Online exclusive – documentary on Maya Deren


Cinedans kicks off the Cinedans WEB online film programming with the documentary on the life and work of Maya Deren. The film is only available for streaming during Cinedans FEST: 8 – 10 March 2019!

The feature-length documentary In the Mirror of Maya Deren reconstructs the exciting biography of the legendary artist Maya Deren. Born in Kiev 1917, she was to become a central figure of the American avant-garde in the forties and fifties. She is best known for her ground-breaking work in experimental film and as Voodoo devotee. She died in New York 1961. In this documentary, we are searching for the persona of Maya Deren focusing on the major themes of her life: film art, choreography, dance, ritual, voodoo. Following the traces of this important female pioneer of the 20th century, the film visits the places and people of her life drawing the picture of a modern myth.

Starring Miriam Arsham, Stan Brakhage, Chao-Li Chi, Rita Christiani, Jean-Léon Destiné, Katherine Dunham, Graeme Ferguson, Alexander Hammid, Judith Malina, Jonas Mekas, Martha Mondesir, André Pierre, Amos Vogel, Marcia Vogel
Written and directed by Martina Kudlácek

Don’t miss the special Retrospective on Maya Deren’s work on Friday 8 March at 16:00. Read more…


  • March 8, 2019
  • March 14, 2019

    I had the pleasure to enjoy some of the program at Cinedans this year. It was very valuable for me to keep in touch on what is going on film/dance wise in Holland and abroad.
    I really enjoyed the fact that the festival was starting with a retrospective on Maya Deren, such a distinctive artist.
    I found the choice of screening her very appointed in relation to some of the questions that were gravitating around the festival, such as where the development of dance film is today in comparison with where it was at the time of Maya?
    And interestingly we could see that so many things have changed because of time difference and yet some aspects of the dance/film world are still quite similar.

    It was also very inspiring to see a woman artist that dedicated her life to diving into her work. And that dared to make very determined choices about her films and her choreography. For example in the choices related to music or in her playful capacity to go from a dance movement to a common action finding the in between nuances.

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