Dance on Camera 2011

 

DFA’s 39th annual, internationally touring festival was co-produced by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, which provided its Walter Reade Theatre in Lincoln Center Plaza between January 28 and February 1st for 10 repeating programs, 4 shows daily, along with receptions, panels, talks, and an photography exhibit.

The 2011 Festival also had special events at: Baryshnikov Arts Center (Billy Cowie Retrospective Jan 25 – Feb 1. See an excerpt from his MOTION CONTROL); The Big Screen Project (Bravo!FACT and Shorts retrospective running from January 3, 2011); Judson Memorial Church courtesy of Movement Research (Jan 25), and Beacon School (Jan 26), made possible with the support from The National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet/Eugenia Delarova Doll Fund, New York Women in Film and Television, Experimental TV Center Presentation Funds, NYSCA, Culture Ireland, DFA members, and the Susan Braun Trust.


Festival Films

Walter Reade Theater

30 CECIL STREET (2011)

dir. Dan Canham and Will Hanke, 7:20M,

UK

 Shot in the dilapidated premises of the Theatre Royal in the Limerick Athenaeum building, Ireland. With a history that stretches back over 150 years, the Royal Theatre has been closed to the public for the last 13 years. Engaging with the atmosphere and past of this near-derelict building and using the soundtrack made up of four sounds and interviews with people associated with the Athenaeum, this short explores the state of a building once the hub of cultural activity.
ADVANCE (2009)

dir. Mitchell Rose & BodyVox, 2:45M

USA

 

 

 

One dance. Two minutes. Fifty locations. Performed by Rose’s long-time collaborators Ashley Roland & Jamey Hampton with composer William Goodrum.

 

 

 Nominated
 AFTER THE WATER THE CLOUDS (2009)

dir. Carmen Rozestraten, 9:47M

THE NETHERLANDS

 Playful and poetic voyage of a young Catalan woman whose world becomes surreal as she encounters mythical and unusual characters.
 AITEBAR (TRUST) (2008) dir. Saqib Malik, 4:40M

USA

 A young woman reliving a doomed relationship heals herself in the process. The first video in Pakistan to use dance to tell a story, AIT-EBAR’s progressive handling of issues related to women’s empowerment earned it laurels internationally.
 ALL THE LADIES SAY (2010)

dir. Rokafella and Kwikstep, 45M

USA

 Everyone knows about the men in hip hop but this documentary showcases the female break-dancers, Vendetta, Severe, Lady Champ, Aiko Shirakawa, Baby Love, and Rokafella, illuminating the triumphs and challenges of Hip-hop Culture. A smart and exciting exploration of the B-Girl phenomenon in the U.S.
AN ANT (2010)

dir. Kimmo Alakunnas, 24M

FINLAND

A workaholic loses his sense of reality. Consequently, his co-workers falls into inescapable, imaginary worlds.
A NEW DANCE FOR AMERICA: THE CHOREOGRAPHY, TEACHINGS, AND LEGACY OF DORIS HUMPHREY (2009)

dir. Ina Hahn, 79M

USA

Gifted with a wide-ranging mind, modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey created distinctly  “American” dances and wrote an indispensable book on choreography, “The Art of Making Dances.”This documentary offers vintage archival footage and essential biographical material, now distributed by Dance Horizons.
AN AFTER DINNER DRINK (2010)

dir. Carrie Noel Richer, 7M

USA

As choreographed by Kate W. Kosharek, dining can be a intoxicating. The atmosphere, so rich and soothing; the edible art  ~ a sensory overload. Some could get carried away…
ASE (2010)

dir. Nicole Brooks, 6M, CANADA

A celebration of the lives of African slaves in the Caribbean who managed to preserve their religious worship rituals. Created with the support of Bravo!FACT.
BODALA – DANCE THE RHYTHM (2010)

dir. Gitta Gsell, 78M

SWITZERLAND

Bodala is a Swiss rhythm tradition, and this witty film and its dance practitioners take various traditional dance forms and re-imagine and re-invent them to suit their desires, in interiors and exteriors of exceptional beauty. Nominated
BOW (2010)

dir. Rannva Karadottir, 3:57M

USA

Five artists from the UK, Belgium, Faroe Islands/Denmark, China, and Malaysia participated in a cross cultural exchange project motivated by notions of bowing; metaphorically, culturally and physically. The shadows, light and repetition in this short attempt to capture the birthing of movement ideas about folding and origami, rhythmic patterns and ritual during the studio process. Winner For Best Dance Film
BOX (2010)

