Out of the Body Travel

1976 | 00:42:00 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Body, Dance, Documentation, Feminism, Gender, Language, Mental Landscape, Performance

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A "young woman who finds herself surrounded by the relics of Western culture" is the subject of Richard Foreman's formal tableaux. The narration centers on a young woman's struggle to find a relation between her body and her self as mediated by language. The text is a poetry of formal relations that carries personal and historical implications, including the desires of the woman paradoxically voiced by a male narrator. The title suggests the vivid virtuality of dreaming; scenes repeatedly refer to both reading and sleeping.

Richard Foreman, founder and director of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater in New York, produced this first videotape project with students from the American Dance Festival and cinematographer Babette Mangolte.

The original total running time for this piece is 42:00.  An excerpt of this title (23:50) is only available on Surveying the First Decade: Volume 1.