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      April 10, 2013

      Wednesday   6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

      530 Bush Street
      San Francisco, California 94108

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      Exhibition Opening: Movement Frozen in Time

      After grande dame of American modern dance, Martha Graham, dance can only be collected in other media. Alongside film and video, dance photography is the most important means of recording it.

      In cooperation with the German Dance Archive in Cologne, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco presents the exhibition "Movement Frozen in Time. An Exhibition of Dance Images" which is dedicated to the modern trends towards the visualization of dance and movement. Beside the fascination with motion and the challenges that motion represents for photography techniques, the pioneers of dance photography were driven by a desire for an ideal balance between motion and still image. This led them to develop a wide variety of photographic approaches to dance. And this is what keeps alive the fascinating, highly varied play with the possible ways of capturing and looking at motion. It allows us to forget that using photography to record movement means, first and foremost, the loss of the direct relationship between movement, space and time. It also puts forward an illusion that one moment in transient motion of dance can be recorded.

      The recent German dance photography scene is not very large, but it is very diverse. Many middle-generation dance photographers, such as Matthias Zoelle and Georg Schreiber, have settled in the Ruhr area, because modern dance is particularly promoted there. In their pictures, they once again concentrate more strongly on the choreography and the ensemble than on the individual pose – a general trend in modern dance. For these photographers, the difference between color and black & white is less significant; they focus on the staging, putting dance photography at the service of dance once more.

      Photographers of the younger generation, who are being presented in the exhibition, hail in fact from a different realm of fine arts – the domain of installation and performance. The one thing they all have in common is the way they see the individual dancers, their bodies and the details. This not only applies to the elaborate images of Gert Weigelt, but also to the work of Agnès Noltenius and Dominik Mentzos. Andrea Esswein, Vanessa Ossa and Bettina Stöß are so young that they have already been able to re-integrate the history of dance photography into the way they see things. Their particular perspective often makes use of a lighting angle, a sequence, a composition that reminds us of earlier series done by the old masters of the trade. Bernd Uhlig invokes old photographic techniques to create his gently distorted images of movement, whereas Joerg Reichardt falls back on the old ability of photography to actually “freeze” movement. They all demonstrate just how much both dance and photography have changed over the last ten years.

      The renowned dancer and dance photographer Breton Tyner-Bryan will open the exhibition. In addition to her own work, photographs by Afshin Odabaee depicting the dancer will be shown in the exhibition.

      Breton Tyner-Bryan is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Performance. She has performed with Hartford Ballet, Utah Ballet, Kunst-Stoff, Project Agora, Labayen Dance, DO NOT DANCE UK, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, PUSH Dance Company, and Rawdance SF. She has choreographed for Woodside Vaulters, a Flash Mob/Commercial for Sonas Denim Company, the Union Square Business Improvement Organization SF, Jewels in the Square presented by LINES Dance Center, Brigham Young University, Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble, and College Preparatory School of Berkeley, CA. As a dance photographer her work has been used by many dance companies and artists in the Bay Area including the LINES/Dominican BFA Program, Labayen Dance, Project Agora, and ODC’s Pilot series to name a few. Her work has appeared regularly in such publications as the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area Guardian, and the San Jose Mercury News. Breton has exhibited her work at Dance Mission as part of Project Agora’s 2007 home season, Fivepoints Art House in collaboration with Motion-Pictures SF 2009, and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2010.

      The Exhibition Opening Reception is followed by a film showing Pina Bausch's well-known piece THE RITE OF SPRING. More information: http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/ver/en10604085v.htm

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