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DANCE FILM PROJECT 2010

12/17 and 12/18 | The Southern Theater

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As part of the inaugural year of the Minnesota Dance Film Festival, Cinema Revolution Society's 3rd annual Dance Film Project 2010 will premiere 24 new, original dance films created by a mix of established and emerging local artists in two unique programs.

Invited choreographers Shawn McConneloug and Paula Mann will open the individual programs with video and stage works. In the 7:00pm program Mann will premiere a new solo, Oh the Humanity, and in the 9:00pm program McConneloug will restage the 2010 Sage Award Nominee for Outstanding Design, subVert, created for 2008 McKnight Fellow for Dance, Mary Ann Bradley. Additionally, new media installations by the BodyCartography will be on display in the Southern Theater lobby. To celebrate the screenings, there will be an opening reception on December 17 at 6:00pm that will be sponsored by Red Stag.

December 17
6:00PM | Pre-screening Opening Reception, sponsored by the Red Stag
7:00PM | Program I
9:00PM | Program II

December 18
7:00PM | Program I
9:00PM | Program II

Venue/Directions
The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave. S
Mpls., MN 55454
www.southerntheater.og

For Directions click here

Tickets: Dance Film Project
$10 single program
$15 both programs
Box Office: 612-340-1725
www.southerntheater.org

 

PROGRAM I - 7:00PM

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VIDEO AND STAGE WORKS:

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OH THE HUMANITY
Paula Mann (choreographer), Steve Paul (media) of Time Track Productions

The forlorn environment of a spare, simple room; virtual chairs and tables once solid, move through the space as the character begins to unleash memories and interact with calamitous events of the 20th century.


DANCE FILMS (in program order):

Abandon

ABANDON
Zhauna Franks (choreographer/performer), Jenna Pace (filmmaker), Mike Hallenbeck (composer/sound designer)

A woman runs, taking a visceral journey through a hauntingly gorgeous landscape of time and space. Images of frailty, fear and suspense weave a beautiful portrait of solitude and transformation.

   

Terrain

TERRAIN
Becky Heist (choreographer/director), Angus Reid (filmmaker/editor), The Orange Mighty Trio (music composition)

A solo figure, a duet, a quintet: bodies in wind, water, ether, fire and earth. The camera captures the intricacies of skin and the metallic glow of moss growing on trees. A movement journey through reeds, river and burnt landscapes.

 

 

Teach Me How to Reach the Sky

TEACH ME HOW TO REACH THE SKY
Jenny Pennaz (choreographer/filmmaker)

"Teach Me How to Reach the Sky" is an intimate portrayal of hope, anticipation and longing. Set in rural Brazil, an extraordinary boy contemplates how to leave the earth and reach the sky. Through actions and play, from marching through a garden to catching a ride by car and then helicopter, he is determined to escape, and we are called to go with him.

 

 

Today

TODAY (REVISITED)
John Koch (concept, cinematographer, director)

An expanded version of Koch's Minneapolis Project film; an exploration of natural movement and spiritual stillness. A young woman contemplates the value of life lived in the moment as she sits in Minnehaha Falls Park, and is approached by a stranger. "...since life is an expression of consciousness, life is then lived, as it were, of itself. There is no need to instruct it or direct it. Of itself it moves. Of itself it lives. Of itself it speaks and acts." - Joseph Campbell

 

 

Danse des petits

DANSE DES PETITS CYGNES VARIATION
Jessica Ashley Nelson (director), Brandon Boulay (cinematographer)

"Danse des Petits Cygnes Variation" divests the dancer of movement and denies the musician of sound. What remains is isolated, challenging performers and viewers alike to locate the Art forms residing within Art forms.

   

Blue Argus

BLUE ARGUS
Kevin Obsatz (co-director/cinematographer), Megan Mayer (co-director/choreographer)

"Blue Argus" is an experiment in dance film dynamics, which will present a series of specific, narrow film frames and will format dances to fit those frames. This use of cinematography will focus the viewer's attention on the nuances of a performer's movement vocabulary, using the technical and aesthetic limitations imposed by our choices to facilitate an expansive study of texture and color on an extremely intimate scale.

 

 

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UNTITLED
by Kaleena Miller (choreographer), Andre Durand (director)

Exploring life through the use of sound and dance.

 

 

Hidden Life of Hands

THE HIDDEN LIFE OF HANDS
Charles Campbell (filmmaker), Sally Rousse (movement)

The movement of hands can begin to suggest a different meaning, a significance apart from how it illuminates or elaborates "meaningful" conversation as body language. It speaks in its own language that is non-linguistic. It is a little strange, foreign, because it is unfamiliar -- we don't recognize it from our everyday life. But it marks the space we inhabit, it leaves traces on the screen.

 

 

Amaranthine

AMARANTHINE
Stephanie Narlock (choreographer), Jordan Klitzke (videographer)

Amaranthine is about a yearning for the unattainable without understanding why the adamant desire exists.

   

Rocking Chair Sight

ROCKING CHAIR SIGHT
Dawn Strom (choreographer/filmmaker)

"Rocking Chair Sight" explores the experience of comfort in the midst of disorientation and fragmented memory. A rocking chair moves forward and back to create a sense of moving from the present to the past and back again. Unresolved experience haunts the present in intrusive images and frenetic rhythms of searching for something that has been lost.

