Two renown experimental filmmakers, Kenneth Anger and Amy Greenfield, are being featured at Anthology Film Archives in New York this weekend. The event, called “Cinema Dance Eros” will will be comprised of two programs of shorts that examine the erotic and sensual movement themes in both filmmakers’ work.
CLUB MIDNIGHT by Amy Greenfield
Amy Greenfield is a pioneer of cinedance and videodance, and for the past decade has embarked on a series of shorts about exotic dancers and strippers that were recently compiled in collection called CLUB MIDNIGHT. In these sensual films, the female subjects are the embodiment of ancient female archetypes. Under Greenfield’s treatment, female strippers become goddesses reincarnate, who carry out rituals of mythological proportions. In DARK SEQUINS dancer Andrea Beaman becomes Salome, performing the dance of the seven veils for a single man in an empty theater. In WILD FIRE four women whirl like the elements, whipping up energy into a hot frenzy.
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome by Kenneth Anger
Kenneth Anger’s work is not usually associated with dance, but nevertheless, his wordless films are highly attenuated to movement. According to the curators of “Cinema Dance Eros”, Anger trained as a dancer in his youth, and one of his unfinished projects was a film of a Jean Cocteau ballet (Oh, if only we could see that!). The programs this weekend will feature some of his most famous works including FIREWORKS (which first garnered him attention from Jean Cocteau) and INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME.
These two programs are sure to fan the flames of any lover of mythology, magic, and eroticism! Don’t miss it!
Here are the details:
CINEMA DANCE EROS
Featuring filmmakers Kenneth Anger & Amy Greenfield
June 20th & 21st
Amy Greenfield in person!
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
32 SECOND AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10003
phone (212) 505-5181 fax
Amy Greenfield DANCING IN FRONT OF THE DARK
(1980/1992, 4 minutes, video)
Amy Greenfield DIRT (1971, 3 minutes,
Amy Greenfield ELEMENT (1973, 11 minutes, 16mm)
FIREWORKS (1947, 15 minutes, 16mm)
Kenneth Anger MY SURFING LUCIFER (2007,
4.5 minutes, video)
Amy Greenfield TIDES (1982, 12 minutes, 16mm.
Photographed by Hilary Harris.)
Kenneth Anger EAUX D’ARTIFICE (1953, 13
Kenneth Anger RABBIT’S MOON (1950/1971, 16 minutes,
Kenneth Anger PUCE MOMENT (1949, 6 minutes, 16mm. With Yvonne
Amy Greenfield CLUB MIDNIGHT (2006, 8.5 minutes, 35mm. With Bonnie
Dunn & Andrea Beeman. Poetry by Charles Simic, spoken by Dennis
Total running time: ca. 100 minutes.
-Friday and Saturday,
June 20 & 21 at 7:00.
PUCE MOMENT (1949, 6 minutes, 16mm. With Yvonne Marquis.)
Amy Greenfield DARK
SEQUINS (2005, 13 minutes, 35mm. With Andrea Beeman.)
Amy Greenfield LIGHT OF
THE BODY (2004, 11 minutes, 35mm/video. With Francine Breen. Music by Marilys
Amy Greenfield WILDFIRE (2003, 12 minutes, 35mm. With Andrea Beeman,
Francine Breen, Bonnie Dunn, Cynthia DeMoss. Music by Philip Glass.)
Anger INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER (1969, 11 minutes, 16mm. With Kenneth
Anger. Music by Mick Jagger.)
Kenneth Anger INAUGURATION OF THE PLEASURE DOME
(1954, 38 minutes, 16mm. With Samson DeBreer, Cameron, Curtis Harrington, Anaïs
Nin, and Kenneth Anger.)
Total running time: ca. 95 minutes.
and Saturday, June 20 & 21 at 9:30.