Re: dance on film

Johannes Birringer (
Thu, 25 Mar 1999 14:52:08 +0000

For those of you interested in dance on film:

"The Nation" (March 22, 1999) just published a fine piece of writing on
"ScreenDance" (by Valerie Gladstone), much welcome, it's informative
and tantalizing, it starts out with a review of Matthew Diamond's
documentary "Dancemaker" (on Paul Taylor company), which may be coming
to a theatre near you, maybe not (and it might be good if we talked to
our local cinemas to see whether it can get booked and get wider
audience), it then mentions, among other things, a new library (Academy
of Dance in Film) in Los Angeles (Hollywood) devoted to the history of
filmed dance, and it ends with warm praise of Doug Rosenberg's "My
Grandfather Dances" (with Anna Halprin). Bravo, Doug. Can we hear more
about this film from you?

Tiny reference is made to the hundreds of lesser or not known danceworks
made for the camera (film, video), shown perhaps only at a few
festivals. Where do they end up, if they don't reach the Lincoln Center
Library? Is anyone among us organising traveling tours of video-danse?,
can we exchange such programs? If anyone has a program, please contact
me, I would like to schedule it for a Houston viewing in October (First
Annual Dance and Music Festival, organised by CODA, our new contemporary
dance umbrella).

Johannes Birringer
AlienNation Co.