November 2016 | Moving Images

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Videos of note (new and not)

BrainDance
Directed by Anne Green Gilbert
Studio: Creative Dance Center
Price: $39
NR; 203 minutes; 2016

In this new two-DVD set, Gilbert and her students—infants, seniors, and everyone in between—demonstrate more than 25 variations of the BrainDance, an exercise based on cycling through the eight fundamental movement patterns that wire the central nervous system in an infant’s first year of life. This set includes the original 2003 DVD demonstrating the foundational variations and a new DVD with variations, including floor barre, rhymes for young children, and more. A companion booklet gives detailed information about brain development and the rationale behind the BrainDance.

The Children’s Hour of Power: “Getting ‘It’ Right From the Start,” Series I (Ages 3–5)
Directed by Eileen Juric
Studio: BalletBarreNone
Price: $44.95
NR; 85 minutes; 2010 

Based on Dorothy Lister’s pre-ballet program at Joffrey Ballet School, Juric’s center-based teaching method focuses on body awareness and movement initiation. Her three DVDs (Series II and III focus on ages 5–7 and 7–9, respectively) demonstrate how to progress through age and skill levels. Each DVD comes with access to class notes and a downloadable “Quiptionary” with the quirky quips Juric uses to keep students focused and invested in their training.

Tales of Beatrix Potter
Directed by Jonathan Haswell
Studio: Opus Arte
Price: $29.99
NR; 76 minutes; 2007

Originally created by Sir Frederick Ashton for a 1971 film of the same name, this exuberant ballet brings to life the beloved stories and colorful characters of Beatrix Potter: Jemima Puddle-Duck, Jeremy Fisher, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and the irrepressible Peter Rabbit. John Lanchbery’s music, played by Royal Ballet Sinfonia, incorporates nearly forgotten Victorian melodies, while Christine Edzard’s designs conjure up a lost England of field mice, Berkshire black pigs, foxgloves, and shady groves.

Enter the Faun
Directed by Tamar Rogoff and Daisy Wright
Studio: First Run Features
Price: $24.95
NR; 68 minutes; 2015 

As Rogoff, a veteran choreographer, teaches Gregg Mozgala, a young actor with cerebral palsy, to dance in her next production, the training brings about startling physical changes for him that years of treatment and physical therapy hadn’t. The pair discover that Rogoff’s lack of formal medical training and Mozgala’s fears and physical limitations are not the obstacles they seemed to be, and that his body is capable of more than anyone expected. This documentary challenges the boundaries of medicine and art—and the limitations associated with disability.