Films presented in
Art Vision coordinated the third Dance with the Camera, a
special package of Films on Dance, as part of the Mumbai
International Film Festival which was held at Mumbai from the 3rd to
the 9th of
February 2006. The following films were shown:
River woman, Australia, 2005, 13 min.
Director: Michelle Mahrer
Choreographer: Bernadette Walang
Producer: In Motion Pictures
Synopsis: An evocative dance film devised for television
inspired by the rainbow serpent mythology, featuring a unique
collaboration between Australian choreographer Bernadette Walang
of indigenous background and award winning dance film maker
About the Director: Michelle Mahrer is one of Australian
leading dance filmmakers. She specializes in films about dance
and music, which include documentaries and dance films
choreographed specifically for the camera. She is a graduate
from the Australian Film and TV School and after leaving in New
York for 8 years she has returned back to Australia where she
has directed several award winning dance films.
And Miles to Flow, India, 1998, 47 min
Director: Shantarate Misra
Producer: Shantarate Misra
Synopsis: The film is about dance-theatre forms of Asia-
forms like Kathakali of India, Noh and Kabuki of Japan and the
Chinese Opera. which independently evolved their own theatrical
languages although maintaining striking similarities.
About the Director: A trained dancer in Kuchipudi,
Bharatnatyam and Kathakali, Shantarate Misra has scripted and
produced various art documentaries for TV besides having
researched, scripted, directed and produced ‘And Miles to Flow’
on the Asian Dance Theatre forms.
Homebody, Australia, 2005, 7 min.
Producer, Director, Choreographer: Paul Zivkovich
I created this piece of film while suffering from insomnia
In a state of insomnia
A nocturnal feeling
These two things fell into sleep together
I miss dreaming
About the Director: Born in Canberra, Paul began dancing
in 1999 under the direction of Ruth Osborne. He has been
commissioned to choreograph several works for the Australian
Double Take, United Kingdom, 2005, 37 min.
Director: Lea Anderson
Producer: The Cholmondeleys and The Feutherstonehaughs
Synopsis: Double Take is a selection of short, witty gems
taken from past Featherstoneshaughs’ repertoire and performed
cabaret-style by an all-female cast accompanied by the band Bog
Standards. This 2005 version, reworked for film, plays with the
illusory nature of time and reveals how an empty space is
About the Director: Founder and artistic director of The
Cholmondoleyes, Lea Anderson has choreographed over 100 original
works for the company. In addition Lea has been at the forefront
of promoting and producing dance for both the small and large
screens. She has been commissioned short films also by BBC and
Tango Octogenario, USA, 2003, 7 min.
Director: David Licata
Choreographer: Nancy Turano
Producer: Tom Razzano
Synopsis: It is a short narrative film about an elderly
couple’s unique way of reconnecting to each other
About the Director: David Licata is a writer and Film
maker with various television and short films to his credit. He
lives and works in the island of MANHATTAN.
Lapinthrope, Canada, 2005, 30 min
Director and Producer: Alec Kinnear
Choreographer:: Kathleen Rea
Synopsis: The film tells the story of a girl taken in as
a foundling by wild rabbits. As she comes of age she must return
to humankind in the city where she faces the pain and troubles
of being different in a conformist world.
About the Director: Honours: Bachelor of Arts Trinity
College. Film apprenticeship in advertising and music videos.
Produced critically acclaimed documentaries for Radio Canada.
Wrote about dance for many years.
The cost of living, United Kingdom, 2004, 34 min
Director: Llyod Newson
Producer: DV8 Films
Synopsis: David and Eddie are street performers
struggling to get by in a seaside town. The Cost of Living
follows them as they work, argue and romance. Their story is
told through dance and dialogue.
About the Director: As the Artistic Director of DV8
Physical Theatre since 1986 Llyod Newson has had a dynamic
impact on contemporary dance by challenging the traditional
aesthetics and forms. He has created 14 works for stage
receiving major British and International awards. The Cost of
Living is DV8’ fourth film.
Dance without Drugs, Why not now, Italy,3 min.
Director and Producer: Hans Camille Vancol
Synopsis: Coming from a past of drug, drift and foggy
visions the author expresses through the film the realisation
that it is only trough movement that his body and soul are able
to acquire total freedom.
About the Director: Born in Haiti with a dual
Canadian/Italian citizenship, Hans Camille Vancol was a former
principal dancer in Montreal, Geneve and Venice. After studying
video and film direction, he started devising digital dance
projects for the screen. He owns and directs a dance school in
Verona where he works and lives.
Sharira India, 30 min
Director: Ein Lall
Synopsis: Sharira draws on three major choreographed
works produced by renown dancer -horeogrpher Chandralekha over
the last 10 years, Shree in 1992, Raga in 1998 and Sharira in
2002. The film demonstrates how consistensely she has
worked towards challenging the Victorian mores that led to the
compartmentalization of the human psyche-driving the body from
the mind, feeling from thought, sensuality and sexuality from
Films presented in
Following the success of the first package of
films on dance presented during MIFF 2002 Art Vision proposed a new
series of 'Dance with the camera' films during MIFF 2004. Organised by Films
Division, The Mumbai International Film Festival was held in Mumbai from the
3rd to the 8th of February 2004. The following dance films were screened:
E-MOTIONS (Switzerland 2000, dur:
13'13") utilises the technique of computerised animation. Here the body
of the dancer interacts with letters of the alphabet inventing its own
(U.S.A, 2003, dur: 80') is
a tribute to the legendary American dancer, choreographer and 20th century
icon Martha Graham (played in the film by the male actor Richard Move).
IF NOT, WHY NOT (France, 2003 dur:26')
is an example of choreography composed for the camera; filmed in a
contemporary setting, the dance is inspired by the classical Indian dance
BLACK SPRING (France, 2003, dur: 26')
has been selected for the unconventional way in which the movements of
African dance are portrayed through the camera.
JOHN'S SHOES and NO CONFLICT
(Israel, 2002, dur: 12') are the products of a spontaneous dialogue between
the dancer and the camera. They are an example of 'improvideo' or innovative
and original approach, integrating dance and video in a distinct and
MAYA VISMAYA (India, 2001, dur. 60')
is a video note on the work and life of contemporary actress-dancer Maya Rao
interspersed with excerpts from her productions and aspects of daily life.