DANCE MOViES 2010 Premieres

November 5, 2011

Join us for the world premieres of three new dance films and a video installation commissioned by EMPAC’s DANCE MOViES program. The screening will be followed by a shockingly joyful intervention and procession led by the punk marching band Mucca Pazza. You can then join the filmmakers and artists, who will share behind-the-scenes material and stories.

A Circus of One

US, 15-minute looping video installation
Director: Alison Crocetta
Composer: Jason Treuting

A Circus of One is a 16 mm black-and-white film directed by visual artist Alison Crocetta in collaboration with composer Jason Treuting. This film records Crocetta as a clownish figure within a one-ring circus completing a series of eight acts that run the gamut from feats of daring to absurd gestures. These performance actions form a filmic garland with Treuting’s score that draws inspiration from historic circus music and the tradition of musique concrète.

Fauna

Chile, 20 minutes
Script and General Direction: Paulo Fernández
Choreographic Direction and Production: Rodrigo Chaverini
Original Music and Sound: Tomas González
Art: Paulo Fernández & Antonio Becerro
Performers: Camila Scholtbach, Luis Acevedo & Daniela Tenhamm

Fauna creates an audiovisual world of confined and fantastical spaces, setting in motion a poetic dialogue between nature and artifice. Bodies possessed by different states inhabit landscapes configured in these restricted spaces. The film evokes a rhythmic relationship between body and location, dark and latent, questioning the concreteness of reality and life as staging.

Fanfare for Marching Band

US, 15:35 minutes
Director: Danièle Wilmouth
Choreographer: Peter Carpenter
Band: Mucca Pazza

A film following the mayhem created by a ragtag musical militia that embarks on an impotent invasion through a parallel universe, where their exuberant music is out of sync and unheard. The two worlds are finally unified when the band masters the tempo and patience of empathy.

Spring Cleaning

US, 10 minutes
Director: Pooh Kaye
Performer and animation assistant: Alexander Clack
Sound design and sound edit: John Kilgore

Choreographer and filmmaker Pooh Kaye’s alter ego, Wild Girl, played by Alex Clack, has a busy day weeding the dandelions, raking up dead brush, and mowing the lawn. Dandelions swirl in animated patterns around her, the flowers popping in and out of her ears and mouth as she tries to speak. The ground swallows her and spits her out, and piles of brush attack her as she tries to rid her lawn of dead branches. Kaye returns to her early Super 8 films from the 1970s, which explored the human body’s relationship to the world.

Curator:: 
Hélène Lesterlin

The members of the selection panel for this year’s projects were Ellen Bromberg, Maya Ciarrocchi, Alla Kovgan, and Hélène Lesterlin, curator for dance and theater at EMPAC.

The DANCE MOViES Commission is supported by EMPAC’s Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and the Performing Arts. It is open to artists based in North and South America who are making video, film, and installation work in dance.

Dates: 
Screening
DANCE MOViES Commission Premieres
Theater
November 5, 2011, 7PM
Talk
Artist Talks
Studio 2
November 5, 2011, 8:15PM
Installation
Installation
Studio 1—Goodman
November 5, 2011, 12PM

EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA