Videodance happenings in NYC

As the miasma of the web can be all-consuming, I’m taking a moment from my youtube wanderings to report locally on what’s happening right here and now in NYC with videodance. If you aren’t in the New York area, I’d also like to hear and post about happenings in your neck of the woods, so feel free to email me with news of screenings, events, forums, workshops and the like.

First off, for anybody who is seeking feedback on their work, or interested in watching and discussing videodance with a great group of folks, you should head to Williamsburg this Tuesday for the next Dance Film Lab:

Dance Film Lab
Tues. October 9, 2007, 8pm at the South 4th Bar and Cafe in Brooklyn.
South 4th Bar and Café is located at 90 South 4th Street at Berry St, Williamsburg; (718) 218.7478; Subway: L at Bedford Ave. ; J, M, Z at Marcy Ave.

This salon series offers screenings and discussion of dance films
and videos as still works-in-progress. Dance filmmakers join together
to present raw footage, drafts, works-in- progress and newly finished
films to their peers for constructive feedback, share information, and
address technical, practical and artistic challenges. Free and open to
public. For a review of the first Lab in October, ’06, click here
Reservations are necessary.
To attend and/or present at the Lab, contact Zachary Morris:

been at every Dance Film Lab since it started a year ago, and I can’t
say enough about it. Zach is a fabulous moderator who creates a
supportive, inclusive, and safe atmosphere for the artists and viewers
alike. Using the Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange process of Critical Reponse
people are able to give constructive feedback that is useful to the
artists. I’ve shown a bunch of stuff (raw and finished) at these Labs
and always felt invigorated and buoyed by the exchange. This Lab will
be the first one in a public space (before it was hosted by filmmaker
Kathleen Fitzgerald in her live/work space The Bunker which, alas, is
no more…) and I’m hoping that it will be as cozy and warm as the
previous labs. Zach promises that the folks at South 4th Bar are great
and excited to have us, so come check it out!

Secondly, the deadline for the next Dance On Camera Festival has passed, however you may still be able to be part of the selection process. The Dance Films Association
has been holding a series of pre-screenings on Saturdays at Dance/NYC
in Soho as well as by appointment at their office in Chelsea. The goal
is to have each entry viewed by at least four people who evaluate them
and narrow down the selection for the programmers. Last year I
coordinated the pre-screenings and watched close to 200 titles! It’s a
fascinating process to see the range of work being made from all over
the world, and as thanks, DFA is granting pre-screeners who watch 3 hrs
a free 07-08 membership.  If you are interested in being a pre-screener contact Deirdre Towers or Latika Young at:


robbinschilds C.L.U.E.
@ PS 122

Photo by A.L. Steiner

fall performance season is well underway in New York, and I’m noticing
that videodance programs are popping up in conjunction with live
programs more and more.  Here are a few that sound interesting:

Club Midnight @ Two Boots Pioneer Theatre
new cinema by Amy Greenfield
Friday Oct. 5th & Saturday Oct. 6th @ midnight
East 3rd Street between Avenues A and B (closer to A)
MIDNIGHT turns erotic dance around, into a female empowering expression
of desire, mystery, longing, danger, energy, strength, anguish, and
joy. The multi-talented dancers reveal themselves – body and soul – in
several interrelated films.

at Crossing The Line: FIAF Fall Festival
The Best of Hors Pistes from Centre Pompidou
Friday & Saturday, October 5 & 6 at 7pm
Tinker Auditorium , 55 East 59th Street
(Saturday’s screening includes The Cost of Living a must-see dance film by Lloyd Newson and DV8)

Video Art From France presented by Chez Bushwick
Friday, October 12, 2007 @ 8pm
Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022

robbinschilds C.L.U.E. at PS 122
December 5- Saturday, December 8 at 8:30 p.m.
Additional late show on Saturday at 10:30 p.m.
150 First Ave. at E. 9th St.

Know of any more cool dance/video/film events coming up? Give me comments!

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7 Responses to Videodance happenings in NYC

  1. boris willis says:

    Thanks for the info Ann. I am beginning to think about submitting my work. Nice to know that there are places one can go to show works in progress.

  2. Doug Fox says:

    Anna, you’re creating an incredibly invaluable resource!

    BTW, I’ve taken a class on Dance Exchange’s Critical Response Process and read their book on this topic – definitely a worthwhile way to facilitate constructive conversations about art and creativity.

  3. Boris,

    It would be awesome to meet you! I hope you can come to the Lab someday soon:)

  4. Thanks Doug,

    I should get you to show me how to make one of those cool Google maps so people can find their way to these events!

    I’m also excited to hear you are so well versed in Critical Response! It would be great to get your input at the Dance Film Lab. I’d be curious to know your take on our casual yet creative proceedings.

  5. tonya says:

    Hi Anna! It’s funny but Deirdre from DFA had contacted me earlier after I reviewed those Slow Dancing films by David Michalek months ago but now I’m not sure if she wanted me to preview the films or wait until January when the actual festival takes place. I should contact her again. Do you have to have any background in viewing or making dance on video? Because I don’t! Maybe it’s better for me to wait until January and let others do the pre-screening. It sounds really interesting and if I don’t get to preview I’ll definitely be excited about the festival!

  6. Hi Tonya,

    You don’t need any experience in dance film or video to be a pre-screener for the Dance On Camera Festival. In fact, they probably prefer that because your eyes are “fresher”. After watching 200 entries you get a little jaded and it’s hard to look at each one anew. So you would be a great addition to the prescreening crew! Definitely contact Deirdre again.

    On a side note, David Michalek is on the jury for the festival this year. It’ll be interesting to see what the jury selects as the year’s best dance films!

  7. tonya says:

    Great, I will contact her, Anna. Thanks!

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