Thursday, October 7, 2010

Philip Szporer talk on Canadian Dance Films

President Leslie Cohen opening the new season

The 2010-2011 season began with the Jean Ford Memorial Lecture, this year delivered by dance writer and filmmaker Philip Szporer. Titled "Northern Exposures: The Development of Canadian Dance Films", Mr. Szporer treated us to a history of dance filmmaking in Canada, explaining the complexities and nuances of both media, dance and film, and showing us, through a series of film extracts, how the interaction between the two create a new art form.
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Pas de deux by Norman McLaren, one of the pioneers of dance filmmaking

Lodela by Philippe Baylaucq, an experimental dance filmmaker

Amelia by choreographer and founder of La La La Human Steps, Edouard Locke

Philip Szporer and Marlene Miller's The Greater the Weight

Shirley Cohen speaking with Philip Szporer before the lecture
The beautiful day was celebrated by everyone, including old James McGill who I passed on my way to the McCord Museum

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