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“Dance with Camera” explores art works in film, video, and photography from the advent of cinema. Beginning in the 1960s, associations between dancers, filmmakers, musicians, and visual artists flourished at Judson Dance Theater in downtown New York. The interdisciplinary practices explored there influenced the way works discussed in this text use an imagery of dance that threads through Hollywood musicals, avant-garde cinema, postmodern dance, and MTV video. Dance movement is designed for the area prescribed by the camera’s frame; the ephemerality of live performance is fixed in time, and close-ups bring us in proximity to the dance, or in some cases, perform as a partner in an unusual pas de deux. Editing techniques conjure dances impossible in real time. Finally, the camera is not merely a recording device, but serves as stage and audience simultaneously.

Keywords: dance, filmmakers, Judson Dance Theater, avant-garde cinema, postmodern dance, MTV, video

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