Dance Camera West: Surreel Moves
Weird and Wonderful Experimental Dance Shorts
Organized by Lynette Kessler, artistic director, Dance Camera West
From poetic to peculiar, this collection of recent award-winning international dance shorts presents both kinetic and immobile bodies in space, defying traditional notions of dance. Sushi, reindeer, and a bright pink wig prevail in this evening of smart, cool and laugh-out-loud ridiculous dance media. (Total running time: 85 min.)
Human bodies as sculptural forms, in orderly stacks and tangled knots, assimilate into the black and white urban landscape of Vienna at night. Directed by Michael Palm, choreographed by Will Dorner. (2009, Austria 8 min.)
The Geometry of Separation
A woman's inability to engage with the world outside drives her into the surreal spaces of her psyche translating on screen to a profusion of clever visual design. Directed by Mareike Engelhardt, choreographed by Friedrike Plajke. (2009, Germany/France 14 min.)
Provocative imagery explores the themes of birth, death, redemption, and the freedom found in connecting to one's body. Directed by Naomi Stikeman, choreographed by Crystal Pite. (2008, Canada 6 min.)
Winner of Amsterdam’s 2009 Cinedans Award! The naked chaos of human relationships, with extreme video game action, is viewed through an aquarium where everything is inside and everybody is at his or her own mercy. Directed and choreographed by Mara Mattuschka and Chris Haring. (2008, Austria 28 min.)
Winner of 2009 VideoDansa, Barcelona International Prize! Through the use of hyperfast seemingly lightspeed video clips, airborne bodies depict the overlapping of the conscious and unconscious. Directed and choreographed by Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley. (2007, Sweden 7 min.)
Against the seemingly still expanses of the Arctic tundra, bodies in motion echo forgotten dreams at the edge of the world. Directed and choreographed by award-winning artists Thomas Freundlich and Valtteri Raekallio. (2010, Finland 22 min.)
Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.
Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelly, an anonymous donor, the Hammer Programs Committee, and Susan and Leonard Nimoy.