Footage from Thomas Edison's "Jack and the Beanstalk"
Dead Can Dance is a band comprising Lisa Gerrard, and Brendan Perry. Formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1981 and initially based there, it disbanded in 1998 but reunited temporarily for a world tour in 2005.
Though the band was formed in Australia, Gerrard and Perry moved soon after to London, where after one year they signed up to alternative rock label 4AD Records, a legendary label on the alternative-music scene. They continued to work closely together until the late 1990s when they started to grow apart. Gerrard returned to Australia, while Perry moved to Ireland, where he bought the old Quivvy Church in which he lives and works. It is speculated that the distance between the members was an influence in the duo's eventual break-up, although Perry himself said that distance helped in maintaining a certain individual freedom in creativity.
Recommended viewing: Yulunga [Spirit Dance], The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, The Carnival Is Over, Ariadne, Saldek, Towards the Within, Tell Me About the Forest, (You Once Called Home), The Spider's Stratagem, Emmeleia, How Fortunate the Man With None, DCD