New Film Project with Shantala Shivalingappa

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We’re pleased to announce that we are in the development phase of a new film featuring Shantala Shivalingappa, one of the foremost soloists in the dance world. This 70-minute dance for camera 4K adaptation of Shantala’s acclaimed stage work, Akasha, will be filmed on location at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi, in South India.

 photo credit: Laurent Philippe

The Greater the Weight Wins 1st Prize at Breaking 8 Festival

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We’re thrilled to announce that The Greater the Weight was awarded First Prize at the Breaking 8 Festival, part of the FIND Festival Internazionale Nuova Danza in Cagliari, Italy.

Our award-winning film, featuring dancer/choreographer Dana Michel, then travelled to Breaking 8’s partner festivals Loikka in Helsinki, Finland, April 3-6 2014, and the DV Danza Haban Movimiento y Ciudad, in Havana, April 9-13.

The Greater the Weight featured at POOL 13

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The Greater the Weight, featuring dancer-choreographer Dana Michel, was included in the international selection of POOL 13, held in Berlin in September.

The film was also part of the POOL Video Night program, broadcast and streamed on TV and online via live webstream, October 19, 2013 on the Ikono channel.

The Greater the Weight won the Jury Prize – Best Female Performance, at the In Shadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technology (Lisbon, Portugal) – 2009

Butte at Radar Dance in Vancouver

We’re very pleased that Butte, featuring Byron Chief-Moon, will be included in the Radar Dance Film event at VanCity on November 21, 2013.

RADAR: Exchanges in Dance Film Frequencies features a program of local/national and international dedicated to the exploration and evolution of dance film.

Butte unfolds over the course of a day, marking the progression of time at four key points – sunrise, mid-day, late afternoon, and sundown. Filmed on the Blood Reserve in the plains and ancestral grounds of Southern Alberta, the camera instinctively accentuates dancer-choreographer Byron Chief-Moon’s deep connection to the land. The film captures images of nature and the connectiveness with the land – undulating waves of wild grass, the slow passage of clouds, pastoral, woodland thicket, and streams. The body as landscape is the central image; where the flesh, bone and muscle become synonymous with the land.

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Butte was nominated for Best Short Film and Best Cinematography at the First People’s Festival in Montreal in 2007.

Leaning on a Horse Asking for Directions

Leaning On A Horse Asking For Directions is an investigation into visual perception and kinesthetic empathy. An interdisciplinary project that will result in the creation of a  multi-channel stereoscopic 3D (S3D) environment for exhibition, bridging BaGuaZhang martial arts and contemporary dance choreography.

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The research to date explores 3-D filmmaking as an agent of kinesthetic empathy for live performance, laying the groundwork for follow-up research in correspondences to “embodied” models of cognition.

The team includes filmmakers Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer, choreographer and dancer Cheng-Chieh Yu,  BaGuaZhang master Jason Tsou,  media artist/scholar Ted Warburton, and designer Peter Melville.

Dafeena on the festival circuit

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Dafeena has been touring the globe appearing at Jumping Frames in Hong Kong, Desterro Videodance Exhibition in Florianópolis, Brazil, and at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts.

This fall, Dafeena has screened at the Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, the DanceLive Dance Film Showcase in Aberdeen, Scotland, and FIVU in Uruguay.

Dafeena will next been seen in Canada at Reel Asian International Film Festival in Toronto on November 7, 6 P.M., at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The film will also screen in December at the 5th edition of the Vo’arte InShadow International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies in Lisbon.