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2007 Media Release - Dance Screen

Issued Thursday, November 2007


Curator Erin Brannigan

All through Sydney Festival, Dance Screen will be showing film on contemporary Australian dance.  As part of the About An Hour Movers & Shakers program, Dance Screen is an exhibition showing the very best of recent Australian dance on film.  Curated by Erin Brannigan, Dance Screen is a snapshot introduction to contemporary Australian dance - playing short films and grabs, multi-screen formats and a VJ mash of excerpts. 

Dance Screen showcases Australian dancers and choreographers through examples of shorts and excerpts of dance on film, as well as specially commissioned shorts and new creations using existing material through post-production effects and editing.  Dance Screen will show film of many of the Movers & Shakers choreographers, as well as others, in a program that will give a taster of the extraordinary breadth of contemporary Australian dance.

Dance Screen will use a number of different screens including touchscreens, VJ screens and a three screen set-up, as well as projecting directly onto the wall spaces between the Drama Theatre, Playhouse and The Studio.

The large wall spaces in the foyer between The Studio, Playhouse and Drama Theatre will feature shorts focusing on the moving body.  Artists and collaborators included are Gideon Obarzanek (Mortal Engine) and Paul McNeil, Garry Stewart and Gina Czarnecki, Sydney Dance Company and Narelle Benjamin (Into), Ros Warby and Margie Medlin and choreographer/filmmakers Kate Champion (The Age I’m In), Natalie Cursio and Sue Healey.

Throughout the Western Foyer, booths and touchscreens will show 1–2 minute grabs from 12–16 Australian dance and dance-film artists including Martin del Amo, David Corbet, The Fondue Set, Paea Leach, Anton and Julie-Anne Long, as well as Movers & Shakers artists.

The VJ screens, set in the poster stands on Sydney Opera House concourse, will feature a mash of snippets offered by programmed artists and other dance filmmakers, created by VJ Superlight (Richard Byers).  The imagery on the VJ screens will provide a lightening speed overview of who’s-who in the Australian contemporary dance scene.

The three screen set-up in the Drama Theatre foyer, will show specially devised works by The Fondue Set and Kate Champion, drawing visitors into the larger foyer space.  Visitors can wear headphones, choosing to view just a single screen or take in all three screens from a distance.

Erin Brannigan works in the fields of dance and film as an academic, curator, producer, teacher and journalist.

Movers & Shakers seeks to broaden audiences for contemporary dance.  Australian dance is currently experiencing a massive growth, with many Australian choreographers finding themselves in high demand on the international circuit.  Movers & Shakers shows the work of eight choreographers – Narelle Benjamin, Kate Champion, Lucy Guerin, Tanja Liedtke, Gideon Obarzanek, Stephen Page, Sean Parker and Frances Rings – in a selection of works that will show Australian dance as vital, challenging, amusing and astounding.

Dance Screen is part of Sydney Festival’s About An Hour Movers & Shakers series.

Where: Western Foyer & Boardwalk, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, East Circular Quay
When: January 5–6, 13, 20 at 10.00am to 7.30pm.
January 7–11, 15–18, 23–25 at 3.00pm to 10.30pm.
January 12, 19, 26 at 10.00am to 10.30pm
Duration: Various
Price: FREE


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