The Alliance Française of Hyderabad and the Goethe Zentrum Hyderabad, with support of the Embassy of France in India and in collaboration with the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Kri Foundation Delhi and Moving Images, are presenting Danzlenz Hyderabad, a video festival on dance, on 26th and 27th November, at the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University auditorium.
Danzlenz will feature video dance films from across the world, including some from India, as also some seminal documentaries, including one of Chandralekha, the path breaking dancer choreographer who passed away in December 2007.
Chandralekha, a fellow of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, left behind a strongly resonating message through her life and work, of renewing the ancient dance, martial arts and yoga traditions by deconstructing them, creating anew from them, and aligning them with changing times.
The purpose of the festival will be to salute the progressive spirit of Chandralekha and to expose the new dynamic genre of video dance to larger audiences of art lovers, dance connoisseurs and film buffs across several cities of India.
A total of 14 films will be presented during the 2-day festival, as below:
Sharira - a film by Ein Lal made for PSBT, this documentary captures the work and thoughts of the most avant garde and bold Indian dancer of our times – Chandralekha.
Solo Siento - a 4-minute film by Israel-based filmmaker Shira Miasnik, in which she captures the lyricism of Zaides' body as it dances, through the many possibilities of the camera, lighting and cinematography.
Minotaur-ex - this 9-minute film by the French dance company of Cave Canem, directed by Bruno Aveillan, was one of the highlights of the Dance For The Camera festival in New York this year.
Jaipur's Kathak - Harleen Kohli and G S Channi's 45-minute unseen documentary for Doordarshan on the Jaipur Gharana of Kathak showcases the uniqueness of the form and its constituents, without taking the help of commentary.
Caryatid Rests - a 6-minute film by DanceRoutes, with dance by Rekha Tandon and music by Michael Weston, and directed by Michael Weston, captures the lyrical beauty of Odissi in a visually textured film.
Tea Time - in this 7-minute film by Lisa May Thomas, dance comes through in unlikely manners. In the bizarre yet not unfriendly world of a deserted café, two men exchange their time and unspoken thoughts.
Sutra In India - a 45-minute film by Sunil Mehra on the 2003 tour of the Malaysia-based Sutra Dance Company of Ramli Ibrahim.
Women, Cities And A Black Dress - a film by Francesca Penzani, which is a journey of memories, dreams and impressions through a trilogy of 3 short dances performed by three different women in three different cities wearing the same dress. The surroundings and the performers' individual interpretations of the same choreography create the individual short tale.
Rama - a film made by Evann Seibens on Rama Vaidyanathan, capturing her dance in powerful images, during her trip to India for the DanzLenz seminar in August 2007.
Opium - a 24-minute film by the Suddenly Dance Theatre Company and Media Production. Opium is inspired by a 3-month episode in the life of artiste Jean Cocteau. Opium imagines Cocteau's harrowing stay at a clinic near Paris in 1929, where he had hoped for a cure for his addiction to opium. Despite withdrawals, physical pain and writer's block, he battled to continue his creative path and wrote a diary of his own cure.
Falling - a 5-minute film directed by Ayelan and Naya Guzman, this has been created out of a deep respect to the life sustaining power of our natural resources. Filmed in a Chestnut tree outside Toronto, Falling is the first of a 4-part series that pays homage to our natural habitat.
A trilogy of three films - Chorea, a 6-minute film black-and-white film on mirror images and dance movements, Wall, a 2-minute film interpreting Gabriela Mistral's poetry through imaginative movement, and Immersion, an underwater exploration of the thin line between life and death, made by New York based award winning film maker Jodi Kaplan.
Bahudha - a 12-minute film by Rajan Palat, Vikram Iyengar and Deboshree, exploring the multiplicities of Kathak.
Feet On Stage - a French film by Eric Legay, this one follows the Black Blanc Beur company and its choreographer Christine Coudun during rehearsals and performances of their latest production at the Rencontres Urbaines at La Villette in Paris. The piece, Si je t'M, looks at relations between men and women, in an organic investigation that combines apparent spontaneity with fine technical performance.
The entry for both the days is free. Please contact the Alliance Francaise at 2770-0734/2770-0736 or Goethe-Zentrum at 6652-6443/2324-1791 for further details.