Critical Writing Index

Reel dance explosion: Bodies in motion captured by the camera's lens stretch limits of both art forms at innovative festival

by Susan Walker

The Toronto Star, Oct. 18, 2002

New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2002

This article discusses how the dance film genre is increasingly borrowing from animation and computer film techniques in new, experimental ways. It also speaks of how the Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video expands our notion of dance films and performance dance. The article talks with Deepa Mehta about her fusion of dance styles in Bollywood/Hollywood and the specifics of choreography for film with Mehta's choreographer David Connolly. The piece also touches on war and martial arts dances, the history and anthropology of dance by way of Marie Brodeur's Dance of the Warrior and profiles several other films, showing the variety of the festival's programming.

ITEM 2002.189 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Bollywood/HollywoodDeepa Mehta

Dance of the WarriorMarie Brodeur

Motion ControlLiz Aggiss

Bollywood/HollywoodDave Connolly

Bollywood/HollywoodDouglas Koch

I can almostMalgorzata Nowacka

I can almostTim Sponk

I can almostGregory Nixon

Peep ShowRobert DeLeskie

Peep ShowDavid Danzon

Peep ShowSylvie Bouchard

Urban SolesTanya Maryniak

Urban SolesKimberley Timlock

Urban Solesitap

Pretty Big DigAnne Troake

Why Won't You Dance?Michael Downing

Why Won't You Dance?Deborah Pollitt

Why Won't You Dance?Ken Mitchell

Why Won't You Dance?Bill MacDonald

Satin RougeRaja Amari

SubwaysDaniel Conrad

SubwaysCrystal Pite

Hit and RunCoisCeim Dance Theatre

Motion ControlDavid Anderson

Liquid Bodies: An Evening of Experimental Dance Cinema, Movement and PerformanceLoop Collective