Category Archives: Video

move freely

In the forthcoming volume 10 of IJSD, there is an interview with choreographer/director Sarah Elgart. IJSD co-editor Harmony Bench happened across Elgart’s bi-weekly column ScreenDance Diaries and in that column there is a link to a film called Move Freely directed by Wynn Holmes who worked with GRUBB (Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats). Here it is:

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Steve Farrer: Film Screening


De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill UK, Saturday 20 February 2pm
Auditorium Tickets: £5, £4 DLWP members and concessions

A programme of experimental films by Steve Farrer made between the mid-seventies and the present; a particular emphasis is made on new abstract works exploring methods of creating levels of structure by the use of simple machines and notation. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artist. Film likely to contain nudity/sexual images.

Also s installation in Gallery 2:

This exhibition, shown as an immersive installation, is a new commission by Steve Farrer. Best known for his work related to the notions around expanded cinema – which offers an alternative perspective in filmmaking by reinterpreting the given conditions of the cinematic medium – Farrer’s work opens up questions around the spectator’s construction of time/space relations and activates the live context of watching.

Shot in the De La Warr Pavilion’s auditorium, the principle sequence is based on mesmerizing and dream-like scene, The Kingdom of the Shades, from the French choreographer Marius Petipa’s La Bayadère, first performed in 1877. The long and slow repeated-arabesque sequence involves the entire corps de ballet, dancing one by one, in formal articulation across the stage in perfect accumulated unison. The orientation grids of the sequence are revisited in Farrer’s work; the massed ranks of the corps replicated in the multiple exposure of a single performer’s gesture, repeated and looped through the camera and projector. The work interrogates an accepted cinematic experience, giving it a new perspective and engaging the speculation of the audience.

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Wall Dancing (Rebecca Skelton, 1993)

Wall Dancing (1993) is one of a handful of videos by the late Rebecca Skelton. Sound by Andrew Deakin.

Andrew Deakin is working on gathering her work so eventually we will have more of this online and accessible.

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All this can happen


All this can happen

Director Siobhan Davies & David Hinton |
choreography Siobhan Davies |
UK | 2012 | 50′

Made entirely from found archive footage and photographs from the early days of the moving image, this film follows the footsteps of the protagonist from The Walk, a short story written in 1917 by Robert Walser. Juxtapositions, different speeds and split-frame techniques convey the walker’s state of mind as he encounters a world of hilarity, despair and endless variety. Everyday movements appear, evolve and freeze before our eyes.

Screening at Cinedans, 12-16th March Amsterdam.


Rethinking Capitalism, through dance

In this talk for The Bruce Initiative for Rethinking Capitalism Randy Martin reads dance in terms of sovereignty, rule, governance and capacity, and he reads capitalism through dance. He concludes by saying: ” Dance is straddling between two major strategies of art: the utopian which we have now brought from the distant spectacle into a kind of tactile form, and the interventionist, which is about methods, techniques and the means through which we achieve what we would like to become.”

How does this translate to screendance? It could be argued that screendance is utopian, in that it is the sphere of the imaginary, of invented space-time and mobility. But the screen can also scrutinize, mirror and confront. So perhaps it can equally be interventionist in that it looks back at us and at the everyday?

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