Maya Deren Program II
Friday, May 21, 2010, 5:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Includes the following films:
Meditation on Violence
1958. USA. Directed by Maya Deren. Music arranged by Deren. Using the traditional training movements of the Wu-Tang and Shaolin schools of Chinese Boxing, a bare-chested dancer moves to the sound of a flute. The camera revolves around his controlled movements expressing the metaphysical concept of continuous life and metamorphosis, and the idea of contained, not actual, violence. 12 min.
Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti
1977. USA. Compiled and edited by Teiji Ito and Cherel Ito, from footage shot by Deren in Haiti from 1947 to 1955. The film is centered on the Voudoun's dance-like movements and rituals Deren filmed, and her field notes. 50 min.