Picturing Dance in Three, Sometimes Four, Dimensions
January 8, 2008 6:00 pm -7:45 pm - FREE
Donnell Media Center
New York Public Library
20 West 53rd Street, New York, NY
(across from Museum of Modern Art)
Multimedia artist and NYSS member Gerald Marks presents an evening of Stereoscopic 3-D projections of or related to dance. This digital anaglyph 3-D slideshow begins with historical examples some of the earliest 3-D photography of dance; hand tinted views of a ballet company performing in Paris during the 1860s and Victorian era views of twin ballerinas.
There will be very early images of African dance, taken from glass plates made during the Museum of Natural History's first major expedition into the Congo. All genres of dance will be included. Sally Rand's scandalous Bubble Dance will represent the 1930s. The 1950s will be very well represented with amazing stereoscopic tourist photos of performances in exotic locales and with stills from a great movie musical. There will be rare photos of Chasidic Dance, thanks to Sheldon Aronowitz.
The historic images lead up to the projected 3-D set Marks created for the ballet The Bell Witch with the Nashville Ballet, featuring Martine vanHamel as a flying ghost that sails out over the stage. Finally, there will be Marks' own photography of dance companies now performing around New York, as well as movement artists exploring the links between dance, nature, science, and perception.
High quality 3-D glasses will be provided for your viewing experience.