Ever since Thomas Edison hand-tinted the swirling skirts of modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller in the film version of the 1905, Danse Serpentine, there’s been an interest in capturing this most ethereal art form on celluloid. Flash forward, then, to 2024 and the 22nd iteration of Dance Camera West (DCW), the annual festival dedicated to the intersection of cinematography and choreography.
Founded in 2002 by Lynette Kessler and Kelly Hargraves, with Hargraves, after leaving for a few years in 2009, again helming DCW since 2018—but solo—this year’s festival takes place January 25 through January 28 at Barnsdall Art Park’s Gallery Theatre in Hollywood, a Unesco Heritage site. (Past festivals partnered with other prominent L.A. venues, including the Music Center, the Hammer Museum and BroadStage.)
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading