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Minneapolis College of Art and Design
December 12 | 2PM

PLEASE NOTE: The December 11 screening was canceled due to our snowstorm this weekend. Please join us on Sunday December 12 for the only screening of the Twin Cities Dance Film Retrospective. The Artist Talk will be held after the screening and will include any of the artists who can make it at that time. Hot cider and treats will be served to warm up a cold and snowy afternoon.

Twin Cities Dance Film Retrospective is an intimate look at the history of dance film in the Twin Cites and features a variety of works created by local pioneers in the field. A post-screening Artist Talk will be hosted by arts journalist and dance critic, Lightsey Darst, on December 12 at 2 PM. Co-presented by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Auditorium 150

Free parking is available at the MCAD south surface parking lot, access via 26th street.

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(1983) Laurie Van Wieren (choreographer/performer), Mark Stanley (cinematographer/editor), Richard Paske (composer/musician).

"Tea Cup" is about a woman who has too many things going on in her head. Originally, premiered at Wall Street Gallery in St. Paul, MN as a two monitor video installation/performance.




(1985) 5min - James Byrne (director/camera/editor), Wendy Morris (choreographer/editor), Wendy Ultan (composer).

This piece blurs all the borders between performance art, dance, and video art. Wendy Morris choreographs and performs in an unusual but fitting environment that seems both prehistoric and contemporary.




(1987-2007, world premiere) 14min - James Byrne (director/camera/editor), Dana Reitz (choreographer/performer).

"Weather" is an improvised solo in response to the landscape and weather filmed on location at 12,000 feet atop the rounded peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Commissioned by the Colorado Dance Festival.




(1988) 2min 40sec - Micheal Yonkers (director/performer/composer).

Experimental video recorded with low-tech analog cameras, photo filters, mirrors, video processors, etc.




(1989) 7min - Micheal Yonkers (director/performer) MJA Trio (music composition).

Experimental video recorded with low-tech analog cameras, photo filters, mirrors, video processors, etc.




(1992) 3min - Shawn McConneloug (co-director), Greg Cummins (co-director).

A woman walks into her studio, turns on a video camera, the music starts and she dances. Just when she thought she was alone, by herself, she was.




(1992) 3min 30sec - Gerry Girouard (co-director/choreographer), Nancy Mason Hauser (co-director/rehearsal camera), Mike Phillips (camera).

Shot in a single, seamless take, "Relativity," is inspired by the three-dimensional optical illusions of M.C. Escher. Commissioned by KTCA (now TPT 2) for the award-winning series, "Arts on 2."




(1992) 1min 35sec - Micheal Yonkers (director/choreographer/composer).

Experimental video recorded with low-tech analog cameras, using photo filters, mirrors, video processors, etc.




(2006) 3min - Paula Mann (choreographer), Steve Paul (cinematographer/editor).

"Ludic & Unforeseen" is an homage to a beloved dog.




(2006) 10min 19sec - Emily Johnson (choreographer/director), Emily Johnson, James Everest and Randy Kramer (cinematographers), Randy Kramer (editor), David Hill (still photo).

Time and repetition amid mountaintops, lakes, intersections, and a burned out forest. Requiring only a little trespassing, Wingspan 5'2'' celebrates the physicality and resolve required to remain engaged in the ever-changing landscapes of our personal histories.




(2007) 10min - the BodyCartography Project: Olive Bieringa (cinematographer/editor/co-director), Otto Ramstad (co-director).

"Plant" is a visceral hallucination amidst the ruins of an abandoned munitions factory in Minnesota. Three military-age men engage the history of the site and unfold images and experiences provoked by it.




(2009) 10min - Alarmel Valli (choreographer) Ranee Ramaswamy (performer) Robert Hammel (director).

This deeply spiritual solo dance, tells the story of an untouchable man, Nandanar, who longs to see Lord Shiva. As his birth does not allow him into the Hindu temple, he begs Shiva to move the huge stone Bull in front of the idol a foot, so that he may get a glimpse of Him from the entrance. The song, written by Gopalakrishna Bharathi, was an appeal against the ill treatment of the untouchables, demonstrating that God does not see caste.





