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Hampshire College • Mettler Archive • Sound and Movement

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Uploaded on Sep 21, 2011

"Sound and Movement", 1957. Shot on 16mm film.

"Sound and Movement" is narrated by Barbara Mettler and explores the possibilities that abound in using sound in conjunction with music or creating sound based on movement. She says, "Movement creates sound, and it's easy to make your own music if you just let the sounds come out of your movement". This ideology is examined via the framework of the pulse of the breath and expression of the self through sound combined with movement.


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Barbara Mettler, dancer, dance educator, author, and film and video producer, developed her own style of modern dance, which emphasized improvisation. Her core principles were beauty, freedom, and democracy. Dance was conceived as a fundamental human activity, of which all people are capable, as opposed to an elite, choreographed, performance art.

The Barbara Mettler Archive came to Hampshire College in 2003. For more information: mettlerdance.hampshire.edu

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