Originally broadcast on the BBC program Arena in 1982.
Production designed by Santo Loquasto ; camera, John Hooper ; film editor, Dave King ; computer animation by Computer Graphics Laboratory, New York Institute of Technology, Rebecca Allen ; originally produced for the theatre by Twila Tharp Dance Foundation.
Sara Rudner (Leader), Jennifer Way (Mother), Tom Rawe (Father), Katie Glasner (Sister), Raymond Kurshals (Brother), Shelley Washington (Maid), Christine Uchida (Pet), John Carrafa (Poet), Richard Colton, William Whitener, John Malashock, Mary Ann Kellogg, Shelley Freydont, Keith Young, Barbara Hoon (Chorus).
When Twyla Tharp's The Catherine Wheel premiered on Broadway, it was described by Arlene Croce -- dance critic for The New Yorker magazine -- as "A major event in our theater," with "dancing of astonishing beauty and power." It was then completely refashioned by Tharp especially for television, with computer-generated figures, shadow-play, and reverse action - creating a wholly separate video version that has also met with overwhelming praise. The work is set to an original score written and performed by David Byrne of Talking Heads, and grew out of Tharp's fascination with Saint Catherine, the 4th-century martyr who was condemned to die on a spiked wheel.
DVD format; region 1, NTSC; Dolby digital 2.0 stereo; full screen presentation, 4:3 aspect ratio.
In English with optional subtitles in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, or Portuguese.