|Six Phrases in Real Time is a videotape interpretation of an actual videodance event, performed at Serramonte Shopping Mall in Daly City, California. The nontheatrical environment of Serramonte Shopping Mall provided an immediate audience for Six Phrases in Real Time that was unfamiliar with the inside workings of TV and modern dance. The audience's attention was constantly changing from dancers to monitors, to technicians and cameras, to themselves viewing the dance. The interweaving of these people and objects in the space provided a part of the whole experience. Five dancers manipulated six movement phrases. One skittered near one of the six closed circuit monitors and imitated another dancer's image on the screen. A cameraperson would leave her camera and assume the posture of a dancer. A dancer working a camera, shot two passersby sitting on a bench, while another dancer laid beside them, rhythmically flinging her arms and legs. The audience shifted their focus from chroma-keyed storefront lights on a monitor, to a nearby dancer, to ensemble dancers superimposed over the center fountain moving to a dissonant sound score. The reality of Serramonte Shopping Mall on Sunday afternoon was altered. For forty-five minutes the audience's, dancers' and crew members' associations with television and dance were radically changed. Six Phrases in Real Time is both another interpretation of the event and an independent visual and aural experience with its own integrity.—Deborah Mangum.|
Directed and produced by Deborah Mangum, in association with Lone Mountain College Video Department ; technical director: Clare H. Wren.
Dancers, Monica Landry, Gail Rafferty, Susan Rosen, Martha Rast, and Judy Nemzoff
Music, Harri Sjöström ; cameras, Melissa Cargill-Cassady, Carol Clements, Erin O'Neill, Shanda Sawyer, Richard Schreep.
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