Movement and Momentum: A Dance for the Camera Screening

A black and white image of three dancers and a person holding a camera
Julie Roess-Smith, Karen Attix, Robert Kovich, and Merce Cunningham in TV Rerun Photo: Jack Mitchell
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Join us for a special screening in relation to our current exhibition Carolyn Lazard Long Take, which responds to the legacy of dance for the camera.

In the 1960s, dance for the camera emerged as an experimental choreographic form that encouraged artists, dancers, and choreographers to collaborate to push both moving image and dance to their formal limits. Artists Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Maya Deren, Yvonne Rainer, and others, reimagined the camera lens as more than just a means to record, instead transforming it into a stage and an audience. This created a unique space and more accessible space for dance, whereby practitioners questioned not only where a performance occurred by how an audience might experience it.

The screening will span almost fifty years of movement and be followed by a conversation by Rachael Davies and Rebecca Bellantoni who will unpack the nuance of this experimental form, its relation to their own practices, and more broadly how it has impacted art, access, and contemporary dance.


Maya Deren, A Study in Choreography for Camera, 1945, 3 mins

Charles Atlas, Merce Cunningham,​ Fractions I, ​1977 32:59 mins

Bruce Connor, Breakaway, 1966, 5 mins

Oliver Herring, Nathan, 2007, 5:30 mins

Kelly Nipper, Weather Centre, 2009, 5:11 mins

About the event

Free. Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

The duration of the event is one and a half hour. A rest break is not included. Seating is available.


Speakers will use microphones.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

There are no audio descriptions for this event.

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If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing or phoning 0115 948 9750.

Safety during your visit

Please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms or is awaiting test results.

Staff and visitors are welcome to wear a face mask in all areas.

Rachael Davies is a curator and PhD researcher living in London. Her research is concerned with British experimental dance and performance art of the 1970s and ‘80s with a focus on feminist discourses. Her current research provides a sociocultural analysis of the formation and early history of Chisenhale Dance Space in the 1980s. Rachael was a guest curator of Coventry Biennial 2021 where she presented an archival exhibition on the work of Cycles Dance Company (1972-1984) at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum. In 2020, she curated the first exhibition on the work of the X6 Collective (1974-1980) at Cell Project Space, London. Rachael is a lecturer and assistant editor of Choreographic Practice Journal.

Rebecca Bellantoni is an artist based in London. Bellantoni mines everyday occurrences and abstracts them. Investigating, through the lens of metaphysics, spirit/energy, religion and the aesthetics of them. Troubling the accepted/expected ‘real’; and the experiential ‘real’; how might these removed borders offer portals to self, collective reasoning and healing thought/action. Black geographies and their attendant realities are a research element.

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