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Alive From Off Center


Episode A (First episode, 1 Jul 1985)
David Van Tieghem (Percussion video) "Ear to the Ground"
Zbigniew Rybczynski (Video) "Discreet Charm of the Diplomacy"
Elizabeth Streb (Dance video) "Ringside"
Laurie Anderson (Music video) "Sharkey's Day"
William Wegman (Video) "The Best of William Wegman"
Sankai Juku (Dance video) "Buto Dance at Battersea Power Station"

Episode B (Second episode, 15 Jul 1985)
Dan Reeves (Video) "Smothering Dreams"

Episode C (Third episode, 1985)
Spalding Gray (Monologue) "A Personal History of the American Theatre"

Episode D (11 Jul, 1985)
"Making Sister Susie Cinema"

Episode E (15 Jul, 1985)
Michael Moschen (Dance video, music by David van Tieghem) "Fire"
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane (Dance video, music by Peter Gordon) "Rotary Action"
Michael Moschen (Dance videos) "Light" "Sticks"

Episode F (date unknown, 1985)
Ko Nakajima (Video) "Mt. Fuji"
Jaap Drusteen (Video) "Hyster Pulsatsu"

Episode G (11 August, 1985)
Charles Molton (Dance video) "Nine Person Precision Ball Passing"
David Parsons (Dance video, music by Robert Fripp) "Caught"
Trisha Brown (Dance video, directed by Jonathan Demme) "Accumulation with Talking Plus Watermotor"
Skip Blumberg (Dance video) "Towards a Minimal Choreography"

Episode H (24 August, 1985)
Teddy Dibble (Videos) "The Nose Knows" "A Scar-y Story" "The Sound of Music"
"Q&A: A Question for Teddy Dibble"
Bruce & Norman Yonemoto (Video) "Vault"
Max Almy (Video) "Perfect Leader"
Ben Bergery (Video) "Hippy to Yuppie"


Episode I (30 August, 1985)
David Gordon (Dance videos) "Dorothy and Eileen" "Closeup"
David Gordon (Video) "Panel"

Episode J (1 September, 1986)
Laurie Anderson (Music video) "Late Show" from 'Home of the Brave'
Laurie Anderson (Video) "What Do You Mean We?"

Episode K (25 September, 1988)
Ann Magnuson (Video) "Prologue"
Steve Oakes (Video) "Bite & Smile"
Julien Temple, director (Verdi's Rigoletto Sequence from "Aria")



Alive from Off Center, renamed Alive TV in 1992, was an American arts anthology television series aired by PBS between 1984 and 1996.

Each week, the series featured experimental short films by a mixture of up-and-coming and established directors. Notable episodes included "As Seen on TV," starring comic actor Bill Irwin as an auditioning dancer who becomes trapped in a television, wandering among daytime dramas, MTV, and PBS's own Sesame Street and the atmospheric puppet melodrama "Street of Crocodiles," adapted by the Brothers Quay from the Bruno Shultz story.

Other installments included "Dances in Exile" directed by Howard Silver, a recorded dance piece with text by David Henry Hwang and choreography by Ruby Shang and another directed by Jonathan Demme.

Arguably the series' best-known episode was What You Mean We? a short film written by, directed by, and starring Laurie Anderson, which aired in 1986. Anderson later came back to host the 1987 season of the series, assisted by the Clone (who was eventually renamed Fenway Bergamot with a slightly diferent body shape), a masculine version of Anderson created by digitally altering her image and obscuring her voice that had been introduced in What You Mean We? Most episodes of the 1987 season opened with a brief skit by Anderson and the clone by way of introducing that week's piece. -- Wikipedia