Monthly Archives: May 2008

Worst of the Best at Kinetic Cinema June 2nd

On Monday June 2nd, choreographer and dance filmmaker Kriota Willberg will host The Worst of the Best, a tour of inspiringly bad dance films from the early 1900’s to the present. Truly awful dance is powerful art. We react strongly to it as an audience, we relate our horrible experiences to our friends and warn them away from it, we laugh, we seethe, we remember it far longer than “good” dance, and possibly longer than “great” dance. Join us for film and discussion as we chase that ethereal muse, Badness, through the work of generations of dance film artists.
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FrameWorks and Frame Dances in DUMBO

Continuing with news from the New York videodance scene, I’m happy to share some exciting programs happening at two new spaces in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. Galapagos Art Space will be launching a new dance film screening series called FRAMEWORKS on June 28th at their new venue in the space formerly known as “The Stable” in DUMBO. Susan Marshall & Company will inaugurate the opening of Music-Theatre Group’s new performing space on 10 Jay Street with 8 workshop performances of FRAME DANCES May 28 – June 1, 2008.
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New NYC Videodance Artists and Events

There is a well-spring of videodance activity bubbling up in New York City recently. It seems like every day I see or hear of a new artist or event happening. In the next few posts I’ll give a run down of the latest news, and will share more in the coming weeks.
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Kriota Willberg asks: What’s the Worst Dance Film Ever?

At the next Kinetic Cinema on June 2nd, choreographer Kriota Willberg will be presenting a hilarious program of the worst dance films in history. To help her compile her list, she is seeking input from the community. Please comment here with your top picks of the worst dance films, and come out to Kinetic Cinema to see what makes the cut!
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Boris Willis Finishes Dance-A-Day on Sunday May 11th

In the dance blog world, Boris Willis is a bit of a rock star. He’s been posting a dance video every day on his blog, since May 11, 2007 and now this Sunday he will make his final post. From parking lots to historical sites, from experiments with camera techniques to eery sound collaborations, Willis covers the entire range of styles, experiments, and types of improvisation one can do with dance and a camera.
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Godard and Waters do the Madison

There is something about the Madison, that grand-daddy of line dances, that has continually captured the cinematic fancy of great film directors. The most notable of these are Jean-Luc Godard who created a famous dance scene based on the Madison in his 1964 film Bande à Part, and John Waters who depicted the dance in a scene at the Corny Collins Record Hop in the original 1988 Hairspray.
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A Great Week for Dance Film Lovers (especially in NYC)

There is a lot going on this week that you should know about…First, you won’t want to miss Kinetic Cinema tonight (5/5) curated by downtown dance fav Levi Gonzalez. Then, tomorrow night is Dance Film Lab at DTW, moderated by the wonderful Zach Morris of Third Rail Projects. And yesterday marked the beginning of the week-long Dance Movie Blogathon!
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