In/Motion is in Full Force for its 5th Anniversary
The In/Motion International Dance Film Festival never disappoints to bring groundbreaking art to Loyola and this year is better than ever.
Determined to pack as much as it can into three days, In/Motion welcomes an incredible lineup of artists and events to the Loyola University Chicago campus. Between screenings, dance classes, panels, and guest artist Shamel Pitts, there is something for every artist.
Friday night starts off the weekend with the always popular International Juried Screening featuring dance film from all around the world. This night is exemplary of the festival’s mission, which is dedicated to highlight interdisciplinary dance film with a social justice message.
The films selected range in style, genre, theme, representation, and more, yet are all similar in their desire to further dance using film. The lineup includes: My body is in Your Court - Paula Pardo Celaya and Yasmina G. Garabato, Underground - Jun Bae, Screaming Shapes - Sophia Stoller, Dynamite - Leila Jarman, Passage - David-Alexandre Chanel, Dergin Tokmak-Start Your Impossible - Adi Halfin, Lorelei - Christina Burchard, Counter//Balance - Anuradha Rana, and Hic et Nunc “Here and Now” - Emma Cianchi.
Following through to Saturday are two events that lie at the heart of In/Motion. The first, the Emerging Artists Showcase, features up-and-coming filmmakers who are breaking into the scene. Their work is fresh, uninhibited, and surrounded by a sense of excitement.
The lineup includes: Respira - Maria Piva, The Dance of Amal - Rami Al Rabih, Underbridge - Florent Schwartz, Maids - Sofía Castro, Saudade - Gerardo MS Aguilera and Claudia Franco, Unknown - Mandy Work Wetzel and Shannon Metelko, and Go - Robert Dekkers and Morgan Frasier.
The complimentary event that afternoon, the Local Artists Showcase, looks to shine a light on the incredible work being done here in Chicago by the seasoned artists that call it home. Moderated by Chicago Tribune Dance Critic Lauren Warnecke, the showcase delves deep into the works of Talia Koylass, AJ McClenon, and Addison Wright. It creates an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes-look at how these professionals are responding to the world around them.
The evening boasts Shamel Pitts’s Black Series. Pitts is a performing artist, dancemaker, and director, as well as a former Batsheva Dance Company member. Originally from Brooklyn, but a dancer in Tel Aviv for over six years, Pitts brings to the screen not only his own stories of identity, but stories that reflect a greater sense of “heritage, ancestry, and struggle” (Evans).
The Black Series includes Black Box: The Short Film by Aviv Maaravi, Black Velvet: Architectures and Archetypes, and Black Hole: Trilogy and Triathlon.
The weekend is rounded out on Sunday with the Shamel Pitts three-part workshop. It consists of a dialogue on choreography for film, a gaga class open to all, and a guided creative process involving the workshop’s participants.
Loyola’s Dance program is proud to host In/Motion year after year, and believes that the mission of the festival deeply aligns with the mission of Loyola. Each event strives to make dance more diverse, interdisciplinary, and inclusive, and hopes to inspire the arts community in Chicago.
|Schedule of Events|
|Friday||International Juried Screening||7:30pm||Damen Cinema|
|Saturday||Emerging Artist Showcase||3:00pm||Damen Cinema|
|Local Artist Showcase||5:00pm||Mundelein Rm 409|
|Black Series Screening & Q&A with Shamel Pitts||7:30pm||Damen Cinema|
|Sunday||Shamel Pitts 3-Part Workshop||11:00am||Mundelein Rm 409|
Evans, B., & Bernard-Banton, J. (2017, March 02). Ten experimental filmmakers tackling the world's big topics. Retrieved from http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/34976/1/filmmakers-experimenting-with-big-subjects