A SELECTION BY
ARCHIVE DANCE FILM GATHERING & KARPOV NOT KASPAROV CINE-CONCERT
4 Sept | 21.00
Program curated in partnership with Arhivele Dansului: deschis pentru (re)inventar(e)!, project initiated by CNDB and co-financed through AFCN
Curators: Corina Cimpoieru, CNDB Archives official, and Bogdan Movileanu, editor
Film materials from the ANF Archive.
A unique selection of archive films that cover different histories of dance in niche areas of the Romanian film genre, presented in a cine(dance)concert accompanied by Karpov not Kasparov. The programme is a cartography of the dance film genre, presented in 16 archive productions made between 1927 and 1972.
Ephemeral states of dance in sync with the "new media" of the silent film in the 20’s can be seen in the choreographic sketches performed by Elena Penescu Liciu (first ballerina at the Opera in Cluj), next to the ballet group of the Carabus Theater, in the comedy "Lache in harem" (1928, directed by Marcel Blossoms).
Dance film in Romania does not have an official history in the sense that is doesn’t have a constant approach with regards to the theme or the creation of a cinematic genre. It is rather a retrospective look on the dance film sources, that appears in a time of recovering the history of dance and choreographic art in Romania. It is a challenge that now comes from dance and the research of its bio-artistic trajectories.
Lache in harem
black & white / v. o./ silent / comedy
RO, 1927, 19:37
D : Marcel Blossoms, M. Kellerman. With : V. D. Ionescu, Lilly Stanescu, Elena Popescu-Liciu, Simion Sismanian, Eugen Giurgea, Nicu Poluxis. Comedy
Lache is unemployed. He falls asleep on the border of Lake Floreasca while peeping at a group of girls who are bathing in the lake. This image makes him dream about himself being inside a harem where the guards catch him unawares and throw him in jail. Here he is found by Lili Dinamita, an artist who was brought to the harem of the Pacha after having been kidnapped by the white slavers. The two try to escape and they almost succeed in doing it, when Lache wakes up among the girls he was admiring when he fell asleep. (Source: ANF)
„Recital of the Japanese Dancer Masamy Kuny”
ANF: Voiced log ONC-UFA 55 / 1943
Stylized japanese dance on the Bucharest scene, in 1943.
„From All Over the World”
ANF: News in images no. 38/1957
A snippet of the ballet show „Gayaneh” by Haciaturian, on the Leningrad stadium.
„Korean Youth Ensemble”
1955, 01’ 20’’
ANF: News in images no. 38/1955
The dance with drums, old Korean popular dance.
1957, 01’ 20’’
ANF: News in images no. 48/1957
The National Contemporary Ballet of Mexico show in Romania.
1959, 01’ 30’’
ANF: News in images no. 48/1959
An ensemble of British ballet dancers during a show in Bucharest.
ANF: News in images no. 41/1963
Bourée Fantasque, danced by a ballet ensemble from London.
„Art Ambassadors from Friendly Countries”
1971, 01’ 40’’
ANF: Week in images no. 42/1971
The „ Women’s Red Squad” Ballet presented by an ensemble of Chinese dancers at the Romanian Opera in Bucharest.
„From All Over the World”
ANF: News in images no. 3/1958
A visual experiment and a rock’n’roll satire by artists from the Czech Republic.
„American Ballet Theatre IN Bucharest”
1960, 02’ 10’’
ANF: News in images no.37/1960
A snippet from the Rodeo ballet by Aaron Copland, at the Opera and Ballet Theater in Bucharest.
ANF: Week in images no. 13/1969
National Ballet of Cuba on tour in Romania.
„They visited our country”
1972, 01’ 05’’
ANF: Week in images no. 39/1972
Recital al baletului folcloric Aukaman din Chile, la Bucuresti.
„MedalLion Magdalena Popa”
ANF: News in images no. 3/1966
Images with the ballet dancer Magdalena Popa
1955, 01’ 02’’
ANF: News in images no. 27/1955
Images of the ballet dancer Larina Serban at the Romanian Opera in Cluj.
„Mercedes Pavelici dances”
1944, 3’ 23’’
ANF: ONC Log
The Croatian dancer Mercedes Pavelici and Oleg Danovschi in „Don Morte” by Wilkens.
„Preparations for the Youth Festival”
1953, 01’ 35’’
ANF: News in images no. 29
„The umbrella dance” from Glier’s „The Red Poppy”, played by a young Romanian interpreter.
cine concert with
KARPOV NOT KASPAROV
One of the best synth-pop/dance/electronic export bands in Romania, Karpov not Kasparov has performed, in recent years, throughout Europe, from clubs to big festivals. Their music is reminiscent of the 80’s disco with an optimistic and danceable sound. This year, Karpov not Kasparov accepted BIDFF’s invitation to arrange a cine concert based on the films in the CNDB Archive.