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Contact Dance

 

The Northwest Film Center and Portland’s premiere dance company, BodyVox, are pleased to partner in presenting the first annual Contact Dance Film Festival, a showcase featuring award-wining collaborations between filmmakers, dancers, and choreographers from around the world. Portland has long been a mecca for dance of all forms. With films from the Northwest and across the globe—and an entire program curated by filmmaker and frequent BodyVox collaborator Mitchell Rose--the Contact Dance Film Festival represents the latest evolution of an art form bursting with hybrid creativity. The screenings will take place at both the Bodyvox Dance Center, 17th and NW Northrup, and the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. We hope you’ll hop between the two venues and that the series’ eclectic choices will get your 2016 off on just the right foot. 



Thu, Jan 7, 2016
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Thu, Jan 7, 2016
at 9 PM

Sat, Jan 9, 2016
at 9 PM

Mitchell Rose Presents: DANCE@30FPS ON THE ROAD
US

ME—STORY OF A PERFORMANCE 
FINLAND/JAPAN 2013 
DIRECTOR: JOPSU RAMU 

A performance drawn from both subjective and objective perspectives. (7-1/2 mins.) 

BALLET SPIRAL 
BELGIUM 2014 
DIRECTOR: SAM ASAERT 

An eerie journey through a frozen moment of ballet. (3-1/2 mins.) 

WELL CONTESTED SITES 
US 2013 
DIRECTOR: AUSTIN FORBORD 

A dance of previously incarcerated men filmed on Alcatraz Island. (14 mins.) 

SLOW 
THE NETHERLANDS 2013 
DIRECTOR: KAREN VAN LAERE 

The human body is rendered defenseless as a man is dragged through Taiwan by an electric winch. (6-1/2 mins.) 

BIRDS 
UK 2000 
DIRECTOR: DAVID HINTON 

Birds do the dancing in this found footage film. (10 mins.) 

GLOBE TROT 
US 2014 
DIRECTOR: MITCHELL ROSE 

An international crowdsourced dance-film project, in which 50 filmmakers from all seven continents each shoot two seconds of dance by choreographer Bebe Miller. (5 mins.) 

SONATA 
BELGIUM 2013 
DIRECTOR: NADIA MICAULT 

An animation of rotoscoped choreography. (11 mins.) 

OFF GROUND 
THE NETHERLANDS 2013 
DIRECTOR: BOUDEWIJM KOOLE 

A dance of loss and longing between a boy and his dying mother. (13 mins.) 

( 71 min )


 

DANCE@30FPS ON THE ROAD—The Ohio State University Dance-Film Festival is curated and presented by Mitchell Rose. 

Jan 7, 7pm screening at BodyVox
Jan 7, 9pm screening at NWFC
Jan 9, 9pm screening at NWFC 


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Thu, Jan 7, 2016
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Thu, Jan 7, 2016
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Sat, Jan 9, 2016
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Watch Trailer
PAUL TAYLOR CREATIVE DOMAIN
DIRECTOR: KATE GEIS
US, 2014

 

Among the most acclaimed choreographers in American history, Paul Taylor has been reinventing the roles of music, movement and theme in dance for nearly 60 years. Kate Geis’s fascinating documentary offers a rare glimpse at the iconoclastic artist’s creative process as Taylor and his dance company stage a new work. “Three Dubious Memories,” Taylor's 133rd dance, is a RASHOMON-like exploration of memory in which three romantically entangled characters recount very different memories from their relationship. “In the beginning there was Martha Graham, who changed the form. Then there was Merce Cunningham, who showed us dance’s heart. And then, Paul Taylor, who let the sun shine in." – Laura Shapiro, Newsweek. (82 mins.) 

