I¹m behind on reading this thread, sp not sure if it¹s been mentioned yet,
but there is a new book on exactly this topic:
Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image, by Erin Brannigan
I skimmed a copy - there is a chapter on Maya Deren, and other dance films
with a more experimental take are discussed. Seems like it would be useful
as an addition to Dennis's recs.
On 9/1/11 6:10 PM, "Dennis Doros" <milefi...@gmail.com> wrote:
> There are thousands of them going back to Loie Fuller and the many, many
> copycats from before 1900. However, there are several favorites including Ed
> Emswiller and Alwin Nikolais collaborations (with Gladys Bailin and others as
> dancers), Thomas Bouchard's work with Doris Humphrey, the original B&W version
> of Matha Graham's Lamentation from the 1930s (my apologies for not remembering
> the filmmaker, but it's my alltime favorite), Shirley Clarke's first short
> films, and many in the 1960s by Twyla Tharp, Meredith Monk, and Yvonne Rainer.
> One could call Norman McLaren's BEGONE DULL CARE and especially NEIGHBOURS as
> choreographed dances on film.
> I'm said to say, my expertise ends around 1980 but the Dance Film Association
> would be the best place to go along with checking out the Film Society of
> Lincoln Center's Dance on Film series they program with the DFA and Joanna
> There's also the DFA's DANCE FILM AND VIDEO GUIDE, Judy Mitoma's ENVISIONING
> DANCE ON FILM AND VIDEO and the first one of its kind that's still excellent,
> John Mueller's guide to dance on film.
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