"Blue Studio: Five Segments," 1975-1976

"Blue Studio: Five Segments," 1975-1976
Collaboration with Merce Cunningham
Videotape, color, silent, 16 minutes
Courtesy the Artist

"A lot of people start out, if they're dance people, with classical ballet...and they kind of figure out that modern is also interesting. For me, it was just the opposite. I never understood ballet, never liked it, and I always understood Merce Cunningham's work and loved it. I learned video and taught it to Merce. I had made films before that but didn't have access to video. But when we got started, it was a way to dinstinguish dance documentation...actually making pieces with dance and video where they were equal elements in it, although it was very much about the dance." - Charles Atlas...

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"A lot of people start out, if they're dance people, with classical ballet...and they kind of figure out that modern is also interesting. For me, it was just the opposite. I never understood ballet, never liked it, and I always understood Merce Cunningham's work and loved it. I learned video and taught it to Merce. I had made films before that but didn't have access to video. But when we got started, it was a way to dinstinguish dance documentation...actually making pieces with dance and video where they were equal elements in it, although it was very much about the dance."

- Charles Atlas

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