Wednesday, October 5, 2011 – 6:30pm Wednesday, October 5, 2011 – 8:00pm Thursday, October 6, 2011 – 6:30pmThursday, October 6, 2011 – 8:00pm


Now in its 10th year, Philadelphia Dance Projects’ Motion Pictures has become a mini-festival, unique to Philadelphia, that explores how film and video serve as natural collaborative medium for dance by highlighting the power of image in motion. Motion Pictures is co-curated by Gretjen Clausing, Executive Director Philly CAM and Terry Fox, PDP Executive Director.

Motion Picures 2011 will feature four different programs of shorts, features, and an “informance” artist/audience conversation with Filmmaker Nadine Patterson
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 6:30PM and 8PM
and Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 6:30PM and 8PM
at the Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Admission is $10

Spend the evening and SAVE!
Select both the 6:30 AND 8:00pm shows on Wednesday for just $15 total
Select both the 6:30 AND 8:00pm shows on Thursday for just $15 total
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Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30PM
Program 1: Breath Made Visible 
Group Motion/Friday Night

Breath Made Visible* (Ruedi Gerber/USA/2009/80min.) is an insightful documentary into the life and career of Anna Halprin, the groundbreaking dance pioneer, who at 90 years old is still breaking new barriers. This cinematic portrait blends recent interviews with counterparts such as the late Merce Cunningham, archival footage, and excerpts of current performances to weave a stunning, inspiring account of one of the most important cultural icons in modern dance.

Group Motion/Friday Night (Djuna Wojton/Philadelphia/2009/5min.) is a charming and straightforward documentary of Group Motion’s Friday Night Workshop that has been in session for over 35 years! Led by Group Motion co-founders Manfred Fischbeck and Brigitta Herrmann, the workshop draws everyday people of every stripe, age, and inclination who enjoy the structured improvs and live music.

Wednesday, October 5 at 8PM
Program 2: The Making of “Tango Macbeth”

A PDP Informance with Nadine Patterson, Lenny Seidman, and Zane Booker-
Local Filmmaker, Nadine Patterson will show excerpts and talk about her new work in which a documentary film crew follows the creation of a new dance theater film piece, Tango Macbeth. Part poetry, part narrative, part experimental film, this film pushes the boundaries of the mock-umentary format set to a fusion of Indian tabla, ambient sound, and Afro-Latin-Brazilian influences from composer Lenny Seidman with choreography by Zane Booker who will join in the conversation with the audience.

Thursday, October 6 at 6:30PM
Program 3: Shorts Fest

Shorts Fest features playful, place-based and layered works revealing the draw of dance to video, by videographers from Ireland, Canada, and the US including Philly locals Alex Tyson, Liz Goldberg, and Kathy Rose.

Shorts Fest Program:
Precious Places “711” (Scribe Video/Philadelphia/2009/8.35min)
A short from Scribe Video’s “Precious Places” recalling 711 S. Broad Street, the site of the Sidney King School of Dance, an important black dance studio in developing artists and companies.

Strings (Liz Goldberg/Philadelphia/2002/3min)
A tangle of stringy figures dance through this delightful animation to their destiny.

Hoop (Marites Carino/2010/Canada/3:50min)*
In Hoop, the viewer’s perspective of the childhood toy shifts when the floor is pulled away.

Loom (9.25- Katie Faulkner/USA/2008/9.25min)
A relationship is stitched together and unraveled with a San Francisco backdrop.

Snow flak (Robert Bingham/USA/2010/2 min.)
A very modest solo to some famous holiday music.

Zepyhr ( Nadine Helstroffer/USA/2010/6min.)
Dancers cavort about and mimic a blossomy day in the park.

Lakdi Ki Kathi (Anula Shetty & Mike Kuetemeyer/Philadelphia/2011/4min)
Three young movie stars-to-be lip-sync their favorite Bollywood film.

Deep End Dance (David Bolger/Ireland/2010/6.14min.)
Acclaimed Irish Choreographer David Bolger has created a tender homage Swimming With My Mother for the stage. Deep End Dance is made for a pool in which his mother also “dances.”

Baroque Suite (Alex Tyson/Philadelphia/2010/14.2min.)
Mannerist painting, baroque music, and spare post modern dance mix in this elegant consideration of composition.

*Selections from Dance On Camera Festival at Lincoln Center

Thursday, October 6 at 8 PM
Program 4: Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime in Dance (Charles Atlas/USA/ 2000/80min)

As the Merce Cunningham Company will disband at the end of this year, PDP invites everyone to revisit Atlas’ beautiful and biographical portrait of Cunningham and his company over the years. Lest we forget….
“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive. ” – Merce Cunningham

Motion Pictures Intermission between programs each night will include free popcorn and drinks, our latest YouTube faves and a Special Video Installation by Kathy Rose–  Vortex a dimensionally magical illusion creating a mesmerizing miniature world of the interior, of thought, and meditation, integrating video with veils on a small “canvas” on which figures flow and drip in a universe of their own.

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