Dance on Camera
The movement arts come in many forms and the Attakkalari India Biennial 2017 offers a platform for all of them. Dance on Camera brings stories, legacies, and the creative processes of the best in contemporary dance around the world to Bengaluru on the big screen.
Thursday, 09 February 2017
Café Müller (50 mins)
by Pina Bausch, Germany
© 2010 L’Arche Editeur
at Ranga Shankara Foyer, 6:00 PM
Made in May 1985 at the Opera house in Wuppertal, this film of Cafe Müller was also directed by the inimitable Pina Bausch, who took to the stage again to reprise the role she played in the original production.
This film of the dance or psychodrama begins with a lone woman dressed in an ethereal gown, edging into a cluttered room. There is very little space. Chairs are strewn around and she bumps into them. To avoid obstacles, to stay safe from pain, she keeps to the wall, clinging to the margins. The woman is played by Pina Bausch.
On the big screen Cafe Müller still retains its incredible power to move the viewer, and allows time to reflect on its richness and complexities.
This film screening is supported by Goethe-Institut/ Max-Mueller Bhavan Bangalore.
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Mr. Gaga (100 mins)
by Tomer Heymann, Israel
at Alliance Française de Bangalore, 4:00 PM
Ohad Naharin is Israel’s “rock star” choreographer, and artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company teaching world-class dancers “Gaga”, his unique language of movement.
In this dynamic documentary, veteran Israeli filmmaker Tomer Heymann meets the man at a critical turning point in his personal life to render a candid portrait of the movement and the man. Filmed over a period of eight years, this documentary traces the journey of an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance.
This film screening is supported by Consulate General of Israel in Bengaluru.
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Spear (84 mins)
by Stephen Page
at Ranga Shankara, 7:30 PM
SPEAR is Stephen Page’s directorial debut feature film telling a contemporary Aboriginal story through movement and dance.
Collaborating with dancers and creatives from the Bangarra Dance Theatre, Stephen brings this visually stunning dance work to the screen. A unique collaboration between artists and filmmakers, this ground-breaking film follows the journey of a young Aboriginal man Djali, as he tries to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world.
From the outback of Australia to the gritty urban streets of Sydney, SPEAR is a poignant reflection of the continuing cultural connection of Indigenous people. It is an intimate journey with one of Australia’s most celebrated artists, as he brings this modern day mythological story to the screen.
This film screening is supported by Australian Consulate-General, Chennai.