This evening event marks the official premiere of the 2011 Dance Movies Commission projects, which were supported by this ongoing unique arts funding initiative. Cayetano Vidal’s TAO will be screened along with excerpts from past DMC recipients. The event will also feature presentations and talks by the commissioned artists as well as founding EMPAC dance and theater curator Hélène Lesterlin and current curator Ash Bulayev. The evening will conclude with an open reception on the Theater stage featuring light fare and beverages. Colin Gee’s installation In the First Place… will be open throughout the event as well as 10 AM to 7 PM on Friday, April 5.
Colin Gee, a Lecoq trained actor, principal clown for Cirque du Soleil, and contemporary artist, will present In the First Place…, a multi-layered dance film installation. The project, filmed in Rome, reframes The Strife of Love in a Dream, an Italian pastoral romance published in 1499. In the First Place… applies a relationship between memory and location by referencing a mnemonic technique called “Memory Palace” that uses architectural spaces to organize and remember information.
TAO is the third collaborative dance film between Argentinian filmmaker Cayetana Vidal and choreographer and dancer Sofia Mazza, who explore the superimposition of movement and image. Male and female, winter and summer, day and night, and nature and city are overlayed, creating a new single image in which opposites coexist. The technique of video overlay proposes an imaginary world of new shapes, proportions, and perspectives. The film was shot in the city of Buenos Aires and on the Argentine Atlantic Coast. Footage was also shot in Germany, Spain, and Tigre, a river delta near Buenos Aires. As it was winter in Europe and summer in South America, and since dancer Diego Poblete was traveling around Europe, a “live experiment” was conducted and images were collected during the same time period in both hemispheres.
The Dance Movies Commission supports the creation of new works for the screen that vary widely in content and form, yet are united because the image on the screen was crafted by, or in collaboration with, a choreographer or movement-based artist. The works supported combine the possibilities and range of the moving image in all its technological facets with the physicality and movement-based modes of dance.
The Dance Movies Commission is supported by the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.
Trained as an actor at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, Colin Gee was a principal clown for Cirque du Soleil, and the founding Whitney Live artist-in-residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Recent commissions have included works for SFMOMA and the Whitney Museum. Recipient of the 2012 Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize and a 2011 EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission, he has frequently collaborated with sibling/composer Erin Gee, providing the libretto for her opera, SLEEP (2009), which premiered at the Zürich Opera House, and Mouthpiece XIII, Mathilde of Loci, Part I (2009) presented with the American Composer’s Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, in which he also performed.
Cayetana Vidal is a film director and writer. She started her career as an advertising creative working for different media companies in Argentina and the United States. In 2000, she entered the NYU Graduate Film Program, graduating in 2004 with her thesis film Armadillo, which received awards at festivals worldwide. Since 2005, she has written, directed, and edited several dance-for-the-camera projects in collaboration with choreographer and dancer Sofía Mazza.
Tickets for the screening are $6; admission to the installation is free.
Evelyn’s Café will open at 6:30 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.