Richmond, VA – VCU Department of Dance and Choreography will present Dance on Camera – Film Screening on Monday, September 30th at 8:00pm at the Grace Street Theater, 934 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA. Tickets are $8/$5 students with valid I.D. and are available now at ShowClix or by calling 804-828-2020.
The screening includes seven short films culled by VCU Dance professor Martha Curtis from the 2013 Dance On Camera Festival held in New York City’s Lincoln Center, which includes shorts, features, and experimental works with a special addition by Amie Dowling of the University of San Francisco. The selections represent a range of innovative approaches to dance film and include kinetic journeys through an array of visual, architectural, geographic and psychological landscapes. Of special note is the inclusion of a work from the New York Dance on Camera Festival, Abandon, by VCU Dance alumna Charli Brissey who is currently completing her MFA in the VCU Department of Kinetic Imaging.
To watch film trailers, click on titles below.
The drama and dance of Brighter Borough unfolds in South London, where sister directors Louisa and Georgia Parris grew up and continue to call home. The nostalgic sound of an old Kodak Carousel slide machine cranks as abstract images are projected onto floating silks in a rundown theatre. Three contemporary dancers then bring to life the gowns of Louisa Parris, whose bold, graphic designs are complimented and slowly revealed through movement and percussive beats, all held together by the arresting location.
Evoking the visceral agony of escaping, one consecutive camera shot becomes a character of its own as it interacts with a woman who is finding the agency to undertake the necessary abandonment of her environment.
Well Contested Sites
Well Contested Sites, created and filmed on Alcatraz Island, explores mass incarceration and the complexity of the experience faced by prisioners. A collaboration between men previously incarcerated, San Francisco Bay Area performing artists, choreographer Amie Dowling, and filmmaker Austin Forbord, the film explores the concept that a prisoner’s body is a ‘contested site’, its presence or absence and its power or vulnerability, are all intensely realized in jails and prisons. Though the institutions emphasize control, segregation, solitude and physical containment, perhaps the imagination can still thrive even while the body is behind bars.
Painted is the first in a trilogy of screendance films about humanity’s tug-of-war with wilderness. Exploring the decay of a building, the choreography and original score decrescendo to illustrate the structure’s retreat from the physical world and nature’s march forward.
A cinematic dance fantasia performed by Anna Abalikhina, one of Russia’s leading contemporary dancers and choreographers, the dance film is an unfolding quest for the substance of life.
A short dance film self directed and performed by Milan Misko, Transportation explores surrealism in movement. Milan portrays a character swept away on an unpredictable journey through New York City and a chance encounter with himself.
Arthur & Aileen
Set in a tiny New York City apartment, this documentary can barely contain the combined energy of dancer Arthur Aviles and his mentor, Aileen Passloff. A BESSIE & Brio award-winner who danced for many years with Bill T. Jones /Arnie Zane Dance Company, Arthur is currently director of BAAD! Aileen is an octogenarian teacher and choreographer who was a dance pioneer at the Judson Church with James Waring among others. Their candid conversations touch on process, dance history, and what really matters in dancing.
Season tickets may be purchased for only $80 per person! Call 804-828-2020 for details. For ticket and theater rental information, contact the Grace Street Theater:
934 West Grace Street
Reserve tickets online at Showclix.
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