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Nagle, Sano, and Birk

Spark looks at the legacy of modern dance pioneer and San Francisco native Isadora Duncan, and one of her biggest fans, Mary Sano, who came to the Bay Area from her native Japan to dedicate her life to the preservation of Duncan's work.

Then, we join Ron Nagle, whose love of both ceramics and rock and roll has led his artistic career in very different directions.

And visual artist Sandow Birk takes puppetry to a whole new level in his filmic adaptation of Dante's epic "The Divine Comedy."

[Original air date: Wed, Mar 25, 2009]

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Featured Profiles:

Ron Nagle

Visit with the multi-talented Ron Nagle, first in his ceramic studio and then in a recording session.

Mary Sano

Witness how Mary Sano carries on the spirit and legacy of modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan.

Sandow Birk

See why Sandow Birk believes that San Francisco is the perfect setting for a journey through heaven and hell.

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Please note that not all of the Spark video segments are included on this playlist. We are adding more weekly, but many more are available individually on corresponding artist profile pages. To find more videos, search the Artist Profiles directory.

Acknowledgments

Major funding for Spark is provided by by Diane B. Wilsey. Additional funding is provided by the George Frederick Jewett Foundation, Helen Sarah Steyer, and Gretchen Kimball.

Spark is a production of KQED.

Spark airs on KQED 9 on Tuesdays at 7:30pm. Repeat broadcasts can be seen throughout the week on KQED.

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