CultureStream and Dance Films Association showcase a broad range of independently made dance narratives, documentaries, and experimental films–
a celebration of the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance.
CultureStream: Films That Move!
In July, CultureStream presents a month of breathtaking images celebrating the art of dance, co-curated by Dance Films Association. DFA, which co-presents the annual Dance On Camera Festival with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is dedicated to bringing dance film to the widest possible audience by promoting and facilitating its production, distribution, and presentation. From DFA’s archives comes a broad range of independently made dance narratives, documentaries, and experimental films—a celebration of the immediacy, energy, and mystery of dance writ spectacularly large in the Winter Garden on the Big TV.
CultureStream projects on the The Big TV in the Winter Garden are curated by THE OFFICE performing arts + film.
Mondays at 4pm – Program 1
Tuesdays at 4pm – Program 2
Wednesdays at 4pm – Program 3
Thursdays at 4pm – Program 4
Fridays at 4pm – Programs 1, 2, 3, 4
See each program below.
Program 1: Color
|VRTTI||Ana Cembrero Coca, Jorge Piquer Rodriguez
2011; Belgium, 4m
Action, conduct, way of being, condition or state of mind. Turn around, twist, roll up.
|Two Seconds After Laughter
2011; USA, 16m
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.
||Kat Cole and Eric Garcia
2010; USA, 7.5m
A pair of vagabonds, also the directors, in a “whatever” mood, hitchhike, stumble, and inch their way through striking landscapes.
Program 2: Space
2010; USA, 3m
An animation, sponsored by Gyre and Gimble set to original piano score by Bob Burger.
|There is a Place
||Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes
2010; UK, 7m
There is a Place features the work of Sang JiJia, a Tibetan dancer-choreographer and artist in residence at Beijing Dance LDTX in China. He travelled to the Highlands of Scotland to make this 7-minute dance film with Katrina and Simon, combining exquisite movement and stunning landscapes with skillful camerawork and editing, taking the viewer into Sang’s world of pure dance.
2008; USA 6:53M
A new take on a classic piece of choreography conceived in 1985 by extreme action pioneer Elizabeth Streb. Through the use of the camera, we remove obstacles to the conversation between performer, environment and witness, taking this inspiring and athletic movement out of its typical context.
2010; USA, 10m
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. Made with the support of Bravo!FACT.
Program 3: Water
|Boy||Rosemary Lee and Peter Anderson
1995; UK, 6m
Considered a dance film classic, this solo turns an ordinary boy into a superhero, as he moves with stealth and grace through a dramatic coastal landscape, responding to this empty universe, manipulating it and conjuring up his own imaginary world.
|The Last Martini
2009; USA, 6:16m
Inspired by the noir films of the 1940s and 1950s and the posters that publicized them, “The Last Martini” plays out the rain-soaked reverie of a man whose psyche becomes tangled in a broken dance of passion and heartbreak.
2011; USA, 4.5m
On a hot day by the pool, 4 bathing beauties sunbathe, splash and swim – all with a wink and a giggle.
|Deep End Dance||Directed by Conor Horgan, Choreographed by David Bolger, Produced by Martha O’Neill
2010; Ireland, 7m
A fully dressed man is pushed into a swimming pool by his mother. He brushes himself off and starts dancing underwater, always aware that she’s watching. After a while she joins him, and they play out the story of their relationship through the underwater dance.
2010; USA, 3m
In the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean, a woman and wild Spinner dolphins forge a tender relationship through the language of dance.
Program 4: Play
2011; USA, 8m
Choreographer and film-maker, Pooh Kaye’s alter-ego ‘Wild Girl’, performed by Alex Clack, has a busy day weeding the dandelions, digging in the earth and swimming with the local beavers.
|White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants XXS||David Fernandez
2011; USA, 14m
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.
||Ruben van Leer
2011; Netherlands, 3m
The song is a shout-out for emancipation, with an experiment video created with different forms of pop-culture, dance and technology.
||Mitchell Rose & Body Vox
2009; USA, 2.45m
One dance. Two minutes. Fifty locations. Performed by Rose’s long-time collaborators Ashley Roland & Jamey Hampton with composer William Goodrum.