Dream Dance: Program Ten

Chrysalis / Film with Three Dancers / Fusion / Totem

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Ed Emshwiller, US, 1973, 16mm, 22 min., color
Dancers coming from a black void move in slow, normal, and rapid motion. They are transformed by light, by pixilation, by projections on them, by their actions and costumes. They pass through a series of violent, humorous, and strange states, emerging in a form of rebirth. (EE)

Film with Three Dancers
Ed Emshwiller, US, 1970, 16mm, 20 min., color
Three dancers are seen in different ways. They are seen in formal movements combined and transformed by cinematic techniques. They are shown in semi-documentary fashion, in surreal fashion. They reveal themselves, their aesthetics, their method of working together. The film is an exploration of ways of seeing, of ways of showing dancers. (EE)

Ed Emshwiller, US, 1967, 16mm, 16 min., color
A cine-dance film sponsored by Springs Mills to promote a new line of towels designed by Pucci. Dancers throw, move through, dance with, and are draped in a variety of designer towels. (EE)
Courtesy of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Ed Emshwiller, US, 1963, 16mm, 16 min., color
A filmic interpretation by Emshwiller of the ballet Totem by Alwin Nikolais. A cine-dance in which the choreography often comes as much from camera movement and film editing as from the dancers. A mysterious, primordial, and ritualistic sequence of movements. (EE)

Introduced by Terry Fox

Dream Dance: The Art of Ed Emshwiller has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.