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Sudden difficulties
Spatz-Rabinowitz, Elaine (Conceptor)
Sellars, Peter (Director)
Sellars, Peter (Commentator)
Zimering, Bonnie (Performer)
Dowling, Susan (Producer)
Gulla, Katherine (Producer)
Spatz-Rabinowitz, Elaine (Artist)
Spatz-Rabinowitz, Elaine (Commentator)
Gulla, Katherine (Director)
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.) (Associated name)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1986
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 8581
Performance art
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Televised performances
Creation/production credits: A co-production of Katherine Gulla Productions and WGBH/Boston's New Television Workshop. Executive producer: Susan Dowling. Television producer/director: Katherine Gulla. Camera: Henry Ferrini. Narrator: Aimee Sands.
Creation/production credits: Conception/installation: Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz. Sound/staging: Peter Sellars.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic SP) (18 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Documentary on the creation of Sudden difficulties, a performance piece commissioned in 1983 by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, from artist Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz and theater director Peter Sellars. The description of the project, with statements by its creators, is followed by a performance staged and edited for television.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY916008938-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12169823
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d9ceff70-7db3-0138-dfde-6d4bfde02c5e
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Item timeline of events

  • 1986: Issued
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Sudden difficulties" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1986.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Sudden difficulties" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 3, 2023.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1986). Sudden difficulties Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Sudden difficulties