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DANCE FOR THE CAMERA -- “Counter Phrases
2,” a film by Thierry de Mey of France, is one of seven international dance
pieces that will be featured at “Dance for the Camera” at Southeastern
Louisiana University April 21. The seven films featured represent artists
from across the globe.
SOUTHEASTERN DANCE PRESENTS “DANCE
FOR THE CAMERA” APRIL 21
HAMMOND – Southeastern
Louisiana University dance professor Martie Fellom will present “Dance
for the Camera,” a compilation of seven award-winning short films, April
21 at the Student Union Theatre.
The free 7 p.m. event features
works by artists from England, Canada, Cuba, the Netherlands and France.
The films were nominated for juried awards at a Lincoln Center film/dance
festival last winter.
Kicking off the event will
be “Cost of Living” by choreographer and director Lloyd Newson of England.
The 34-minute piece through the eyes of the London artist’s DV8 camera
takes viewers to a faded seaside town where street performers struggle
to find work and romance. The film hurls provocations and scalding humor
at notions of how the fit and unfit are supposed to act. The piece contains
A five-minute piece by
Annie Bradley of Canada and Cuba will be featured, telling a compelling
story by choreographer/performer Learie McNicholls. “Tongue Bully,” produced
by Jordana Aarons, is described by Fellom as a pithy short, combining movement
and potent spoken word to create a portrait of contemporary Havana.
Next is the presentation
of writer and director Clara van Gool of the Netherlands, choreographer
Suzy Blok and composer Vincent van Warmerdam’s “Reimerswaal.” The eight-minute
piece, inspired by the poetry of Gerrit Achterberg and funded by the Dutch
Film Fund, follows a mysterious encounter for Fifi Arp and Peter van Vuuren
in the sea.
Marking the half-way point
in the evening is “Counter Phrases 2,” a film by Thierry de Mey of France.
The 26-minute piece, which contains brief nudity, is choreographed by Anne
Teresa de Keersmaeker.
Written by a series of
composers and co-produced with ARTE France, Avila, Rosas and Ictus, “Counter
Phrases 2” fashions a stunning dance film with split frame composition,
landscape, and movement scheme.
The 10-minute film “I”
by Marion Levy of France, co-directed with Emmanuel Salinger, is described
as an amusing short, depicting Levy as a young dancer hunted by a growing
collection of toe shoes which surround her like loving dogs. The film is
produced by Agathe Berman for Les Films d’Ici.
Rounding out the evening
are two additional films from Ontario, “Man’dalas” by Cosimo Zitani and
“Shadow Pleasures: The Cinnamon Peeler” by Veronice Tennant. Choreographed
by Mark Johnson, “Man’dalas” fashions the mundane into the sublime when
Johnson is trapped in a revolving door and discovers his only escape is
to succumb to the flow of circular motion. “Shadow Pleasures: The Cinnamon
Peeler,” inspired by Michael Ondaatje’s reading of his sensual poems, features
choreography by Veronica Tennant for Gail Skrela and Sean Ling.
“Dance for the Camera,”
supported by the Lyceum Arts and Lectures Committee at Southeastern, is
part of the Dance on Camera Festival Touring Partners sponsored by Dance
Film Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
For additional information,
contact Fellom at 985-549-2133.