This 95 minute DVD, "Dance for Camera", features six films selected from the Dance Camera West Festival, held in Los Angeles, during the Spring of 2002. This festival is hosted annually by the Dance Films Association and the Lincoln Center Film Society.
Film I) "Queens for a Day" was directed by Pascal Magnin of Switzerland. In the film, three male and three female dancers visit the Swiss Alps for an afternoon or roaming the mountains, before encountering a local village celebration.
Film II) "Measure" is by the company 33 Fainting Spells of the USA. The hallway, in which one male and one female dancer calibrate time, is featured on this DVD cover still photograph, by Gaelen Hanson.
Film III) "Rest In Peace" was directed by Annick Vroom of the Netherlands/UK. A group of middle aged dancers mourn the death of their parents through the acrobatics of mutual consolation.
Film IV) "A Village Trilogy" was directed by Laura Taler of Canada. a)A female dancer reminisces in and around an abandoned mill b)Two brothers wake in the woods as Rip Van Winkle family twins c)Five commune members discuss their operating budget within a bucolic countryside setting.
Film V) "Cornered" was directed by Michael Downing of Canada. A solo female dancer uses the geometry of spherical perspective to represent an interior journey through the fourth dimension.
Film VI) "Contrecoup" was also directed by Pascal Magnin of Switzerland. A enticing, challenging and inspiring film which explores the dream life of two frustrated, ill-fated, lovers. The film takes place amidst a surreal post-modern cityscape.
"Dance for Camera" serves as a fine example of how accomplished directors can integrate the art of dance completely into the art of cinema. May we hope that producers Kelly Hargraves and Lynette Kessler bring the Dance Camera West Festival to an even wider audience through an annual DVD release.