ALARMEL VALLI is a leading Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer, acclaimed internationally for her ability to turn a traditional grammar into a subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry. Amongst numerous awards received by Alarmel Valli, are two of India's highest civilian honors -the Padmasri and the Padma Bhushan, conferred by the President of India and the Chevalier of Arts and Letters award from the French Government . She has received the 'Grande Medaille de la Ville de Paris', the award of The Sangeet Natak Akademy - the apex body for Indian Music, Dance and Drama, the State award of Kalaimamani from the Tamilnadu Government, the title of Nritya Choodamani from the Krishna Gana Sabha in Madras.

BODYCARTOGRAPHY PROJECT - As co-directors of the BodyCartography Project Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad have created numerous dance, film and installation works. From intimate solos for the street or stage, to large community dance works in train stations or dance films in national parks, to highly complex works for site amidst installations of video and sound. Their work has been produced across the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Europe, Russia and South America. Recent highlights include Mammal, a commission for the Lyon Opera Ballet, the premiere of Symptom at Intermedia Arts and 1/2 Life at Performance Space 122, NYC, the Southern Theater and Art of This Gallery in Minneapolis. They are featured artists in the first book about site dance in the USA published by University of Florida Press titled Site Dance: Choreographers and the Lure of Alternative Spaces. They are 2010 McKnight Fellows and were included on this years SCUBA roster. They have received support for their work from the Jerome Foundation, MANCC, Florida, the Bush Foundation, MAP Fund, MRAC, MSAB amongst others. Learn more at

CAITLIN HAMMEL - A director, editor, and graphic designer, Caitlin graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 2001 with a double major in Cinema/
Media Studies and English. She has worked on films as diverse as "Best Practices – Building Blocks for Enhancing School Environment", a documentary short which
received honors at the Columbus Film Festival and "SOLO: 1X2", a feature length dance documentary; Currently she is in production for a feature length documentary "Out of the Shadows" the story of "Interact Center for the Arts". Watch TPT at 10:30PM on Dec 12 to see a trailer on MNTV.

EMILY JOHNSON is a director/choreographer/curator, originally from Alaska and currently based in Minneapolis. Since 1998 she has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances often function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment - sights, sounds, smells interacting with a place's architecture, history, and role in community. She works to blur distinctions between performance and daily life and to create work that reveals and respects multiple perspectives. Emily is a 2011 Native Arts and Cultures Fellow, a 2010 and 2009 MAP Fund Grant recipient, a 2009 McKnight Fellow and a 2011/2009 MANCC Choreographer Fellow. Her current work is touring through 2011 to The TBA Festival, The Dance Center at Columbia College, Northrop Auditorium, DiverseWorks, ODC Theater, Vermont Performance Lab, and Dance Theater Workshop with support from National Dance Project. Wingspan 5'2'' has screened at Chicago Cultural Center, Walker Art Center's Women with Vision, Links Hall, Dance Theater Workshop and numerous university festivals.

GREG CUMMINS a Minneapolis filmmaker and director of photography responsible, fully or only in a small part for adventures or misadventures such as Loose Ends, IFP North, The Personals, The MN Film Board, Lighthouse, Patti Rocks, It's Like Lies, Memories and Prospectives, The Wellstone Commercials, numerous other television commercials (lots), features (some), made for HBO movies (1), short films (lots), theater (very little), production companies (2) editorial houses (1) and is a licensed US Merchant Marine Officer.

JAMES BYRNE is a filmmaker and video artist based in St. Paul, MN. He has written and directed feature films: "Dreamer" which premiered at the 2010 Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and screened at the 2010 Great Lakes International Film Festival, "During the Night" (2009), "Ninety Nine Pages" (2005), and "Great Lakes" (2002). As a video artist he is known for his international museum exhibition record of his personal videos and installations, and for collaborative video works with choreographers and performance artists including Laurie Anderson, Eiko and Koma, Trisha Brown, Wendy Morris, Susan Rethorst and others. His work has earned fellowships and grants from the Bush, McKnight, and Jerome Foundations, the NEA, and Minnesota State Arts Board. Byrne holds a B.E.S. degree from the University of Minnesota, and an M.F.A. in video art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently is Chair of the screenwriting program he founded at Metropolitan State University, MN.

GERRY GIROUARD is a long time local choreographer and has been dancing and choreographing for more than 20 years. He is influenced by his first dance mentor Nancy Hauser, Capoeira as taught by Yoji Senna, Argentine Tango from Florencia Taccetti and his partner Bob. Gerry has choreographed several evening-length shows over the past 15 years including Crimes & Whispers: A Tango of Despair and Defiance which won the 2006 Ivey Theater Award for Outstanding Choreography. Gerry has received fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Mcknight Foundation, among others throughout his career.

