A Selection of Video Works
9-16 October 2016, Screened on multiple screens through the day at OddBird Theatre
PRIVATE I’s | 22 min
Oren Shkedy and Dana Ruttenberg [Israel]
The film follows the construction, eruption, corruption and destruction of the masculine self and the other. It investigates the boundaries of masculinity, and the forces that operate on the male body, while borrowing from different cultures and modalities. The movement language can be traced to traditional forms and concepts integral to martial arts. It translates it into a contemporary individualised expression in different ways, while counterbalancing it with the mundane “every day” gestures of male bonding.
Israeli-born dancer and choreographer Dana Ruttenberg graduated from The Bat-Dor School of Dance. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Columbia University and an MFA in Dance from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival program. As artistic director of her former New York based dance troupe, The Red Hill Project, she has created works that have been showcased at various venues across the US and Canada. Since her return to Israel in 2003, she has been teaching, giving workshops and choreographing for the Batsheva Dance Ensemble, OtherDance Festival, IntimaDance Festival, Curtain Up Festival and Dance Arena festival, to name a few. Ruttenberg continues to produce and present her own work in Israel and internationally. Her award-winning dance films screen worldwide. She is on faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She was awarded the distinguished Rosenblum Award for Promising Young Artist by the municipality of Tel Aviv in 2012.
Director: Oren Shkedy
Choreographer: Dana Ruttenberg
Performers: Ofir Yudilevitch and Uri Shafir
Director of Photography: Ram Shweky
ONEONE | 21min
Daniel Belton – Good Company Arts [New Zealand]
OneOne invokes a sense of ancient culture, an archetype being unearthed through real-world experience that is timeless and contemporary. This resonates with natural elements: stone, water, wind, and sunlight. As if with the lens of the astrophysicist, we examine expansion and contraction, memory, and our relationship to the land. The intention is to convey a kind of penetration in this process, whereby layers of time can be opened and read in a way that we might measure earth movements and weather patterns. The lattice of lines, geometry, geography dance and sound, merge and bring texture and timbre to form. OneOne explores human existence as part of eternal cycles. It suggests ritual where echoes of the past resonate in a universal view of the present.
Good Company Arts was founded by Daniel Belton and Donnine Harrison in 1997. The company produces dance theatre works and makes films featuring choreography with fine arts. Project based and working from Dunedin, New Zealand – the award winning group has an international reputation for their unique multi-disciplinary approach involving commissions of visual art, haute couture, design, new music, animation and film. Recognised performance artists and specialist technologists work collaboratively with artistic director Daniel Belton and producer Donnine Harrison. As film, installation and live performance, the work has been showcased in New Zealand, Australia, North and South America, the UK, Europe and more recently Asia. The company is reviewed in major media publications in New Zealand and internationally in dance journals, online forums, magazines, festival programmes and press.
LINES & ARTICLE 19: FROM SITAAURGITA SERIES | 3min 40 sec
Nikita Maheshwary [Delhi, IND]
SitaaurGita is an ongoing movement-based video series on socio-political factors emerging from India. The shorts attempt to illustrate the social, political and cultural fabric and investigate how deeply they are intertwined. The issues addressed, though pan-Indian in their discourse, have been showcased in an urban middle-class perspective. With this series the filmmaker believes that by addressing and acknowledging problems, one can sensitise the community and hopefully start a dialogue to collectively help open up the knots.
Nikita Maheshwary is an independent choreographer and performer based in New Delhi. Starting her training in Kathak and classical ballet, she pursued further studies in postmodern techniques, improvisation and composition in the USA. Her inquisitiveness about the history of art, philosophy and socio-political issues led her in recent years to collaborate with varied artists to create movement-based work, performance art, short dance films and engage in work that is contemporary and portrays today’s Indian. Apart from being a dance practitioner, she passionately works for various art organisations advocating and promoting the arts. Over the years, she has been part of many festivals and has received several grants, enabling her to work in India and abroad.
Performers: Nikita Maheshwary, Sunaina Jain, Sanchita Sharma
DE FAROL | 5min 20 sec
Nuria Canela [Spain]
DE FAROL presents a strip-poker game that goes from a figurative and realistic situation to a composition, where the movement, the body and the game generate a multi-view of interrelated stripteases.
LA INTRUSA is a contemporary artistic creation company formed in 1996 by Virginia García and Damián Muñoz, creators and art directors. A powerhouse of energetic and evocative dance, it collaborates with national and international artists from different disciplines. They have presented their creations in different theatres and national and international festivals such as Downtown Dance Festival in New York, International Fest. of Northern Red, Northwest and West Central Mexico, GREC Int. Fest. in Barcelona, Madrid en Danza Int. Fest., Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, and so on. They have made creations commissioned by national and international companies such as Carte Blanche, National Contemporary Dance of Norway, Delfos Danza from Mexico and Kukai Dantza from Spain.