2017 marks the year of Maya Deren’s 100th anniversary. Born in 1917, the Avant-Garde filmmaker, dancer, poet, writer, anthropologist and catalyst for what is called Choreo- Cinéma, has influenced artists and thinkers from different fields, in particular those interested in experimental film and in the intersection of film and dance. In 2017 her work is still relevant in terms of the images it offers, the stories it tells and the questions it asks about individual experience, communal traditions and our narratives. The interdisciplinarity of her work marks her as a pioneer of hybrid visual languages and has much to offer to contemporary artists whose work increasingly negotiates between different practices, languages and traditions. Whilst being highly refined and specific Deren’s work also claims a “touche-à-tout”. This event will reflect on Deren’s work from several perspectives, to re- examine not only her films, but also her writing and her anthropological research into Haitian rituals and voudoun. Maya Deren 100 will run over three days and in three parts, with a symposium, a series of screenings, and interventions by contemporary artists.
“Unstable Equilibrium” ist eine Produktion von Tanzrauschen e.V. Wuppertal und Neuer Kunstverein Wuppertal e.V. und entsteht in Zusammenarbeit mit der Initiatorin und Künstlerischen Leiterin Florence Freitag, sowie den Kuratorinnen Prof. Dr. Claudia Kappenberg und Dr. Elinor Cleghorn.