City Contemporary Dance Co

In a special DFA program curated by Doug Fox
as invited by CCDC Director Raymond Wong

1) “Your Skin is Woven in Mine” (2008) — 1:26 Minutes
Diesel’s 55DSL brand commissioned NYC-based Tronic Studio to produce a short film to open its fashion show in Italy. Turning to dancing real and virtual bodies, this film explores the idea that in the future, design patterns could be woven into or imprinted directly onto our skin. Techniques and technologies incorporated into this production include 3D animation, photorealistic CG doppelgangers, and high-speed HD cameras.

2) “Body/Traces” Trailer (2009) — 1:18 Minutes
Collaborating artists Lisa Parra (choreographer) and Sophie Kahn (new media artist) present a new 3D animation. This piece, originally created as a single-channel video installation, examines the body and representation through the interaction of 3D imaging, lasers, movement, sound and environment.

3) “Chandon – After Party” (2007) — 34 Seconds
A combination of live action and computer graphics were used in this TV commercial featuring a Tango-dancing wireframe couple constructed from a champagne bottle cap. Produced by advertising agency Dentsu America.

4) “En Tus Brazos” (2006) — 5:20 Minutes
A 3D narrative-based animation about a tragic accident that befalls a great Tango dancer of the 1920s. Direction and animation: François-Xavier Goby, Matthieu Landour and Edouard Jouret.

5) “Reminiscence” (2008) — 3:30 Minutes
Video artist Morgan Beringer used a variety of rotoscoping styles (tracing over live-action video footage) to capture the unique movement patterns of jugglers and movement artists.

6) “Body Navigation” (2008) — 8:08 Minutes
Recoil Performance Group’s dance installation with real-time, interactive graphics, premiered in Copenhagen as part of Danish Dance Theatre’s “Labyrinth.” Choreography by Tina Tarpgaard, and visual and interaction design by Ole Kristensen and Jonas Jongejan.

7) “Feet of Song” (1988) — 5:27 Minutes
Inspired by African music and art, UK-based 2D animator and dancer Erica Russell, who grew-up in South Africa, explores rhythms, colors and moving forms.

8) “Underscribble” (2006) – 3:39 min.
A collaboration between choreographer Jonah Bokaer and video artist Michael Cole, Underscribble is choreographed and performed using the 3D animation software DanceForms 1.0. This work addresses the multiplication of the moving human body, while erasing its presence.

9) “Mr. Fortune” (2006) — 2:14 Seconds
Tel-Aviv-based animator Eric Lerner created this live action/CG animation that features the rhythmic ambulations of the stretchy Mr. Fortune as part of his graduation project at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem.

10) “Garden of Butterflies” Excerpt From “Ballet of Light” (2007) — 1:43min
Jody Sperling, artistic director, Time Lapse Dance, re-imagines modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller’s “Ballet of Light” (1908). While in the original a hand-cranked magic lantern generated the kaleidoscope of colors, Sperling collaborates with digital video artist Roger Hanna in this updated version to project ever-changing circular patterns on to a transparent scrim located in front of the dancers. The video shows students from Barnard College performing the work at Time Lapse Dance’s 2008 season at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC.

11) “TextField” (2002) — 1:00 Minute
Text Field, an ASCII-only animation, is based upon a single, continuous sequence of improvised movement footage filmed in November 2001. Each of the 545 still images that comprise the piece were generating by the Pict2Ascii software that analyzes an image and then renders it in a text-based approximation. Improvisation, software analysis and editing by Chirstinn Whyte and Jake Messenger.

12) The Prodigy’s “Warrior’s Dance” (2009) — 3:28 Minutes
Directed by Corin Hardy, this music video features cigarette packs coming to life in a club dance scene surrounded by fire. Both puppetry and stop motion animation techniques are used in conjunction with live-action footage to mimic a rave dance party.

13) “Human Skateboard” (2007) — 32 Seconds
A stop-motion TV commercial created for Sneaux Shoes by director PES. Sneaux fans are encouraged to create and share their own stop-motion skateboarding adventures.

