Behind the Scenes, Vol. 3: Music and Dance [DVD]

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Synopsis

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 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 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 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

Cast & Crew

  • Penn Jillette
    Penn Jillette - Host
  • Teller
    Teller - Host
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