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Dance for Camera

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Dance For Camera is a collection of the most outstanding examples of a new film genre that merges performance and film aesthetics. Selected from festivals in Europe and North America, and winners of over 17 international awards, these six dance films present an array of humor, drama, beauty and rhythm not usually seen on film or stage. A cross between experimental, narrative film and video art, these six films offer an enticing, challenging, and inspiring way to experience the vibrancy of live dance, the rhythm of choreography and editing, and the magnitude and visual intimacy of the screen.
The films included are:

REINES D'UN JOUR, Switzerland, 26 minutes
Six tumbling bodies on mountain slopes of the Alps, caught between Heaven and Earth, among the cows and the villagers. This strikingly visual and sensual dance performance is a powerfully funny tribute to the beauty of nature.
Choreographer: Marie Nespolo, Christine Kung/ Director: Pascal Magnin/ Producer: Swiss-TV
Awards: BEST OF FESTIVAL- Dance on Camera , New York; BEST SHORT FILM - Autrans Film Festival, France; SPECIAL JURY AWARD - Video dance Festival; SPECIAL JURY AWARD - Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany; GOLDEN SPIRE WINNER - San Francisco International Film Festival; GRAND PRIX - Springdance; PRIX ITALIA - Mention spéciale

MEASURE, United States, 7 minutes
A relationship emerges between a man and woman that is revealed as much through their eyes as through the expressive timing of their rhythmically intricate steps.
Choreographer: Dayna Hanson; Directors: Gaelen Hanson and Danya Hanson

REST IN PEACE, UK & Netherlands, 9 minutes
Four siblings bury their parents. As they dutifully carry the coffin, they begin to exhibit signs of anarchic behavior. Back home, all restraints break loose in a flurry of inexplicably bizarre activity. But hang on! What is that, buried away in a desk drawer? It seems that the parents had strange secrets of their own.
Choreographer: Hans Hof Ensemble; Director: Annick Vroom; Producer: Rodney Wilson, BBC
Awards: BEST OF FESTIVAL 2001, Dance on Camera Festival, New York

A VILLAGE TRILOGY, Canada, 24 minutes
Returning to the physical language of early cinema, this trilogy, inspired by the displacement and destruction of WWII, successfully evokes the power of the spirit.
Choreographer and Director: Laura Taler
Awards: BEST CANADIAN DANCEFILM, Moving Pictures Int' Film Festival; BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM, Worldwide Short Film Festival; GOLD HUGO, Chicago International Film Festival

CORNERED, Canada, 5 minutes
This vertiginous black and white film redefines gravity as an attractive force of right angles.
Producer/director/choreographer: Michael Downing

CONTRECOUP, Switzerland, 24 minutes
This film depicts an urban environment torn by violence, disorder, and loneliness where the light is sinister, daily life is hostile, and sleep is a nightmare.
Choreography: Guilherme Botelho; Director: Pascal Magnin; Producer: Swiss TV
Awards: FIRST PRIZE (CREATION) - IMZ Dance Screen, Köln; CERTIFICATE OF MERIT WINNER, San Francisco International Film Festival; "CZECH CRYSTAL AWARD", Golden Prague Festival; SPECIAL MENTION, Locarno Film Festival; PRIX CARINA ARI/MEDIA DANSE: Winner "From Stage to Screen"; SECOND PRIZE, Golden Prague; BEST SHORT FILM, Cinema Tout Ecran, Geneva


No art form has shown more vitality or greater innovation in recent years... This is a sample of what's been happening. --San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

Impressive playful, haunting, sophisticated, sublime, wonderful! --Dance Magazine

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  • Actors: Andreas Denk, Andrea Bol, Klaus Jürgens, Mischa van Dullemen, Véronique Ferrero
  • Directors: Annick Vroom, Pascal Magnin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000083C7T
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,212 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dance for Camera" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
This 95 minute DVD, "Dance for Camera", features six films selected from the Dance Camera West Festival, held in Los Angeles, during the Spring of 2002. This festival is hosted annually by the Dance Films Association and the Lincoln Center Film Society.

Film I) "Queens for a Day" was directed by Pascal Magnin of Switzerland. In the film, three male and three female dancers visit the Swiss Alps for an afternoon of roaming the mountains, before encountering a local village celebration.

Film II) "Measure" is by the company 33 Fainting Spells of the USA. The hallway, in which one male and one female dancer calibrate time, is featured on this DVD cover still photograph, by Gaelen Hanson.

Film III) "Rest In Peace" was directed by Annick Vroom of the Netherlands/UK. A group of middle aged dancers mourn the death of their parents through the acrobatics of mutual consolation.

Film IV) "A Village Trilogy" was directed by Laura Taler of Canada. a)A female dancer reminisces in and around an abandoned mill b)Two brothers wake in the woods as Rip Van Winkle family twins c)Five commune members discuss their operating budget within a bucolic countryside setting.

Film V) "Cornered" was directed by Michael Downing of Canada. A solo female dancer uses the geometry of spherical perspective to represent an interior journey through the fourth dimension.

Film VI) "Contrecoup" was also directed by Pascal Magnin of Switzerland. A enticing, challenging and inspiring film which explores the dream life of two frustrated, ill-fated, lovers. The film takes place amidst a surreal post-modern cityscape.

"Dance for Camera" serves as a fine example of how accomplished directors can integrate the art of dance completely into the art of cinema. Let us hope that producers Kelly Hargraves and Lynette Kessler bring the Dance Camera West Festival to an even wider audience through an annual DVD release.
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From the start of this experimental series of dance films, the originality was stunning and at times the creativity was more than fascinating. At first, there is a primal dance of life where dancers make an interesting use of gravity as they propel themselves down alpine slopes.

Bodies sleeping on grassy slopes awaken from sleep and then literally start to roll down the hill in a playful way you may have rolled down a hill as a child. Then, the entire dance becomes a study of the human body and what it is capable of in playful confrontations heavy with the scent of sexual tension. There are many metaphors at play as dancers are locked in territorial dances and the interplay of intimacy is stunning in the scenes where two people become their whole world despite onlookers.

There is a also a beautiful scene where three dancers leave the other dancers and slowly walk into water. Like three water nymphs they draw inspiration from sensation itself. A hand skims the surface of the water or they enjoy the simple pleasures of twirling in the water. I have rarely seen intimacy captured so well on film. The first film made me nostalgic for moments I have yet to discover. I watched this part four times because it was so unique.

The rest of the dances are equally creative and they all cover completely different emotional scenes and circumstances. A hallway becomes a mesmerizing hall of mirrors. A dance of death becomes a visual metaphor for dying to life or escaping from death. A family celebration twirls around a table or a woman in a "box" or corner dances in ways that seem almost impossible. The camera seems to be spinning.
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By A Customer on May 3, 2003
Format: DVD
It's so hard to find experimental dance films like this on DVD! These six films are funny, exciting and beautiful to watch. DVD is a great way to see dance.
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I like dance, but couldn't get past the 1st (of 6) which had couples and singles running up and rolling down a very steep hill. Choreographed, of course, and artistic, but not my cup of tea.
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