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Festival Opening Program: A preview of shorts from the festival programs
Wednesday, November 10, 2004, 19:00, St. Petersburg


Burst 5min, 2003, Iceland
Director: Reynir Lyngdal
Choreographer: Katrin Hall

Photo by Reynir Lyngdal
A couple fights in their bedroom over a burst water pipe. Techniques involving water tank explosions and trampolines. References: martial arts and cartoon strips.

Born in 1976, Reynir Lyngdal has directed several short films, commercials and music videos. He co-directed and produced the award winning dance film SLURP-INN (1997). He is currently working for Pegasus Pictures.

Born 1964, Katrin Hall studied at the National Theatre Ballet School of Iceland. She has been the Artistic Director of the Iceland Dance Company since 1996.

When Dancers Go Bowling 17 min, 2000, USA
Director: Michael DeMirjian
Choreographer: Amanda Rabin

Photo by Steve Andrich
Eight despondent dancers converge on a bowling alley and have their way with the facility. A deadpan 1961 bowling instruction record placidly narrates the wryly humorous ruckus. Michael DeMirjian, an Emmy Award winning editor turned director for this debut, provides the concept, rhythmic cutting and dry wit. Amanda Rabin, a Volinine Award winner and accomplished choreographer of stage and film, turns the entire bowling alley into a unique performance space. And Emmy Award winning Director of Photography Steve Andrich, one of the United States' premiere sports cinematographers, displays his mastery in capturing movement on-the-fly and understated lighting. (

Rosa 15min, 1992 (Belgium/UK)
Director: Peter Greenway
Choreographer: Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker

Woman and a man, a grande mansion, elegance mixed with oppresive decor...

Peter Greenaway is well-known in to Russian audiences for his films The Draughtsman's Contact in 1982, A Zed & Two Noughts in 1985, The Belly of an Architect in 1987, Drowning by Numbers in 1988, his most successful (in the mainstream) film in 1989, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Prospero's Books in 1991, the controversial The Baby of Mâcon in 1993, The Pillow Book in 1996, and 8 1/2 Women in 1999.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
, one of the most prominent modern European choreographers studied at MUDRA in Brussels, the school linked to La Monnaie and to Maurice Béjart's Ballet of the XXth Century, and then at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. On her return from the States, she founded her company Rosas and created Rosas danst Rosas – the creation that brought Rosas an international recognition. Together with Rosas and Brussels' Royal Opera De Munt/La Monnaie, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker has launched a new international school for contemporary dance, where sixty students coming from some 25 countries are trained, over a three-year period, by more than 50 teachers.

Bog (The God) 4.5min, 3D computer animation, 2003 (Russia)
Director: Konstantin Bronzit

A humorous animated short about Shiva's encounter with a fly. "Sometimes the Gods can be vulnerable." - Moscow Film Festival

Konstantin Bronzit is an internationally acclaimed animator and cartoonist. He graduated from art school in 1983 and from the Department of Industrial Design at the School of Art and Design in 1992. During his studies, Konstantin also worked as an animator at the Studio of Popular Science Films. It was at this studio where Bronzit made his first film "The Round About" in 1988. In 1988, Konstantin began actively drawing cartoons for magazines and newspapers. By 1994, he had participated in numerous international cartoon competitions winning more than twenty different awards for his cartoons. From 1993 until 1995, Konstantin worked as a scriptwriter, director and animator for several films for the Moscow animation studio "PILOT". In 1994, he graduated from higher courses in scriptwriting and directing with Fjodor Khitruk in Moscow. Bronzit's short animated films, including "Switchcraft", "Pacifier", "Knock Knock", "Die Hard", and "At The Ends of the Earth" have received more than 45 prizes and awards from festivals throughout the world including the grand prizes at ANNECY'95 and ANNECY'98.

Cost of Living 34 min, 35mm on video, 2004, England
Director: Lloyd Newson
Choreographer: Lloyd Newson and DV8

Photo by Lloyd Newson
David and Eddie are street performers struggling to get by in a seaside town. The Cost of Living follows them as they work, argue, fail at romance and fall out with old friends. The Cost of Living is part dance film, part drama. The stories are told through a combination of stylized movement and dialogue.

The Cost of Living is the fourth film of the DV8 Physical Theatre ( DV8's work is about taking risks, both physically and aesthetically, dealing with personal politics and, above all, communicating ideas and feelings clearly and unpretentiously. It is determined to be radical yet accessible, and to take its work to as wide an audience as possible.

As the Artistic Director of DV8 Physical Theatre since 1986, and DV8 Films since 1989, Lloyd Newson has had a dynamic impact on contemporary dance by challenging the traditional aesthetics and forms that pervade most modern and classical dance. Instead, Newson concentrates on connecting meaning to movement and addressing current social issues. Newson has created 14 works for stage, consistently receiving major British and international awards. After studying psychology, Newson won a full scholarship to London Contemporary Dance School. He went on to dance with many notable choreographers of the era before founding DV8. His work has included commissions from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festivals and Tate Modern, and films for the BBC and Channel 4.