Dance Camera West: Lettres Sur le Pont & Imagined Hell

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“Through this ultimately powerful piece, Khan captures both the exhilaration and the desolation of a world on the move.” —The Guardian

Lettres sur le pont (Letters from a Bridge) 

This documentary closely follows the creation process of the stage performance of bahok, a collaboration with British Bengal choreographer Akram Khan and the National Ballet of China. Bringing together classical and contemporary dancers from diverse cultures, traditions and dance backgrounds—Chinese, Korean, Indian, South-African and Spanish, reveals their sense of home and belonging in a globalized world. Akram Khan studied both kathak and contemporary dance and is an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells in London. Features multi award-winning composer and musician Nitin Sawhney. Directed by Gilles Delmas.  (France, 2008, 50 minutes)


Imagined Hell

“A dance experience of such creative brilliance and overwhelming emotion that even the most jaded critic could not help but be moved.” —Dance Magazine

Imagined Hell a documentary based on the making of HELL, the 2007 large-scale performance by the Emio Greco/ Pieter Scholten dance company, is more like paradise with its gutsy dancing and a satisfying electric guitar dual while being informed by Dante’s Inferno and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Known for highly stylized movement and phenomenal unison work, Greco has taken movement to new heights with his virtuosic company of eight dancers and has emerged as one of Europe’s most electrifying dance innovators. Director Maite Bermudez (Venezuela) captures on film the creative process while the dancers search for ways to extend the boundaries and to unleash the unpredictable body as the notion of hell is broken down and deconstructed in order to build a new meaning.  (Netherlands, 2008, 45 minutes)

Note: Contains nudity

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