November Videodance Happenings

There are a bunch of intriguing dance film & video events happening this month both here in New York City and around the world. Below is a list of some I’ve come across. I’ve grouped them by location with New York City and U.S. events first, then branching out internationally. If you know of some others to include feel free to comment here and share with the videodance community.


True North, Isaac Julien
Showing at BAM Next Wave Nov. 6-10th


The second Visual Art Performance Biennial
Oct 27 – Nov 20, 2007

Somehow I completely missed the first PERFORMA Biennial in 2005, but this year’s festival is chock full of must-sees. Below are the one’s I’ve earmarked involving dance and screen:

Isaac Julien & Russell Maliphant
Cast No Shadow
BAM Harvey Theatre – 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
7:30pm Tues. Nov 6th through Sat. Nov 10th, 2007
Tickets and info:

Julien, a visual artist and filmmaker collaborates with UK-based
choreographer Russell Maliphant to create a multimedia performance of
three epic journeys through different landscapes. Julien has
collaborated with notable choreographers in the past, including Bebe
Miller and Stephen Galloway. This is his first evening-length
performance work.

Press interviews: TimeOut, Bomb Magazine

Free screenings of Isaac Julien’s Small Boats
Oct. 30 – Nov. 20, 2007
Metro Pictures
519 West 53rd Street

Performance On Demand
Opens Friday, November 2 through 17.
12 pm – 6pm FREE
EAI Viewing Room at EFA Gallery
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street 11th Floor

EFA Gallery transforms in to a video lounge to host Electronic Arts
Intermix’s viewing room, a program which provides free public access to
one of the foremost collections of video art in the world.

REMAINS TO BE SEEN: New and Restored Films and Videos of Carolee Schneeman
Remains to Be Seen: Artist Talk & Screening
November 7th, 2007
6 pm, FREE
Electronic Arts Intermix
535 West, 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
T: 212 337 0680

conjunction with Anthology’s program of screenings, EAI will
commemorate their preservation of Carolee Schneemann’s works with this
special evening. Schneemann will be on-hand to speak about her work,
answer questions from the audience and introduce a program of new
videos and recently restored performance documentation pieces.

Other programs in REMAINS TO BE SEEN:
Nov 15, 7pm: Restorations & New Works
Nov 16-17, 7pm: Kitch’s Last Meal
$8 , $6 , $5
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
T: (212) 505-5181

Michael Williams & Melissa Brown, Time Booth
Nov 11, 2007 7 pm – 11 pm
55 Chrystie Street

Time Booth
is a screen-play that is written to be performed using a photo booth.
The artists will push the visual capabilities of a vernacular photo
booth to the limit using unexpected visual effects, original props, and
lighting tricks. The final performance will be documented by the eye of
the camera.

Nov. 12, 7pm: An Evening With Grand Union, featuring Douglas Dunn, Nancy Lewis, and Yvonne Rainer, all members of this legendary improvisational group.
Nov 13, 7pm: From Judson to the Present, includes film and video by Judson pioneers, as well by artists who flourished in the generation after Judson.
Nov 18, 4pm: The French Aftershock, two films showing the Judson influence in France.
$8 , $6, $5
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
T: (212) 505-5181

AFTER CHOREOGRAPHY looks at how the Judson Dance Theater took apart the
conceptual underpinnings of “choreography,” an intellectual process
that greatly affected artists creating body-centric work, and remains
pervasive today.

Eva & Franco Mattes (aka 010010110101101), Synthetic Performances
Nov 13, 2007
6 pm – 8 pm, FREE
Artists Space
38 Greene Street
New York, NY 10013
T: 212 226 3970

and Franco Mattes will reenact three historical performances through
their avatars, which were constructed out of the shape and surface of
their bodies, in the online world, Second Life. Synthetic Performance
is part of a series of performances that have taken place in synthetic
worlds and videogames. People are invited to attend the live
performances at Artist Space and interact with the videogame from
within the gallery or from anywhere in the world.

Yvonne Rainer, RoS Indexical
November 18th – 19th, 2007
7 pm
Tickets: Ticketweb
The Hudson Theatre at Millennium Broadway Hotel
145 West, 44th Street,
New York, NY 10036-4012
T: 212 768 4400

what is only her third live performance since her return to
choreography in 2000, Yvonne Rainer looks to the controversial premiere
of The Rite of Spring, the brilliant collaboration between composer
Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, which shocked Paris
audiences in 1913 with its “primitive” movement vocabulary and
dissonant musical score, as the springboard for a radical work of her

Daria Martin, Harpstrings & Lava
November 19th, 2007
7 pm
$8 , $4 , $6
Tickets: Ticketweb
Tribeca Grand Hotel Screening Room
Two Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 212 519-6600

artist Daria Martin’s film Harpstrings and Lava, created in
collaboration with musician Zeena Parkins and actor Nina Fog, conjures
the atmosphere of childhood anxieties in an expanded tableaux vivant
that blends film, dance, painting, music and sculpture.

For those of you who can’t make it to New York:
Although there is the potential for action at any time, performances will take place every day at 11 am and 9 pm.

with duration of Performa07, PerformaTV is a 24/7 live and continuous
Internet video stream broadcast from a stage-set designed by artist
Ronnie Bass and hosted by Columbia University’s School of Visual Arts.
Scheduled and impromptu events from artists, curators, critics, and art
historians will include interviews, discussions, performances and

Wednesday, November 28th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
18th Street Arts Center
1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
In the main gallery space.

Led by EMPAC’s Dance Curator Hélène Lesterlin

Free and open to artists interested in applying to the commission. No need to register, just come!


Thursday, November 8th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Videodanza Festival International de Buenos Aires
For information and location:

Led by EMPAC’s Dance Curator Hélène Lesterlin

Free and open to artists interested in applying to the commission.

Imagen Movimiento
Video Danza 2007
23 al 25 de noviembre del 2007
Cinemateca Distrital de Bogotá

include a retrospective of the work of Maya Deren, art and new
technology, Columbian videodance, International videodance, and a
presentation of the first festival award of Video Danza.

dancescreen, The Hague 2007
November 15th – 18th, 2007
Filmhuis Den Haag

screen is the major international dance film and video festival,
featuring an extensive programme, which brings together the newest
dance films and videos, inspiring panels on the state of the arts as
well as hot topic talks on community focal points. The festival will
culminate in the dance screen Award Gala on Saturday, November 17th.

FRAME, International Dance-Video Festival
13-17 November, 2007
ESAP, na Rua do Comércio do Porto, nº , a 100 mts do Largo São Domingos

United Kingdom:
The second international Opensource: {Videodance} symposium.
Universal Hall, Findhorn Foundation Community, Morayshire, Scotland
20th – 24th November 2007.

dance is a rapidly expanding area of artistic, academic and curatorial
activity worldwide. Inherent in screen dance practice is the interface
and collaboration between dance artists and media arts practitioners.
Opensource: {Videodance} 2007 is an open symposium for artists,
academics, curators and producers coming together, to share ideas and
work, network and debate, and provide a valuable platform for current
issues in the area of screen dance practice to come to the surface.

London International Dancefilm Festival 2007
Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December

LIDFF will show a number of new, short dancefilms in each afternoon and
evening session in between the main features. The final programme of
Dancefilm Shorts will be published on the London Dancefilm Festival
website from 25 October 2007.

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