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Dance for Camera 2

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From a Butoh-inspired portrait of a demented aristocrat, to a sensual bedroom metamorphosis, to an intimate moment interrupted by a burst water pipe, this latest collection of award-winning dance films from around the world will "bewitch, bedazzle and bewilder." (Deirdre Towers, Dance on Camera Festival Director)

For over five decades now international dancers and filmmakers have been creating these short experimental films, which generally have only been seen in festivals and on foreign television broadcasts. Dance for Camera 2 presents seven films that are among the most outstanding examples of a collaborative cinematic style that merges the dynamics of both dance and film. The art of dance film has been called, "Witty and hilarious! Where the allusiveness of dance meets the intimacy of film to create a new kind of magic!" (John Rockwell, New York Times) Critics say, "In short, everything the camera can do to and for dance: movement cut, spliced, dissolved, flattened, montaged and projected larger than life." (Village Voice)

Dance For Camera 2 includes:

Boy (5 minutes, Rosemary Lee/Peter Anderson, UK)
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 manipulating it and conjuring up his own imaginary world.

Burst (5 minutes, Reynir Lyngdal/Katrin Hall, Iceland)
A couple's intimate dance in the bedroom is interrupted by a sudden and unexpected burst water pipe. The water may be cool, but this couple burns up the screen.

Cargo (4 minutes, Kelly Hargraves, Canada)
One man's pit stop on the road of life, where he pauses to rest and contemplate whether to continue the journey.

Case Studies from the Groat Center for Sleep Disorders (7 minutes, Mitchell Rose/Ashley Roland/Jamey Hampton, USA)
A faux-scientific investigation of ASDICT (Adult Sleep Disorder Induced by Childhood Trauma). We are privileged to glimpse rare archival footage from the renowned (but fictitious) Groat Center for Sleep Disorders.

Horses Never Lie (6 minutes, Kathi Prosser/Caroline Richardson, Canada)
This sensual film delves into the mythic concept of metamorphosis: issues of birth, development, and renewal are ignited through movement.

Motion Control (8 minutes, Liz Aggiss/Billy Cowie/David Anderson, UK)
A superb cinematic experiment that explores the private reality of a glamorous and aging dancer. A bizarre journey of entrapment.

The Duchess (15 minutes, Eric Koziol/Shinichi Momo-Koga, USA)
An adaptation of a Butoh Dance / Action Theater work. The film is a psychological portrait of a lonely and demented aristocrat possessed with long repressed memories and conjured demons.

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  • Actors: Dance for Camera
  • Directors: Rosemary Lee, Peter Anderson, Reynir Lyngdal, Katrin Hall, Kelly Hargraves
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,672 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 1, 2008
In this, the second in this series of compilations of short independent films focused around modern dance, Producer Kelly Hargraves (whose short four-minute film "Cargo" is included on this volume) has gathered seven more films who tell their story though dance movements, rather than words. All have either electronic or atonal scores and some were shot on video.

With the exception of "The Duchess", a 15-minute adaptation of a theatre work, which uses a full cast, and is truly bizarre (at least to my tastes), each film features a solo or pair of dancers, and runs eight minutes or less.

I have previously seen the hilarious "Case Studies From The Groat Center For Sleep Disorders" as it was shown as part of the evening of dance by one of my favorite - and most accessible - dance companies - Body Vox - a few seasons ago. This hilarious piece of satire is worth the price of admission here. The other pieces may require repeated viewing to really appreciate them but each uses the human body, and it's many possible positions, to make a statement.

Films which are composed fully of modern dance are often few and far between and this 50-minute collection will appeal to anyone interested modern dance.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Omar Martinez on March 9, 2008
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if you like the dance you need this material...if you like the experimental films and avangard ... you need to
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