News: Winners at dance screen Brighton 2005

Wednesday 22 June 2005

The major international 4-day film and video festival came to an end with the screening of the awarded films on Sunday 19 June. Out of 237 entries from 25 countries competing for the first prize, the dance screen Award of £15,000 was given to Gold, an experimental film directed by Rachel Davies, with choreography by Hanna Gillgren, exploring the formalities and demands of Olympic gymnastics, seen through the determination, skill and playful competition of two girls, filmed at the Europa Gym Club, Erith, South East London. The jury decided to award the main prize to one of the few films in the festival that explores the encounter between art and everyday life. Commenting on the film they said: “It’s a beautifully made film and mixes elements of movement created for the camera with a documentary approach to capture a moment in the lives of its subjects.”

Further prizes were awarded in five other categories

The winner in the category Best Live performance Relay is Rhythm is it! – The Dance Performance (Le Sacre du printemps) directed by Thomas Grube and Enrique Sánchez Lansch. 250 Berlin children and teenagers of 25 different nationalities dance to Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, choreographed by Royston Maldoom and accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.

The Cost of Living, directed and choreographed by Lloyd Newson of DV8 won the award for Best camera re-work. Stuck in a shabby seaside town, street performers Eddie and David work, argue, fail at romance and fall out with friends as the summer season fades.

Scratch, directed and choreographed by Shelly Love won in the category Best Screen choreography (not longer than 15 minutes). It portrays a woman stuck in time and her memories.

In the category Screen choreography * the jury shortlisted three films: *Ma Mère L’Oye, directed by Thierry de Mey, Marcia Haydée als ‘Penelope’, directed by Andreas Morell, choreographed by Christian Spuck and Somewhere in Between, directed by Pierre Coulibeuf, choreography by Meg Stuart, but decided not to award a prize.

The prize for the B*est Documentary* went to Voeten of de aarde/Tuin van Eros, co-directed by Paul Cohen and Jellie Dekker, which captures the short but intense creation and rehearsal process of a specifically for film created piece Garden of Eros (Tuin van Eros) by the Dutch choreographer Rudi van Dantzig.

The members of the jury were Thomas Beck, Head of “Music, Dance and Theatre” at Swiss Television DRS, Steve Jackman, director, editor and camera operator, Nayse López, journalist and programmer and Catherine Maximoff, director.

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