LAURIE VAN WIEREN is an independent choreographer, based in Minneapolis, who has been creating dance and performance since 1980. She grew up on the west side of Chicago and attended the Art Institute of Chicago. At the Institute, she studied printmaking and performance, as well as art history with Stan Brakhage. Van Wieren moved to Minneapolis in 1975. Active in the Twin Cities dance and arts community for more than twenty years, Van Wieren has collaborated with many dance, video, theater, and music artists. As a solo performer and with her company, the B-Specifics, she has performed at the Walker Art Center, the Southern Theater, Dancespace Projects, Dance Theater Workshop, the First Avenue, Ritz Theater, Red Eye Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Patrick's Cabaret, and on a frozen Lake of the Isles. Laurie's work has also been seen in Yaroslavl, Russia and Potsdam, Germany. Van Wieren founded and produces an ongoing monthly choreographers showcase and discussion, 9x22 Dance/Lab. She is the recipient of fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, the Archibald Bush Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2008 she received a McKnight Choreography Fellowship, administered by the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. She is currently a 2010-11 Artist INREZ at Studio 206 in Minneapolis. Her dance installation/retrospective, " Who Made these Video Tapes?" will be shown on December 9, 10 and 11, 2010 at Studio 206, 2637 27th Avenue South (Ivy Building), Suite 206.

MARK STANLEY produced numerous video works and documentaries on dance in the mid 1970's to mid 1980's. Mark's study of Tai Chi movement and Contact Improvisation influenced his camera techniques aimed to convey a participatory point of view with the dancer. His early dance influences included Douglas Dunn, Trisha Brown, Meredith Monk, Andrew deGroat, John Cage, and Bill T. Jones. He collaborated on videos with Laurie Van Wieren, Maria Cheng, artist Tom Rose, artist Lydia Kulesov, and composer Richard Paske. Mark also performed on stage for the international tour of the experimental film/dance performance "Small Circles, Great Plains" created by choreographer Sage Cowles and filmmaker Molly Davies. Mark received a MFA from the University of Minnesota in Fine Arts with a minor in Speech Communications. He first studied film and photography in the Department of Art under Allen Downs. Film in the Cities provided many opportunities with visiting filmmakers and screen writers. In the 1980's Mark would go on to produce numerous documentaries on the arts for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and in the early 1990's helped initiate the development of interactive touch screen museum kiosks for gallery learning stations. He has taught interactive design at both the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of Minnesota. Mark currently produces web-delivered media and manages the new media design firm 4insight, LLC and is a co-owner of the hosting and development partnership Factor of 4, LLC, and also continues work in fine art photography.

MICHAEL YONKERS is an internationally known rock musician, and an accomplished dancer/choreographer. Michael attended the University Of Minnesota (1965 to 1968) where he participated in several U Of M Student/Faculty Art Shows by creating multimedia "environments" (now known as "installations"). In 1967 he began what would become 40 years of dance and choreography training at Hauser Dance. In 1971 he purchased the first truly portable video tape recorder and camera that recorded 20 minutes of black and white video on one-quarter inch, reel-to-reel videotape. In the early 70s he attended classes at the newly formed University Community Video. In the mid 80s he started creating his own experimental videos, using a large color camera and recorder he purchased in a thrift store for $25.00 (no one in the store knew what it was). Michael has received a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreography.

NANCY MASON HAUSER is a pioneer in the field of creating dance for television. She founded the Dance Project at the WGBH New Television Workshop in Boston (public television) in 1974 and received the first Bessie (the equivalent of an Emmy award in the avant-garde world of performing arts) for her work there. While at WGBH, she produced DANCE FOR CAMERA, three award-winning programs that commissioned choreographers to create new works for television (Trisha Brown, Dan Wagoner, Louis Faldo, Eliot Feld, Remy Charlip among others). In Los Angeles, her "Hanya: Portrait of a Dance Pioneer" was featured as the centerpiece of the 1985 American Film Institute's Women in Film Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The documentary also captured the Grand Prize from all categories in the 14th Annual Dance on Camera Competition in New York and First Prize in the Documentary category. As a cameraperson, she has recorded hundreds of dance performances in Boston, Los Angeles and the Twin Cities, creating an irreplaceable archive of regional dance work. Ms. Hauser has also been a critic for "Dance Magazine," the "Christian Science Monitor" and the "Boston Globe." She has taught Dance and Video at the California Institute for the Arts, the University of Minnesota, and the Summer Dance Program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

