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Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach Series
Six Gestures
Yo-Yo Ma With Torvill And Dean

Torvill and Dean interpret Bach's Suite No. 6.

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Directed by Patricia Rozema
Produced by Niv Fichman, Rhombus Media
Written by Patricia Rozema
With Tom McCamus as J.S. Bach

Yo-Yo Ma approached world champion skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean to join him in interpreting Suite No. 6. Innovative filmmaker Patricia Rozema ("Mansfield Park") combines beautiful images of Yo-Yo Ma's performance with magnificent skating sequences of Torvill and Dean, interwoven with J. S. Bach's first person narrative. By doing so she is able to investigate Bach's personal and professional history while linking his life and music to our modern world.

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.

Falling Down Stairs with Mark Morris - Bach's 3rd Suite for Cello interpreted through dance.

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.

Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1998     Copyright Date: 1997
DVD ISBN: 1-93777-289-6     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-738-7

"Proves...that Yo-Yo Ma's conception was...capable...of achieving transcendence. Filmmaker Patricia Rozema...proves herself, once again, to be a master at pure cinema...Each component (music, skating, cinematic direction) is noteworthy in and of itself; together, they form one of the purest aesthetic experiences I've enjoyed all

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Six Gestures

"One of the purest aesthetic experiences I've enjoyed all year." Video Librarian

Awards and Festivals
Golden Rose Award & UNDA Award, Golden Rose Festival of Montreux
Best Music, Photography, Editing & Production Design, Gemini Awards
EMMY Award, Outstanding Classical Music & Dance Program
Best Cinematography, Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards
GRAMMY Nomination, Best Music Video, Long Form

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year...The exquisite SIX GESTURES is highly recommended and an EDITOR'S CHOICE."
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