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September 1, 2009

Dance With Camera @ Institute of Contemporary Art

The ancient Greeks granted the Muses differentiated artistic graces, lending Erato the power of poetry, Terpsichore the power of dance, and so on. But in today’s chaotic world, artistic cross-pollination is the norm. Reap the beauty of such multi-faceted creative work with the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)’s exhibition Dance With Camera, on view from September 11th until March 21st, 2010.

The program explores the crossover between visual artists and dancers who choreograph specifically for the camera. Art on display will feature pieces that comment on the way dance has moved artists to document the physical movement of bodies in space. For example, projects by Oliver Herring and Flora Wiegmann use dynamic camera views and “kinetic editing” to lend close-up vibrancy to dancers’ performance. Other works, like Eleanor Anti’s narrative videos, use dance (in this case ballet) as a story thread. Iconic dance screenings from a 70-year span, like Bob Fosse’s “All That Jazz” and Gene Kelly’s “Singin’ in the Rain”, will accompany the artwork. The exhibition features over 30 artists in total.

The opening reception takes place September 10th from 6 to 8 pm. Admission is free.

Institute of Contemporary Art
118 S. 36th St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-7108
www.icaphila.org

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