Behind the Scenes: The Complete Series [3 Discs] [DVD]

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Behind the Scenes with David Parsons
David Parsons is a choreographer for the American Ballet Theater and the Feld Ballet, as well as a former dancer for the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Behind the Scenes offers a fun exploration of the world of dance for children and adults alike. In this video, hosted by magicians Penn and Teller, Parsons shows how the creative process of developing and teaching a sophisticated dance sequences is based on our movements in sleep. Parsons guides his dancers through the intriguing choreography. Dance students learn how movement can be transformed into patterns in dance and how dances can begin with the simplest everyday movements. ~ Corinna Richards, Rovi

Behind the Scenes with Wayne Thiebaud
In this episode of Behind the Scenes artist Wayne Thiebaud shows how volume, shape, feeling and movement can transform a simple line into art. Wayne Thiebaud first gained national and international acclaim in the early 1960s with his food paintings such as Salads, Sandwiches, and Desserts. Thiebaud is generally thought of as belonging to the Pop Art school along with artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Hosted by magicians Penn and Teller, this video goes behind the scenes to discover the creative process. Like the other videos in the Behind the Scenes series, this video is appropriate for parents and children alike, and is a painless way to introduce children to the works of an important American artist. ~ Rob Ferrier, Rovi

Behind the Scenes with Joann Falletta
In Behind the Scenes With Joann Falletta, wise-cracking magicians Penn and Teller hang out with up-and-coming symphony conductor Joann Falletta, who teaches them that a symphony orchestra is like a collage of sound. Part of the educational Behind the Scenes series for kids, this episode focuses on musical collaboration, investigating an orchestra's creative process. Penn and Teller add a comedic edge to the tape, while Falletta provides intelligent explanations. The program is appropriate for children. but strives to be challenging enough for parents to enjoy. ~ Betsy Boyd, Rovi

Behind the Scenes with Julie Taymor
This episode of PBS's Behind the Scenes series exposes children to the crafts of live theater through the work of director Julie Taymor. Taymor describes the importance of the theater tradition, and expresses the energy she finds there. The video shows how stage sets are built, how actors learn their lines, and how costumes are prepared. Taymor also explains how the stage lighting and sound are handled by the crew. The important role of director is also discussed. This video is recommended for children age seven and older, as well as their parents. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi

Behind the Scenes with Nancy Graves
This award-winning PBS series examines the creative process of artists in different mediums. Here, the late sculptor Nancy Graves reveals how she creates a sense of "anti-gravity" in her colorful sculpture collages, which look as if they are about to tip over. Hosts Penn and Teller offer a series of visual illusions to help explain balance, employing both tightrope walker Brian Dewhurst and a teeter-totter. They throw in some sight gags to keep the video moving. Graves' finished sculpture, a sort-of-clock, is a textbook example of the laws of physics at work, even though it looks like a prop out of Alice in Wonderland., Rovi

Behind the Scenes with Max Roach
Behind the Scenes is a public television series that explores the "magic and mystery of artistic creation." It exposes children to the arts in an effort to deepen their appreciation. There are shows on painting, drawing, music, dance, sculpture, photography, and theater. The format used for this series is very similar to the successful, fast-paced format pioneered by Sesame Street. Max Roach, a jazz percussionist, is the featured guest of this program. His love for jazz and for playing the drums is quite clear. Roach comes across as a personable man and a dedicated musician. After watching this show, many children are sure to realize that a number of smart and talented people are attracted to the arts. Other segments, such as cartoons, have also been included on this 30-minute tape. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi

Behind the Scenes with Carrie Mae Weems
Carrie Mae Weems, the photographer, folklorist and video artist, shows how to use composition and content to create meaning in a photograph. William Wegman also helps out by focusing on one of his playful Weimaraner dogs. Behind the Scenes brings the magic and mystery of artistic creation to video. Hosted by magicians Penn and Teller, this award-winning series goes behind the scenes to discover the creative process with renowned artists including painter David Hockney, jazz percussionist Max Roach and theater director Julie Taymor. This program is an exciting and fun exploration for children and adults alike into the world of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, music, dance and theater. ~ Corinna Richards, Rovi

Behind the Scenes with Allen Toussaint
This film is part of an award-winning series that introduces children to the creative process. The filmmakers visit with musicians, painters, photographers, sculptors, actors, and dancers to get inside their creative minds. The featured artist is New Orleans music giant Allen Toussaint. Composer, producer, singer, and piano player in the Professor Longhair tradition, Toussaint is a musical force with 40 years of experience behind him. Honored with a Louisiana Lifetime Achievement Award and as New Orleans Entertainer of the Year, he is a regular performer at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and venues throughout the world. He brings his unique talent to this program in which he and several children work together to compose a tune at the piano. Then, with the help of fellow musicians Bobby McFerrin and Jane Ira Bloom, he leads a swinging improvisation. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

Behind the Scenes with Robert Gil de Montes
This is volume nine of the Behind the Scenes children's series, hosted by magicians Penn & Teller. The show introduces kids to artists and their work and explores the fun and excitement involved in the creative process. In this program, painter Robert Gil De Montes shows viewers how he uses color in unusual ways, why colors seem to change in different surroundings, and how paintings appeal to the senses and can express ones moods and dreams. ~ Alice Duncan, Rovi

Behind the Scenes with David Hockney
This documentary highlights the magic and mystery of artistic expression. Hosted by magicians Penn and Teller, this award-winning series goes behind the scenes to explore the talent of many gifted artists of diversified mediums. This volume profiles painter David Hockeny, whose various works embodies painting, drawings, book illustrations, photo-collage, and even set design. Some of the finer points of this art/education video include the illusion of depth and the vanishing point as David draws a virtual walk around a chair. Produced and Directed by Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, this 30-minute magic show from First Run Features Home Video is a peek at the man/woman behind the curtain and the world they create. ~ C. Dwayne Smith, Rovi

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