Charles Atlas
1949–

Introduction

Charles Atlas is a video artist and film director who also does lighting and set design.

He is a pioneer in developing media-dance, also called dance for camera. Media dance is work that is created directly for the camera. While Atlas’ primary artistic medium is video, he also began to experiment with live electronic performance in 2003. Atlas worked collaboratively with Merce Cunningham from 1975 to 1981. Before his time as the Cunningham company’s filmmaker-in-residence (1978 – 1983), when he made 10 dance films, Atlas was an assistant stage manager for the company, and was already filming Cunningham in little experimental movement studies during breaks from rehearsal. Following his work with Cunningham, he worked independently in film while collaborating with other professionals in the field.

Wikidata identifier

Q5075231

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Introduction

Videographer and filmmaker worked closely with Merce Cunningham from ca.1975 to 1983, as an assistant stage manager, and filmmaker-in-residence. He worked with the British dancer and choreographer Michael Clark in the mid-1980s, producing a feature-length fictional documentary; "Hail the New Puritan." He has also worked collaboratively with Marina Abramovic and Yvonne Rainer. His video works have been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally; including the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Country of birth

United States

Roles

Artist, video artist

ULAN identifier

500333810

Names

Charles Atlas

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