That's the idea behind the new arts organization Dances Made to Order. Each month, DMO challenges three talented choreographers in a different city to make short dance films in just two weeks based on themes chosen by the web-audience. The artists make the films according to the audience's specifications and then serve them up nice and hot on the interwebs. The website has recently shown films created by artists in New York, San Francisco, LA and Boston.
April was Atlanta's month, and the organization wisely chose Atlanta dance maven Malina Rodriguez of Dance Truck and The Lucky Penny to curate the Atlanta films. (Read Creative Loafing's preview story about Rodriguez and the Dances Made to Order challenge here).
Well, Rodriguez selected Atlanta choreographers Corian Ellisor, Lillian Ransijn and Onur Topal Sümer. And internet voters chose the themes: 1)Am I awake or am I dreaming? 2) shiny/tarnished 3) an imaginary history. And for two weeks in April, the kids danced their hearts out at cool locations all over town.
Now, the finished movies are up and ready for viewing. They're every bit as intriguing as you'd expect from our Atlanta dancers.
Sümer's "Red Light" begins with the dancer stopped at a red light at a crosswalk, then delves into the fleeting world of the subconscious as we see her daydreams of movement, which were filmed at B-Complex, a former warehouse now an artist's space, in southwest Atlanta
Ransijn's "To Have and To Hold" features a sly take on the theme of intimacy with a troupe of Atlanta dancers including Emily Christianson and Helen Hale chasing after an ice cream truck and looking for love in the Goat Farm's breezeway.
Support Atlanta dance and Atlanta artists by purchasing a "web-ticket" for the films for just $10 or consider buying a monthly or annual subscription. Creative Loafing readers can even receive a 20% discount by entering the coupon code TRUCK. 65% of ticket revenue goes back to the participating artists to support their work.
Mmmm. Supporting Atlanta dance. That's even better than a pecan waffle.
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