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Philadelphia Dance Projects presents Motion Pictures 2013


Now in its 11th year, MOTION PICTURES has become mini-festival exploring the intersection of dance and video. This year’s festival is co-curated by PhillyCAM Executive Director Gretjen Clausing and Philadelphia Dance Projects Executive Director Terry Fox.

Motion Pictures has been a PDP presentation that explores how film and video serve as natural collaborative medium for dance, highlighting the power of image and motion in both. Over the years Motion Pictures has featured experimental and innovative shorts, documentaries, “moc”umentaries and animations. There have been documentaries about Pina Bausch, Maya Deren, Carmen Amaya, Geoffrey Holder and Carmen DeLavallade Mark Morris and the Paris Opera Ballet along with imaginative ground breaking work by Pooh Kaye, Hilary Harris and Lloyd Newson among many others.

This year’s line up offers some stellar programming as well …

Dances Made To Order
Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. | FREE
Become part of the studio audience during this live talk show taping and join the conversation with local Dance Made to Order choreographers Niki Cousineau, Gabrielle Revlock and Raphael Xavier. Hosted by Dancer/choreographer Christina Zani.

Short Blast
Friday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. | $10 ($15 with Never Stand Still – Free popcorn & snacks between shows….)
Our annual program of short dance videos by local and national artists, including Liz Goldberg’s delightful animation Drumba, Tori Lawrence’s “quiet journey between two women” in Elizabeth, Ellen Reynolds documentation of dance in JJ Tizou’s “How Philly Moves”, and more from Cara Ann Shim Sham, Anri Nakano, Molly Calvo and Yuko Takabe.

Never Stand Still, Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow
Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. | $10 ($15 with Short Blast)
Winner of Best Documentary at both the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the Dance Camera West Festival in Los Angeles, Never Stand Still features performance footage and candid conversations with ballerina Suzanne Farrell, Tony Award-winner Bill Irwin, dancer Rasta Thomas, former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo star Frederic Franklin, choreographer Mark Morris and Merce Cunningham, in one of his last interviews, describing why dance “is not for the timid.” Directed by Ron Honsa and narrated by Bill T. Jones, Never Stand Still also includes interviews with Paul Taylor, Judith Jamison, Joanna Haigood, Chunky Move, Shantala Shivalingappa and Stockholm 59° North.


All screenings at PhillyCAM
699 Ranstead Street (on 7th Street btwn Market & Chestnut Sts.)

available online at DanceBoxOffice.com

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While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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