The Catherine wheel

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The Catherine wheel
Additional title: Catherine wheel (Choreographic work : Tharp)
Rudner, Sara (Dancer)
Way, Jennifer (Dancer)
Rawe, Tom (Dancer)
Glasner, Katie (Dancer)
Kurshal, Raymond (Dancer)
Washington, Shelley (Dancer)
Carrafa, John (Dancer)
Uchida, Christine (Dancer)
Tharp, Twyla (Director)
Byrne, David, 1952- (Composer)
Loquasto, Santo (Set designer)
Loquasto, Santo (Costume designer)
Kinberg, Judy (Producer)
Twyla Tharp and dancers (Performer)
Byrne, David, 1952- (Performer)
Tharp, Twyla (Choreographer)

Dance in America Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1983
Date Created: 1983-03-12
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 7449
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-562 (former)
Television programs
Televised dance
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Videotaped on March 12, 1983 for the Dance in America series. Produced by Alan Yentob for The Catherine Wheel, inc. in association with Educational Broadcasting Corporation and the National Video Corporation. Dance in America producer: Judy Kinberg. Director/choreographer: Twyla Tharp. Music produced, composed and performed by David Byrne. Sets and costumes designed by Santo Loquasto. Computer animation by Computer Graphics Laboratory, New York Institute of Technology. Video effects: Dave Jervis. Videotape editor: Stan Pow. Performed by members of Twyla Tharp and Dancers company: Sara Rudner (the leader), Jennifer Way (the mother), Tom Rawe (the father), Katie Glasner (the sister), Raymond Kurshals (the brother), Shelley Washington (the maid), Christine Uchida (the pet), John Carrafa (the poet), with Richard Colton, William Whitener, John Malashock, Mary Ann Kellogg, Shelley Freydont, Keith Young and Barbara Hoon as the chorus.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Acquisition: Gift; Dance in America. NN-PD
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (U-matic) (89 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Actual dance begins about 15 minutes after shots of rehearsals, brief sections of the dance and interviews with Tharp and other cast members about the dance and some of the symbolism involved. Last 26 minutes of dance on second cassette begins approximately in the middle of the family loop section.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY847040487-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12160685
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 77dab9f0-7bad-0135-7254-0fde331cc712
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  • 1983: Issued
  • 1983: Created
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Catherine wheel" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1983.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Catherine wheel" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 28, 2024.

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The Catherine wheel