Hommage à Hoagy Carmichael
Hommage à Hoagy Carmichael
Show choreographed by Brenda Bufalina to the American composer Hoagy Carmichael for Vanaver Caravan dance company.
Brenda Bufalino is a mixed-genre artist: Dancer, Choreographer, Author, and Ceramicist. Ms. Bufalino performs, lectures, and teaches master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. As a performance artist, monologist, singer and tap dancer, her one-person shows, “Cantata & The Blues”, “Journal of a Woodpecker,” “Unaccompanied,” and “Tapping Against the Wind,” have been performed in prestigious venues, Nationally and Internationally from l983 to the present. In l975 she produced and directed the award-winning documentary, “Great Feats of Feet…portrait of the jazz tap dancer,” featuring Charles “Honi” Coles and the Copasetics. In l986 Ms. Bufalino created The American Tap Dance Orchestra. The ATDO’s concert, stage and film highlights include among others: The PBS special “Great Performances/ Tap Dance in America with Gregory Hines,” “NYC Town Hall,” “The Joyce Theater,” and “Dance Theater Workshop.” International appearances include performances in Germany, Rome, and a State Department tour of Eastern Europe. The National Endowment deemed two of her choreographies, “Buff Loves Basie Blues,” and “The Haitian Fight Song” American Masterpieces.
Source: American Tap Dance Foundation
Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (ELAC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.
His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
- He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
- He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
- He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
- He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.
- He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.
His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.
He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).
Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
The Vanaver Caravan
Situated in the Hudson Valley of New York, The Vanaver Caravan is an internationally acclaimed nonprofit dance and music troupe with a vast repertoire of world and American folk dance styles and a long history of professional touring, humanitarian work, peace advocacy, and widely celebrated arts-education programs.
Source: The Vanaver Caravan
More information: vanavercaravan.org/
Hommage à Hoagy Carmichael
Choreography : Brenda Bufalino
Interpretation : The Vanaver Caravan
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Maison de la Danse de Lyon - Charles Picq, 1984
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