Choreocinema: Maya Deren (#) + Intro ← Film ← Siobhan Davies Dance

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Choreocinema: Maya Deren (#) + Intro
Sat 28 Jan 2017, 4.45pm

Barbican Centre
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To coincide with material / rearranged / to / be, Siobhan Davies Dance and Barbican film present Choreocinema, exploring links between dance and film. 

When the pioneering experimental films of Maya Deren first began to appear back in the 1940s, a new term – choreocinema – was coined to describe them. Deren had ties to the contemporary dance scene, and was interested both in the human body in motion, and in the medium of film as a means to choreograph movement. 

While Deren was not the first to explore links between dance and film, she merged choreography and cinematography systematically in order to create with and through movement, advancing ‘choreocinema’ as a new artform.

The screening includes a selection of these later films, including A Study for Choreography for Camera, in which dancer Talley Beatty leaps from space to space across film splices; Ritual in Transfigured Time, where an elaborate ‘choreography for camera’ transforms everyday movements into dancelike passages; Meditation on Violence, in which a dancelike choreographed sequence builds to a more jagged martial-arts demonstration; and The Very Eye of Night, Deren’s last finished film, in which the night sky comes to life as dancers from the Metropolitan Operal Ballet School re-enact the ancient dramas of constellation mythology.

Introduced by performance and media artist, and founder-editor of the International Journal of Screendance, Claudia Kappenberg.


A Study in Choreography for the Camera 
US 1945 Dir Maya Deren 3 min

A Study in Choreography for Camera - Outtakes 
US 1945 Dir Maya Deren 16 min

Ritual in Transfigured Time 
US 1946 Dir Maya Deren 15 min

Meditation on Violence 
US 1948 Dir Maya Deren 13 min

The Very Eye of Night
US 1952-55 Dir Maya Deren 15 min

Running time 62 min 

Venue info

Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
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