14) “Her Morning Elegance” (2008) — 3:36 Minutes
A stop-motion animation from Israeli co-directors Yuval and Merav Nathan for singer/songwriter/co-director Oren Lavie. This music video consists of over 3,000 still photos taken during the course of a two-day shoot.

15) “Snap” (2008) — 2:02 Minutes
Anaheim Ballet, a pioneer in bringing ballet to larger audiences via YouTube, turns to stop-motion animation to capture dancers at fun during rehearsals.

16) “Trash Dance” (2008) — 1:03 Minutes (No Audio Track)
Oliver Fergusson-Taylor, then pursuing a Masters in Digital Effects at Bournemouth University, created this mixed live-action and computer graphics animation featuring a 3D model constructed of discarded materials and the breakdancing of Exlis Staddon.

17) “Anima Istanbul” (2009) — 30 Seconds
Ayse Unal of Anima Istanbul and compositor Ilhan Poyraz mimic the pre-cinema era zoetrope to promote the Instanbul 2009 Independent Film Festival. The quick-paced movement sequences were created by compositing still photographs of the actors taken at eight different angles and a combination of 2D and 3D animation techniques.

18) “Wanderlust” (2008) — 7:38 Minutes
Björk’s award-winning music video created with puppets, live action video and computer graphics, can be viewed in both 2D and stereoscopic 3D. Directed by Encyclopedia Pictura, produced by Ghost Robot, choreographed by Chris Elam.

For questions on this program, contact Doug Fox (NYC) or Raymond Wong(Hong Kong) Visit Hong Kong Science Museum

This program was made possible in part through DFA’s touring program sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, the members of DFA, and the Susan Braun Trust.


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Hedwig Dances

Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street

October 13, 2009 6 p.m. Dance for the Camera International Film Screening: Character Studies

October 14, 2009 6 p.m. Dance for the Camera and Hedwig Dances Present: Making Dance for the Stage and for Film

This FREE two-evening program presents innovative examples of dance films created by artists in the Midwest and around the world. The Tuesday screening, Character Studies, will feature films by Pina Bausch, Michael Jackson, and other artists that explore the themes of character, gender, and personality. On Thursday, audiences will have the unique opportunity to view a new dance film along with the live performance that it is based upon.

A preview of choreographer Jan Bartoszek’s dance film, Arch of Repose, will be shown with live performance by Hedwig Dances, and will be followed by a discussion moderated by Lucia Mauro with members of the film’s creative team. Dance for the Camera 2009 is co-curated by Jan Bartoszek and Sarah Best and is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Hedwig Dances, the Dance Films Association, Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance and the Chicago Dancemakers Forum

Tribute to Pina Bausch and Michael Jackson, 14m
The curators of Dance for the Camera invite you to remember Pina Bausch, a leading influence in the development of tanztheater, and Michael Jackson, the King of Pop and to discover what we can learn by watching excerpts of their work side-by-side. The dance documentary Ladies and Gentlemen over 65 (Damen und Herren ab 65) (dir. Lilo Mangelsdorff, 2002) chronicles the making of the work Kontakthof, for which Bausch decided to audition older, non-professional dancers. Out of 150 candidates, 25 were selected and trained for a year. Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal (1987) originated as a forty minute sequence filmed as a part of the Moonwalker movie. The video transports the viewer to another place and time with dramatic lighting, period costumes, special effects, and elements of classic movies in the gangster film genre.

Dance Like Your Old Man
Gideon Obarzanek & Edwina Throsby, 2007, Australia; 10m
Six women imitate their dads’ dancing. Winner of Cinedans 2008

Alla Kovgan and David Hinton, 2008, USA/Zimbabwe/Mozambique/UK; 35m
Based on the true stories of the Zimbabwe-born dancer/choreographer Nora Chipaumire, this is a swiftly moving poem of sound and image, alternately tragic and comic. A fiercely embattled African girl experiences the joys and disappointments of love and struggles against intimidation and violence to gain her independence. Shot entirely on location in Southern Africa, NORA includes a multitude of local performers and dancers of all ages, from schoolchildren to grandmothers, with rousing music by Zimbabwean legend Thomas Mapfumo.

