In this series we are interested in examining conditions for the genre of dance film, destabilizing expectations for a genre, while creating an exciting program that explores the more mysterious and unexamined connections between a diverse group of artists and their work. We are interested in the various starting points and unique perspectives of artists who are creating work concerned with the body as it is captured, suspended, and archived by the camera. Everyone is situated in a body that moves, every film moves; movement is grounded in the persistence of the body in time, and cinema creates visceral experience and archive of this. With these conditions as the premise for curation, this program questions necessary conditions for a genre and fosters a dialogue around the potential of dance cinema to reflect on the body as a multifaceted social, political, existential, physical, temporal, and ephemeral vehicle of human experience.
September 30th DANCE FILM; DECONSTRUCTED: OPENING NIGHT PROGRAM
8pm // $10 Suggested Donation (Tickets Available Here)
September 30th is the opening night of Dance Film; Deconstructed, a five week Dance Film series co-curated by Lucy Kerr and Emily Smith. The series finds a home at BKSD and will feature programs presenting local and international artists, and programs in partnership with organizations Dance Films Association and Mono No Aware. Opening night will include drinks and refreshments, as well as film and performance work by Lucy Kerr, and the NY premiere of Emily Smith’s short film “Plush”! Also stick around for the talk back which will reflect on a dialogue surrounding the experience of the body in performance and the body archived by a camera.
October 14th DANCE FILM; DECONSTRUCTED: LOCAL ARTISTS PROGRAM
7:30pm // $10 Tickets
Featuring work by local artists working with the body in cinema in diverse contexts and existing through multiple formats. Including MM Serra and Josh Lewis, Jasmine Hearn, and Laura Bartczak, among others.
October 21st DANCE FILM; DECONSTRUCTED: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS PROGRAM
8pm // $10 Tickets
October 29th DANCE FILM; DECONSTRUCTED: MASCULINE TRAUMA IN MOVEMENT
7:30pm // $5 Suggested Donation
A pairing of Mark Leckey’s Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore and Claire Denis’ Beau Travail in a program created to reflect the trauma imbedded in the Western expectations for a masculine body.
November 4th DANCE FILM; DECONSTRUCTED: A NIGHT WITH BKSD x MONO NO AWARE
7:30pm // $10 Tickets
Smith and Kerr are collaborating with cinema arts non-profit analog film organization Mono No Aware to curate a program featuring work by Mono No Aware artists, friends, and workshop participants. Some films will be projected in their original 16mm and Super 8mm formats.
November 11th DANCE FILM; DECONSTRUCTED: A NIGHT WITH BKSD x DANCE FILMS ASSOCIATION
7:30pm // $5 DFA members $10 non-members
Friends of BKSD and DFA members are invited to mingle and enjoy drinks and refreshments, as well as a program featuring artists from the DFA archive co-curated by Kerr and Smith.
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November 19th DANCE FILM; DECONSTRUCTED: you are nothing/you were all i had by Lucy Kerr
8pm // $5 Tickets
This evening will feature Kerr’s multimedia video and performance work in progress, you are nothing/you were all i had, created and performed in collaboration with Mackenzie Taylor. This piece is a study surrounding simultaneity: a simultaneous presence of the director and performer and a simultaneous trajectory of process and product. The piece is rooted in questions of control and what the human form, which is in a constant conversation with gravity, can touch.
About the Artists:
Emily Smith received her BFA from Alfred University with a major in Fine Arts and a minor in Biology and Dance. Emily (with Laura Smith) co-founded the Six and Four Articulations touring contemporary dance company, which gave dancers and non-dancers space to make and show work nationally. She was a member of Layla Mrozowski’s ecofriendly “BAAD” Bicycle Awesome Adventure Dance Tour. Emily has participated in works by Steve Paxton at the MOMA, and Ryan McNamara’s MEƎM: in Performa. Emily’s current Contemporary Dance Company is called “NOT for reTALE”, where she designs and creates kinetic sculptures and performance, using materials such as fabric, furniture, light, and metal. She and Elena Rose Light are co-producers of the annual performance series called Fête, in which they produce strong multidisciplinary work in alternative spaces in NY. She also worked as a dancer with the innovative dance company Leimay at “the Cave” in Williamsburg. She performed with Leimay at BAM Fischer. She just opened her own own visual art studio with Julia Helen Murray for project based work and welding lessons. She also currently works as a fabricator at Arcana Metals.
Lucy Kerr is a choreographer and video, film, performance, and installation artist. She is an MFA Candidate in Film/Video and Integrated Media at California Institute of the Arts on the Lillian Disney Scholarship. Kerr received a B.A in Philosophy and a B.A. in Dance from The University of Texas at Austin and was the grand prize winner of the 2014 Co-op / George H. Mitchell Awards for Academic Excellence for her undergraduate thesis. She has received commissions from Mono No Aware and the Center for Performance Research and was selected as a 2014-2017 Fellow at LEIMAY. Her projects have been presented with The Brooklyn Museum, Anthology Film Archives, The Chimney NYC, Cucalorus Film Festival, Dance Films Association, Mono No Aware, The Center for Performance Research, the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Co-Lab Projects, The Aurora Picture Show, Triskelion Arts, IDIO Gallery, INSITU Site-Specific Festival, LEIMAY, and The MATCH Houston. Kerr has participated in residencies with Cucalorus Film Festival and Impulstanz. She was the main writer for LEIMAY’s publication accompanying the production of ‘borders’ (2016) at BAM. Her own writing, merging philosophy and performance theory, has been used as coursework at UCLA. As a dancer, Kerr has also performed with LEIMAY in multiple projects.