PLEASE JOIN US FOR GVSU's Fifth Annual DANCE ON CAMERA FESTIVAL.
Dance Films Association’s annual Dance On Camera Festival celebrates the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance combined with the intimacy of film. Considered the “mother” of dance film festivals, the Dance On Camera Festival presents a broad range of independent dance films, whether they be documentaries, shorts, narratives, or animation. The festival weekend features films screenings of both short and long films, moderated panels, discussions with the artists, and often related artistic ventures such as photography exhibits. For the year following the festival weekend, these films travel the world in the Dance On Camera Tour, providing to be a source of revenue and a chance of exposure for numerous filmmakers.
Dance On Paper: Sylvie Guillem((7 minutes)
Diego Agudo Pinilla, Spain, 2012
This is a traditional animated short film (pencil on paper).(The film is a portrait on the poetry in motion that the dancers have managed to obtain with their dancing from the most classical choreographies like “Swan lake” or “Giselle” to the most recent works with Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant.
Re-Staging Shelter( (29 minutes)
Bruce Berry/Martha Curtis, USA, 2012
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of Urban Bush Women created “Shelter” in 1988 in response to the plight of the homeless in NYC. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a new version of “Shelter “was created and then reconstructed by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and company members for Virginia Commonwealth University dance majors. The dancers were challenged to look at issues of displacement and what Zollar calls: “An Actor’s Process through a Dancer’s Body.” In a 1990 review in The New York Times, Jennifer Dunning wrote: “Zollar’s ‘Shelter’ is so filled with compassion and anger that it becomes a powerful incantation against the evils of obliviousness and neglect.”
Coup de Grace (26 minutes)
A masterful screen adaptation of a stage performance by Oleles (2003), this latest creation by Clara van Gool (Enter Achilles) explores the relationship between two adversaries who meet in a remote location and engage in a weaponless duel that is marked by extreme emotions and an intense movement style that oscillates between savage cruelty and unexpected warmth. These energetic matadors (dancers Jordi Cortes Molina and Damian Munoz) turn the reunion into a suspenseful drama.
Two Seconds After Laughter ((11 minutes)
David Rousseve, USA, 2011
Weaving stunning cinematography shot in Java by Cari Shim Sham, traditional Indonesian dance, postmodern gesture performed by Sri Susilowati, original Sudanese music, and a potent narrative, this stunning film creates a border-jumping dialogue on a universal irony: The heart longs most for the place called home to which it can never return.
Brother’s Keeper((6:45 minutes)
Marta Renzi, USA, 2011
A moody space of dark and light where three young men explore their social, physical and animal natures. In solos, duets and trios, they gradually disrobe, shaking off the gaze of the spectator and emerging as three angelic, solitary and impassioned individuals.
White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants XXS (14 minutes)
A spirited behind-the-scenes look at 16 young dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet School, Scarsdale Ballet Studio and Westport’s Academy of Dance rehearsing a piece previously made on dancers of NYCB and ABT and now transposed for these gifted ballet students. To see these exuberant girls in their white shirts, black ties flying as they leap into the air is proof that America’s dance talent is not restricted to Dancing with the Stars.
Dance on Camera Festival has been sponsored by Dance Films Association since 1971, and co-sponsored by The Film Society of Lincoln Center since 1996, with Movement Research as presenter from 2008 to 2011, affiliate TenduTV joining in 2010, and most recently the Baryshnikov Arts Center and The Big Screen Project in 2011.
Previous screening supplemental event venues have included:
Walter Reade Theatre
Frieda Roy Furman Gallery in the Walter Reade Theatre
Baryshnikov Arts Center
The Big Screen Plaza
Judson Memorial Church
This program is made possible with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Experimental Television Workshop, Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group and the members of DFA.