It’s already that time of year again, when the Dance On Camera Festival rolls into Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. Over two weeks (Jan 6-Jan 17th) there will be screenings, panels, workshops, a Round Table, and a Town Meeting. Here are some of the highlights to put on your new 2009 calendar!
The DOCF shows a combination of dance for camera features, dance for camera shorts, revivals, and dance documentaries. I have tried to categorize the programs below, however please check their official schedule and program descriptions, as the dance for camera shorts get squeezed into many programs.
Most of the programs take place at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center Plaza. For tickets and info go to: http://www.filmlinc.com/buytickets.htm
Also check out the discounts on tickets available for Dance Films Association Members here.
Dance For Camera Features:
VSPRS Show and Tell
Sophie Fiennes, 2006, Belgium; 72m
I’m not sure if this is a documentary, a dance for camera piece, or archival footage of a performance, but it sounds intriguing. The description on the Dance Film’s Association’s website says it’s a “hybrid marvel—part performance, part documentary– in which dance, drama and music fuse to mesmerizing effect.” The filmmaker, Sophie Fiennes (“A Pervert’s Guide to Cinema”) collaborated with Alain Patel of Les Ballets C de la B, to create a contemporary interpretation of Verdi’s famous religious work “Maria Vespers.”
Friday, Jan 9, Walter Reade Theatre, 8:30pm (repeats on Jan 11, 6:15pm)
Karsten Liske, 2007, Germany; 2007; 45m
A young woman’s short life is visualized in the dramatic interplay of choreographic and abstract images. Awarded the price for best film work at NapoliDanza Festival 2008.
This program will also include Nora by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton with Zimbabwean choreographer Nora Chipaumire. A gorgeously shot portrait of a woman’s life growing up in revolutionary Zimbabwe.
Saturday, Jan 10, Walter Reade Theatre, 8:45pm (repeats Jan 11., 4:15pm)
Busby Berkeley Celebration – Saturday January 10
Don’t miss an entire day of programs paying homage to the great master of kinetic cinema!
Under the Influence of Busby Berkeley (Gallery, Sat. 1/10,2:30pm)
Dance Film-maker Kriota Willberg surveys a great range of films, music videos, and commercials that have been directly influenced by Berkeley, also notable because it will include an excerpt from Fünf ‘n’ Twist by yours truly! Other contributors in the line up include Richard James Allen, Jess Curtis and Kwame Braun, Michel Gondry, Kat Green, Jennie Livingston, Lucky Strike cigarettes, Anna Brady Nuse, Nuvaring®/Schering Corporation, Jonathon Rosen, Keith Schofield, and Kriota Willberg.
Dames – Ray Enright with Busby Berkeley, USA, 1934; 90m (Walter Reade, Sat. 1/10, 4:00pm)
It’s the 50th Anniversary of Dames! Revel in the pageantry, the bathtubs, alarm clocks, blondes, and brunettes all dancing in perfectly geometric, kaleidoscopic style.
Gangs all Here – Busby Berkeley, USA, 1943; 103m (Walter Reade, Sat. 1/10, 6:30pm)
Featuring Carmen Miranda in her “Tutti Frutti” hat!
The Blue Bird
Maurice Tourneur, 1918 film, US; 81m
Celebrating dance in classic silent films, The Blue Bird is based on the play of the same title by Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck.
Sunday, Jan 11, Walter Reade Theatre, 2pm
Ishanou (The Chosen One)
Aribam Syam Sharma, India, 1991; 91m
This film was one of the notable hits of the 1990 Cannes Festival. Based on a story by Manipuri writer MK Binodini Devi, THE CHOSEN is a rich melodrama that contrasts ordinary domestic life with the strange rituals of the Meitei matriarchal cult.
