Streb and Second Life Ballet in Kinetic Cinema on Feb 4th

Kinetic Cinema kicked off last month with a great program during the Dance On Camera Festival. Please join us for our second screening on Monday February 4th at 7:30pm at Collective:Unconscious in Tribeca. This time I have invited dance writer and educator, Brian McCormick to guest curate a program of films and videos that have inspired his work with dance. Brian’s program evolves from his interest in video art, including early performance-based video, choreographies that exploit film’s surrealistic potential, and the latest 3D virtual dance from the Second Life Ballet.

Come see a fascinating collection of rare videos that span the short and rich history of mediatized movement.


THE NUT by Second Life Ballet, photo: Cienega Soon

Kinetic Cinema
Monday February 4th 7:30pm (and the first Monday of every month thereafter)
$5 Admission (buy tickets at the door)

@ Collective:Unconscious
279 Church Street (just south of White Street)
New York, NY 10013
Trains: 1 to Franklin; A, C, E to Canal
Phone: 212.254.5277

Brian’s program will feature ground-breaking experimental videos including Mary Lucier and Elizabeth Streb’s 1987 collaboration “In the blink of an eye, Amphibian Dreams… If I could fly I would fly” (click here to preview an excerpt), plus a special live performance in Second Life (a virtual online world) of excerpts of “The Nut” (an abridged version of The Nutcracker) by Second Life Ballet, followed by a chat with artistic director Inarra Saarinen. These, plus many more surprises are in store!

Kinetic Cinema explores the intersection of dance and the moving image both on screen and stage. Each month curator Anna Brady Nuse invites a special guest from the dance community to share the films and videos that have inspired or moved them. These could be films that feature dance, are kinetic-based, or have been influential on their work in some way. The guest curators will come from a range of backgrounds as performers, choreographers, critics, and filmmakers. Upcoming guests include Malinda Allen (March 3rd), Jonah Bokaer (April 7th), Levi Gonzalez (May 5th), and Kriota Willberg (June 2nd).

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4 Responses to Streb and Second Life Ballet in Kinetic Cinema on Feb 4th

  1. Doug Fox says:

    Anna, this looks like great program. I’ve never met Brian – though I’ve been reading his articles for while. And I didn’t realize until you told me recently that he was involved with 2nd Life Ballet.

    Also, I’ve been emailing with Inarra and I’ve seen her 2L performances, but haven’t met her either so that will be fun too.

  2. Yes, it’s going to be great. Brian’s got a fabulous program lined up. You won’t be able to meet Inarra in person though, just through her online avatar!

  3. Second Life: a Puppet Play for the 21st Century

    Monday night I got my first taste of Second Life in Brian McCormick’s Kinetic Cinema program at Collective:Unconscious. I must admit, I came in to the evening with a lot of preconceptions about how I was going to interpret the SL performance. As a danc…

  4. Kim Cullen says:

    For all those that enjoyed seeing Elizabeth Streb’s work in Mary Lucier’s video, come out to Williamsburg to Elizabeth Streb’s Action Lab to see her current work. She has shows running Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays and 3 & 7 and Sundays at 3, now thru May 18th. You can get tix and check out her home in Brooklyn at! Just say Go!

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