Now, dance on film as a subject has been on my mind for years with me trying to scour youtube and vimeo and websites of who knows who to see what people have been making. More recently I've moved my focus to my own attempts/adventuring with the subject with my dear friend/collaborator Katherine.
There is a lot out there already with not a lot of funding here in the United States, and while living in New York City there is an amazing hub of everything in the arts world, getting started and getting people interested in investing in work is not always the easiest of tasks. It is amazing to see how a lot of these dance films are being created/produced even though such a small audience is getting exposed to it. The really funny thought in my mind is--I wanted to go into film to reach a larger audience with dance, but there is so little interest (or rather such little knowledge on the genre) that a lot of this medium has barely been watched and few have been exposed to full on, dedicated dance films. (Note: No dis to the classic "Step-up" Series or perhaps my ultimate favorite film, Center Stage (I wish it wasn't true, but it is!) but I'm directing attention to films whose primary element is movement, and a conversation between bodies in space and the camera's choreography)
So, of course, like any other form of art, we have to take on the challenges. For myself, after working and studying theatre for quite some time, its refreshing having to learn how to see through a new eye, a new kind of focus, the limiting and limitless nature of film. And then on the side of getting work seen, Chloe & Katherine (our name as a tanzfilm making duo) is now on twitter, facebook, as well as our active tumblr page. It shall be interesting to see how social media might be able to expand our horizons and help us grow and be seen--- there are so many out there in the blogging community that are nationally or internationally known because of this interweb world. While I feel a bit like a grandma on the subject, i'm working on adjusting and learning to fit in.
So yes, I will keep you abreast with anything new and exciting that pops up in this dance film life of my own as well as interesting work I come across, but for now, I'd like to share a piece by one of my favorite choreographers. This is only 1 of 3 videos that this work spans. But it is wonderful. He is a genius. The conversation that grows between the choreography and the camera pulls you back and forth, and the editing gives you almost everything you need, but leaves you wanting just a little bit more (which is what I think dance should always do).