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Dance Camera West's annual Dance Media Film Festival, recognized as one of the world's foremost celebrations of dance media, presents its 10th anniversary at several westside locations. They open at the Getty Center on Thursday, June 16.

Global Screendance I

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Kicking off its 10th anniversary, Dance Camera West presents its Dance Media Film Festival. This event showcases nine short dance films from the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the United States, and includes several premieres.

A collection of international screen-dance films offer various perspectives on life interactions. Experience a solo tap dancer who conjures memories, lightheartedness in a Danish village, a herd of Frisian horses and a duet for two men, a ballet dancer from every angle, a Tibetan dancer in a Scottish schoolroom, a close look at war choreography, and a flash mob of elderly line dancers.


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In Dreams I Run Wild
(2010, United States, 3 min.)

Director and choreographer: Ramaa Mosley
A short film inspired by the desire to reveal one's inner world to another in the most unlikely places.

Shadowed
(2010, United Kingdom, 4 min.)

Director: Hamish Anderson
Choreographers: Sofia Souri and Todd Holdsworth
A young man tap dances in an abandoned building, conjuring up distant shadowed memories of a former encounter.

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Tickle Me to Death
(2010, Denmark, 8 min.)

Director and choreographer: Maia Elisabeth Sorenson
In this magnified image of the reserved Nordic mindset, a playful lady invades a desolate town, hunting for fun. On her way she meets the tight-mouthed auntie and the stuck-up gentleman, who respond unusually to the lady's advances.

Horseplay
(2010, Netherlands, 12 min.)

Director: Ruth Meyer
Choreographers: Michael Schumacher and Edson Xavier
Two dancers and two Frisian horses engage in a dance that reveals different stages in the development of a unique friendship. The encounter creates a portrait of both pairs, reflecting in movement the experience of developing a friendship from the first meeting until separation.

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Rehearsal 101
(2010, Netherlands, 6 min.)

Director: Jellie Dekker
Choreographer: Michael Schumacher
Striving for perfection, a classical dancer gets more and more focused on creating the perfect image of lightness and ethereal beauty. The camera allows us, the audience, to look closely at every angle.



There Is a Place
(2010, United Kingdom, 7 min.)

Director: Katrina McPhearson and Simon Fildes
Choreographer: Sang Jijia
Soloist Sang Jijia, an ethnic Tibetan born in Gansu, studied choreography under William Forsythe and became a resident artist of Beijing Dance and Guangdong Modern Dance Company in 2007. Produced by GOAT Media in association with City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong, and Dance House Glasgow. Winner of San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2011.

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Crosswalk
(2010, United States, 4 min.)

Director and choreographer: RJ Muna
An experimental movement-based conceptual piece.

Body of War
(2010, Spain and United Kingdom, 20 min.)

Director: Isabel Rocamora
Choreographers: Isabel Rocamora and Nick Maison
Set in Normandy, and punctuated by testimonies of serving soldiers, a visceral hand-to-hand combat is gradually deconstructed, inviting the viewer to engage the relationship between human intimacy and the brutality of war choreography. Rocamora's earlier film, Horizon of Exile, received the Dance Camera West Choreography Media Honor in 2008 and the IMZ Dancescreen Award 2007.

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Diamond Dancers
(2010, Netherlands, 9 min.)

Directors: Quirine Racke and Helena Muskens
Choreographer: Nicole Butler
An elderly group of line dancers travel to Amsterdam to perform a flash mob in front of the Royal Palace at Dam Square.

About the Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival

Thirty-two films from 10 countries are screened over the four-day festival, including a dozen more discussed with excerpts shown during the conference day Friday, June 17. The works hail from countries such as Netherlands, Armenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and the United States.

For complete dates, venues, and programs about the 10th-annual Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Festival, please visit www.dancecamerawest.org.


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