Body Politic/identity Dance

As art and politics saw increasing intertwinement in the 1980s, identity politics became part of the social landscape and found an appropriate medium in Postmodern dance. Members of disenfranchised social groups recognized dance as a medium through which to convey political... [more]

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I was able to attend two films as part of the New York City Dance on Camera Festival last week at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center. Two nights, two documentaries on contemporary dance, two very different, yet equally effective, approaches to the genre. [above: "Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde!," Dave St. Pierre] The first, "Urban Ballet" (Brigitte Kramer and Jorg Jashel), was quite beautiful and was shot in Germany at the Tanz im August Berlin International Dance Festival. Perfectly edited with just the right amount of footage from interviews with the artists, the film focused on these artists works - whether it was in the streets, a train station, a warehouse studio, a lawn or the stage

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