Produced by KQED Public Television, this series is about Bay Area artists and arts organizations/ It is a weekly television show, an educational outreach program and a website. More than a showcase for art objects and the artists who make them, SPARK* takes the audience inside the creative process to witness the challenges, opportunities and rewards of making art.
Kitka, May, Arts and the Economy (#707H) Duration: 28:07 STEREO TVG
* For 30 years, the all-female vocal group Kitka has performed music rooted in Eastern European musical traditions. In a recent trip to rural Ukraine, they studied Slavic folk songs that previously only existed in the memories of the old women who live there. Spark joins Kitka as they rehearse and perform a new performance based on the songs and stories that were passed down to them.
* Next, the mixed-media work of Santa Cruz artist Victoria May is inspired by the intricate process of custom dress-making. A former seamstress by trade, May now makes sculptural textile pieces that blend traditional hand sewing techniques with evocative and unexpected materials.
* Then, in a special collaboration with PBS' The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, we investigate how the current economy is affecting artists in the Bay Area. How are they coping with the economic downturn? Some scholars and activists think hope lies in government support. What can we learn from the historic WPA programs that provided employment for 8.5 Million Americans during the 1930's?
- KQED 9: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 -- 11:00pm
- KQED 9: Sat, Nov 22, 2014 -- 5:00am
- KQED Life: Sun, Nov 23, 2014 -- 6:30pm email reminder
Frontiers of Dance (#205H) Duration: 25:59 STEREO TVG
Spark explores the frontiers of the dance world with some of the Bay Area's most innovative choreographers and performers.
* Butoh artist Ledoh - The Bay Area has become a flourishing center for butoh, a modern dance of darkness that originated in post-war Japan. Spark goes into rehearsals with veteran butoh dancer Ledoh, as he uses this contemporary Japanese form to explore the ancient, agrarian roots of his Ka-Ren ancestry in Burma.
* AXIS Dance Company's Dust - AXIS Dance Company has a long history of delivering performances that stun and delight, combining the work of dancers with and without physical disabilities. This season marks the world premiere of a new work by well-known choreographer Victoria Marks called Dust, a provocative choreo-portrait of AXIS that challenges the viewer's assumptions about each of the performers. Spark is backstage throughout the process, from first tentative improvisation to opening night.
* The Art of Poi - At the Crucible, an industrial arts center in Oakland, dance teacher Belva Stone instructs her students in the art of poi, an ancient fire dance first practiced by the Maori people of New Zealand. Swinging fiery balls on cords, students struggle to overcome their fears and spin fire.
Marshall, Hoyle, and LEVYdance (#705H) Duration: 28:10 STEREO TVG
Spark joins renowned visual artist Kerry James Marshall as he creates new murals in the atrium of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Like much of Marshall's work, the murals will explore racial identity, urban experience, and the impact of the Civil Rights movement. Then, Dan Hoyle, son of famed Bay Area circus performer Geoff Hoyle, works on a new one-man show. Entitled "Right?," it's based on his travels across small-town and rural America, and the people he met along the way. Next, Ben Levy and his modern dance company, LEVYdance, collaborate on a new work based on a previously untold family history.
The Puppet Show (#411) Duration: 28:47 STEREO TVG
Puppet shows aren't just for kids, as proven by the artists in this episode.
* Pop artist and painter Sandow Birk has adapted Dante's Divine Comedy into a modern epic and filmed it in the tradition of "Toy Theatre," a European style of puppetry from the 1700s.
* Basil Twist is collaborating with Joe Goode and Paula Vogel to stage "The Long Christmas Ride Home" using traditional Japanese Bunraku puppets of his own creation.
* Lunatique Fantastique's Liebe Wetzel stages her latest work using found object puppets to address issues women face when confronting breast cancer.
* Also, get an insider's look at the Indonesian puppets from the Herbert Collection at the Asian Art Museum with puppet master Kathy Foley.