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Dance Film Project 2009  
Image: Vanessa Voskuil


Thanks to all who helped make Dance Film Project 2009 a success!

View a selection of the Dance Film Project 2009 films here

View the 2009 Dance Film Project Program Here


Cinema Revolution Society presents
a festival of dance for the camera

Friday, December 11 and Saturday, December 12
7 PM Program: Evolution 9 PM Program: Confines

What is the Dance Film Project?
DANCE FILM PROJECT is an annual event initiated in 2008 by Cinema Revolution Society executive director and independent filmmaker, John Koch. The festival values creativity, experimentation and cross-discipline dialogue among artists and aims to explore choreography through a cinematic language. The festival's intent is to be an outlet for dancemakers and filmmakers to collaborate and create original short works for the camera with a guaranteed presentation. Dance Film Project features new work by a variety of emerging and established Minnesota-based artists. Twenty-two distinct collaborations and solo directed projects formed and presented their work for the 2009 festival.

View Dance Film Project's Vanessa Voskuil interviewed on "Three Minute Egg"


Festival Program:


- Katy Becker and Keith Langsdorf: "Meer wende"
- Nathan Gilbert and Ned Sturgis: "Close Up"
- Debra Jinza Thayer and Jeff Henneman:
- "Today as We Know It"
- Vanessa Voskuil and Ryan Philippi: "Haven"
- Diyah Larasati and Dag Yngvesson:
- "Dancing the Violent Body of Sound"
- Alexander Roth and Julia Gilmore: "Between (Zhong)"
- Galen Treuer & Julia Kouneski: "A Study in Prescience"
- Matt Gorrie and Stephanie Narlock: "Polymeres"
- SuperGroup: "SuperGroup Builds a Shelf"
- Tammara Melloy: "Oh, Wow!"
- Jaime Carrera and Tyler Jensen: "Station"

(Full descriptions below)


Parental Advisory: This Program Contains Adult Content

- Garrett D. Tiedemann & Katie Ritchey: "Goblin Market"
- Taja Will & Steve Hogan: "Alley Cats"
- Cathy Wright & Matt Zawislak: "Breach"
- Katherine Lung & Alexander Brown: "Over Land and Water"
- Kelly Radermacher: "Utility"
- Tomahawk Tassels & Jeff Henneman: "Flicker" **
- Rachel Perlmeter: "Glass Chapel Dance (for Les Noces)"
- Todd Wardrope & we dance: "Fabled"
- Susanna Hostetter & John Branden: "Haptic Deviation"
- April Sellers & Jeff Henneman: "Headlight" **
- Laura Holway & Ben McGinley: "Slap!"
- Selected Artists' Screening: "Flying Lesson", a film by
Rosane Chamecki, Phil Harder & Andrea Lerner

** Adult content

Ticket Information:
Single Program: $6 advance/$9 door
Both Programs: $10 advance/$13 door


Join Us For a Post-festival Party at the Bryant-Lake Bowl

Bring friends and family. Chatter about the festival and relax.

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater
Saturday, December 12
11:30pm - 2am
Kitchen open until 12:30

Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408




“Between (Zhong)”
by Alexander Roth and Julia Gilmore

Water, sky, light, the sound of a bell, the falling of snow, our own echo. The fog lifting over a field in China is remarkably familiar. We take our own place with us, rubbing it against what we find, creating an irritating itch of displacement. We take the familiar with us, moving to its rhythm which we carry lightly in a suitcase or in buckets tied over our shoulders, opening or pouring them out to create our feeling of "being
at home".

“A Study in Prescience”
by Galen Treuer and Julia Kouneski

Through the lens of the performer, as videographer and documentarian, an apparatus is designed to capture the subtle movements of the two people.

“Close Up”
by Nathan Gilbert and Ned Sturgis

Through the use of the close-up, the viewer is confronted with the face of the dancer - a neglected apparatus of the body in dance, yet one of the more intimate portions of the body. “Close Up” introduces both an impossible perspective of dance, and isolates a piece of the body, the face, drawing attention to the intricate movements of each piece of the dancer’s body as a whole.

“Dancing the Violent Body of Sound”
by Diyah Larasati and Dag Yngvesson

A film documenting and participating in the process of a collaboration between Rachmi Diyah Larasati, choreographer and cultural theorist and Guerino Mazzola, free-jazz pianist/composer and mathematician to create an experimental dance work which combines and manipulates concepts of sound, history, and time in a unique way. With movements selected and adapted from Indonesian folk dance forms in order to “demonstrate” the Fourier theory of sound, the piece incorporates wireless circuit boards and sensors attached to the bodies of six dancers, whose spinning, rotational movements are transmitted and subsequently translated into numerical values which modify a series of sounds emitting from a system of speakers.

by Vanessa Voskuil and Ryan Philippi

A viscerally surreal, however, intimate portrayal of fearlessness. Set within the wide-open skies above a metropolitan city, divinely driven acts of courage are set against stark expressions of uncertainty.

“Meer wende”
by Katy Becker and Keith Langsdorf

“Meer wende” is a meditation on the abstract representation of color and the life/death/life cycle.

