This week’s webdance features James Batchelor’s The Anatomist. This multi-talented dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker has worked throughout the world with guest artists such as Sue Healey, Prue Lang, Rebecca Hilton, and many more. Receiving his Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, Batchelor has gone on to win many awards. Working closely with his sister, he has continued to choreograph and dance every chance he gets. In The Anatomist, James explores the anatomy of the human body. Flashes of movement capture the body interlacing heavy breathing and pulsating heartbeats. With body art created by JoAnna Buckland, The Anatomist will leave you feeling as if it’s your own body that is being explored.
Kinetic Cinema presents:
The Ballerina and the Bum
a screening and discussion of the work of Eleanor Antin
Wednesday, May 8th 8pm @ Spectacle $5
I first saw Eleanor Antin’s ballerina persona on video at ICA Philadelphia’s Dance With Camera exhibition in 2009, and was captivated by the story behind her work. Antin herself had never studied ballet before but took lessons to embody a ballerina persona for a series of videos she made over many years. “Fake it till you make it,” is the ethos of the character and the process of making the work. “The Ballerina and the Bum”, made in 1974, is Antin’s first ballerina video. Like the character on screen, Antin herself was heading into the unknown with the role, discovering her quirks, her ambitions, and her motivations. Simultaneously video was a new medium at the time, and she wanted to explore its form, but also tell a compelling story. Thus, Antin’s videos are like intimate diaries, or documentaries of her various personas.
Later Antin would develop her ballerina persona into “Eleanora Antinova” the so-called black ballerina of Diaghalev’s Ballet Russes. This older, more refined character spawned a series of short films in the style of silent film that were compiled into “From the Archives of Modern Art.” Through all of these personas Antin delivers sharp and witty commentaries about the state of women in art, aging, breaking into a fiercely competitive field, and retaining one’s artistic integrity. Despite being almost 40 years old, “The Ballerina and the Bum” has the look and feel of an epic online video made today. Even the bum looks like a guy you know from Bushwick. The only difference between then and now is that the Ballerina would be trying to break onto the set of “So You Think You Can Dance”, and the bum would be a musician (or standup comedian).
At Kinetic Cinema we will be showing Antin’s “The Ballerina and the Bum”, short excerpts from some of Antin’s other ballerina films, and a short by Rajendra Serber from the online film series “Dances Made to Order.”
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Pentacle’s Movement Media Project programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
KINETIC CINEMA is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Additional funding is provided by the generous contributions of individuals to Pentacle’s Movement Media Project.
This week’s webdance features Ryan J. Woodward’s Thought of You. Ryan Woodward, a renowned and successful animator has worked on countless projects and films such as Spider-man 2 & 3, The Avengers, and many more. In this animated story Thought of You, Ryan explores the idea of life continuing forward while the world spins madly on.http://www.vimeo.com/14803194
Check out the making of Thought of You below!
This week’s webdance showcases Neue Films, a group of filmmakers and graphic designers based in New York City. This music video, “Fire to the Ground” by The Forms, features a Busby Berkeley-esque moving crane shot of dancers gesturing explosions, fire, and gun shooting while dressed in vibrant red costumes.http://www.vimeo.com/26331552
With some strategy, creativity and the right team of people you can make brilliant promo videos of your dances that will blow people away. It doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg or take essential time away from your work.
Anna Brady Nuse, director of Pentacle’s Movement Media will review your videos, address your questions, and give advice based on her years of experience as a dance filmmaker and curator of dance for screen.
Guess Who’s In the Green Room
are free, half-hour 1:1 conversations with leaders in the field
Friday, April 12th 11am-2pm
Gibney Dance Center
890 Broadway, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212 677 8560