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Manchester begins dancing at Moves07


Moves07 – the largest UK platform for screen-based work exploring movement in the form of dance films, interactive installations, animation and experimental shorts – began on June 12 with a two-day conference discussing choreography on screen. German media artist Chris Ziegler and French experimental filmmaker Xavier Baert are the keynote speakers.

The third edition of the festival sees the programme extended to six days. The Manchester based festival boasts of 28 World, European and UK premieres and has over 75 delegates attending.

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The highlight of the 2007 edition is the Carte Blanche to La Cinémathèque de la Danse programme that celebrates dance on screen from 1894 to the present day. The screenings includes Ronald Nameth’s Andy Warhol’s EPI (1967), Maider Fortune’s Hide and Seek (2001) and Etienne Becker’s Merce Cunningham (1964).

The Visual Rhythms and The Best of the North West sidebar explores the connection between movement and music through music videos, animation shorts and experimental pieces and Dancefilm for the Small Screen presents the best pieces produced for TV over the past two years. The Pas De Deux programme pays homage to Maya Deren’s concept of dance filmmaking. This year, there is also a selection of films exploring dance forms of India and Japan.

The festival’s partners include the Arts Council North West, Dance Initiative Greater Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Royal Northern College of Music, Contact Theatre, Alliance Française, Goethe Institut, MJW Productions, Cinematheque de la danse, BravoFact!, BBC, Reel North, Zeitgeist, and Pro-Vision.

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