The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

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Panel : Filmer la danse

| 2020 | 90 min
Categories :
FIFA Connexions


With the participation of PARIS NATIONAL OPERA


Panel (language french)
The relationship between dance and film dates back to the invention of the moving pictures. Dance performers where among the first figures filmed in early cinema, while 1930s Hollywood musicals and the recent return of this genre are the most popular example of how dance and film can be entangled. Dance is movement and generates an entanglement of moving bodies and music that reminds of the synergy of images and sound in films. The relationship between dance and the moving image is therefore a natural liaison, a relationship that has recently entered opera theatres and brought the elegance of ballets and dancers to larger audiences. Films constitute archives for these performances and therefore allow one to reproduce them. The relationship between dance and film, however, is much more complex, especially in relation to its form. The goal of this panel is to deal with this complexity and bring about a conversation between , which gathers choreographers, dancers and directors that film dance. How is dance supposed to be filmed? What are the most suitable techniques for the representation of dancers and their bodies? What effects does the cinematic specificity of this filmic representation engender in the experience of the spectator? These are some of the questions that the participants in this panel of FIFA Connexions will collaboratively try to answer.


Moderation by Valérie Lessard, Artist, teacher and videographer
Valérie Lessard is an artist, teacher, videographer and archivist in the Montreal dance scene. She studied in contemporary dance, in management of cultural organizations and holds a master's degree in information science. She teaches dance history and aesthetics at l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. She has made a documentary on the dancer Vincent Warren (2010) as well as a dance short film, Les insulaires (2016) presented at festivals in Quebec and abroad. She regularly hosts dance film screenings in Montreal’s maisons de la culture.

Édouard Lock, coreographer and director
Édouard Lock began his career as a choreographer at the age of 20 and founded La La La Human Steps in 1980. He was commissioned by companies such as the Paris Opera, the Nederlands Dans Theater, the Het Nationale Ballet de Hollande, Ballet de Culberg and Le Ballet Royale de Flandres. Édouard Lock was the co-designer and artistic director of David Bowie's world tour, “Sound and Vision”. He also collaborated with Frank Zappa for the concerts of the series “The Yellow Shark”. Other music collaborators included Einstürzende Neubauten, Steve Albinni (Shellac of North America), Kevin Shields (My Blue Valentine), David Van Tiegham, West India Company, David Lang and Gavin Bryars. Invited by the Paris Opera and Robert Carson, Édouard Lock created the choreography for "Les Boréades" in 2003, performed by the LHS company at the Palais Garnier. His works have won several prizes, including the Denise-Pelletier, the National Arts Center Prize; the Premio Positano Leonide Massine Prize for best author company, the Benois Dance Dance Prize in Moscow, the Governor General's Prize for the Performing Arts, and the Molson Prize awarded by the Canada Arts Council. Édouard was awarded a honorary doctorate from the University of Quebec in Montreal. Several films were devoted to his works. In 1994, Bernar Hébert directed Le Petit Musée de Vélasquez. In 1997, Édouard Lock was invited, alongside the painter Roy Liechtenstein, the architect Tadao Ando and David Bowie, to be part of the documentary Inspirations, directed by the British Michael Apted. The film adaptation of Amelia, directed by Édouard Lock, was premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Europe. This film won the first prize in its category at numerous international festivals, such as the Chicago International Film Festival, the Prague International Film Festival and the Rose d'Or Festival in Switzerland. He also won best production, photo direction and editing at the I.C.E. and at the Prix Gémeaux.

Laurent Métivier, Director of audiovisual operations at Paris National Opera
Laurent Métivier is responsible for the audiovisual sector at the Paris National Opera since 2006. Executive producer for each of the performances of the shows at the Palais Garnier and at the Opéra Bastille, he is also responsible for managing the "3rd stage" of the Paris Opera, a digital platform, free and accessible to all, which offers original creations with Opera in all its common denominator. He also takes care of all the documentaries filmed at the Opera (thirty per season), which he co-produces for some. Between 1999 and 2006, he was in charge of managing cultural programs, magazines and exceptional operations for France 2, then he supervised variety shows, games, trailers and short programs for the public channel. He graduated television management from Paris Dauphine University and also worked for TF1 video.

About: Paris National Opera
For 350 years, the Paris National Opera marked the history of music and dance and was an active and influential institution in French culture. In 1669, King Louis XIV created a Royal Academy of Music, a founding act which made the Opera an institution. A troop is formed and a room is set up. The Opera will count fourteen by the inauguration of the Bastille Opera in 1989.
With its two halls (the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille), the Paris National Opera is able to meet its public service missions: presenting masterpieces of lyric and choreographic heritage, creating a repertoire which allows the alternation of works, multiply at the highest level of quality the number of performances and thus offer more than 880,000 seats each year with an ever more varied audience. At the same time, the Paris National Opera plays an essential educational role: since its foundation in 1713, the Dance School has trained very high-level dancers, most of whom have entered the Opera Ballet; and the Opera Academy supports young professionals in perfecting their skills (in singing, music, staging, sewing, wig, tapestry or carpentry) and brings together educational programs and actions that allow introduce thousands of young people to opera, music and ballet.

Alexandre Paskanoi, Director
Alexandre Paskanoi was born in Minsk (Belarus) in 1980. He began the first montages and experimental videos at the age of 12 in 1992. He moved in 2001 to Paris to follow an artistic training. In France he met and assisted several fashion photo and video artists. During the years 2007-2009, he lived between Europe and North America. In 2009 he settled permanently in Montreal where he founded his photo and video production studio KinoBloom Productions.

Marites Carino, Journalist, filmmaker, artist and founder of Video Signatures
With a background in dance and broadcast journalism, and former dance editor of the Montreal Mirror, Marites combines her passion for movement and film through her award-winning nventive shorts. Commissioned by Toronto’s Nuit Blanche and the Remi Modern Museum, HANDSHACK, her interactive installation with live projection, twists a blind handshake between two strangers into unexpected choreography. The travelling version, HANDSHACK-Nomadic, has been taking the streets internationally. Marites enjoys telling people’s stories, and particularly those who use art to overcome obstacle. In her spare time, she likes dancing slowly to fast music, biking, and writing about herself in the third person.

About: Video Signatures
Video Signatures a production company founded by Marites Carino, based in Montreal, specializes in conceptualizing, directing, shooting and editing dance films, trailers and docs. She has directed and produced award-winning dance shorts with collaborators Tentacle Tribe. Marites has also produced artistic docs, led community-collaborative video projects with people with Parkinson’s, at-risk youth and new immigrants. She has directed website videos and conceived and produced interactive installation pieces which combine movement and live video. She is currently researching a documentary on the science of touch.

Jean-Christophe Yacono, Visual and digital artist
Jean-Christophe Yacono (aka yako) has constantly been interested in new forms of digital writing for screens and public spaces since 1996, notably at Epoxy, Daily Tous les Jours, Moment Factory and the group Cirque du Soleil. His specialty is the creative exploration of technology with techniques particularly oriented towards interactivity, multimedia and, more precisely, the user experience and all the new ways of engaging and moving the public. It is through photography, interactive “new realities” and “Image Freeze” that he began to reflect on gesture, improvised or choreographed, on his traces in the still image or in animated sequences, shakes and blurs that the movement imprints on a sensor.

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