Friday, Jan 16, Walter Reade Theatre, 3pm (repeats Jan 17, 1pm)
Dance For Camera Shorts:
EMPAC DANCE MOViES
Wednesday Jan 7, Walter Reade Theatre 9pm
This is a great collection of shorts commissioned by EMPAC in 2007 through The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and the Performing Arts. I got to see this program at EMPAC’s grand opening weekend back in October (see my earlier post), and am so happy it is making the tour of other film festivals for all to see. Some of the gems of this program is the hauntingly beautiful Nora, an abstract portrayal of Zimbabwean dancer Nora Chipaumire’s life and coming of age during the Chimurenga revolution (repeated on Sun Jan 11th @ 4:15pm), and Propriedad Horizontal a clever choreographic study in a narrow space from Argentina.
Jiri Kylian & Hans Hulscher collaboration
Thursday, Jan 8, Walter Reade Theatre
4pm – (repeat Jan 17,3:30pm)
Three productions by Jiri Kylian and Nederlans Dance Theater shot for television by Hans Hulscher. They include Wings of Wax, Petit Mort, and Sleepless. Kylian’s own dance film Car Men, was one of the best shorts shown at last year’s festival. The works on this program are stage pieces adapted for television, and will likely be beautiful for screen.
Magnetic Cinema, Matchbox, Sens 1
Thursday, Jan 8, Walter Reade Theatre 8:45pm
(repeat Jan 16, 1pm)
I’m excited about this program of three dances for the camera that promise to be truly cinematic as well as choreographic. It starts out with Pierre Coulibeuf’s Magnetic Cinema inspired by French Canadian choreographer Benoit Lachambre’s “Lugares Comunes”. The program of Coulibeuf’s films shown last year was sufficiently intriguing and environmentally arresting to make me want to see more. Matchbox by Daniel Belton from New Zealand is an evocative “partnership game” played out on a jazzy dance floor with dazzling physicality. In Sens 1 two dancers—Francesca Bonato and Magalie Bouze from Compagnie des Indes- joined like Siamese twins by their left feet, move around a crackling bubble-wrap carpet that resembles a dimly lit boxing ring.
Friday, Jan 9, Walter Reade Theatre 6:15pm (repeats on Jan 11, 8:30pm)
A marathon program of 11 shorts that cover subjects ranging from birth (Manuelle Labor by Marie Losier in collaboration with Guy Maddin) to Martha Graham (Bardo by Richard Move) to women imitating their dads dancing (Dance Like Your Old Man by Gideon Obarzanek & Edwina Throsby). I live for stuff like this!
Kinetic Cinema with Dance Film Pioneer Educator, Ellen Bromberg
Wednesday Jan. 14, Chez Bushwick at 8:00 pm
Kinetic Cinema will feature a program curated by Ellen Bromberg, a professor of dance at University of Utah and a pioneer educator of dance for the camera. Bromberg will show dance films created by choreographers and filmmakers who have attended her workshops in Victoria, BC and Regina, Saskatchewan over the past five years. These workshops have attracted experienced artists in many genres providing them with the opportunity to explore dance film as a new way of seeing and framing the moving body.
Admission is $10; tickets can be purchased at the door.
Chez Bushwick is located at 304 Boerum St., Buzzer #11 in Brooklyn, NY 11206.
Trains: L to Morgan Ave. Exit back of the train. Turn LEFT outside the station. Turn LEFT onto Boerum Street.
Showings on Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery Screen:
A program of dance for camera shorts will play continuously in the Gallery outside of the Walter Reade Theatre including: Arising by Ben Dolphin, Caution by Susannah Newman, Embodiments of Silence by Tim Glenn, An Issue of Trust by Allison Fischer, Multiplied Subtraction by Michael Cole, and Reincarnation by Takeshi Kushida.
Bertrand Normand, 2007, France; 77m
For the balletomanes out there, Ballerina profiles six of the rising stars of the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg Russia. This film has been receiving rave reviews and was recently released on DVD from First Run Features. This program will be accompanied by Play: On the beach with the Ballets Russes featuring archival footage of dancers from the Ballets Russes frolicking on the beach in Sidney, Australia during their 1936-1940 tours.
