In this film, I have attempted to place a dancer in a limitless, cinematographic space. Moreover, he shares, with the camera, a collaborative responsibility for the movements themselves. This is, in other words, a dance which can exist only on film... The movement of the dancer creates a geography that never was. With a turn of the foot, he makes neighbors of distant places. Being a film ritual, it is achieved not in spatial terms alone, but in terms of a time created by the camera. - Maya Deren on A Study in Choreography for the Camera, 1945
"In her approach we have the beginnings of a virtually new artform of 'choreocinema' in which the dance and the camera collaborate on the creation of a single work of art." - John Martin, New York Times, 1946
Maya Deren (April 29, 1917 – October 13, 1961), born Eleanora Derenkowskaia, was one of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer and photographer.
This DVD contains:
A Study In Choreography For The Camera, 1945, 2 min 30 sec - Choreography and dance: Talley Beatty.
Ritual In Transfigured Time, 1945-46, 16 min - With Deren, Rita Christiani, Frank Westbrook, Anais Nin.
Meditation On Violence, 1948, 13 min - With Ch'ao Li Chi, Chinese flute and Haitian Drumn arr. Maya Deren.
The Very Eye Of Night, 1952-55, 15 min - Choreography: Anthony Tudor with students from Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, music by Teiji Ito.
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