The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance will present Dance for Film Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. Showings are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. both nights in the Media Room at Boardwalk Apartments, which has limited seating. Admission is $5, check or cash only.
The Dance for Film event is one of the creative responses to the damage to Mannoni Performance Hall, one of Southern Miss’ primary performing venues. Since the February tornado, Southern Miss Dance has presented several site-specific dances on campus and in the community.
Three dance students will premiere the Dance for Film pieces they have been creating this semester. Dance for Film is a genre of dance art that began in the 1990s with the invention of the video camera, but has grown in influence and creativity over the last 15 years. There are scholarly journals devoted entirely to Dance for Film, as well as numerous national and international Dance for Film festivals.
“Dance for Film works are about taking the best parts of dance and combining them with the best parts of filmmaking. Filmmaking allows the director/editor to frame what the audience is seeing, how they are seeing it, and sometimes to do the impossible- think extreme slow-mo, playing something in reverse, defying gravity, etc.,” said Department of Dance instructor Elizabeth Lentz.
The student filmmakers have been in charge of choreography, shooting scenes, choosing music and editing their films. They participated in a weekend workshop with guest artist Carrie Morris from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. The students also have a technical advisor, Kristen Allen, a Southern Miss graduate, to assist with any issues regarding computer programs.
The three films being shown are Dalet by Morgan Teel, a Dance Performance/Choreography major; J’arrive by Monique Brogan, a Dance Licensure Major, and No Man Knows the Hour by Ray Elmore, a Dance Performance/Choreography major. All three students are seniors.
Themes range from grieving and loss, to deja vu and dreams. The pieces are 7-10 minute movies that use dance and music to create images and tell stories.
“Dance for Film is about using the best that live dance art has to offer, and combining it with the best that filmmaking has to offer,” said Lentz.
For more information, contact the Department of Dance at 601.266.4161.