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InspireDance Festival: Curated Dance Film Shorts

“Lessons in Becoming Unhindered: A Night of Dance on Camera,” curated by Visual and Cultural Studies Graduate student Taryn Ely.

This event features six short films/videos that reflect on the ability of dance and camera to radically open and alter a world. Three 16mm film prints come from the University of Rochester’s Film and Media Studies program collection and represent early examples of dance on camera in the history of American avant-garde filmmaking. These films utilize the combination of dance and film to transform our perceptions of space and time into a dreamlike fantasy. An additional three videos come from contemporary, award-winning visual artists and dance companies that utilize dance on camera as a means of radically redefining the body and its environment. Conceptions of transformation and release inform these six diverse films and videos that all converge around the movement of the body.

A Study in Choreography for Camera (1945)
Maya Deren and Talley Beatty.
16mm, silent, b&w. 4 min.

T.I.A (THIS is Africa) (2016)
Matthieu Maunier-Rossi and Aïpeur Foundou.
Hd video, color, sound. 7:19 min.

Breakaway (1966)
Bruce Conner and Toni Basil.
16mm, sound, b&w. 5 min.

Able (2018)
Jacob Jonas and ILL-Abilities Dance Crew.
Hd video, color, sound. 5:09 min.

Lullaby of Broadway (1935)
Busby Berkeley.
16mm, sound, b&w. 17 min.

La cabeza mató a todos (2014)
Beatrice Santiago Muñoz and Michel Nonó.
Hd video, color, sound 7:33 min.


The inspireDANCE Festival is made possible through the generous support of the UR Program of Dance and Movement, The Office of Jeffrey Runner, Dean of the College in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, Office for Faculty Development and Diversity,  Ain Center for Entrepreneurship, Office of Admissions, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies.

Saturday, February 22 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Wilson Commons, Gowen Room
201 Wilson Commons, Rochester, 14611

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