dir. Ivan Rubio, 5:25M, CANADA

Two women resist/concede control in an action arena. Performed by Andrea Legg and Melina Stinson, choreographed by Gabrielle Martin.
CLAUDE BESSY, LIGNES D’UNE VIE (TRACES OF A LIFE) (2010)

dir. Fabrice Herrault, 54M, USA/FRANCE

Described as the “Golden Silhouette” by Serge Lifar, French ballerina Claude Bessy was an admired etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet and ran its prestigious school for decades. Americans know her as Gene Kelly’s partner in his “Invitation to the Dance.”  Herrault’s intimate documentary, narrated by his subject, features rare vintage classroom and performance footage of the dancer in her prime, including works by Kelly, Serge Lifar, and Maurice Bejart.
DANCING CHAPLIN (2010)

dir. Masayuki Suo, 131M

JAPAN

Tamiyo Kusakari co-stars with dancer Luigi Bonino in a screen adaptation of Roland Petit’s 1991 ballet “Chaplin Dances” made for the Ballet National de Marseille. This film covers the intricate trials and tribulations of a challenging three-way collaboration, culminating in the filmed performance of the ballet, inspired by Chaplin’s classic films.
DANCING DREAMS (TANZ TRAUME) (2009) dir. Anne Linsel, 89M

GERMANY

“This recreation of Pina Bausch’s “Kontakthof” by a new generation is about transformation through art—and with its flow of pacing, lighting, and editing, a piece of art in its own right. The setting is the choreographer’s home base, industrial Wupperthal, and the kids who stumble and fall are traumatized refugees: a girl from Bosnia who witnessed her grandfather’s immolation, a Moslem boy from Romania, and gifted Joy, in mourning for her father. During the months of rehearsal, they come together in a magic show, Bausch’s last choreographic triumph before her death in June, 2009.”Joan Dupont, International Herald Tribune. Winner For Special Jury Mention
DESTINO: A CONTEMPORARY DANCE STORY (2010)

dir. Caswell Coggins, 56M UK

 

Staged as a tribute to their extraordinary journey from the streets of Addis Ababa to that iconic stage in London, DESTINO, starring Junaid Jemal Sendi and Addisu Demissie, celebrates the power of the arts to bring people

together across generations and ethnic divides.

DRIFT (2010) dir. Kat Cole & Eric Garcia, 7.5M, USA A pair of vagabonds, also the directors, in a “whatever” mood, hitchhike, stumble, and inch their way through striking landscapes.
DUNE DANCE (2010)

dir. Zena Bibler, 2:08M

USA

Dune(s) dance on a blustery day in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Choreographed, danced, and filmed on the spot in May 2010.
EBONY GODDESS:  Queen of Ilê Aiyê (2009) dir. Carolina Moraes-Liu, 24M

BAHIA

Three women compete to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê. The selection is based on Afro-centric notions of beauty, in counterpoint to prevailing standards of beauty in Brazil. Contestants dress in flowing African-style garments and perform traditional Afro-Brazilian dances and songs.
EXPERIMENTS W/AIR (2010)

dir. Tennille Lambert, 6M USA

A collaboration with director of photography and editor Hanon Rosenthal, performed by Terence Duncan, produced by The Ugly Company.
FIGMENT (2010)

dir. Gabrielle Lamb, 3M

USA

An animation, sponsored by Gyre and Gimble set to original piano score by Bob Burger.
FINITE & INFINITE GAMES (2010)

dir. RJ Muna, 37M

USA

 

Shot in Judson Memorial Church,  choreographed by Katherine Helen Fisher, set by C. Finley, text inspired by James P. Carse, costumes by Gai Mattiolo—a riot of pure movement and joy through collaboration.
FLAMENCO FLAMENCO (2010)

dir. Carlos Saura, 95M

SPAIN

A thrilling performance by the flamenco guitarists Paco de Lucía, Manolo Sanlúcar, Tomatito and José Mercé, joined by singer Estrella Morente, dancers Sara Baras, Israel Galván, Rocío Molina, Eva Yerbabuena, Farruquito and Niña Pastori. With exquisite cinematography by the great Vittorio Storaro, under the direction of Spain’s foremost interpreter of the dance. Filmed in ”Pavillion of the Future” in Cartuja Island in Seville, a former site of Pavillion of Seville Exposition in 1992 designed by Martorell, Bohigas and Mackay.
FROM ROOSEVELT ISLAND TO BROOKLYN BANKS (2010)

dir. Nadia Lesy, 1:45M

USA

Bullettrun and freerunner Jesse La Flair climb, jump, dive and tumble in their quest for beauty and adventure.
HER MOTHER’S DAUGHTERS (2010)

