I love the idea of dance on film… it”s like a great clash between opposing forces: on one side we”ve got the ephemeral and somewhat esoteric David and on the other the timeless and ubiquitous Goliath. What great mash-up potential!
Over the past decade dance on film has really come into its own. Festivals have popped up all over the world and the marriage between the two has become really profound. I certainly don”t mean to suggest that no hot dance films existed before we rang in the new millennium (Norman McLaren”s Pas de Deux dates back almost a half century!!)
It”s more that the working relationships between discipline specific creators have evolved, leading to some great collaborations between choreographers and filmmakers. While “dance films” made by choreographers/dancers with cameras (who seem to have, ahem, limited knowledge of film making) are still abundant, it is now far slotmachines easier to find great films (usually made by people with actual film-making experience.) Laura Taler is one such individual: oodles of dance experience that has for over a decade now been wonderfully channeled into making dance films. Check out her deliriously wonderful A Very Dangerous Pastime.
While YouTubing is great, it does not replace seeing a film”s colours and images bursting off a screen in large format. Live Art”s Dance on Screen goes live tonight (April 6) and one of the feature films that you will be hard-pressed to see anywhere else is Nora by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton, with choreography by Nora Chipaumire. Based on the life of Zimbabwean-born dancer Chipaumire, this film is part biopic, part fable, part dramatic cinema… and a totally perfect marriage of dance on film!
Witness the marriage of two beautiful art forms as dance on Screen goes live as part of the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival at the Lord Nelson Hotel (1515 South Park) in the Regency Ballroom, April 6th and 7PM.