Wednesday Jan 7, Walter Reade Theatre 6:15pm (repeats Jan 8, 1:30pm)
Antonio Gades: The Ethics of Dancing
Juan Cano Arecha, 2007, Spain; 56m
Here’s one for Flamenco lovers. This new documentary reveals previously unseen images of the dancer’s work, including his choreography for “Ad Libitum” danced with Alicia Alonso and an excerpt from “Giselle” in which he performed the role of Hilarion, among other surprises. The program is accompanied by two shorts by David Fernandez: Objects in Mirror are Closer than They Appear made with members of ABT and NYCB, and Icarus APR (Annual Percentage Rate) a solo based on a modern interpretation of the Icarus legend.
Thursday, Jan 8, Walter Reade Theatre 6:15pm (repeat Jan 9, 2pm)
The Dance of the Enchantress
Adoor Gopalakrishnan & Brigitte Chataignier, 2007, France; 70m
A film that explores the beauty of the Indian dance form of Mohiniyattam (“mohini means enchantress and attam translates as graceful movements) from the southern state of Kerala. Both devotional and sensuous in nature, “Mohinitattam” lays emphasis on romance—the shades, colors and moods of love.
Friday, Jan 9, Walter Reade Theatre, 4pm (repeats Jan 16, 9pm)
American Masters Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About, with Panel
Judy Kinberg, 2008, USA; 112m
How does one describe a genius like Jerome Robbins—the choreographer/director who transformed the Broadway musical and left an indelible mark on the world of classical ballet? Here is a sneak-peek at an extraordinary documentary that explores this complex figure in all his contradictory colors. See it on the big screen prior to its PBS airing on February 4th.
Friday, Jan 16, Walter Reade Theatre 6:15pm
Through the Lens
Study each day with four award-winning filmmakers
Jan 6-Ben Dolphin (director of ARISING)
Jan 7-Alla Kovgan (co-director of NORA)
Jan 8-Daniel Belton (director of MATCHBOX and AFTER DURER)
Jan 9-Douglas Rosenberg (co-director of OF THE HEART)
Workshop co-ordinated by Ellen Bromberg
Held at Dance New Amsterdam.
Click here for more info and to make reservations.
Judson Memorial Church Programs with Movement Research
Two discussions with screenings January 6 and 13, 2009, 7pm, Free
January 6th discussion led by Stacy Spence
Theme: Narrative/Abstract and Environments
With excerpts drawn from Helenka by Karen Rose, Black Spring by Benoit Dervaux, Mobius Strip by Vincent Pluss, and Night Practice by Susanna Wallin.
Stacy Spence is a New York choreographer, dancer, teacher who has worked internationally as a member of the Trisha Brown Company. He is a 2008 Movement Research Artist in Residence.
January 13 Discussion led by Karl Cronin and Pavel Zustiak
Themes: Power of Limits, Human/Animal Interaction & influence,
Cultural relationship to environment
With excerpts drawn from Alt I Alt by Tobjorn Skarild, Touched by David Hinton, Poem by Maia Sørensen, Inearthia by Simon Halbedo/Nazario Branca/Maren Sandmann, Reines d’un Jour by Pascal Magnin, and Lacho Drom by Tony Gatlif.
Jury Prize Awards Reception
Saturday, Jan 1oth, Walter Reade Theatre 7pm in Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, RSVP
Presenters Roundtable Brunch
Sunday, Jan 11, Walter Reade Theatre 11:30am in Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery
PANEL on New Online Distribution Platforms for Dance Media
Saturday, Jan 17, Walter Reade Theatre 4:00-4:30pm in Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery
Led by Marlon Barrios Solano with representatives from: TenduTV, Kaltura, Reframe, Dance-Media, and Dance-Tech.net in the Gallery
Saturday, Jan 17, Walter Reade Theatre 4:30-6:00pm in Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery
TOWN MEETING for the Dance on Camera Community moderated by Zach Morris of the Dance Film Lab in the Gallery. Everyone is invited to participate and lend their voice to the discussion about dance film issues pertinent to them. After the meeting, members are invited to continue the conversation informally over coffee/tea at the nearby Le Pain Quotidien at 60 West 65th Street.
Finally, in case I’ve missed anything, here is a link to more last minute news about the festival. I’ll keep posting about events throughout the week. Hope to see you there!