In Full Circle - The Japanese Style Garden as a Work of Art in Progress

Completed in 2006, "In Full Circle" is now being distributed world-wide. The 66 minute DVD features a 30 minute documentary by Dancing Sun and a 46 minute lecture by the garden's designer David Slawson.

The documentary explores the creation and maintenance of the Garden of Quiet Listening located on the campus of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. The intent of the documentary is to show how the gardeners who maintain the site are co-creators with the designer who conceived and laid it out.

In doing so, we recognize the crucial role that a well-trained and informed gardener plays in the evolution of this most remarkable work of art.

The video also shows how the underlying principles at work in a Japanese-Style garden and how they come together to create this marvelous organic and dynamic form. Step-by-step, we see how the elements of rock and plant materials are best placed for the achievement of serenity and peace in the mind of the garden's viewers.

Genesis: The Art of Creation
We have now finished the documentary featuring the artistry of Northfield artist Fred Somers. He was commissioned by the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondolet of St. Paul, Minnesota to create a large painting (9' by 6') for their new Carondolet Village on the campus of St. Catherine's University. The theme of the painting is Genesis and Fred has woven the images of water, earth and sky to suggest the creation of the world. We will be documenting the entire arc of the project from the stapling of the canvas to its frame to the final installation in mid November.

The premiere will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7pm in the Cinema of the Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College.

A second showing will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7pm in the Viking Theater, Buntrock Center, St. Olaf College.

Visit the Genesis website by CLICKING HERE

Harvest - Ray Jacobson's

The documentary is completed and has appeared several times on Twin Cities Public Television. They have the rights to broadcast it for five years so we expect it will be shown several more times. . To view the documentary online simply CLICK HERE

The Garden of Quiet Listening

The finished sculpture is made entirely of cast bronze. The video shows the step-by-step process by which the cardboard model shown at the left is transformed into the final piece. In doing so, we follow Ray as he creates the model, transports it to Casting Creations in Howard Lake Minnesota, and how he and the skilled artisans at the foundry work through the "lost-wax" process to finish the work. Finally, the documentary will show the sculpture's installation and the impact it has on those who view it..

We show how the artist uses his heart and mind to express something deeply personal but also remarkably universal.

The documentary is in a DVD format and is available for purchase at our store.

To view photos and video segments of the process, click on the icon below.

To order your copy of the DVD, go the the Dancing Sun Store by CLICKING HERE. The DVD is $29.95 plus S&H.

To view the first 10 minutes of the video, In Full Circle, click on the icon to the left. You must have Flash - version 9 - installed to watch the video. Instructions on how to download and install a Flash player are shown on the video page. You can also read a review of the video by the editor of the Journal of Japanese Gardening.

In Full Circle

Faithful Unto Death:
Orientation Video - Northfield Historical Society

Harvest - Full Size Model
Northfield, Minnesota is famous for the "Great Northfield Bank Raid" of 1876. The James-Younger gang rode into town to rob the First National Bank. Little did they know that the citizens would put up such an effective fight. The Defeat of Jesse James Days is held each year and features a remarkable reenactment of that fateful day in September. "Faithful Unto Death" is based on a book by the same name by Jack Koblas. Every year, thousands of visitors from all over the world come to Northfield to visit the restored bank building and view the exhibits. More people have likely viewed this video than any other we've produced.

 Harvest Excerpts

Wax Burn-out at the Foundry
Faithful Unto Death

For more information about the raid visit the NHS website at

You may also purchase a DVD of the video through the Dancing Sun Store or from the Historical Society.

Northfield Community Video Project

In June of 1999, Paul Krause and Dennis Wilcox began a documentary project that would explore the "quality of life" in Northfield, Minnesota as the city entered the 21st century. Both flim-makers had lived in Northfield for many years and had come to love life in this small college-town. Known for its motto, "Cows, Colleges and Contentment," Northfield has always been seen by its residents as a marvelous place to live. But why? What makes this place so attractive? Between 1999 and 2001, Krause and Wilcox produced 12 short videos about the city. Click on one of the video icons to see the included samples.

Celebrating the
Defeat of Jesse James

Where in the World is Northfield MN?

On the Square