Jan/Feb 2011 Journal – Part I

DANCE ON CAMERA JOURNAL January-February 2011 Volume 13, No. 7 DFA Bulletin Call for dance film submissions! Festdecurt Festival in Denia, Spain. Deadline is March 21 Submissions Call for short film submissions! Aesthetica Short Film Competition Deadline is April 31. Submissions DanceNYC hosts Mid-Season Symposium on February 26 at the 3LD Art & Technology Center. Register for the Symposium DFA Awarded Grant for Dance Film Lab DFA is proud to announce receipt of a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in support of an expanded Dance Film Lab: a members-only series of peer-to- peer workshops, practicum and screenings for emerging dance filmmakers based in the New York area. Organized and moderated by Zach Morris of Third Rail Projects. For details, contact Zach Morris. DFA Announces Online Member Benefits Another reason to become a member! DFA introduces a Members section of the website. Through MemberClicks you can easily connect to other members of the dance film community through: • Bulletin Board • Members Only Directory • Personal Profiles • Events Calendar • Current Dance Film News For current members just enter your email address to access your pre-assigned username and password and login to MemberClicks immediately. For more information about becoming a member visit: DanceFilms.org/membership DFA’s 39th Annual Dance on Camera Festival Jury Prize Honorees From left: Joanna Ney, Shi Jing Xin, Rannvá Káradóttir, Mei Yin Ng, Anne Linsel & Deirdre Towers Jury Prize for Best Dance Film BOW – Rannvá Káradóttir, 2010; Faroe Islands 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 film attempt to capture the birthing of movement ideas about folding and origami, rhythmic patterns and ritual during the studio process. “Like a Rorschach test transforming before your eyes, this film creates idiosyncratic forms by combining the moving body with simple cinematic techniques. BOW questions perception and invites viewers to create their own narrative.” – Jury Committee BOW was supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation as a part of its Pointe to Point Dance Forum. Held annually, this program emphasizes the significance of dance as an art form as well as a medium of communication that considers the constantly changing society. To learn more about the organization visit: asef.org. See BOW Trailer. Best Documentary Film THE LAST TIGHTROPE DANCER IN ARMENIA Inna Sahakyan, Arman Yeritsyan, 2009; 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. “This captivating documentary reminds us how a body balancing in space and defying gravity is a magical act. A moving and melancholic film that shows the struggles of those devoted to the disappearing art form of tightrope dancing in Armenia.” – Jury Committee The film will air on PBS’ Global Voices Program. Special Jury Mention DANCING DREAMS Anne Linsel, Rainer Hoffman, 2009; 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…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. “DANCING DREAMS opens a window into the fragility and strength of teenage-hood, revealing how a group of nonprofessional adolescents grapple with profound emotions as they rehearse Pina Bausch’s classic dance theatre piece, “Kontakhof”. -Jury Committee Purchase DANCING DREAMS DVD through the DFA Store Below, a clip of DAMEN UND HEREN AB 65, a documentary which followed elder dancers as they learned Kontakthof 2011 Touring Program Schedule St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI REflect 2011, San Francisco, CA Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME S.E. Center for Education in the Arts, Chattanooga, TN Modern Art Museum/Contemporary Dance,Fort Worth, TX Jacob Burns Center, Pleasantville, NY Philadelphia Dance Projects, Philadelphia, PA San Diego Tijuana Dance Film Festival, CA For dates, details and information about hosting a Dance on Camera screening in your community visit: DanceFilms.org Photo above: DANCING DREAMS, Director Anne Linsel
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