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Behind The Scenes: Making of a Music Video Swizz Beatz

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In this segment, Electric Company Executive Producer Karen Fowler and Director Ryan McFaul discuss the making of the music video "It's All Connected." Students will learn about the creative and editing process behind the finished product.

 

MN Original | Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

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Learn about how Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) serves as a national model for arts advocacy. In addition to their creation of the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils, MCA partnered with the conservation community in 2008 to develop and pass the 25-year Legacy Amendment, which builds funding for the arts into Minnesota’s constitution.

Executive Director Sheila Smith shares accomplishments from the organization’s 40-year history.

MN Original is a recipient of Legacy Amendment funds.

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MN Original | Butoh Artist Gadu Doushin

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Watch now: Gadu Doushin moved from his native Japan to study engineering at the University of Minnesota in the early 1990s. However his true passion, and what he ultimately ended up pursuing, was dance.

After years studying South Indian classical dance with Ragamala Dance, Doushin began to study butoh, an avant-garde Japanese performance art developed in the late 1950s. Unlike western forms of dance that praise strength of the body, butoh celebrates weakness and vulnerability.

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MN Original | The Jerome Foundation

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Learn about how The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), supports the creation, development and production of new works by emerging and established artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in the state of Minnesota and in New York City.

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

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This video segment from A Walk Through Harlem features Arthur Mitchell, the artistic director and former dancer who founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem.  In 1968, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King had a profound impact upon Miller who decided to return to his old neighborhood to teach dance, thinking the discipline, focus and technique would energize African American children in their everyday lives. Often considered to be an excellent classical ballet dancer, Mitchell was also thought of as an exception to the rule. He believed, however, given the opportunity, African American dancers could also excel in classical ballet. The school now has more than 1000 young people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

Passage for Two

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Using video from Great Performances: Dance In America: NY Export: Opus Jazz, students examine Jerome Robbins’ famous ballet and complete associated English Language Arts activities. The activities include answering text-dependent discussion questions, completing a close read of the video and exploring important literary elements like characterization, narrative structure, and mood.

Arts Program Inspires Students to Strive for Success

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Show students how the arts can contribute to academic success with this PBS NewsHour video and educational guide from May 22, 2014. The National Dance Institute of New Mexico instills the values of persistence, discipline and pride through dance lessons. This year, NDI taught nearly 8,000 students - a majority from low-income families - across the state, and academic performance has improved across the board.

The Little Mermaid: Character Analysis

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This video from Great Performances: The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet focuses on the moment the Little Mermaid falls in love with the prince and saves his life. Before this scene, the Little Mermaid, safely in the sea, observes the prince on his ship and becomes enamored with him. Then, a storm rolls in and she watches from afar as the ship goes down. She soon realizes the prince can’t swim and she risks being seen by the other humans to save his life. This video highlights the Little Mermaid as she makes her fateful decision—to save the life of the prince. This moment will change her life forever.

What Does He Have to Say to Us Today?

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In this video segment from the documentary American Masters: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, Bill T. Jones and his Associate Artistic Director, Janet Wong, turn to primary texts to learn more about Abraham Lincoln. In an effort to make Lincoln relevant in the performance piece, Jones and Wong begin their research but along the way discover surprising attitudes, ideas and statements reflective of the controversies that exist around Lincoln today.

The Little Mermaid: Transformation | Great Performances: The Little Mermaid

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This video from Great Performances: The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet features the Little Mermaid as she meets with the Sea Witch and makes her fateful decision to become human. This scene vividly evokes the violence and pain the Little Mermaid endures as she is transformed, all for the love of the prince.

A Community of People Now | American Masters: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

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In this segment from the documentary American Masters: Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, the creative process continues for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the creation of a dance-theater piece about Abraham Lincoln. Bill T. Jones notes the current trend of artists creating work independent of the restrictions of previous generations. In an effort to advance the performance while mirroring the trend, Jones decides to take away some of the focus from the Lincoln family story to include the personal stories of dancers within the company.

Artistic Interpretation in The Little Mermaid

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This video from Great Performances: The Little Mermaid from San Francisco Ballet features a scene from the first act of the ballet in which The Poet (a role based on the real life author Hans Christian Andersen) exits the real-world and enters a watery paradise under the sea. In an earlier scene, The Poet suffered a painful rejection by his love interest. In his despair, he begins to write the story of the Little Mermaid. Once he enters this new world under the sea, he creates/meets the heroine of his famous tale: the Little Mermaid. While her tale is a fantasy, she will also endure a painful love story that mirrors Andersen’s experiences. As the story unfolds, he manipulates events that change the lives of his characters forever. Note: There is no sound when this video begins.

American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i

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Few American icons are as well known for their popular kitsch as the hula dance. From old Hollywood movies to entertainment for tourists, the hip-swaying girls in grass skirts and colorful lei have long masked an ancient cultural tradition. After years of being shadowed by stereotypes, the hula is experiencing a rebirth that celebrates Hawaiian culture across the American mainland.