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Frontiers of Dance

Spark explores the frontiers of the dance world with some of the Bay Area's most innovative choreographers and performers. First, go into rehearsal with artistic director Ledoh of Salt Farm Butoh Dance Company as he uses the contemporary Japanese form to explore his Burmese ancestry. See glimpses of AXIS Dance Company's world premiere of "Dust," a provocative choreo-portrait that challenges the viewer's assumptions about each of the performers. Meet Belva Stone as she instructs students in the art of poi, an ancient fire dance first practiced by the Maori people of New Zealand.

[Original air date: Wed, Feb 04, 2004]

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Featured Profiles:

AXIS Dance Company

Watch a new work take shape with the Axis Dance Company, pioneers of physically integrated dance.


Explore the mesmerizing art of Butoh with the members of Salt Farm under the direction of Ledoh.

Belva Stone

Meet Belva Stone as she instructs her students in the art of poi, an ancient fire dance first practiced by the Maori people of New Zealand.

Spark Video Player

Please note that not all of the Spark video segments are included on this playlist. We are adding more weekly, but many more are available individually on corresponding artist profile pages. To find more videos, search the Artist Profiles directory.


Major funding for Spark is provided by by Diane B. Wilsey. Additional funding is provided by the George Frederick Jewett Foundation, Helen Sarah Steyer, and Gretchen Kimball.

Spark is a production of KQED.

Spark airs on KQED 9 on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. Repeat broadcasts can be seen throughout the week on KQED.

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