Maya Deren - Dance Films

Maya Deren - Dance Films


"In this film, I have attempted to place a dancer in a limitless, cinematographic space. Moreover, he shares, with the camera, a collaborative responsibility for the movements themselves. This is, in other words, a dance which can exist only on film… The movement of the dancer creates a geography that never was. With a turn of the foot, he makes neighbors of distant places. Being a film ritual, it is achieved not in spatial terms alone, but in terms of a time created by the camera." – Maya Deren on A Study in Choreography for the Camera, 1945

"In her approach we have the beginnings of a virtually new artform of 'choreocinema' in which the dance and the camera collaborate on the creation of a single work of art." – John Martin, New York Times, 1946

Film Listing

- A Study In Choreography For The Camera (1945, 2'30 mins)
- Ritual In Transfigured Time (1945-46, 16 mins)
- Meditation On Violence (1948, 13 mins)
- The Very Eye Of Night (1952-55, 15 mins)