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Blue Snake

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A mesmerizing record of how the elements came together in the creation of the elaborate dance production Blue Snake. It was commissioned by Erik Bruhn, the late artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, and choreographed by an internationally acclaimed genius of contemporary dance, Robert Desrosiers. Desrosiers is shown interacting with set designer Jerrard Smith, musicians John Lang and Ahmed Hassan, and the National's dancers, who must learn the alien techniques of a freer dance style. Full of fantastic costumes and bizarre, over-size props, the dance is shown in its entirety, as it was performed for its world première at the O'Keefe Centre in Toronto.

1986, 57 min 46 s

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Red Ribbon Award - Category: Music and Performance
Itinerant - American Film and Video Festival
June 18 to 23 1987, New York - USA

Honorable Mention
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
March 25 1987 to April 4 2087, San Francisco - USA

Special Jury Award
Yorkton Film Festival
October 29 to November 2 1986, Yorkton - Canada

Silver Sesterce
Visions du Réel / Festival international du cinéma documentaire
October 11 to 18 1986, Nyon - Switzerland