved over time through the Greek and Roman periods. The date of an orchestra is set by its shape, a facade by the setting of the stones, an auditorium by its space for a descending Greek chorus, wooden seats by a mention of them in lines from a play by Aristophanes, and other parts of the structure through paintings on Greek vases from particular periods. VHS 5824

Original cast album, Company a musical comedy. 1992. 1 videodisc (53 min.). A chronicle of the recording session of the cast album of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, Company. Includes interviews with record producer, Thomas Z. Shepard; composer/lyricist, Stephen Sondheim; musical director, Harold Hastings; producer/director, Harold Prince; playwright, George Furth. VDD 41

Private conversations on the set of Death of a salesman. Karl-Lorimar on stage. 1986. 1 videocassette (ca. 82 min.). A documentary that goes behind the scenes to examine the making of the film version of Arthur Miller's Death of a salesman. Playwright Miller, Dustin Hoffman, and director Volker Schlöndorff discuss the production and the original play and are seen working on the set. VHS 254

Shurtleff on acting. Master classes in the media arts. 199. 1 videocassette (60 min.). Michael Shurtleff discusses casting and acting, and his career in the theater and motion pictures. VHS 2742

Signals through the flames. 1989. 1 videocassette (97 min.). Outlines the tumultuous history of the famous experimental group, The Living Theatre. VHS 2753

Sphinxes without secrets women performance artists speak out. 1992. 1 videocassette (58 min.). "Since its inception, performance art provided a forum for those artists whose work challenges the dominant aesthetic and cultural status quo. [In this film] performers, curators and critics unravel the mysteries of performance art and ponder the world women confront today. Performers featured ... include Diamanda Galas, Holly Hughes (one of the 'NEA Four'), Robbie McCauley and Rachel Rosenthal; intercut with appearances by many others such as Laurie Anderson, Annie Sprinkle and Reno." Summary from Women Make Movies website [http:\\]. VHS 5816

Teatro! 1989. 1 videocassette (58 min.). Documentary looks at the grass roots Honduran acting troup, Teatro la Fragua, founded by Jesuit priest, Jack Warner. Company members are shown performing in three plays, conducting an acting workshop in the town of Salama, and on a retreat to Copan, an ancient Mayan center. VHS 2548

Theatre and the revolution. Eastern Europe : breaking with the past. 1990. 1 videocassette (50 min.). Explores the use of theater in Eastern Europe for political purposes. Includes documentaries on the "Stalinist Show Trials" in the 1950s, the underground activities of actors and theater troupes in the 1989 revolutions, and the avant garde plays of Eastern Europe today. VHS 1708

The Tradition of performing arts in Japan the heart of Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku. Nippon: the land and its people video series. 1989. 1 videocassette (30 min.). Presents a variety of traditional Japanese theater forms, including seldom-seen backstage preparations and performances by some of Japan's most illustrious names. Shows how the theater reveals aspects of Japanese culture, including the influence of other cultures, the harmony of life and nature, and the beauty of the four seasons. VHS 1769

The Traditional crafts of Japan. 1992. 8 videocassettes (210 min). VHS 3516

Two faces of Thailand a musical portrait. Beats of the heart. 1994. 1 videocassette (60 min.). Popular music in Thailand, where even the king of Thailand is a jazz musician, juxtapositions folk music with Western pop to produce the Luk Tung music scene.  Director Marre, joins Luk Tung star Sumbatcharon on the road as he takes his huge troupe across country to stage sprawling, uniquely Thai extravaganzas that are the common man's entertainment.  We are also taken into the cities, into the kick-boxing arenas and the red-light districts where music plays an integral role. VHS 3272

The Will to provoke featuring Survival Research Laboratories, Europe 1988. 1988. 1 videocassette (42 min.). Documentary of Survival Research Laboratories' 1988 European tour. SRL stages mechanized presentations that feature choreographed interactions between machines, robots and special effect devices. Includes commentary by S.R.L. founder/artistic director, Mark Pauline and assistant director/sound designer, Matt Heckert. VHS 4392