Location: Douglas Dunn Studio, 541 Broadway, Third Floor
Film Screenings in partnership with POOL – INTERNATIONALES TanzFilmFestival BERLIN / DOCK 11 (Berlin, Germany)
At Douglas Dunn Studio, 541 Broadway, Third Floor Free Admission
The screenings are dedicated to the film-choreographic experiments of the New York dance and film scene and follow the traces of the avantgarde movements from the early 60s to 80s. Each day there will be a different selection of exceptional and rarly known dance films presented to the audience.
The estimated program includes films by Yoshiko Chuma, Pooh Kaye, Elaine Summers, Joan Jonas, Yvonne Rainer, Henry Hills and Phill Niblock.
May 26, 2018
Schedule of Films
WIND Joan Jonas |1968 | USA | 00:05:37
Cutting between snowy fields and a raw seashore, Jonas focuses on a group of performers moving through a stark, windswept landscape. The 16mm film — silent, black and white, jerky and sped-up — evokes early cinema, while its content locates it in the spare minimalism of the late 1960s.
TWO GIRLS DOWNTOWN IOWA Elaine Summers |1973 | USA | 00:11:16
Filmed with an ultra high-speed camera, the original 3 minutes of encounter between two performers turn into a soft and stretched stream of movement that visualizes even smallest details.
This showing of "Two Girls Downtown Iowa"is with permission of the Artistic Estate of Elaine Summers, in special recognition of the long-time friendships Elaine Summers entertained with artists in New York City and beyond. Special thanks to Kinetic Awareness® Center, Inc. and the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
ANNIE Phill Niblock |1968 | 8 minutes
CHAMPING AT THE BIT Yoshiko Chuma | 1982 | 8 Minutes
COMMERCIAL ERRUPTION Yoshiko Chuma | 1982 | USA | 00:07:55
For Commercial Erruption Yoshiko Chuma acts on Andy Warhol’s idea of 15 minutes of fame and translates and exaggerates them into a 1980s time logic: the quarter of an hour turns into only 10 seconds that frame the numerous different protagonists’ options to present and merchandise themselves and their individual role models. The reference to advertising strategies of a culminating capitalism are both critical and ironic.
INSIDE THE HOUSE OF FLOATING PAPER Pooh Kaye | 1984 | 5 Minutes
THE NUDE POND or JUST WALKING AROUND Rudy Burckhardt with Douglas Dunn, Yoshiko Chuma & John Ashberry | 1985
Performing with a cast that includes Gordon Matta-Clark and Steve Paxton, Jonas choreographs a theater of space, movement and sound with the urban landscape of New York in a featured role. Jonas creates a highly original if enigmatic theatrical language of gesture and sound, as she and her performers play with emblematic props, unexpected rhythms of space and scale, references to painting, and audio delays.
STICKS ON THE MOVE Pooh Kaye | 1983
FIVE CAR PILE UP Yoshiko Chuma | 1983 | USA | 00:03:48
Almost like an invisible spectator the camera captures the choreography of Five Car Pile Up from different perspectives. The relation between front credits, sound and varying velocity of recording make the show appear like a memory of the past in an empty space.
DANCERS, BUILDINGS and PEOPLE in the STREET Rudy Burckhardt with Douglas Dunn | 1986 | 15 minutes
The performers of Splish Splash seem to reproduce the axial stop- and-go movements of the computer game Pacman in apparitional, partly repetitive movement patterns in different settings. The rapid and surreal visual language and the symbolic props create a cryptic commentary on facets of the entertainment industry.
THE GIRL CAN’T HELP IT Yoshiko Chuma | 1979 | USA | 00:18:00
First film by Yoshiko Chuma shows simple motions and actions in front of the landscape in Maine, USA.