Event Title

Peklo the Dance Film

Location

King Building 237

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-27-2019 4:00 PM

End Date

4-27-2019 5:20 PM

Abstract

This multidisciplinary project focuses on creating a connective tissue between dance, film, music and painting by utilizing the text of Dante’s Inferno. This epic poem is deeply connected with emotional turmoil and the movement of the soul. This film explores the relationship between emotions and movement through visual analysis of the text. The film’s production lasted nine weeks, each week affiliated with a circle of hell or moment in the Inferno. Dancers rehearsed three times a week focusing on improvisation and choreography, while musicians created composed scores and performed improvisations within the context of the week. Although Dante’s masterpiece has been adapted before, my film is unique in the way it provides a filmed physical embodiment and visual analysis of the text. This project is novel in its use of dance film as a medium to better understand the Inferno and its connection with motion, emotion, and storytelling.

Keywords:

dance, film, religion, art, music, storytelling

Notes

Session VI, Panel 16 - Cinema | Studies
Moderator: Joseph Lubben, Associate Professor of Music Theory

Major

Dance

Advisor(s)

Ann Cooper Albright, Dance

Project Mentor(s)

Ann Cooper Albright, Dance
Sarah Schuster, Art

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Apr 27th, 4:00 PM Apr 27th, 5:20 PM

Peklo the Dance Film

King Building 237

This multidisciplinary project focuses on creating a connective tissue between dance, film, music and painting by utilizing the text of Dante’s Inferno. This epic poem is deeply connected with emotional turmoil and the movement of the soul. This film explores the relationship between emotions and movement through visual analysis of the text. The film’s production lasted nine weeks, each week affiliated with a circle of hell or moment in the Inferno. Dancers rehearsed three times a week focusing on improvisation and choreography, while musicians created composed scores and performed improvisations within the context of the week. Although Dante’s masterpiece has been adapted before, my film is unique in the way it provides a filmed physical embodiment and visual analysis of the text. This project is novel in its use of dance film as a medium to better understand the Inferno and its connection with motion, emotion, and storytelling.