Dance on the edge of the art

Dance as an art form has always suffered from a lack of sensible definition. On the flip side, Dance has the ability to converse well with other art forms, and with other domains of knowledge.

Here are two recent videos posted on Vimeo that support both these thoughts. The first films a team of free runners in such a theatrical way as to bring the work into the realm of dance. The second combines visual arts and dance movement, again, in theatrical space and time. Both videos use filmic devices to abstract and manipulate the body in space.

Is this dance fusion? or dance film? or art performance? or just film/video that uses choreography and the body?

Holi Shit from Frank Sauer on Vimeo.

??? SCRIPTURA VITAE † A film by Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic | Music by Diplo ??? from Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic on Vimeo.

Video promo: Dublin Dance Festival

This video promo for the Dublin Dance festival was directed by Ged Murray. The Festival dates are 14-26 May 2013 and the program features European and Irish works, but also Australian choreographers such as Lucy Guerin and Ros Warby. There is a special screening of the documentary ‘Life in Movement’ which commemorates the life and work of Sydney Dance Company director Tanja Liedtke.

Dance festivals and advocacy

The Dublin Dance festival website has lots of information, images and links. The ‘About us’ area lists some memorable core values for the organisation:

  • We value creativity
  • We value originality
  • We value integrity
  • We value diversity
  • We value critical reflection
  • We value artists
  • We value our audiences
  • We value commitment and dedication
  • We value partnerships and collaboration
  • We value financial responsibility

Dance video students can learn from this video

The video promo has some good lessons for students of dance video. The use of camera angle and viewpoint and cropping of the frame captures the body and movement in unique ways. These techniques support the use of motif, repetition and variation. Design-wise, the use of colour enhances visual impact and intention.