50 minutes, colour, DigiBeta
GB Productions, 2003

A 50-minute arts documentary detailing a latest solo dance ‘Writings On Water’ by the renown dancer/choreographer Carolyn Carlson as performed by her in Teatro Malibran, Venice, in March 2002.
Featuring absorbing music by Gavin Bryars, the film encompasses Carolyn Carlson’s diverse and captivating style. A short interview with Carolyn filmed in the same settings gives an insight into her unique and charismatic persona.

Produced and directed by Anna Tchernakova
Camera: Rod Baker-Benfield, Dylan Moore
Location sound: Rod baker-Benfiled
Editor: Anna Tchernakova
Sound Mix: DVA studios
Production Assistant: Suzie Jackson
Researches: Suzie Jackson, Rod Baker-Benfield
Music by Gavin Bryars
Music published by Schott Music Publishers
Dance by Carolyn Carlson
Performed in Teatro Malibran, Venice, Italy
Macrh 2002

Carolyn Carlson, choreographer and performer

Carolyn Carlson was born in California in 1943. She studied at San Francisco Ballet School under Alwin Nikolais and was invited to create a piece for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1973. The resulting Density 21.5 was so well received that a special post was created for her.
Since then she has directed her own company at Teatro La Fenice, Venice, and now at the Teatro Malibran, which has resulted in the creation of internationally acclaimed pieces such as Undici Onde
(1981), L’Orso e la Luna (1983), and Blue Lady (1985/86). Synonymous with the dance and choreography world, she spends half of her year in Venice, where she heads Dance at La Biennale di Venezia) and the other half in Paris – the surrogate homes of contemporary dance.
Aged sixty, she continues to innovate and create pieces charged with the personal emotion that is exclusive to her name.

Click here to read Carolyn's interview transcripts

The film is produced with participation of
La Biennale di Venezia
Fondazione Teatro La Fenice (Italy)
Blue Bear Productions
University of Lincoln (England)

Produced by
GB Productions

PO Box 6353 Billesdon Leics.
LE7 9YH England

Gavin Bryars, composer

Gavin Bryars is one of Britain’s leading composers who first came to prominence in the English Experimental music scene in the 1960’s and 70’s. His first major work as a composer was The Sinking of the Titanic (1969) which was originally release along with Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971) on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975.
Since then his compositions ranged widely: they include the operas Medea (first directed by Robert Wilson, Opera de Lyon/Paris Opera 1984), Doctor Ox’s Experiment (staged by Atom Egoyan, English National Opera, 1998) and, most recently,  ‘G’ based on the life of Gutenberg and written for the opening of the new Opera House in Mainz, Germany in 2002; many works for dance including Biped for Merce Cunningham (1999); string quartets for the Arditti, Balanescu and Lyric Quartets; and numerous vocal, choral and orchestral works, including Glorious Hill (1988), Incipit Vita Nova (1989) and Cadman Requiem (1989) written for the Hilliard Ensemble and Adnan Songbook (1996) written for Canadian soprano Valdine Anderson.
His many recordings can be found on ECM New Series, Argo, Point Music and Philips Classics, as well as his own label.