Dance Film – Choreography as Cinematic Storytelling

“Dance film is an ever-changing hybrid art form that has grown in visibility over the course of the past ten years. It challenges our notion of what dance and film can be and gives us new perspectives on the world around us. Through films and excerpts, filmmaker Maja Friis and a representative from 60secondsdance will explore and discuss how the two art forms can be used to echo each other. What happens when the art forms merge and a new language arises with movement as its focal point? And how can you use dance for cinematic storytelling?
This session includes screenings of 60secondsdance winners and other dance films.

Maja Friis (DK) is a Danish filmmaker who works in the intersection between film and choreography, documentary and fiction. Her debut “Ballerina” (2013), a poetic dance documentary, was nominated for a Danish film critic’s award for ‘Best Danish Documentary’ and received an artist award from the Danish Art Council.
“Rehearsal Night”, her latest documentary, premiered at CPH:DOX 2017.
She is currently developing a choreographic VR project entitled “Ice Cave”.

The online, international 60secondsdance competition has played an important role in increasing visibility for the dance film genre. 1200 one-minute films have been submitted since the beginning of the competition in 2011. The films have had more than 120,000 views online and over 20,000 audiences worldwide have experienced live screenings of the films.

Photo credit: Outlier: Photo by Loughlan Prior, 2017
Runner-up, 60secondsdance, Denmark”

 

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