Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival: Six Foot Distance Dances
Most creatives are used to some degree of isolation… Painters, sculptors, composers, musicians, writers often work and/or practice alone. And most artists of all stripes are used to some degree of isolation and marginalization.
But… this is unprecedented.
And the dancers are getting restless. Major venues, festivals, and dance companies have cancelled their seasons. Gone are the gigs, the classes, and a sense of physical community. At the very least dancers are used to taking class on a daily basis. Thanks to ZOOM they are doing so at home, and learning to find virtual connection. In fact creative companies, choreographers, and dancers are coming up with all kinds of imaginative solutions for the situation we find ourselves in worldwide. True creatives haven’t stopped being creative… if anything they are getting more so in the face of isolation from the Corona Virus.
So Dare To Dance in Public Film Festival challenges you to submit to… Six Foot Distance Dances.
How do we dance in isolation… and how do we connect?
How do we create relevance dancing in the privacy of our own homes?
What do we feel while being physically limited by an invisible enemy?
In the face of COVID-19, we refuse to be stopped… if anything, perhaps our creativity should be amplified.
So we challenge ourselves and we challenge you…
Conceptualize, choreograph, direct, art direct, & in all ways engage in the creation of a 1-minute or less site-specific dance film inside the privacy of your home.
Respond directly to a site your home. Explore shooting coverage & employing multiple camera angles…. Experiment!
Use quick cuts, speed ramps… circle the dance, invite the camera inside of the dance and get insidethe feeling of the dance…
Avoid using only frontal coverage. Feel free to express exactly how you feel about what you’re going through — what we’re all going through.
At the end of each week or so, we will select several one minute or less movies to post to our IG/FB, and eventually (not sure when this will end) we will be selecting 6 winners to receive cash awards and coverage in Cultural Weekly!
1) Post your film on Instagram & Facebook
2) Tag @dare2danceinpublic, Founder/Director @arrogantelbow & Associate Producer @zoe.rappaport
3) Send in $6 via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Make sure to include the social handles of you and/or anyone else involved (be it remotely or in person).
5) If you are not on social media, please e-mail your film to: email@example.com
Be creative, be moving, be wild… be whoever or however you want to be.
Be prepared to make it PUBLIC… We dare you too!
And for inspiration, please see our newest submission from the AMAZING Sam McReynolds @sammypmc.
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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