Sixth Annual Screendance Festival to Open at DeSales

by User Not Found | Nov 19, 2011

Free Festival to Feature 48–

Hour Screendance Challenge for Dance and TV/Film Majors 

The Sixth Annual Screendance Festival in the University Center on the DeSales campus.  The dance department of the Division of Performing Arts at DeSales University announces the Sixth Annual Screendance Festival. 

The event will take place on Friday, November 18 at 8:00 PM and Saturday November 19 at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM in the University Center on the DeSales campus.

The festival’s full slate of films will be presented at the Friday, November 18 8:00 PM and Saturday, November 19 2:00 PM screenings. The final session, on Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 PM, will be devoted to screening films submitted as part of the student 48–Hour Screendance Challenge which pairs DeSales University dance and TV/film majors in a competition to conceive, choreograph, film, and edit a screendance film in 48 hours. Guest adjudicator, Delia Rowlson-Hall, a New York City based filmmaker, model, choreographer, and Bessie Award winning dancer, will discuss her creative process and give feedback to the 48–Hour Screendance Challenge student contestants. The evening will be capped by the announcement of the 48–Hour Screendance Challenge first–place film.

The Screendance Festival slate of six award-winning screendance films from the United States, the UK, and Australia will be presented only at the 8:00 PM Friday, November 18 and the 2:00 PM Saturday, November 19 screenings. Those films include Nora by filmmakers Alla Kovgan and David Hinton with choreography by Mora Chipaumire. Nora is a dense and swiftly moving poem of sound and image. Alternately tragic and comic, Nora tells the story of a fiercely embattled African girl who experiences the joys and disappointments of love and who struggles against intimidation and violence in her quest for independence. Tim Cowart, Chair of the Dance Department, who curates the festival notes, "We don't usually show documentary dance films but this piece has such poignant images of struggle and survival."

Kat Cole and Eric Garcia's Drift features a pair of vagabonds who hitchhike, stumble, and inch their way through striking landscapes. "I chose this film because there is something about these two characters and their relationship that is endearing,” says Cowart. “The choreography explores the inconspicuous pleasures of the mundane"

Little East (Outside the Box) by Matthew Tarr and Ami Ipapo is a new take on a classic piece of choreography by extreme action pioneer Elizabeth Streb. Cowart says, "I had the pleasure of dancing for a short time with Elizabeth Streb and this film is a NYC Dance on Camera Festival Jury Prize Nominee for Best Short."

Two companions, previously lost, find jubilance in a jaunty climb through the woods in UK filmmaker Wilkie Branson's Stronger. The film demonstrates in a vibrant, physical way the themes of friendship and the importance of working together to overcome obstacles.

Shot in Japan, Australian filmmaker Sue Healey's Will Time Tell? is a meditative, playful piece that plays with rhythms and counter rhythms. "This short gives an insider's perspective to the feeling of being a traveler in a foreign land," says Cowart.

Advance, by Mitchell Rose, won the Audience Award at Dance Camera West in 2011 and was selected as the Best Experimental Short at the Memphis Film Festival. It lasts two minutes and features fifty locations.

The event is free and open to the public, however tickets are required. Tickets are available by calling the Labuda box office at 610.282.3192 or online.

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Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
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