“Oh, Wow!”
by Tammara Melloy

A young paperboy yearns to be a great dancer. He is encouraged by family, friends and a mentor to follow his dreams. He daydreams that his daily activities are a dance. His dream to dance professionally comes true when he gets the opportunity to audition for a dance company.

by Matt Gorrie and Stephanie Narlock

“Polymeres” fuses dance, stop-motion photography, and musical composition in a dance made for film. The collaboration experiments with the dichotomy of organic vs. synthetic, exploring how the human body moves naturally while confined by an artificial environment.

by Jaime Carrera and Tyler Jensen

By incorporating pedestrian tasks from everyday life and a movement piece simultaneously performed by several characters, “Station,” attempts to deconstruct the notion of stagnation and longing within the confines of desire. The visual language employed in the filmmaking process hopes to further convey the proximity of ever-lasting human connection.

“SuperGroup Builds a Shelf”
by SuperGroup

In an effort to create a space to store books, collectibles, and other miscellanea, SuperGroup builds a shelf.

“Today as We Know It”
by Debra Jinza Thayer and Jeff Henneman

A cross-discipline production fusing movement, dance, film and sound into a modern day collage; with consideration to our future, and past, as a civilization. Primitive in its complexity, “Today As We Know It,” is a dense desire to understand the evolution of the primitive animal that we desperately try to outrun.

“Alley Cats”
by Taja Will and Steve Hogan

Three women encounter how the character of a place has the ability to move and change them. “Alley Cats” adventures into the unknowns of various Minneapolis’s alleyways where old meets new, real and fantasy collide. Alley, an odd character, is always changing, used, abandoned, wild, and urban, seemingly appearing around every corner differently.

by Cathy Wright and Matt Zawislak

“Breach” is based off of a character from Wright’s solo work, 1-self, which had critics cry “More, please,” and revisited for the camera within a landscape of trees in the deep, dark woods.

by Todd Wardrope and we dance

A tapestry that connects four mythical women who are estranged from their natural elements. The we dance collective collaborated with filmmaker Todd Wardrope to create a film which explores moments that spring from the industrial space of old Minneapolis, the dream emblems of childhood wonderment, and the interior spaces of each of these women.

by Tomahawk Tassels and Jeff Henneman

A classic Burlesque dance seen through the lens of 8mm projection.

“Glass Chapel Dance (for Les Noces)”
by Rachel Perlmeter

Inspired by Bronislava Nijinska’s ballet, “Les Noces,” and Stravinsky’s score, with a debt to Marcel Duchamp, the Ballets Russes and early Russian cinema.

“Goblin Market”
by Garrett D. Tiedemann and Katie Ritchey

Upon peering into a camera lens, one woman finds herself in a liminal world of film and theater. Through the celluloid her journey becomes a gray area loosely based on Christina Rossetti's, “Goblin Market,” where goblins cry, “Come buy! Come buy!” Yet, what is bought and what is sold, dancing between the thresholds, with goblins hovering one step behind?

“Haptic Deviation”
by Susanna Hostetter and John Branden

Taking its inspiration from an Adabella Radici quote , "stifling an urge to dance is bad for your health - it rusts your spirit and your hips," "Haptic Deviation" explores the spectator and performer relationship and asks how dance might be a means of gentle social transgression in public settings.

by April Sellers and Jeff Henneman

“Headlight” is a fast-paced, free-wheeling, foul-mouthed, dark comedy ride through the streets of insanity. Dance performance on a Saturday night, caught in the Headlights of a group of cruisers and their unwitting captive, reaches a frenzied misunderstanding for all concerned. Driving the night streets like a ghost ship, avoiding port at all costs, “Headlight,” reaches no conclusions, it's the ride that's of concern.

“Over Land and Water”
by Katherine Lung and Alexander Brown.

“Over Land and Water” explores the identity and relationships of Third Culture Kids in a continuously morphing environment.

by Laura Holway and Ben McGinley

A story about stories, and the need to communicate our intangible experiences. What if somehow we were physically present for one another’s most profound memories? Would this connect us all with greater ease? “Slap!” is about a connection between two people, their relationship with each other and their memories, and their need to connect within the confines of a couch. This connection is punctuated by the sound of the child-like desire to physically exclaim when words aren’t enough.

by Kelly Radermacher

“Utility” finds parallels between the consumption and production of energy in our bodies that both can create health and disease, and the consumption and production of energy of the world at large. Encapsulated often inside the confines of a dim and dank utility room of an urban apartment building, the female character of "Utility" seeks to connect the movement and function of the energy she uses, to the movement and function of chemical and light energy on a molecular and cellular level in her body, and the bodies of life around her.

Selected Artists' Presentation:

“Flying Lesson”
by Rosane Chamecki, Phil Harder & Andrea Lerner

Two women bat their wings, preparing to take off. They practice the dream of flight. Performed by Rosane Chamecki & Andrea Lerner. Produced by Pano Pra Manga, 2007. New York, USA. "Flying Lesson" features the talents of Minnesota's own renowned filmmaker Phil Harder and has screened internationally at Dance On Camera, Belfast La Fila, Cinedans, Dance Camera West, Dance LOIKKA, and the Brooklyn International Film Festival.



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