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Dancing a Film: A Conversation with the Choreographers and Live Dance Performance

February 17, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location Memorial Auditorium
SponsorInserra Chair in Italian and Italian American StudiesCostFreeMore Informationhttp:/‌/‌‌chss/‌inserra-chair/‌events/‌2014-15/‌dancing-a-film/‌dancing-a-film-event/‌Posted InCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences
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This program is an occasion for exploring the relationship between Luchino Visconti’s operatic 1960’s film Rocco and His Brothers and Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten’s intensely physical choreography for the dance performance Rocco, which takes both thematic and aesthetic inspiration from the film. The conversation with the two award-winning artists as well as an Italian Film expert will revolve around such questions as:

  • What is the relevance of a film about post-WWII industrialization and urbanization and its effects on an impoverished family for a dance choreography created in 2012?
  • How is the language of film translated into the language of dance to convey the psychological tension between two brothers boxing in life and in the ring?   
  • What is the role of music in a contemporary dance show influenced by a film that has been characterized as “excessive and theatrical like a Verdi opera”?

Select scenes from the film will be screened during the conversation and dancers will perform parts of the choreography in order to illustrate how to “dance a film.”