Naomi & Irving
Laura Bouza, USA; 4m
Direction/Cinematography/Editing by Laura Bouza, Sound Mix by Laura Bouza, Ryan Philippi, Craig Smith
Filmed in Boyton Beach, Florida, at ages 80 and 90 respectively, Naomi and Irving share their exercise routines in an exploration of choreography and the everyday.

Neck & Neck
3 card molly (Ania Greiner and Liz Winfield), Chicago, USA; 7m19s
Set along a desolate stretch of abandoned train tracks, the film is a musing on female aggression and competition, friends and foes, work and play, and the anxiety of leaving childhood behind.

On Falling (excerpt)
Nadia Oussenko, Chicago, USA, 2.5 m
A character study of a woman at a bus stop, this film is an excerpt of a longer meditation on falling, which was shot in a variety of public and private spaces. On Falling will premiere at the Music Box Theater, with Jan Bartoszek’s film, Arch of Repose, on November 11, 2009.

Slave Unit
Cel Crabeels, Belgium, 5m
A slave flash is a term used to describe a flash that is triggered by another master flash.  In this short film, a man and a woman photograph each other in turns, at the exact moment when the camera’s ‘slave unit’ flashes. The photographer-hunter turns into the model-prey and vice versa. Slave Unitwas most recently seen in Chicago at the NEXT Art Fair.

For more information about this weekend, contact Hedwig Dances

This program was made possible through DFA’s touring program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the members of DFA, and the Susan Braun Trust.


Dance On Camera Around the World

January 26
Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY
February 9, 10 Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
March 10-11
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
February 23
March 23
June 9
Readymade Dance Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
March 11, 17, 31 National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
March 18-19 Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (American College Dance Festival)
March 15, 16, 21 Radford University, Radford, VA (American College Dance Festival)
March 30 Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain
March 31 Missoula Dance on Camera, Missoula, MT, (ACDF)
April 13 Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison
April 16-17 Washington Center for the Arts, Olympia, WA
April 19
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA
April 20
Florida State University Tallahassee
April 24 Cinema Muranow, Warsaw, Poland
April 25 Muscota New School , New York City
as part of National Dance Week
April 25 Pratt Institute Manhattan, 7pm, Free – NYS ADTA
April 26 – May 1
Dance Camera Istanbul, Turkey
April 26 City Dance Ensemble, Washington, DC
May 12-13 Circle Cinema, Tulsa, OK
May 13 Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY (Dance Film Lab)
May 11-17 Jacob Burns Center, Pleasantville, NY
May 22 Dance/Screen, Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, CA
May 22 Dance Film Lab, for Young Choreographers Initiative
June 7-12 Moves 07, Manchester, UK
June 7-8, 14-15
Philadelphia Dance Projects, Philadelphia, PA

June 27, July 5

Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
June 19-23 SouthSide Film Institute, Bethlehem, PA
June 30 Danceworks, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 30, July 7
Contemporary Dance, Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
July 19-29
New Horizons Festival/Kinotanca, Poland
July 21 Danceworks, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 23
Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
August 4 Danceworks, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
August 29 Miami Int’l Ballet Festival, Miami, Florida
September 13 Juilliard School, Dance Division, New York City
September 7
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
September 14-16
Rochester Dance on Camera Festival , NY
Sept. 8,15,22, 29 Pre-screening for Dance on Camera Festival ’08 at Dance/NYC
September 27 Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
October 4,11
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Sept. 26-Oct. 11 Beijing Dance Academy, South China Normal University, China
October 24-25 Cultural Center Hedwig Dances, Chicago, Il
November (tbd) DeSales University, Center Vallery, PA
November 1-4 10th ROMP! Suddenly Dance Theatre, Victoria, BC, Canada
November 16 Educators Special, an introductory workshop co-sponsored by
New York Federation of Teachers at Dance/NYC
November 2-3 San Diego Tijuana Dance Film Festival
November 16-18 NJ State Film Festival of Cape May, New Jersey
December 12 Educators Special, an introductory workshop co-sponsored by
New York Federation of Teachers at 52 Broadway, New York
December 28-30 Flint Center for the Arts, Flint, MI