Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image is a rich exploration of the choreographic in cinema. It traces the history of the dancefilm form from some of its earliest manifestations in the silent film era, through the historic avant garde, musicals and music videos to contemporary experimental short dancefilms. In so doing it also traverses some of the most significant collaborations between dancers, choreographers, and filmmakers. Bringing film theory and dance theory into dialogue, the book argues that the combination of dance and film produces cine-choreographic practices that are specific to the dancefilm form. As whole, the book thus presents new models of cinematic movement that are historically informed and interdisciplinary in nature. An extensive companion website provides key video illustrations and links to online resources.
Advance Praise for Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image
“This is a book of tremendous reach and range, shuttling easily up and down the decades, moving nimbly between dance history and film theory, and hopping happily back and forth between big mainstream movies and small experimental gems. It's a book bejeweled with zinging phrases, memorable quotations and big ideas tautly expressed. Best of all, it's an hospitable book with a great cast of characters, wherein film stars rub shoulders with theorists and the commercial converses with the avant garde.”—David Hinton, Filmmaker
“This book makes a convincing case for recognizing that work choreographed by and with the camera is an art form with its own distinct properties. Drawing on philosophy, dance studies, and film theory, Brannigan offers acute insights into the nature of dancefilm.”—Ramsay Burt, Professor of Dance History, De Montfort University
“Images move; dancers make images: the complexities of this choreographic interweave are here explored in a range of illuminating ways. Erin Brannigan’s book is an innovative contribution of equal importance to cinema studies and dance research.”—Jane Goodall, Adjunct Professor, Writing and Society Research Group, The University of Western Sydney