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Contact: Angey Murray
Date: 4/14/05
 
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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 adult language.
       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.