DANCE NEWS: 40 Years of EYE ON DANCE an Enthusiastic Event on The Dance Enthusiast
On March 28th, The Dance Enthusiast Celebrated 40 Years of EYE ON DANCE, "An Irreplaceable National Dance Treasure"
Save Vital Documentation of Dance History. Help Restore EYE ON DANCE Episodes for access by Future Generations. DONATE HERE
Broadcast from 1981-2004 through their nonprofit organization, the EYE ON DANCE Legacy Archive includes 2400 tapes, and reams of materials associated with the making of each program: personal communications, production notes, publications, photographs, programs, press materials and more.
Celia Ipiotis and Jeff Bush are currently raising funds to restore distressed videotapes and associated materials for access by future generations. Restored EOD episodes are distributed to universities and libraries.
An excerpt from Christine Jowers article, DAY IN THE LIFE OF DANCE: 40 Years of EYE ON DANCE with Celia Ipiotis, the Story Behind a National Dance Treasure
The Dance Enthusiast; DID YOU UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF EYE ON DANCE WHILE IN THE MIDDLE OF CREATING IT?
Ipiotis replies, “I never thought while I was doing it or when I started that this would end up being such a significant historical archive of dance during those couple of decades in America. I started to get it a few years in about 1984, and that’s because the AIDS crisis had already begun in 1981, and I saw that we were losing people.”
for more of Christine Jowers interview with Celia Ipiotis Click: here
Information from the Past Virtual Enthusiastic Event: Sunday March 28, 2021 4- 5:30 pm
Thank you for attending our special celebration!
Hosted by The Dance Enthusiast’s Founding Editor, Christine Jowers.
FEATURING: CELIA IPIOTIS
CREATOR PRODUCER AND HOST OF EYE ON DANCE
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: SEÁN CURRAN
“Through Eye on Dance, Celia was the ultimate champion and diplomat for dance, using the medium of television to bring a concert art form into our living rooms. She helped to demystify the rehearsal process and gave us a vivid glimpse into the lives of important choreographers and dancers who inspired my own creative practice. She made dance human, personal, and real for so many New Yorkers.” Sean Curran
“Thank God, Celia has always been the DIVA of dance research. She has been the source of professional dignity as regards to the dancers’ place in the arts, and their history.” Mercedes Ellington
Mercedes is the granddaughter of Duke Ellington and daughter of Mercer Ellington. She is a dancer,director, choreographer,producer,performer, and family historian. The Founder and Artistic Director of The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts, she has danced and choreographed on Broadway, at City Center, in Jazz Festivals, with New York City Opera and with her own tap company BalleTapUSA assisted by Maurice Hines and Bernard Johnson. Her resume is wildly extensive,BUT she humbly refers to herself as a composer of dances and theatrical situations!
and, FRANCESCA HARPER
We come together to honor the historic dance television series that ran on PBS from 1981-2004 covering Everything and Everyone DANCE from ancient forms to hip hop, from modern, ballet, and Butoh, to the lindy hop and Broadway.
SCHEDULE for Sunday March 28th
4 PM: Brief Introduction
EXCLUSIVE Watch Party of EYE ON DANCE's 200th Program Anniversary Special with Highlights from the Program's First Five Years with Dance Icon's; Merrill Ashley and Sean Lavery, María Benítez, Richie (Crazy Legs) Colón, Charles “Cookie” Cook, Alexandra Danilova, Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder, Bill Irwin, Bill T. Jones, Gwen Verdon, Yuriko, AND MORE.
Celebratory Toast ( Bring your own Bubbly)
Conversation with Panelists and Audience