The World Dance Alliance Americas hosts an annual dance-for-camera Digital Dance Concert, a double-blind reviewed online presentation of videoed choreographies and dance films created specifically for the camera. The Digital Dance Concert aims to offer a virtual platform for choreographers, companies, and dance filmmakers to present, promote, and disseminate their work.
Artist Statement: Connection Lost is a dance shortfilm that shows how mobile devices are decreasing social connectivity and interfering with human interaction. There is no more intimacy nor closeness between people; glances and communication are being centered in an object, focusing on the ones who are not present and missing out on the ones who are. These is presented in a one shot film, a trip of the camera through the city, showing how devices affect people´s daily lives and relationships.
Bio: Marilu Aguilar is a Mexican/Spanish dancer and choreographer; director and founder of Dance in Motion project focused in research and development of projects that combine the body’s movement with video language. Their screendances have been selected in international festivals such as Agite y Sirva Festival Itinerante de Videodanza, Los Angeles CineFest, Nellie Campobello Mexico, and Uni Film Fest. She is currently a resident at Luxboreal Dance Company; she has performed in Andong Dance Festival of South Korea and Reves in Costa Rica with Tranze Productions with the work Minds; in Mexicali and Tijuana, Mexico with Homa Dance Collective with the work Homaquina; and in Puebla and Mexico City with Karen de Luna with the work Biography in 8. She is now looking for different collaborations to keep on creating dance shortfilms around the world, spreading the art of dance by permitting choreographies to transcend in time and space when captured by the camera.
Artist Statement: Inspired by a true life relationship and set to a musical score of the same name, Veronica and Vincent was composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). DBR did a recorded interview with an elder from the neighborhood he grew up in, recounting – with some regret – her relationship with her deceased husband. DBR then edited that text and interspersed it with his original violin composition. Veronica and Vincent, originally choreographed for the stage to DBR’s score, captures that longing for connection and the nostalgia that can arise when that opportunity is no longer available. This re-imagining of the duet features dancers Andrea Basile and Brandon “Private” Freeman.
Bio: Amy Seiwert serves as the artistic director and primary choreographer of the San Francisco contemporary ballet company, Imagery. As Rita Felciano wrote in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, “She quite possibly is the Bay Area’s most original dance thinker, taking what some consider a dead language and using it as a 21st century lingo to tell us something about who we are.” She was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine, one of the “Hot 20 under 40” by 7×7 Magazine, was honored with a “Goldie” award from the Bay Guardian, and won an “Izzie” award for Outstanding Choreography. As a dancer with Smuin Ballet she was mentored under the wing of the late Michael Smuin, and keeps a relationship with the company as their Choreographer in Residence.
Artist Statement: Contaction follows the rise and fall of energy associated with touch, and the effects it has on people. Initial contact leads the dancers along a path suggested by momentum, sensation, emotion, and varieties of reactivity. The dancers work within the bounds of the choreography to maintain sensitivity, to support each other, and to explore the most primal form of communication. Through the power of the frame, the audience is pulled into the dancers’ experience of touch, flow, and connection.
Bio: Gabriel Williams has danced professionally with ballet and contemporary companies, and is currently a Legacy Fellow and MFA candidate at Florida State University. Though he choreographs for the stage, he enjoys the power and creative potential of the screen, and has been slowly shifting his choreographic focus to dance film. He has collaborated as cinematographer, co director, co-choreographer, and editor on two successful dance films, Convergence and Fledgling, that have screened at numerous film festivals. He is in currently in post-production on two more. Current interests include dance partnering, and research in the dance sciences.