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Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach Series
Falling Down Stairs
Yo-Yo Ma With Mark Morris

Bach's 3rd Suite for Cello interpreted through dance.

A printer-friendly version of this page 55 minutes
Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete
Produced by Niv Fichman, Rhombus Media
Featuring the Mark Morris Dance Group

Falling Down Stairs follows an intense year-long collaboration between Yo-Yo Ma and choreographer Mark Morris, which culminates in a spectacular performance, conceived especially for film, of J. S. Bach's Suite No. 3 for Unaccompanied Cello as interpreted by Yo-Yo Ma and the 14-member Mark Morris Dance Group.

The film shows the intimacy, soul-searching and humor involved in the creative process, as Yo-Yo and Mark struggle to create a completely new work that can live up to the title "Inspired by Bach."

Other titles in the series are:

The Music Garden with Julie Moir Messervy - An exploration of Bach's music as interpreted through gardening.

The Sound of the Carceri with Piranesi - Yo-Yo Ma performs Bach in a virtual prison designed by Piranesi.

Sarabande with Atom Egoyan - Feature film maker Atom Egoyan weaves a tale inspired by Bach's 4th Cello Suite.

Struggle for Hope with Tamasaburo Bando - Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando interprets Bach.

Six Gestures with Torvill and Dean - Ice dancers Torvill and Dean interpret Bach's Suite No. 6.

Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1998     Copyright Date: 1995
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-735-2

"The pairing with choreographer particularly inspired...Anyone...can see how enthusiastically the cellist responds to Morris' fanciful choreography and hear how some of that unfeigned delight has made its way into Ma's rhythmically light-footed performance."
Time Magazine

"Visually exquisite."
Toronto Star

"Truly exciting."
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Falling Down Stairs

"The pairing with choreographer particularly inspired." Time Magazine

Awards and Festivals
EMMY Award, Outstanding Special Effects
Best Performing Arts Program, Best Photography & Best Performance, Gemini Awards
Earthwatch Film Award
Silver WorldMedal, The New York Festivals
DESIRABLE: California Instructional Technology Clearinghouse
Silver Screen Award, US International Film & Video Festival
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Festival International du Film Sur L'Art, Montreal
FIPA, France

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