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.
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.)
Tickets available online at DanceBoxOffice.com