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date: 08 July 2020

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As screendance has evolved, its foremost theorists have been remarkably generous in welcoming works that flicker in the space between stage and screen, where they cast strange shadows and illuminate uncanny forms. Catherine Galasso’s Bring on the Lumière! is an interactive hybrid performance work that stretches the definition of screendance in directions indicated by scholars like Noël Carroll and Douglas Rosenberg. Galasso calls her piece “a multimedia dance-theater-light installation about the Lumière brothers, French founders of cinema.” But it also reclaims the early history of cinema for dance. The piece foregrounds the physicality of early motion-picture performance history, including ombramanie shadow movement technologies and the laboring bodies of the Lumière brothers’ first film, La sortie des usines Lumière à Lyon, shown at the Lumières’ Cinématographe, and suggests if we can understand what celluloid meant for corporeality perhaps we can deepen our sense of what “recorporealization” might mean for screendance in the future.

Keywords: Catherine Galasso, screendance, early cinema, Lumière, ombramanie, Cinématographe, multimedia, recorporealization, shadow movement

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