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Woman, the Pioneer (1997)

"Woman, the Pioneer": Text from Front Video Cover




A presentation of Brigham Young University,
KBYU Television and the BYU Department of Dance

"Woman, the Pioneer": Text from Back Video Cover

Woman, the Pioneer is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of pioneer women, past and present, who braved the Western wilderness and continue to blaze new trails today. This suite of seven dances, performed by a company of twelve dancers, expresses the unwavering commitment and joyous strength of women. Shot on film, in the breathtaking, untouched landscapes of Utah and Arizona--the dance, the music and the land come together to create unforgettable images of the pioneer experience. The original score echoes the faith, hope and courage of these valiant women.

1. The Trek... recalling the endless miles across the plains

2. Dance for Five... women of courage, tenderness, joy, ingenuity and toil

3. In Remembrance... of the many children who perished during the journey

4. Dance of Rejoicing... with praise and joy they reach the valley of the Great Salt Lake

5. Mother and Child... even in times of tribulation, children grow through love and play

6. Courage Retested... against the swarm of locust, they fight for their crops and homes

7. Supplication... to their "Father, which art in heaven"

A co-production of KBYU and the Department of Dance, Brigham Young University.

Originally choreographed by natioonally renowned dance educator, Virginia Tanner, as a commissioned work for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and later rechoreographed by Christine Ollerton, who danced in the original company. Choreography adapted for film by Caroline Prohosky.

Music created by Robert Cundick, composer and longtime Tabernacle Organist on historic Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and performed by a 30-piece orchestra.

Running time: 28 minutes * Color * Stereo

Warning: The program contained in this videocassette is fully protected by copyright under Title 17, U.S. Code, Public Law 94-533. It is for non-commercial home viewing and may not be duplicated, copied, broadcast or used for public performance in any manner without permission. For information on how to obtain additional rights, or copies of this film, contact the Creative Works Office, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602.

producer Jon L. Anderson     director Caroline Prohosky

video cover design Mike Walker     photo Mark Philbrick

© 1997, Brigham Young University

ISBN 0-8425-2401-0

"Woman, the Pioneer"
closing credits as they appear in the video

Original Concept
and Choreography
Virginia Tanner

Original Music Score
Robert Cundick

Re-Choreographed and
Perpetuated Chrisine Ollerton

Adapted and Directed for
Caroline Prohosky

Executive Producer
Sterling Van Wagenen

Jon L. Anderson
Thomas J. Lefler

Director of Photography
Kenneth Garff

Dance Captain
Kathy Blosil

Principle dancers
Lainie Garrett
Tiffany Cundiff
Brook Volle
Sarasue Jensen
Jennie Sorensen
Katie Smith
Libby Valentine
Bev Kerr
Tiffany Ogden
Mia Wells
Malisalee Gardner
Katie Wells
Katie Richards
Jessica Philbrick

Additional Photography Jon L. Anderson
Production Design Kendall Wilcox
Musical Director Ralph G. Laycock
Orchestra Manager Kenny Hodges
Production Manager Ken Harris
1st Assistant Director Craig Steiner
2nd Assistant Director Jessica Proctor
Avid Off-Line Edit Bethany Green
Jon L. Anderson
Digital On-Line Robert Morton
Script Supervisor Amdrea Proctor
First Assistant Camera Kent Findley
Brandon Christensen
Munn Powell
Second Assistant Camera Jason Brown
Sally Brown
Libbly Wood
Michael Hunter
Gaffers Grant Williams
Al Williams
Key Grip Eric Young
Best Boy Grip Spencer Felicia
Grips Quentin Wilson
Jason Hatfield
Julie Jachmczyk
Martin Patch
Production Assistants Anne Harris
Phil Hardly
Sarah Walker
Cristina Cardenas
Christopher Funk
Student Production Assistants Bryan Lefler
Richard Aalgado
Kristi Judd
Christopher Dexter
Jorge Ramirez
Tab Chamberlain
Rebecca Ward
Mille Gardner
Brent Christopher Reeves
Original Wardium [sp?] Theron Luke
Music and Post Production Mixing Michael Chadbourne
Location Sound Recording
and Playback
Gene Ashbrook
Don Rigby
Rusty Dailey
Scott Thomas
Rusty Dailey
Ben Warner
Christopher S. Dexter
Voice Annette Wright
Wardrobe/Construction Gloria Pendlebury
Carrey Hansen
Make Up Laura Beane
Marci Murren
Doug Flandro
Film Transfer and Colorist Bo Bahoravitch
Special Effects Kelly Peterson
Nurse/EMI Chris Julian
Heather Garnsworth
Transportation Paul Miller
Security Bud Gillman
Craft Services Daryl Bolander
Catering Culinary Crafts
Still Photography (video) Munn Powell
Graphic Elements Bryan Mangum
Location Still Photography Mark Philbrick
Research Kendall Wilcox
Liz Thomas

Special Thanks to:
Robert B. Bennett * Sara Lee Gibb * LDS Motion Picture Studio * BYU Harold B. Lee Library * LDS Church Archives * BLM St. George Office * Snow Canyon State Park * Zions National Park * Wasatch Mountain State Park * Provo City Parks and Recreation * Tintic Historical Society * Genstar * BYU Photo Archives * Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum * Denver Public Library * Kansas State Historical Society * Thomas Gilcerease Institute of American History and Art * Great Harvest Bread * Bruggers Bagels * Startup Candy Company

Funded by:

Brigham Young University

Copyright 1997 * Brigham Young University

A Presentation of

Brigham Young University

Webpage created 13 March 2003. Last modified 14 March 2003.