GIPCA hosts SA premiere of Wenders dance film
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Wed, 10 Aug 2011 09:30

The Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) in Cape Town will host a conference on the artistic intersection between dance and film from 26 to 28 of August. Filmmakers and choreographers will switch roles in the process of creating an interdisciplinary art form known as screen dance. Film and Dance, a weekend long event will probe a rising new art form that combines film making with choreography.

The event will open with the South African premiθre of German Filmmaker, Wim Wenders’ highly acclaimed dance film Pina. It portrays the exhilarating and inimitable art of the great German choreographer, Pina Bausch, who died in 2009. Thanks to the latest possibilities created by digital 3D technology, Wenders found the aesthetic means to bring the unique plasticity and emotional expressiveness of Bausch’s innovative Tanztheater to the cinema screen. Only now can the dimension of the space be reproduced in the cinema. It is this dimension in which movement and dance take place, and into which the new 3D cinema can take the viewer on a sensual journey of discovery.

The event continues on Saturday with an opening guest lecture entitled 100 Years of Dance for the Camera by Deirdre Towers, producer of the 35th Dance on Camera Festival in New York.  Towers has written about the dance film for over twenty publications, including for Dance Magazine where she worked for five years. She has served on the juries of Dance Screen, Grand Prix de Video Danse, the International Emmys, and the American Dance Festival. 

Panel discussions will include Real Place and Virtual Space featuring choreographers and videographers who have collaborated creating live performances with projection; Festivals and Funding a look at existing international and local dance film festivals and the latest trends in formatting, style, distribution and audience response and Screen dance in the shifting landscape of film and new media will introduce the latest trends in technology and its effects on the artistic product.

Additional guest speakers include Danish South African choreographer and filmmaker Jeannette Ginslov, choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba, filmmaker and lecturer Mocke van Veuren, festival director and visual artist Kai Lossgott, visual artist and architect Doung Jahangeer and many more.

The weekend conference will provide artists with the opportunity to network as well as discover and experience the exciting possibilities of dance on screen. 

Tickets prices are as follows:

•             R100 for the conference and screening of PINA on Friday 26 August
•             R60 for the conference only
•             R50 for the screening of PINA on Saturday 27 August (including 3D glasses)
•             Student tickets are R60 for conference and Friday screening of PINA, and R40 for conference only.

Bookings for the Film and Dance conference and PINA open 11 August. Conference tickets available through Computicket; tickets for the screening of PINA on Saturday 27 August can be purchased through Ster Kinekor. For more information, contact 021 480 7156 or email: fin-gipca@uct.ac.za. Please be advised that seating is limited and early bookings are essential. To view the trailer visit http://www.pina-film.de/en/.

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