Program 12: All Time Favorites
(4min, 2001, New Zealand)
on the ancient story of Dedalus and Icarus, the boy who flew too
close to the sun, the film describes through the language of movement,
the final moments before separation.
|photo by Shona McCullagh
one of New Zealand's outstanding dancer/choreographers and a founder
of The Human Garden Dance Company, is known in the dance film
world for her short “Hurtle” (1998) that appeared
in major festivals around the world. Shona has also choreographed
for television productions such as Xena-Warrior Princess and for
corporate companies (DFS Galleria), product launches (Roche) and
fashion shows (Calvin Klein).
(30 min, 2000, Slovenia)
Director: Saso Podgorsek
Choreographer: Iztok Kovac
is not only a code for the world that the eyes of our generation
see when looking back - it is also a code for the spaces of
freedom an artist tries to create, wanting to rise above the
banality of everyday life, wishing to inflame his imagination
and to untie his body. To make a body stand upright when hanging
from the wall is a gesture that in its heresy resembles fluttering
of a bird on top of a gigantic chimney: goodbye, Earth! But
the bird is not alone anymore, it has its flock of black birdies,
which in a fleeting, unfocused shot become one with black dots
on a die and with black dots on a piece of white paper. - Stojan
|photo by Saso Podgorsek
Cobra and Phantom gave birth to Dom Svobode. The godfathers
were Kurasawa and Bunuel. The town of Trbovlje is Galilean see.
The walls are not vertical any more.- Saso Podgorsek
solo dancer, choreographer and the founder of EN-KNAP, an international
dance group, has one of those creative energies which has enabled
him, starting from nothing, to bring Slovene modern dance onto
the European and world stages.
Born in 1964, Saso Podgorsek
graduated from the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television
in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since then he has realized a number
of programmes for Studio Ljubljana at TV Slovenia and collaborated
with Arxel Tribe production house (computer animation), Iztok
Kovac and his group En-knap, as well as of Mute Records, Ajax
Studio, ZRC SAZU, Stop magazine and several advertising agencies.
Director: Peter Greenway
Choreographer: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
a man, a grande mansion, elegance mixed with oppressive decor...
Peter Greenway is well-known to world 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.
"Black Spring" (26min,
Director: Benoit Dervaux
Choreographer: Heddy Maalem
the Best Choreography for the Camera Award at the New York Dance
on Camera Festival 2003, this film questions our way of looking
at African bodies in movement. How can we surpass the numerous
clichés that arise from our purely Western perception
of Africa? Taken out of their usual context and endowed with
a certain abstraction, the dancers' movements are filmed in
such a way as to reflect very singular experience. The choreography
interspersed with scenes of contemporary life in Africa, highlights
both the political and emotional sensitivities of modern African
|photo by Benoit Dervaux
Born in 1966, Benoit Dervaux
climbed the ranks from camera assistant to camera operator to
become one of the leading cinematographers in Belgium cinema.
Simultaneously, started a career of his own as a documentary film
director with “Gigi and Monica” in 1994. In 1996,
directed the highly praised “Gigi, Monica... & Bianca”,
nominated for the Prix Europa in the non-fiction category in 1997.
Also known for his collaboration as cinematographer with Luc and
Jean-Pierre Dardenne on the acclaimed “La Promesse”
and “Rosetta”, winner of the Golden Palm at the Cannes
Film Festival in 1999.
Heddy Maalem was
born in Batna, Algeria. Before discovering dance, he had been
an avid practitioner of aikido for many years. In 1990, he established
“La Compagnie Ivoire”. Heddy Maalem treats the body
the same way as the poet treats the language. His precise and
refine choreographies evoke light and determination.
"Cost of Living" (40min,
Director: Lloyd Newson and DV8
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.
|photo by Lloyd Newson
The Cost of Living is the fourth film of the DV8 Physical Theatre
(http://www.dv8.co.uk/). 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.