Busby Berkeley and Fred Astaire brought dance to the movie screen, Maya Deren and Merce Cunningham explored filming as a form of choreography, and today’s digital technology has enabled a revolutionary new genre to blossom in the world of dance: “screen dance.” These are not simply films of dancers, but dance choreography designed for and produced digitally on screen, opening up dimensions of movement previously inaccessible, and expanding dramatically the scope of choreographic invention.
Anybody who loves dance will not want to miss the opportunity to see this selection of international short dance films, highlighting the wide variety and creativity within this dynamic new genre. Lynette Kessler, the founder of Dance Camera West, selected the films in this program, and will both introduce them and convene a panel discussion following the screening.
Lecturer, Dance Division, Department of Theater & Performance Studies, Stanford
Diane Frank trained principally with Merce Cunningham, danced with Douglas Dunn & Dancers, and taught at the Cunningham Dance Studio for eight years. She has received numerous NEA fellowships in choreography, and her work with Stanford dancers was selected for the American College Dance Festival National Gala in 2012. Her current project, “The Body Electric: Forming & Morphing in the Digital Age,” focuses on the innovations in choreography made possible by digital technology.
Emeritus Director, Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival; Dance Media Producer; Curator
Lynette Kessler founded the Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival in 2001, creating an international brand and bringing the innovative art form of screen dance to prominence. She has served on juries and panels with the Rensselaer Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center; International Dance Online Festival with Sadler’s Wells, London; Charleroi Danses, Belgium; La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris; Cinedans Festival/ IMZ DanceScreen, Vienna; Latin American Video Dance Forum, Brazil; and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival/IMZ DanceScreen.
VIDEO RELEASE: http://vimeo.com/83521312
This event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Arts Institute and Stanford Continuing Studies.
Free and open to public