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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.
The unique selection of archive films discovers the different histories of dance in niche areas of the Romanian film genre. 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). The "artistic timeliness" of the dance is popularized in Romanian newspapers, screened in cinemas before feature films. Performances such as the one of Japanese dancer Masamy Kumy, of the American Ballet Theater Aaron Copland or the London Burre Fantasy ballet group are part of a collage of international recitals that can be seen, as a premiere, during the screening night of cine(dance)concert.
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
D: Marcel Blossoms, M. Kellerman(National Film Archive)
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 and throw him in jail. Here he is found by Lili Dinamita, an artist who was brought to the harem 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.
CINE-CONCERT BY 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.