MoveStream 04 - CINEDANS 2010 & Katrina McPherson Interview Parts 1 & 2
Shot at the 12th International Festival and Competition for Dance Films and Videos
9-12 December 2010
ScreenMoves from Copenhagen invited me to attend CINEDANS in Amsterdam, December 2010. I was fortunate enough to view dance several documentaries, dance films, dance videos, an interactive installation, panel discussions and meet many screendance makers, curators and producers.
I was only there for two days but managed to see: Sidi LarbiCherkaoui: Dreams of Babel, CINEDANS Camera Rework1, CINEDANS Shorts 3, Dans voor hetleven, Wayne McGregor: Going Somewhere, Maguy Marin: la danse cachee, CINEDANS DESTINO: A Contemporary Dance Story, CINEDANS Shorts 6, CINEDANS Lock/Larbi/Kahn.
In the breaks, I managed to shoot some footage in the Foyer and entrance where the filmmakers and audience gathered as well as the resource centre – TV monitors and dvds for those that missed a video or wanted to catch up on a missed video or do some research. CINEDANS 2010 Intro
I also shot a panel discussion about fundraising with some key screendance producers,screendance makers and curators, namely: Gitta Wigro, Vicky Bloor, Maia FriisKristensen, Helene Jonsdottir and Janine Dijkmeijer.
Finally had an interview with Katrina McPherson, Sunday 12 Dec 08.30. We talked about her new video dance work “There is a Place” that she shot and directed in collaboration with editor Simon Fildes and dance performer/choreographer Sang Jijia. The work was screened Sat 11Dec, 20.30 under the Screen Choreography section.
Part One of the interview, examines the process of making this video dance work in Scotland and Part Two gives an insight into the Dogme style that McPherson chooses in order to deliver her strong signature that stands out from all other screendance works. She talks about the improvisational shoot and choreography that delivers the strong visceral presence of the dancer Sang Jijia. Mostly, she explains, it is about capturing the moments in the frame, guided by an intuitive drive, developed over the years after many years of experience shooting with prepared storyboards and shot lists. She also shoots with the edit in mind, shooting a variety of different shots that she thinks will edit well together.
McPherson prefers to shoot with an improvisational methodology as the frame is able to capture precious and intimate moments of the “performance”, revealing them to the viewer with a camera guided by instinct and intuition. The viewer is then given a viewpoint that they may never have seen without this intuitive camera work. The improvisational manner of working the camera, the choreography and performer, that takes years to develop, makes the video dance. The video feels alive and in the moment! It makes the video palpable and visceral. The edit then amplifies this with rhythm, pace and timing. The improvisational synergy of all the media: camera, performance, choreography and timeline, produces the unique Goat Media Ltd signature!
I have been trying for several months to do this one and am pleased to have made a long interview in two parts.
All Videos shot and edited by Jeannette Ginslov on a small Sony Handycam.
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