21 Apr Dance Films Association’s First Annual Dance and Tech Party: Celebrating Innovation in Production
New York, NY (April 21, 2016) — Dance Films Association (DFA) announces its First Annual Dance and Tech Party: Celebrating Innovation in Production (The Party) to be held May 9! As part of DFA’s year-long 60th anniversary celebration, the event highlights a legacy of production support, and looks ahead to the new generation of innovators and trailblazers in the dance film genre; see below for full event details.
The Party will also feature innovative dance films that have been funded by DFA’s Production Grant Program. Of the seventeen films awarded by DFA in the past five years, The Party will feature excerpts from: Black Stains by Tiffany Rhynard; FANFARE for MARCHING BAND by Danièle Wilmouth, Peter Carpenter and Mucca Pazza; Feelings Are Facts by Jack Walsh; The Foreign Puzzle by Chithra Jeyaram; Klasse by Malia Brucker and Hannah Schwadron, Lilt by Josiah Cuneo; Migration by Daphna Mero; Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter by Greg Vander Veer; Together by Chisa Hidaka and Benjamin Harley, the birch grove by Gabrielle Lansner; The Other Side of Stillness by Alexx Shilling; The Promise by Jason Karman, and Virtuosi by Sue Healey.
In 2011, DFA was honored to receive a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund to facilitate collaboration between choreographers and filmmakers in creating innovative dance films. This led to the completion of Another Telepathic Thing, a live performance film of Big Dance Theater’s eponymous production created by Bessie Award–winning directors Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar and directed by Academy Award–winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme. Now in post-production is Liminal Spaces, a hybrid feature directed by Lucas Smith, which combines documentary and dance film and features cinematic adaptations of Third Rail Project’s Roadside Attraction and the long-running, award-winning Then She Fell.
DFA continues its commitment to innovation by providing production and technology support for La Medea, a new project created by director and choreographer Yara Travieso. La Medea is a made-for-camera dance-musical and Latin-pop variety TV show inspired by Euripides’ Greek tragedy that is presented simultaneously as a live performance, live-stream broadcast and feature film. Immediately following Travieso’s Performance Space 122 RAMP residency, The Party will feature a special presentation of newly-developed scenes from La Medea.
Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle with prizes ranging from dinner with La Medea‘s Creative Team, to One 10-Class Series from Gibney Dance Center, to One Year-Long Membership with DCTV, to One All-Access Pass to the 2017 Dance on Camera Festival, to a special gift from Kings County Distillery, and more.
First Annual Dance and Tech Party: Celebrating Innovation in Production
Monday, May 9
6:30pm – 9:00pm
79 Leonard Street
New York, NY 10013
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$15 for DFA Members; $35 for Non-Members. Purchase tickets here.
Wine and beer provided free of charge courtesy of Lagunitas Brewing Company and a generous donation from New York Women in Film and Television.
All proceeds from this event benefit Dance Films Association and DFA’s Production Grant Program.
All images courtesy of La Medea, by photographer David Andrako, 2014 BRICLab Residency.
Dance Films Association
Dance Films Association, Inc. (DFA) is dedicated to furthering the art of dance film. Connecting artists and organizations, fostering new works for new audiences, and sharing essential resources, DFA seeks to be a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera. Currently, DFA is actively seeking to broaden its audience via new media initiatives and membership drives, to support cutting edge approaches to dance documentation, and to expand partnerships with schools, arts partners, media sites, and other institutions. Alongside the Dance on Camera Festival, DFA offers year round programming such as the Dance Film Lab, Dance Films Presents, and Capturing Motion NYC and additionally acts as a Fiscal Sponsor and offers a Production Grant. To learn more about Dance Films Association, visit www.dancefilms.org.
Yara Travieso and La Medea
Yara Travieso is a stage and film director-choreographer based in NYC. She is a 2016/17 Creative Capital Fellow, PS122 RAMP Artist, Vizcaya Museum Lost Spaces Fellow, and a 2015 recipient of NALAC through the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. While at the Juilliard School (dance BFA) she experimented with cinema and new forms of storytelling. Her films and productions have premiered with NYC’s Lincoln Center, BRIC Arts Media House, STREB, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Juilliard and The New World Symphony Center. She has worked on productions for Opera National de Lorraine France, Cincinnati Opera, and Birmingham Opera. Travieso has directed original short films for Hermes of Paris, Glamour and GQ, and is the recipient of an individual artist sponsorship from Kodak Films 2010. Additional supporters include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Knight Foundation, Dance Films Association, Bessie Schonberg Foundation, Jerome Greene Fellowship, San Francisco Foundation for the Arts and Miami Dade Cultural Affairs. www.yaratravieso.com
La Medea is a project of Creative Capital. It is commissioned by Performance Space 122 with support from the Jerome Foundation. The film of La Medea is produced by Dance Films Association with additional digital technologies donated by Paul Galando and Dance and New Media Foundation. La Medea is a recipient of a NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant. Special thanks to BRIC Arts Media House for 2014 BRICLab.
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Dance Films Association
Dance Films Association receives generous support from MINDBODY, CORE™, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, The Office of the Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, as well as The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arnhold Foundation, the Dance and New Media Foundation, and Materials for the Arts.