DANCE ON SCREENPerformance Space and ReelDance present the 6th ReelDance International Dance on Screen Festival, the largest event celebrating the collision of art, dance and film in Australia. The Festival launches its national tour and is presented by Performance Space as part of You Are Here May-June season at CarriageWorks from 13-16 May, 2010. This biennial event presents cutting edge film and video from diverse dance genres created by Australian, Indigenous and international directors and performers.
Tracie Mitchell, ReelDance director and curator of the festival said “We are thrilled with the calibre of this year’s work and the response to the Festival theme of ‘Space’ from the very best talent in this art form from all corners of the globe. ReelDance still presents the only opportunity for Australian audiences to catch this international line-up. From the deadly serious to the seriously whimsical, this year’s festival has something to offer everyone.”
Opening night features a full-length work by acclaimed New York visual artist Eve Sussman. Inspired by the Caravaggio painting The Rape of the Sabine Women, Sussman’s feature length work made in 2005, reinterprets the mythical Roman story in the 70’s and crosses continents from LA Hollywood Hills to Athens via Berlin. This evocative and sensual work is enhanced by Jonathan Belper’s soundtrack. Belper is iconic artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney’s longtime collaborator. He composed and arranged the soundtracks for Barney’s epic Cremaster Cycle.
Also screening on opening night is Australian filmmaker Daniel Askill’s multi-award winning short We Have Decided Not to Die. Daniel works internationally as a filmmaker and artist. He has directed music clips for Phoenix, Placebo, U.N.K.L E and Sia. His recent commercial work has included directing global campaigns for Cadillac, Air France, X Box and Christian Dior. Daniel has also created a number of video installations with recent commissions from the designer Michelle Jank, Japanese Buddhist group Soka Gakkai and for Rafael Bonachella’s We Unfold for the Sydney Dance Company.
The Imaginings of Shelly Love celebrates the unique artistry of the UK based acclaimed artist and director Shelly Love. International guest of the festival, Love presents a retrospective program. Her multi award winning career over the last fifteen years includes the direction of video clips for independent bands and singers such as Ladyhawke, The Irrepressibles and Charlotte Hatherley.
Deep in Vogue explores the evolution of ‘Vogue’ culture from the queer ‘balls’ in Harlem to Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour and is presented in a double blockbuster that showcases Jennie Livingston’s award winning documentary, Paris is Burning (1990) followed by In Bed with Madonna (1991).
Send The Cameras Out- Nine artists were given one month each to respond to the question ‘What is Dance on Screen?’ A new initiative creating opportunities for Indigenous dance makers, editors and composers to engage with making dance for screen works. Artists involved include choreographers include Marilyn Miller, Vicky Van Hout (Bangarra Dance Theatre) and Deon Hastie (Leigh Warren Dancers).
Other events at the festival include: the ReelDance Australia and New Zealand Awards, You’re Not From Here Are You? – two programs of international short films curated by the new festival director Tracie Mitchell, Forward Motion – a collection of outstanding UK films accompanied by artist interviews, Out of the Hat: A Chance Screening – where ten minute films are literally pulled out of a hat by a guest compère and screened, a homage to New York experimental artists Merce Cunningham and John Cage.
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Festival Pass $80/$70
Day Pass $50/$40
Single Screening $20/$15
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13-16 May 2010
Performance Space
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