Jan 7, 7pm screening at NWFC
Jan 7, 9pm screening at BodyVox
Jan 9, 7pm screening at NWFC 


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Fri, Jan 8, 2016
at 7 PM

Fri, Jan 8, 2016
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Watch Trailer
TRASH DANCE
DIRECTOR: ANDREW GARRISON
US, 2012

 

Sometimes inspiration is found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr sees beauty and grace in garbage trucks and in the men and women who pick up our trash. She joins city sanitation workers to listen, learn, and try to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. The trash collectors' lives are already full with work, family, and dreams of their own, but two dozen of them step forward with their trucks to perform in an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how a garbage truck can “dance.” (68 mins.) 

Jan 8, 7pm screening at BodyVox
Jan 8, 9pm screening at NWFC


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Fri, Jan 8, 2016
at 7 PM

Fri, Jan 8, 2016
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SHORTS 2: INTERNATIONAL STEPS

ESCUALO 
US 2015 
DIRECTORS: MARTIN AND FACUNDO LOMBARD 

A powerful new tap piece from the Lombard Twins' Piazzolla Suite. (4 mins.) 

ENSO 
US 2014 
DIRECTORS: FAITH MORRISON, ROBERT UEHLIN 

Conveying a kinesthetic experience of sand, grasses, sea, and space, ENSO was filmed in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. (12-1/2 mins.) 

MARTIALITY, 
NOT FIGHTING 
CHINA 2012 
DIRECTORS: MARIANNE KIM, CHENG-CHIEH YU 

A young dancer performs the role of a conscientious objector through the pedestrian and the abstract to deliberate the question “to fight or not to fight?” (11 mins.) 

AMANDI 
SPAIN 2014 
DIRECTORS: FRANCESC STIGES-SARADÀ, ELISABET PRANDI 

A blend of nature, woods, and weird landscapes featuring two characters in constant transformation. (6-1/2 mins.) 

PAS 
CANADA 2015 
DIRECTOR: FRÉDÉRIQUE COURNOYER-LESSARD 

Throughout her life, Rose has followed her passion for dance by using it as a singular method of communication essential to connecting with her surroundings. (14-1/2 mins.) 

LAY ME LOW 
CANADA 2015 
DIRECTOR: MARLENE MILLAR 

Ten dancers, musicians, and singers communicate a universal feeling of loss while evoking a paradoxical sense of intimacy. (8 mins.) 

GONE 
ICELAND 2014 
DIRECTOR: HEKENA IONSDOTTIR 

Who is living your life at this moment? A physical meditation on identity and the self. (16 mins.) 

CRACKS 
SPAIN 2013 
DIRECTOR: ALEX PACHON 

A soloist dances to the sounds of his own joints cracking and popping. (3-1/2 mins.) 

MIGRATION 
CANADA 2015 
DIRECTOR: MARLENE MILLAR 

A migratory journey of percussive dancers who rely on their hands, feet, and sonic bodies to create a unique soundtrack as they move through water, wind, and sand while interpreting the preparation, departure, and flight of their collective journey. (6 mins.) 

CONTINUUM 
FRANCE 2014 
DIRECTOR: NATALIANNE BOUCHER 

Our perception of time and its connection with space is explored in movement through the symbolism of shifting sand. (9 mins.) 



Jan 8, 7pm screening at NWFC
Jan 8, 9pm screening at BodyVox


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Sat, Jan 9, 2016
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Sat, Jan 9, 2016
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Watch Trailer
BALLETLUJAH
DIRECTOR: GRANT HARVEY
CANADA, 2015

 

Produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, BALLETLUJAH celebrates the music of one of Canada's--and now Portland's--most iconic artists, k.d. lang, and follows the creation of a ballet based on her music. A special friendship and spiritual connection emerges between lang and Alberta Ballet Artistic Director Jean Grand-Maître as they work together to create celebratory performance pieces set on the vast golden prairies of Alberta—the place that inspired her music. (60 mins.) 

 

k.d. lang and producer Heather Edwards will introduce the film. 

Both screenings of this film will be held at BodyVox


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