Dance for Camera
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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
Impressive playful, haunting, sophisticated, sublime, wonderful! --Dance Magazine
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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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very "artsy". The kind of thing you watch and then ask, "What was that and why does it have any appeal to me at all?"Published 2 months ago by RodW
fortunately, we only watched about 10 min to realize that this "Dance" movie was stupid.Published 9 months ago by Twilliamson
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