Selected dance films

Five films made between 1994 and 2006, in collaboration with choreographer Jonathan Burrows, that have attracted particular attention, and been screened widely. Two of the films (Hands and blue/yellow) were selected by both Anne Teresa de Keersmacher and by William Forsythe for international tours of their favorite dance films. The films were in most cases funded with grants and commissions from the Arts Council of England, the BBC, Kai Theatre, and the Prudential Award for the Arts.

The collaborating composers were invariably Matteo Fargion and Kevin Volans.

In the case of blue/yellow the dancer was Sylvie Guillem, who also commisioned the film for her BBC/France 2 carte blanche called Evidentia.

Adam has written about dance films in What Does a Dance Film Maker See? and Notes on Filming Dance. Reviews and other commentary can be found on the bio & information page.

Rights apply in all cases.





blue/yellow


1995

Super-16 film, 1.78:1, colour

digital transfer

17 minutes

BBC/France2

Courtesy of Warner Digital Classics


Sylvie Guillem dances.

Jonathan Burrows choreography.


notes and credits


Hands


1995

35mm film, Academy ratio, monochrome

digital transfer

5 minutes

BBC/Arts Council

Courtesy BFI/Arts Council of England


Jonathan Burrows dance for hands.

A pattern woven from motion and sounds.


notes and credits


very

1994

Super-8 film, optically printed to 16mm, 4:3 monochrome

digital transfer

14 minutes


Film grain and severly restricted vision.

Imperfect apprehension in the foreground.


notes and credits


The Stop Quartet/film


1996

Super-16 film, 1.66:1, monochrome

digital transfer

44 minutes

Arts Council/Prudential Award for the Arts


Joanthan Burrows choreographs a quartet.

Film-making that is defined by a strict pattern.


notes and credits