Past EventsMaya Deren films shown in conjunction with Danscamdanse Festival.
24-25-26 november 2005
Film-Plateau, Ghent, Belgium.
-Day 1: Focus on Belgian dansfilm productions
-Day 2: Homage to Maya Deren. USA; 40s -50s Revolutionary Avantgarde filmmaker. Her films, documentary about her life, work and influence
-Day 3: International Dancefilm productions.
DANSCAMDANSE is an initiative from MahaWorks vzw in cooperation with Film-Plateau and Vooruit.
DANSCAMDANSE is an international film festival focusing on the interaction between dance and visual media: dance, as seen on film, or simply as a source of inspiration.
Today we live in a digital age, allowing people to record their lives and surroundings with their own video cameras. It is logical for the art of dance to be recorded in this way as well and -by doing so- to open new doors to the choreographic semantic space and stimulating a new general awareness of the dance presentation. The festival aims to be the voice of a continuously growing crowd of interested choreographers and visual artists - a focused opportunity for exposing new dancefilms creations and a platform for reflection on these themes.
The festival deals with the special relationship between dance and the moving image, between the physical aspect of dance and the pure quality of light of film. This relationship can flourish from both directions - in one way as a presentation of mainly choreographic works produced for the camera or, on the other hand, as an interpretation of dance, translated into a film.
Alexander Hammid, Czech avantgarde filmmaker/photographer, collaborator on early films of Maya Deren
Alexander Hammid died on July 26, 2004 in his home in New York City at the age of 96. We are grateful for his wonderful films and images and extend condolences to his family and friends. Alexander Hammid
"Aimless Walk", still by Alexander Hammid, 1930
Cinemateket, Biograf Sture and Filmhuset, Stockholm SWEDEN , February 9, 13 2004
Stockholm 9 - 13 februari 2004
Sture 9 Februari kl. 14.30
Filmhuset 13 Februari kl. 19.00
"Maya Deren is one of the most important names in US experimental film. We show her best work, together with Martina Kudlacek's documentary In the Mirror of Maya Deren .
In the Mirror of Maya Deren (Im Spiegel der Maya Deren) av Martina Kudlacek, (Czech, Switzerland, Germany, 2002 with Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas. 103', no subtitles, English and Creole dialogue. On the dancer and experimental filmmaker Maya Deren.
Afterwords the following films will be screened:
Meshes of the Afternoon, USA 1943, 14'
. At Land, USA 1944, 15'
. Ritual in Transfigured Time, USA 1945, 14'
. Study in Choreography for Camera, USA 1945, 4'
. Meditation on Violence, USA 1948. 12'.
Charlottesville, Virginia , February 23, 2003
In the Mirror of Maya Deren, Martina Kudlacek will screen as a part of the OFFScreen's 'New Approaches in Biographical Documentary' series. Visit for details.
Boston, Harvard Film Archives Feb 14- Feb 19, 2003, 9PM
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
24 Quincy Street
Directors in Focus: "Breaking the Mirrors: the Films of Maya Deren"
Featuring (in two part blocks):
Meshes in the Afternoon
Ritual in Transfigured Time
A Study in Choreography for Camera
Meditation on Violence
The Very Eye of Night
The Private Life of a Cat
In the Mirror of Maya Deren (Martina Kudlacek) at 7PM.
Check the web site for times and dates Harvard Film Archives
New York City, January 24-30, 2003 In the Mirror of Maya
Deren, Martina Kudlacek Anthology Film
Archives in New York.
"Anthology is pleased to present a series of events in celebration of Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid, and Teiji Ito, centered around the World Theatrical Premiere of a stunning new documentary, IN THE MIRROR OF MAYA DEREN, by Martina Kudlacek. Accompanying the film will be additional programs of Maya Deren's work (including unfinished and unreleased films), as well as programs featuring Hammid's experimental films and Ito's film scores. Renowned avant-garde composer/performer John Zorn will play two concerts, performing his score for IN THE MIRROR OF MAYA DEREN and creating live soundtracks for silent films by Deren. These programs were curated by Martina Kudlacek, with support for the Alexander Hammid events from the Czech Center New York. and with support from the Austrian Cultural Forum New York."
New York City, Friday January 24, 2003 Anthology Film
Archives in New York.
9:45 LIVE CONCERT BY JOHN ZORN: MUSIC FOR SILENT FILMS OF MAYA DEREN
Films will include:
AT LAND1944, 15 minutes, silent, 16mm. Photographed by Hella Heyman and Alexander Hammid.
A STUDY IN CHOREOGRAPHY FOR CAMERA1945, ca. 3 minutes, silent, 16mm. By Maya Deren and Talley Beatty.
RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME1946, ca. 15 minutes, silent, 16mm. Choreographic collaboration with Frank Westbrook. Photographed by Hella Heyman. With Rita Christiani and Frank Westbrook.
ENSEMBLE FOR SOMNAMBULISTS (Toronto Film Society workshop)1951, ca. 7 minutes, silent, 16mm. Restoration Print.
Total running time: ca. 45 minutes.
(Admission is $8)
Sunday , January 26, 2003 Anthology Film
Archives in New York.
3:30 TRIBUTE TO TEIJI ITO
Teiji Ito was born in Tokyo on January 22, 1935, to a Samurai family. For generations they had been one of the great theater families of Japan. Ito came to the United States at the age of six. He became interested in the music of other cultures at an early age, especially the percussion music of Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. He studied with master drummer Coyote in Haiti, where he had gone with Maya Deren in 1955. In 1960, he and Deren married. As a composer and musician, he provided the musical score for Deren's films MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON and THE VERY EYE OF NIGHT. His keen awareness of jazz, blues, and flamenco infused his later music with a spontaneous, improvisational quality. His knowledge of Buddhism, Voudoun, and Native American beliefs adds a mystical element to his work. He was a visionary composer. Teiji Ito died in Haiti in 1982.
Graeme Ferguson 61 MORTON STREET(1960, ca. 7 minutes, silent, 16mm). With Teiji Ito, Maya Deren, Gil, Sonny, Rilo during a rehearsal.
Program of FILMS SCORED BY TEIJI ITO:
Maya Deren THE VERY EYE OF NIGHT (1952-55, 15 minutes, 16mm)
Walter Lewisohn THE CONSTANT GEISHA (1954, 7 minutes, 16mm)
Charles Boultenhouse HANDWRITTEN (1959, 9 minutes, 16mm)
Marie Menken DWIGHTIANA (1959, 4 minutes, 16mm)
Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON (1943, music added 1959, 14 minutes, 16mm)
Ed Emshwiller LIFELINES (1963, 7 minutes, 16mm)
Charles Boultenhouse DIONYSUS (1964, 26 minutes, 16mm)
Ben Hayeem FLORA (1965, 6 minutes, 35mm)
Marie Menken BAGATELLE FOR WILLARD MAAS (1967, 5 minutes, 16mm)
Marie Menken ARABESQUE FOR KENNETH ANGER (1967, 4 min.,16mm)
Marie Menken MOONPLAY (1967, 5 minutes, 16mm)
Willard Maas VALENTINE FOR MARIE (1967, 4 minutes, 16mm)
Willard Maas ORGIA (1967, 12 minutes, 16mm)
Total running time: ca. 125 minutes. The program will be followed by a reception in honor of Teiji Ito.
Columbus, Ohio, January 10-11, 2003 In the Mirror of Maya Deren, Martina Kudlacek Wexner Center in Ohio.