Thursday, March 15, 2007

DANCE MOViES: An ongoing EMPAC series showing the latest, daring work made by contemporary dancers creating short films and experimental videos.

A selection of international films that start from that common denominator: when you dance like no one's watching. Come witness people dancing on their own terms, at home in their bedrooms, living-rooms and kitchens, or out on the town in a bar, a ballroom, or a train station.

Human Radio, 2002, 9' (U.K.)
A Very Dangerous Pastime, 2000, 15' (Canada)
Váró (Waiting), 2005, 8' (Hungary)
Valse Wals (False Waltz), 2002, 62' (Netherlands) (showing 28 minute excerpt)

Human Radio

2002, 9' (U.K.)
Director: Miranda Pennell
Camera: Mary Farbrother
Editor: Miranda Pennell
Music: Andy Cowton
Sound: Graeme Miller
Production: David Obadiah
Funded by: Arts Council England Capture

People dance in private moments of personal abandon across London in the summer of 2001. The film is the result of the director's work with the first ten respondents to a local newspaper advertisement that she placed seeking 'living-room dancers' - people who love to dance behind closed doors.

Miranda Pennell is a London-based film maker whose work reflects on aspects of performance that can be found in the everyday world. Her films have explored a diverse range of subjects that include soldiers and a marching band, teenage ice-skaters, fight directors, amateur dancers and rock-drummers.

A Very Dangerous Pastime

2000, 15' (Canada)
Director: Laura Taler
Producer: Canada Dance Festival, in association with Grimm Pictures Inc., Allison Lewis, and Laura Taler
Editor: Vesna Svilanovic
Sound: Phillip Strong

Watching contemporary dance is not for the faint of heart. This film gives viewers the inside scoop on how to navigate that dangerous terrain, combining dance film, vintage footage and interviews from Canadian actors, athletes, and musicians.

Váró (Waiting)

2005, 8' (Hungary)
Director and writer: Kasza Gábor
Choreography: Hód Adrienn
Performers: Garai Júlia, Bakó Tamás, Molnár Zoilly, Lex Alexandra, Francia Gyula, Murányi Zsófia, Molnár Csaba, Dányi Viktória, Németh Kálmán, Horváth Andrea
Music: Kovács Ferenc
Camera: Lovasi Zoltán
Editor: Somossy Olivér
Sound: Kovács ádám
Costume: Németh Anikó - MANIER
Supporters: Hungarian Railways, New Performing Arts Foundation, OFF Foundation

A waiting room at a train station hums with the restlessness of strangers. What would happen if they could jump into the fantasy of dancing with that stranger sitting next to them? Two street musicians start to play and answer that very question.

Valse Wals (False Waltz)

2002, 62' (Netherlands)
(showing 28 minute excerpt)
Director: Mark de Cloe
Performers: Ria Marks and Titus Tiel Groenestege

What starts as a boozy courtship in a seaside bar becomes something more complicated. Adapted from the stage production, this film presents two veterans of wordless Theater, Ria Marks and Titus Tiel Groenestege, in a duet by turns absurd, outrageous and poignant. The Orkater music/theater collective has been creating stage and film work since 1983.

Hélène Lesterlin
1 hour
March 15, 2007, 7:30PM