Cristian Borges - Dance as Film/ Film as Dance - 18/12/2018

About the lecture

As forms of expression based on the same principle of moving plasticity, dance and film were associated since the turn of the 20th century. But over the decades the act of filming dance had to be reconsidered in order to transcend the mere recording of a performance through the use of close-ups, filmic fragmentation, multiplication and deformation of bodies on the screen, in works by artists such as Sara Kathryn Arledge, Maya Deren, Norman McLaren, and Hilary Harris, among others. The dancer should feel movement as filmic, just as the camera operator should be “moved to include his whole physiological awareness in any film movement” (Brakhage 1967). In 1969-70, choreographer-filmmaker Amy Greenfield proposed a type of dance only made possible by cinematic means in an article entitled “Dance as Film”. By reversing Greenfield’s proposition, it is possible to analyze what happens when film behaves, on the other hand, as dance. From the “visual music” present in films by Richter, Eggeling and Fischinger (in the 1920s) to the growing connection between film and dance in contemporary art (which can be verified in biennials, museums and art galleries around the world), the notion of Film as Dance seems to imply less the strict subordination of film to dance than the fact that both might share a common choreographic nature.

About the speaker

Cristian Borges is Assistant Professor of the Film Department at the University of São Paulo (Brazil). PhD in Film Studies at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 (France), and MPhil in Film at the University of Bristol (UK). Former assistant professor at the Federal Fluminense University (Brazil, 2000-03), visiting professor at the Ibero-American University (Mexico, 2013), and visiting scholar at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (USA, 2013-14) with a research on film and dance. As a filmmaker, he directed ten short films in five different countries, and organized retrospectives and books on the works of Agnès Varda, Alain Resnais, Harun Farocki and Contemporary German Cinema. He currently directs the cinema of the University of São Paulo, Cinusp, and is one of the editors of Laika Film Journal, having published articles both in Brazil and in France.


Tuesday 18/12/2018, 17:15 - 18:15
Aula M.002, St-Jacobsstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp
Language: English

Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory