May-June 2015 | Moving Images

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Videos of note (new and not)

Trisha Brown: Early Works 1966–1979
Studio: Artpix
Price: $40
G; 245 minutes; 2005

This two-DVD set presents footage of 18 of the choreographer’s works, including Walking on the Wall, Accumulation, Locus, and Watermotor, shot by filmmakers Babette Mangolte, Carlotta Schoolman, and Jonathan Demme, among others. It includes a conversation between Brown and art historian Klaus Kertess, touching on her creative process, dance education, early years in New York, and work with Judson Dance Theater.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Directed by Jonathan Haswell
Studio: Opus Arte
Price: $29.99
NR; 120 minutes; 2011

In this elaborate Royal Ballet production, Alice (Lauren Cuthbertson) encounters a cast of extraordinary characters, from the high-strung Queen of Hearts to a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, playing cards that dance, and a sinuous caterpillar. The ballet includes slapstick comedy, a tender pas de deux, and darker episodes (an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat, an unhinged tea party). With choreography by Christopher Wheeldon; designs by Bob Crowley that draw on puppetry, projections, and masks; and a score by Joby Talbot.

A History of Dance On Screen
Directed by Reiner E. Moritz
Studio: Arthaus Musik
Price: $24.99
NR; 90 minutes; 2013

Through performance footage and in-depth interviews, this documentary poses a question: how have film and television influenced dance in the 20th and 21st centuries, and vice versa? Featuring Alvin Ailey, Pina Bausch, Maurice Béjart, Matthew Bourne, Margot Fonteyn, Martha Graham, John Neumeier, Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova, Roland Petit, Sasha Waltz, and many others.

All That Jazz
Directed by Bob Fosse
Studio: Criterion Collection
Price: $39.95
R; 123 minutes; 1979 (2014 reissue)

Digitally restored and reissued on DVD and Blu-ray, this wildly imaginative musical stars Roy Scheider as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule—directing and choreographing a Broadway production by day, editing a movie by night—and routine of amphetamines, alcohol, and sex are putting his health at serious risk. Overflowing with exhilarating dancing by Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, and others, the film renders Gideon’s interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle. Extras include interviews with Fosse from the 1980s.