The Black Body in Brazilian Dance
A place of resistance and invention, a practice of hope
Screening of Um Filme de Dança
Documentary directed and produced by Carmen Luz
In Portuguese with English subtitles
Post-screening conversation with director Carmen Luz,
PhD student Maria Fantinato and performer Autumn Knight.
Event in Portuguese/English, translation available.
“And the blacks? Where are the black people?” Jean-Paul Sartre asked on a visit to Brazil in 1960. The question still resonates today and motivated UM FILME DE DANÇA, a pioneering documentary on the history of Brazilian dance. Filmed in four major Brazilian cities and in New York, this documentary shows the personal histories, philosophies and work of some of the most active black creators of dance in Brazil. It celebrates the perseverance of black dancers and choreographers of different generations and the black body’s dominion over its own dance. Carmen Luz is a prize-winning filmmaker, choreographer and art educator. She started her professional life as an actor, dancer and teacher, and has studied literature, theater, film and art. In 1994, she founded her contemporary dance company and in 1997, opened a pioneering dance and theater education project for youth, children and adults in the Andaraí favela in Rio de Janeiro. Carmen Luz hasserved as the director of two cultural centers, Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, for contemporary dance, and Centro Cultural José Bonifácio, dedicated to Afro-Brazilian culture. She started to make short films in 2009 and in 2013 launched Um filme de dança. Currently, she dedicates herself to research on black women in contemporary dance and to creative work in dance, and in teaching and making documentary and experimental films.
Maria Fantinato was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received her BA and MA in Communication and Culture from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is currently a PhD student in ethnomusicology at Columbia University. Her dissertation investigates the relationship between loudness, divergent simultaneity, and sonic coexistence in boat routes and festivals in the North of Brazil. She is interested in queer and feminist politics of collaboration, and in how the sensorial articulates contemporary notions of the commons in Brazil.
Autumn Knight is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation and text. Her performance work has been in exhibitions at various institutions in the United States, including DiverseWorks (TX), The New Museum (NY), The Contemporary Art Museum Houston (TX), and a solo exhibition at Krannert Art Museum (IL). Knight has been artist in residence with In-Situ (Brierfield, UK), Galveston Artist Residency (Texas, USA), YICA (Yamaguchi, Japan), Artpace (Texas, USA) and The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York City, USA). She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and holds an MA in
Drama Therapy from New York University. http://autumnjoiknight.com
Event coordinator: Léonard Cortana, Cinema Studies Department / NYU
This event is co sponsored by NYU CLACS, NYU Institute of African American Affairs, NYU Leadership Initiative and NYU Cinema Studies