London Dance Film Festival

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Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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Brace yourselves because somebody, somewhere thinks it's a good idea to run another dance film festival and ask you to pay money for the privilege of seeing said films. It is with much trepidation that we announce the arrival of the 'London International Dance Film Festival 2007'.

This time it might, and that's a very big "might", be a little bit different because the director of this particular event, Sandy Strallen, feels that most dance film of late have been;

"..a refuge for mediocre choreography using clever angles and lighting to fool audiences into thinking that we're seeing [dance film]".

Oh really? You don't say Sandy! Here in TheLab™ we are not entirely sure which dance films Mr Strallen has been watching that feature either clever lighting or photography but we'll give him a pass on that one.

In an attempt to reverse the trend of rubbish dance film making the London festival wants to harken back to better days when Fred Astaire and 'The Red Shoes' ruled the roost, a time when small children walked to school alone, a time when people read books, a time when apple pies had real apples in them!

So, just who is coming to save dance film from the locked cupboard at the very back of the basement of hell we hear you cry? Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris, William Forsythe and the most barking mad choreographer since Isodora Duncan was throttled by her own scarf, Mats Ek. With all those names in the bag you can expect a light hearted evening or two of subtly crafted dance work that doesn't take itself too seriously at all. (never before has a single sentence been written so dripping with sarcasm! Ed!)

The event kicks off on November 30th at The Riverside Sudios in Hammersmith, London and runs through December 2nd. Tickets will set you back about £7.50 per night or all three nights for £20.

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