Tag: dance films

9 Screendance Artists You Should Know About

Tanin Torabi Splitting her time between her native Iran and Ireland, Tanin Torabi places moving bodies in pedestrian spaces as a way of rewriting spoken and unspoken rules of engagement. In her award-winning 2017 film The Dérive, Torabi moves through a busy market in Tehran, the camera capturing onlookers’ reactions. Dancing is prohibited in Iran, […]

Jeremy Jacob Explores the Choreography of Filmmaking

Filmmaker Jeremy Jacob has some advice: “Let people know if you want to collaborate.” Their own recent collaborations include “Dear Merce,” with Netta Yerushalmy, and “David,” with Pam Tanowitz for American Ballet Theatre, starring David Hallberg. Jacob discovered dance as a student at Parsons School of Design, when the study of film and picture making […]

One Strategy For Creating Dance During a Pandemic? Digital Now, Live Later

Elle Macy and Dylan Wald in Ghost Variations Lindsay Thomas, Courtesy PNB From its evocative title to its ethereal sets to the final film execution, Lang’s Ghost Variations explores the fear of losing touch with earthly reality. Set to Robert Schumann’s final piano work, with additional music by his widow, Clara, the ballet features two […]

How Do You Get Your Work Into a Screendance Festival?

Screendance has existed since the invention of motion pictures. But this hybrid art form, which is also called “dance film” and “cinedance,” has remained a fringe genre of filmmaking—until now. During the pandemic, the screen has arguably become the most popular place for dancemakers to explore their craft. With the multitudes of screendance works now […]

Exclusive Clip of a Young Twyla Tharp…Being Very Twyla

Twyla Tharp is well-known for being a singularly no-nonsense artist. In this clip, you can see just how matter-of-factly she spoke about her own choreography even back in her 30s: She talks through each gesture of a phrase in the “Black Bottom Stomp” from her classic Eight Jelly Rolls, describing her step inspirations—from “shame on […]

What Does It Take to Carve Out a Career in Dance Filmmaking?

The past year’s worth of pandemic-influenced art has convinced many dance artists to try their hands at filmmaking for the first time—and subsequently find out they have a knack for it. But what does it take to make a career out of dance filmmaking? The answer isn’t simple, but the necessary skills are, luckily, ones […]

This Free Online Festival Showcases the Crème de la Crème of the U.K. Dance Scene

Hip-hop festival Breakin’ Convention will take the show off the main stage and into the theater’s public spaces, transforming them with a unique dialogue between popping, voguing and flamenco dance styles. Additional rep comes from Candoco Dance Company, Oona Doherty, English National Ballet, Boy Blue, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Far From The Norm and Rambert, to […]