This week’s webdance features Scott Matthew’s cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” one of the many songs Matthew produced for Alan Brown’s new film, Five Dances (about to released theatrically nationwide). The award-winning Matthew has taken this quintessential 80’s pop song and turned it into his own.
Brandon Cournay’s choreography shows the vulnerability and rawness of the dancers’ experience in rehearsal. Cournay is currently a dance member of Keigwin and Company and all of the dancers are working professionals in New York and LA, including Gary Schaufeld, Jakob Karr, Denise Miller, and Matthew Baker to name a few. Each dancer brings their own personality and style to this rendition. With effortless partner work and intense physical connections, Cournay, Brown, and Matthew bring us a refreshing glimpse into the dancer’s life.
Click here to check out a trailer for Alan Brown’s film, Five Dances!
This week’s webdance showcases Duncan McDowall, a writer and director originally from Canada. Starting off in the factual filmmaking business, McDowall worked on shows such as Discovery Channel’s How it’s Made. Transitioning into a more narrative fiction category, McDowall began creating works that demonstrated art and its existence. Upon creating Painted, McDowall won the Best Dance Film at the 2012 Fastnet Short Film Festival and was also nominated for Best of Festival and Best Original Music.
In McDowall’s short film Painted, a female dancer explores the walls of a building as it decays. With the choreography and music score, both embody the building’s retreat from the surrounding physical world. With the entrance of the dancer, distressed surreal images of the building are projected across the screen. As the black bird comes into frame, the audience can then identify the dancer as a creature of nature. Showing the toll of nature on the building, the dancer progresses across the cement floor until her final steps of life.http://www.vimeo.com/48077336
In 2010, Duncan also won the 12th edition of the COURS ÉCRIRE TON COURT annual scriptwriting competition for his short film script, The Horse Latitudes.
Taste of the Catskills Festival 2013
October 12, 2013 will mark the start of the Taste of the Catskills Festival. This two-day event is filled with food, workshops, activities, and even more. This year the festival will also host the New Video Installations and Performance by Pooh Kaye at the Maple Shade Farm. Pooh Kaye, an award-winning artist and choreographer will premiere her new video installations entitled, Yachta Yadda. This single frame video installation challenges a yacht ride with machines, a ladder, and the earth to generate a backyard pond with destructive results.
Along with her award-winning stop-motion films, Pooh Kaye has seen her work in the Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art to name a few.
(Note: Expect to see video hidden within farm equipment, layered projections and ambulatory objects!)
With today’s technology, anything is possible. Inventors use their imagination to create mind-blowing effects to capture a moment of power. Check out how Taiwan design house JL Design and KORB converted Human Movement into digital sculptures.
These visuals take a dancer’s movement and translate the motions into objects that resemble steel, wood, and water. Captivating mesmerizing twists, turns, and shapes, the elements take on a mind of themselves and rapidly progress through the entire frame. The trail of the dance in real materials shows a visual aspect of time.http://www.vimeo.com/69948148
Check out KORB’s latest project entitled O2 Refresh. A metallic substance changes appearances, shapes and looks to create a dynamic and cohesive cinematic story.http://www.vimeo.com/67195410
At the Moving Sounds Festival this past Sunday, Anna Brady Nuse curated a screening program called “Spontaneous Disruptions,” a collection of four dance on camera works that moved between states of calm reflection and spontaneous demonstration. Each one of these dance films brought viewers into another realm by rupturing our normal sense of reality.
SPACES AND BONES by Derrick Belcham with Melanie Maar and Kenta Negai
A mysterious black-hooded dancer and a Japanese musician turn a gazebo in Central Park into a sacred space to practice their arts.
FANFARE FOR MARCHING BAND by Danièle Wilmouth
FANFARE for MARCHING BAND follows the antics of a ragtag musical militia (Mucca Pazza), as they embark on an inept invasion through a parallel universe where their exuberant music is out of sync and unheard.
THE NEXT STEP IS by Victoria Sendra
Stuck in the tunnel of time, the only place to escape is in the same time, because time is imaginary.
TRANSPORTATION by Milan Misko
In which a man traverses an urban landscape via jump cuts only to have a strange encounter with himself.
Moving Sounds is an annual international festival of music, dance, improvised performances, visual media, and aesthetic dialogue produced by the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. The Festival features emerging and pioneering artists who focus on electronically generated music, and who are at the interface between classically-instrumented and electronic music.
The fifth annual festival was curated by Michel Galante, the director of the Argento New Music Project, and Melanie Maar, a New York-based dancer and choreographer originally from Vienna.