Portland's BodyVox didn't sit around eating its feelings during the pandemic. Already handy with a camera, its leader and Artistic Director Jamey Hampton made and commissioned dance pieces for streaming video, based on the belief that cinema can enhance dance. Now the sixth annual CineVox Dance Film Festival (May 12-14 at the BodyVox Dance Center) includes short and feature-length films from local and global creators.
The movies have high production values and showcase the incredible skills and creativity of dancers around the globe. Most films run from five to seven minutes long, with a theme for each day.
The theme for Thursday, May 12, is Dancing Over Borders: A World In Touch," with 11 films from six countries. This includes "YEL" (Rima Pipoyan), "The Farewell" (Kitty McNamee), "Disintegrated" (Tony Testa, Wade Robson) and "On Mending" (Shawn Fitzgerald, Emilie Louise Leriche).
Friday, May 13, sees 10 films created by BIPOC artists from around the world. Organized by Tim Cowart's students at Western Oregon University, the BIPOC Film Program includes "Whiteout" (Natasha Gilmore), "Red Line" (Irishia Hubbard) and "Sankaku" (Mako Barmon, Jenelle Gaerlan, Skye Stouber).
Saturday features a full-length film, "A SWAN LAKE," choreographed by Alexander Ekman for the Norwegian National Ballet. This is not your grandma's Swan.
"After a wonderful year of in person performances, a world premiere and getting back in touch with our BodyVox audiences, it's a joy to finish out our season sharing the vision of extraordinary dance film artists from around the world," Hampton said in a media release.
Tickets are on sale now at bodyvox.com or 503-229-0627.
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