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A Study in Choreography for Camera, a collaboration with dancer and choreographer Talley Beatty, is an early example of Maya Deren’s interest in the unique ability of film to expand and contract time. “I have attempted to place a dancer in a limitless, cinematographic space,” Deren stated. “Moreover, he shares, with the camera, a collaborative responsibility for the movements themselves. This is, in other words, a dance which can exist only on film.” (1945, silent, 2 minutes) With thanks to Gartenberg Media and Re:Voir, Paris.  

Maya Deren: Dance on Camera: A Study in Choreography for Camera

A Study in Choreography for Camera, a collaboration with dancer and choreographer Talley Beatty, is an early example of Maya Deren’s interest in the unique ability of film to expand and contract time. “I have attempted to place a dancer in a limitless, cinematographic space,” Deren stated. “Moreover, he shares, with the camera, a collaborative responsibility for the movements themselves. This is, in other words, a dance which can exist only on film.” (1945, silent, 2 minutes) With thanks to Gartenberg Media and Re:Voir, Paris.

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09/22/2021