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Dancefilm: Choreography and the Moving Image

Erin Brannigan


The influence of film on dance goes as far back as the earliest years of cinema. African American street dancers mimicked the slow‐motion effects of film, performing their dances in perfect half‐time. The Ballets Russes encountered the Futurists in 1916 who were experimenting with film, resulting in a collaboration between Léonard Massine and Giacomo Balla that approximated the effects of film on stage. Meanwhile, dance was a favorite subject of Thomas Edison in the United States and the Lumière brothers in France, who recorded the performances of vaudeville artists such as Amy Muller and Bets ... More

Keywords: Film, choreography, dance, dancefilm, screen dance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195367232
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367232.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erin Brannigan, author
University of New South Wales
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