We spoke with Kansas City Ballet's Amanda DeVenuta, Cinematographer Andrea Raby and Choreographer Mariana Oliveira about how they so successfully captured choreography and performance with a camera in their Dance Film "After You". Here's what they told us:
As an art form, dance on film is in its very early stages. Despite the visual enchantment of concert dance, there isn't yet any widespread understanding of how that enchantment can be shared with a wider audience in video and film. There are probably many skills, many ideas, many techniques yet to be discovered that will bring new dimensions to concert dance when it is presented in a visual recording, and in their film Augmented Organism, Jazmyne M. K. Geis and Cy Gorman not only explore, but master many those possibilities. Here are 4PHOTOS from Augmented Organism, with description and insights from Jazmyne Geis.
"Under the direction of Ashley Deran and Emily Loar, Project Bound is a tri-focal dance collaboration aiming to foster community engagement, dance/technology experimentation, and socially conscious performance." There's no better proof of their statement than to see the artists of Project Bound Dance in Separate Thoughts, Shared Space. Fostering community engagement? Bound is directly engaging the dance community by splitting the performance with Esoteric Dance Project. Furthermore, the split bill encourages the audiences of each respective company to come together, giving many the opportunity to see artists and works they may not have been exposed to otherwise. Dance/technology experimentation? The evening's program features the culmination of this year's One Hour Project, where Bound brings together dancer, choreographer, and videographer for 60 minutes to create a 60 second dance film. Socially conscious performance? You'll have to read on get the answer to this one, especially since DancerMusic's Kristi Licera got the answer to that question and more when she caught up with Project Bound Co-Artistic Directors Ashley Deran and Emily Loar. Here's what they told us:
With the release of choreographer Ela Olarte's "Benign", DancerMusic is launching two new series. First is our new Press_Play feature, where we'll be bringing you new and necessary digital releases in both dance and music. In addition, this look at Olarte's excellent second dance film also begins our coverage of the new and promising world we like to call Dance Cinema. And what a great way to start -- just press the More button to walk into the brightly imagined world of Ela Olarte.