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Maya Deren : Dance on Camera: The Very Eye of Night

The Very Eye of Night was made in collaboration with members of New York City’s Metropolitan Opera Ballet School. Deren’s last completed film, this “choreography for the camera” is composed of negative film images of dancers against a starry night sky, giving the impression of an otherworldly, almost timeless space. The camera observes the movements from a bird’s-eye view and is also, at times, fully integrated with the performers themselves. (1958, music by Teiji Ito, 15 minutes). With thanks to Gartenberg Media and Re:Voir, Paris.

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