Cinedans – Dance on Screen Festival is unique – in the Netherlands and in the world. The central focus of the festival is on dance film. Cinedans sees the ideal dance film as a true synthesis between the two media of dance and cinematography. At Cinedans the emphasis lies on choreographies created specifically for the camera and on special film adaptations of existing dance performances.
The festival also features a selection of special documentaries and retrospectives. Approximately 60 films from all over the world will be screened at this year’s festival. In addition to the film programme, Cinedans festival organises readings, debates and workshops for professionals and other interested parties.
In the ever-changing media landscape, creators are increasingly seeking different ways to tell their stories. New media and modern technology have entered the scene bringing new possibilities and insights. Dance film is no longer ‘movement on the black screen’, with new forms being developed such as installations, video clips, interactive projects and more. Contemporary dance films are often autonomous art works with a language of their own and an expressiveness that cannot be pigeonholed. Cinedans closely follows these movements. In addition to the film programme, the festival focuses on various forms of crossover projects and media installations that involve movement.
Cinedans also organises Cinedans on Tour, travelling all over the world to screen selections from its film programme. Workshops and lectures for professionals are often part of the touring programme.
Cinedans is an annual festival that takes place in Amsterdam.
- Janine Dijkmeijer: Co founder and Artistic Director
- Martine Dekker: Financial manager
- Klazien Brummel: Art and culture historian specialised in Dance, architecture and new media. Secretary ‘Raad voor Cultuur’; Architecture, Urbanism, Monuments, Archaeology, Landscape Architecture
- Wouter Snip: Filmmaker and producer Kleine beer filmproductions.
- Bram Buijze: Buijze Bram works with the foundation Treaty of Utrecht, preparing tercentary celebrations in 2013, and working on the candidacy of the city of Utrecht for the European Capital of Culture program. Prior to this he was the Dutch cultural attaché to Canada and worked for the Dutch Council for Culture.
- Gaby Wijers is head of collection at the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts. She used to work at the Netherlands Theater Institute and for the Branch organization for Dance (DOD) and she is a board member of Theatermaker, section dance and new media. She currently works on developing new methods of video registration in the visual arts.
- Noud Heerkens Filmmaker, curator, teacher and producer. In his work he investigates the relationship between film and other disciplines. Heerkens has made several dance films amongst them Man in Motion en Private Story. In 2009 his first cinema debut ‘Last Conversation’ opened at the International Rotterdam Film Festival. From 1997 to 2007 he was artistic director of the Global Attic film- and video Festival and Cineboards.
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