PAULA MANN has been a choreographer for thirty years. Mann was co-artistic director of the New York based company Dudek /Mann & Dancers with Tina Dudek from 1980-1986. In 1987 Mann moved to the Twin Cities and started Paula Mann Dance. Mann's work has been presented by many performance venues both in New York - at Dance Theater Workshop, P.S 122, Danspace, Off Broadway at the Douglass Fairbanks Theater, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the Lower East Side Dance Festival - and in the Twin Cities, by the Southern Theater, the O' Shaughnessy Dance Series and Women of Substance Series, The Ritz Theater, The Walker Art Center Red Eye Theater's Isolated Acts and the MN Dance Alliance. In 2003 she formed Time Track Productions with media artist Steve Paul. Mann has been recognized with several awards from the McKnight Foundation, including a 2003-2004 and 2008-2009 Fellowship for Choreographers, the Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, the MN State Arts Board, MRAC Arts Activities and Community Arts, 2005 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, two Sage Cowles Chairs at the University of Minnesota and a Bush Artist Fellowship. Mann has created over 50 new works throughout her entire career. She is full time faculty at the University of Minnesota Department of Theater and Dance. In July 2009 Time Track Productions presented their new work I Love Tomorrow at New York's Dance Theater Workshop.

RANEE RAMASWAMY has been teaching and performing Bharatanatyam in the Twin Cities since 1978. She is a disciple of Alarmel Valli, the world's leading exponent of Bharatanatyam. Ranee has received many grants and fellowships in recognition of her choreography, performance, and tireless work with Bharatanatyam in the Minnesota area, including numerous McKnight Artist Fellowships in categories of Choreography and Interdisciplinary Art, a Bush Fellowship for Choreography, a LIN (Leadership Initiative Neighborhood) Grant from the St. Paul Companies, and an Artist Exploration Fund Grant from Arts International (New York). Her work is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, The National Dance Project, and the Japan Foundation.

ROBERT C. HAMMEL an actor, designer, director, and film maker whose career has spanned theater, dance, film, and multimedia installations. Currently his Independent Film efforts are focused on Dance for Camera and Dance Documentaries. He has just completed the feature length dance documentary "SOLO: 1 X 2"; is in production for a dance documentary "A Bridge Between two Cultures: Sethu & Dhvee" in partnership with Ragamala Dance Theatre, commissioned by the Walker Art Center; and is in preproduction for a feature length documentary "Out of the Shadows" the story of Interact Center for the Arts, an Art Studio and Theatre Company composed of people with disabilities.

SHAWN MCCONNELOUG has been making art since 1990. As director of Orchestra*, a nationally recognized movement/theatre company, she has created and produced over thirteen original, multidisciplinary works presented throughout the United States, in Central America and Japan. Awards and fellowships include the National Endowment for the Arts, Bush and McKnight Fellowships, National Dance Project and a Sage Award for Outstanding Design. As a teaching artist, she has conducted residencies and workshops in movement/theatre practices and interdisciplinary collaboration locally, nationally and internationally since 1994. In addition to her live performance work, McConneloug has collaborated with filmmaker Greg Cummins creating short films that have been presented at over fifteen festivals across the US and Europe, including the Sundance Festival in Utah, Dance Screen in Vienna and La Nuit du Court Metrage Americain a Monaco Festival. McConneloug's current passion is exploring the relationship of performance and neuroscience. Her research is focused primarily on the brain's perception of space and time and in the area of mirror neurons and their connection to audience and empathy.

STEVE PAUL has been a writer, director, performer, designer and media artist based in the Twin Cities for twenty-six years. He was an original member of Red Eye Collaboration from 1984-1989. In 1989 he joined the staff of the Minnesota Dance Alliance, where he designed and built Studio 6A, a performance space for dance in located in Hennepin Center for the Arts. While at MDA, from 1989-1997 he designed lighting, sets and sound for most of the major dance companies and many theater companies in the Twin Cities. He began expanding his design work into media ten years ago. His work for new media (digital video, animation and motion graphics) has been seen in collaboration with many performance groups, including Paula Mann Dance, Ethnic Dance Theater, Patty Lynch/ Kent Stephens and the College of St. Catherine. He currently teaches animation/new media applications at the University of Minnesota Department of Art and The Art Institutes International Minnesota.

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