Outdoors ‘ScreenDance’ Combines Dance, Film
Local performers join the digital revolution at Danceworks
the program to expose his student dancers and Milwaukee audiences to exciting new dance
work by small modern companies from around the world that they would not see
otherwise. His second important goal is to encourage dance artists to join the
digital revolution, to expose their bodies and their work to film, to recognize
that dance is already viewed online more than in the physical world, and to ask
questions about, say, how to make a dance with integrity for viewing on a cell
phone screen. Originating artists today, he believes, can envision their work
in terms of these technologies and develop sensitivity to the tools and
possibilities of filmed dance. He dreams of what dance artists could achieve on
film with a Hollywood budget. Meanwhile, he
points cash-strapped artists to the possibilities offered by YouTube, an
inexpensive camera and the free services of any library.
Seven of the films in ScreenDance come courtesy
of the Dance Films Association (DFA), which has been collecting, showcasing and
preserving dance films and videos since 1956. Founded by Susan Braun of Jacob’s
Pillow Dance Festival, with charter members Ted Shawn and Jose Limon, the DFA
vision of our “time of extraordinary transformation” in the way dance is
viewed. Award-winning works from Canada,
The Netherlands, Britain and
the United States
will be shown.
Two works by Milwaukee artists were selected for
presentation: Inside Out (2010) by Alex Sheehan with choreographer
Simone Ferro and dancers Andrew Zanoni and Lauren Hafner Addison; and Residual
Moment (2010) by Liz Zastrow, which combines filmed and live dance
performed by the filmmaker to examine the contrast between present experience
and one’s digitally recorded memory of it.
In case of rain, the show will move indoors to the
Danceworks Studio. Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Tickets: $10. Call (414) 277-8480 or visit www.danceworksmke.org.