As per the award winning short Momentum, energy, the right relationship, and a tortilla chip are the chief ingredients in a recipe for the fusion of body and soul through dance. Directed in Germany by Boris Seewald, this is a dance film in which language plays a predominant part, and it works. Momentum features an upbeat score by award-winning composer Ralf Hildenbeutel, and is narrated and danced (sometimes simultaneously) by Patrick Hanna (with Shoko Ito as his zany mother) as he tells the story of how a chip compelled him from feeling awkward at a high school, end of term, “disco” celebration, into dancing freely, and created a cathartic shift in the way he views the world.
With its colorful visuals, accessible “everyman” aesthetic, and incredible sense of optimism, Momentum was a real crowd-pleaser at last year’s Dance Camera West Film Festival. Although still enjoyable, the YouTube version of Momentum is weighted with blocky subtitles that were not originally present which when it screened there. A reminder for LA readers that the 13th Annual Dance Camera West Film Festival returns this week June 6-8th & 13th with a host of new international screen dance selections and live performance at The Music Center, Grand Park, REDCAT, MOCA and Union Station. For tickets and info go to www.dancecamerawest.org. Enjoy Dance Momentum!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Founder/Director of Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival, Sarah Elgart is a Los Angeles based choreographer and director working under the auspice of Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow. Sarah creates original content for stage, screen, and site-specific venues. Her stage and site-works have been performed at alternative spaces including LAX Airport, The Skirball Center, Mark Taper Forum, Van Nuys Flyaway, The Bradbury Building, Jacob’s Pillow, INSITU Site-Specific Festival NY, and Loft Seven, where she created a rooftop work lit entirely by a hovering helicopter accompanied by Nels Cline (Wilco). Her work has been produced by venues including The Music Center, MASS MoCA, Dance Place, Los Angeles Theater Center, Mark Taper Forum and The International Women’s Theater Festival. In film Sarah has worked with noted directors including JJ Abrams, David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, and Anton Corbijn. Her own films include award-winning music videos, dance shorts, and an Emmy nominated PSA, and continue to be accepted into festivals internationally. In addition to teaching dance and film, Sarah writes a regular column, ScreenDance Diaries that focuses on the intersections of both genres internationally for online magazine Cultural Weekly. Sarah’s work has received support from organizations that include the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, California Arts Council and more. She is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Dance Film Lab, a Fellow of AFI’s Directing Women’s Workshop, and a director member of the DGA.
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