Choreocinema: Maya Deren (15*) + Introduction
28 January 2017
When the pioneering experimental films of Maya Deren first began to appear back in the 1940s, a new term – choreocinema – was coined to describe them. Deren had ties to the contemporary dance scene, and was interested both in the human body in motion, and in the medium of film as a means to choreograph movement.
While Deren was not the first to explore links between dance and film, she merged choreography and cinematography systematically in order to create with and through movement, advancing ‘choreocinema’ as a new artform.
In Deren’s centenary year, we are pleased to present a selection of these later films, including A Study for Choreography for Camera , in which dancer Talley Beatty leaps from space to space across film splices; Ritual in Transfigured Time, where an elaborate ‘choreography for camera’ transforms everyday movements into dancelike passages; Meditation on Violence, in which a dancelike choreographed sequence builds to a more jagged martial-arts demonstration; and The Very Eye of Night, Deren’s last finished film, in which the night sky comes to life as dancers from the Metropolitan Operal Ballet School re-enact the ancient dramas of constellation mythology.
We are delighted to be joined by performance and media artist, and founder-editor of the International Journal of Screendance, Claudia Kappenberg, to introduce this screening.
A Study in Choreography for the Camera
US 1945 Dir Maya Deren 3 min
A Study in Choreography for Camera - Outtakes
US 1945 Dir Maya Deren 16 min
Ritual in Transfigured Time
US 1946 Dir Maya Deren 15 min
Meditation on Violence
US 1948 Dir Maya Deren 13 min
The Very Eye of Night
US 1952-55 Dir Maya Deren 15 min
Running time 62 min