 

 

Gravity Waits

THE WAIT OF GRAVITY
Renata Sheppard (cinematographer/editor/co-choreographer), Caitlin Marz (co-choreographer)

Amphibious, primal, fluid. Grounded in architectural space while gravity shifts and perhaps time is optional, the solo human form pushes and pulls her way through a womb-like arena.

   

Overflow

OVERFLOW
Vanessa Voskuil (director/choreographer/editor), John Koch (cinematographer/editor)

With a surrealist twist, "Overflow" is a meditation on love and surrender. Inspired by the writings of Hafiz (c. 1320-1389).

 

 

PROGRAM II - 9:00 PM

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VIDEO AND STAGE WORKS:

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subVert
Shawn McConneloug (co-director/choreographer), Andrew Welken (director/cinematographer/editor). Photo by Paul Virtucio.

One woman's journey to the stage; lured by sirens, fueled by cicadas.

 

DANCE FILMS (in program order):

390,566

390,566
Laura Holway (choreographer/filmmaker)

Named after Minneapolis' population, "(390,566)," captures isolation and connection throughout the city of Minneapolis exploring cause and effect, the comedy of seclusion, and a means of creating community.

 

 

An Ordinary Man

AN ORDINARY MAN
Renata Sheppard (director/cinematographer/editor)

A doctor with a day job investigating neurotransmitters in the brain has a not-so-hidden passion for all things dance: An Ordinary Man is a study of a fascinating character who just demanded to be captured and contextualized on film. I couldn't resist.

   

Belt Beeper Scanner

BELT BEEPER SCANNER
Megan Mayer (choreographer), Ben McGinley (filmmaker)

Using humor and fantasy, "Belt Beeper Scanner" contrasts internalized fantastical versions of a character's life with mundane moments.

 

 

SuperGroup In the Face

SUPERGROUP DANCES IN THE FACE OF THE SHELF THEY BUILT LAST YEAR AND ALSO BUILDS ANOTHER LITTLE TINY SHELF
SuperGroup: Erin Search-Wells, Sam Johnson, Byrd Shuler, Jeffrey Wells (co-creators)

Second shelf, 'same as the first, a little bit louder and a whole lot worse.' Inspired by their 2009 dance film, "SuperGroup Builds a Shelf," SuperGroup harnesses their collective skills in contemporary performance, floating film, and carpentry to build that shelf again.

 

 

Unexpired House

THE UNEXPIRED HOUSE OF HER HUSBAND, MARVIN
Mad King Thomas - Tara King, Theresa Madaus, Monica Thomas (choreography), Ben McGinley (filmmaker)

Enter the bathroom: commence scene. A woman, a wedding, a specter, a spud. 20,000 years in a bathtub.

 

 

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NEUROSPASTA
Katy Becker (concept, director, choreographer, editor), Keith Langsdorf (concept), Brian Evans (choreographer), Dan Dockery and Joanna Korsmo Prosser (cinematographers, editors)

Dancers as marionettes.

 

 

Initiation

INITIATION
Cathy Wright and Matt Zawislak (co-creators), with assistance from Haley Jensen, Matthew S. Smith (composer)

A mythological entity dares to shine light and enter the haunting, hidden corners of a cave through a ritual of light, fire, and seed.

   

Weeki

WEEKI WACHEE
Mike Hallenbeck (editor/composer/sound designer), Henning Gabrielson (cinematographer)

Source material for this work is Super 8 footage shot in the early 1960s in and around Weeki Wachee Springs, a tourist attraction in Florida featuring aquarium performances by women costumed as mermaids. With this piece, Hallenbeck inaugurates his new project Retrofit Scores - an initiative to create soundscapes for silent films. For more info on Retrofit Scores: juniorbirdman.com/retrofit

   

LOCATE

LOCATE
Taja Will and Blake Nellis (choreographers), Todd Wardrope (cinematographer/editor)

"LOCATE" investigates an unheard narrative inspired by the character of place. This some-what abandon space breathes life into the bodies of the movers as they encounter themselves alone reading the history from it's floors, walls, windows and changing light...they find themselves together caught in the story they are telling and creating, moment by moment.

 

 

Sirens

SHIFTING PITCHES OF SIRENS
Anika Eide (choreographer), Todd Wardrope (filmmaker)

"Shifting Pitches of Sirens" is a film of memory recollection using the medium of water, of memory shards living in bodies of water and in a body made of water. This film plays with the fluid/static states of this liquid, exploring the fluidity within and the fluidity without.

   

Maka'alae

MAKA'ALAE
Bryce Beverlin II and Romina Takimoto (co-creators)

Rolling waves crush and tumble the form into the tiniest of grains. Our flesh resumes between sky and sea. Filmed in Maui.

 

 

Hustle

HUSTLE
Jaime Carrera (co-director/choreographer), Tyler Jensen (co-director/editor)

A multi-character, fast-paced, edit-crazy blitzkrieg of performance (featuring a wide range of the Twin Cities dance scene's most notable artists) that focuses on the idea of 'ordinary locations, extraordinary actions'. Each performer's tiny solos (comprised of one movement) are weaved together as a patchwork of many mini postage stamps of colorful examination of everyone's capacity for uniqueness.

 

 

 

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About Minnesota Dance Film Festival

 

Minnesota Dance Film Festival is presented with support from:

  Southern Theater MCAD

 

 

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