What it was, was – dance-on-film debut by DITA (Dance in the Annex) filmed in Grand Rapids, MI. Dance and choreography by Amy Wilson and Carolina Gil-Pava; Directed and filmed by Erin Wilson; original music score by ADN.
Join us in welcoming Matthew Farmer to Dance In The Annex!
Sunday January 18th
4pm – 5:45pm
$14/$10 (students w/ID)
For dancers ages 16+
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Matthew Farmer is on faculty at Hope College and is the Co-Artistic Director of R.G. Dance Productions and the Co-Artistic Director of H2 Dance Co. Formerly the Head of Dance at Anderson University, Farmer has had great success as a director, educator, choreographer, performer, and author; co-authoring his book (Introductory Modern Dance: A Teaching Manual) with his good friend and colleague Jon Lehrer. Formerly the Associate Director and company member of LehrerDance, Farmer appeared in Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Magazine Online, and Dance Magazine. Prior to dancing with LehrerDance, Farmer danced with Peter Sparling as a company member of The Peter Sparling Dance Co. While dancing for Sparling, Matthew received his MFA from the University of Michigan in Dance Performance and Choreography. Farmer also studied under and performed with Steven Iannacone while receiving his BA in Theatre and Dance from Hope College. As a soloist and guest performer, his performance credits include Dance Chicago, Dance in the Desert Festival, Men Dance Michigan, Next Step Dance, Chicago Humanities Festival, The Rein Orange (Duesberg, Germany) The European Cultural Bid (Liverpool, UK), The Roof (Germany), The Summer Stage (Brugge, Belgium), and various other festivals. Farmer has also had the privilege of working with and/or performing works by Avi Kaiser, Sergio Antonino, Merce Cunningham, Laura Dean, Matthew Thornton, Doug Varone, Daniel Nagrin and many more.
Images from December (2014) illustrating the process of musically scoring DITA dance-on-film work. Featured: musician Jef Collis (who was joined in the scoring session by Trevor Goldner.) DITA recently restored “Angle of Repose” to color and cut a version to premiere before the end of December. “Angle of Repose” was selected as one of the five best installations of ArtPrize 2013, at the old Public Museum as part of SiTE:LAB. In recent DITA dance-on-film work, we’ve experimented with a fundamental shift in sequence: the music score has been created after the movement score. The movement was created first, and the music was made to fit the movement. (And in the case of “respirador (breather),” we recorded the sound of our dancers’ interactions with their environment at The Morton building. Which is a completely different approach, wherein the dancers effectively scored their own movement, with their own movement.
Available online for the first time, the first excerpt from the dance-on-film installation “respirador (breather)” that won ArtPrize 2014 in the Time-Based category. This is the online edit of “The Bank,” the first location in the 33min overall piece that played during ArtPrize, at The Morton (SiTE:LAB). More excerpts from this site-specific work to be released throughout December.
Film stills from the winning Time-Based entry for ArtPrize 2014, “respirador (breather).”