dir. Oonagh Kearney, 6:2M

UK

A woman sits before a window in an empty house. Her daughters have flown the nest. She waits for them to call.
HOOP (2010)

dir. Marites Carino, 3:50M

CANADA

Everyone carries a hula-hooping memory. In Hoop, the viewer’s perspective of the childhood toy shifts when the floor is pulled away.
LINE DANCES (2010)

dir. Daniel Belton, 66M

NEW ZEALAND

In this seven-part film, the dancers are bombarded with lines, fully emerged in a world of cosmic challenges, including electrical surges, pulsing linear anomalies, dancing zeros and ones.
MELT (2010)

dir. Noemie LaFrance, 10M

USA

Eight dancers perch on seats fixed to a wall. Wrapped in beeswax and lanolin costumes that slowly melt away, the dancers become euphoric as if approaching the sun.
OANNES (2007)

dir. Ivo Serra, 6M

USA

Oannes represents The GOD of knowledge to the Babylonian (Ea) and to the Greeks, cultures, and he was the last mythological figure to be connected with the lost city Atlantis. The artist sought to make this mythological being appear.
ON THE SOUND (1963)

dir. Fred Baker, 8:5M

USA

Three celebrated Martha Graham dancers– Donald McKayle, Mary Hinkson and Matt Turney– took dance into the woods and onto the beach in this romp to the jazzy Gryce suite titled “The Rat Race.”
PORTRAIT OF AN ACROBAT (2010)

dir. Daniel Belton, 7M

NEW ZEALAND

One of seven segments in a film called “Line Dances,” this witty play on graphics mesmerizes as it develops textures within space.
PARKOUR (2010)

dir. Nadia Lesy, 4:1M

USA

Documentary in style, but artistic in spirit, this short examines the origins of Parkour and the young practitioners in NYC.
PASSION: LAST STOP KINSHASA (2010)

dir. Joerg Jeshel & Brigitte Kramer, 90M

GERMANY

The famed Belgian dance company “Les ballets C de la B” brought their dance opera “Pitié!” to the Congo, with Kinshasa as the final stop on their tour.  The film has a score by Fabrizio Cassol, a contemporary adaptation of Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion,” choreographed by teacher/philosopher and mind-bender Alain Platel.  A dazzling cross-cultural encounter that explores faith, ritual, and the human condition.
QUARANTINE (2008)

dir. Gabri Christa, 9M

USA

An elder observes a young man exploring an abandoned Quarantine building, once a house for African slaves, creating an empowering ode to those who came before him.
RETURN (2010)

dir. Slaveya Starkov, 3M USA

A business man escapes his routine with a dance set to music by Jamaica, the Band and Cocorosie.
SLOW DANCE (2010)

dir. Joe Cobden, 2:24M

CANADA

A young man and woman search for love, setting off a barroom brawl of balletic proportions.
SHALL WE DANCE? (1997)

dir. Masayuki Suo, 119M

JAPAN

A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he discovers the secret pleasures of  ballroom dance with a beautiful dance instructor played by  Kusakari Suo (the director’s wife). An enormous hit of New Directors/New Films, the film went on to win critical and public praise.
THE LAST TIGHTROPE DANCER IN ARMENIA (2009)

dir. Inna Sahakyan, Arman Yeritsyan, 52M

ARMENIA

Two septuagenarians, the most celebrated tightrope dancers in Armenia, share the same dream–that their only remaining student will keep their daring heritage alive. An elegy to a vanishing art form. Winner for Best Documentary Film
STRONGER (2010)

dir. Wilkie Branson, 4:13M

UK

Two companions,  previously lost, find jubilance in a jaunty climb through the woods.
THERE IS A PLACE (2010) dir. Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes, 7M

UK

Soloist Sang Jijia, a stunning ethnic Tibetan born in Gansu, studied choreography under William Forsythe and became the Resident Artist of Beijing Dance and Guangdong Modern Dance Company in 2007.
TOGETHER: DANCING WITH SPINNER DOLPHINS (2010)

dir. Chisa Hidaka, 3.03M USA

In the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean, a woman and wild Spinner dolphins forge a tender relationship through the language of dance.
UNSUNG (2008)

dir. Morleigh Steinberg, 5:51M

IRELAND

A pub session in Ireland, an unexpected guest, and the beauty of a Sean Nos song bring magic to an otherwise ordinary night out.
VERTIGES, (2009)

dir. Stephanie Decourteille, 4:49M

CANADA

The mad rush of a thoroughly modern woman who almost suffocates as she seeks to control her life.Video set to a song titled  ”Nude” by Radiohead.