Monday, November 13, 2017
11/15/17 the works of MAYA DEREN
Meshes of the Afternoon
1943, 14 min
Considered a staple of avant-garde American film, this collaboration with Alexander Hammid stars Deren as a woman inside of a labyrinthine nightmare, inhabited by her double as well as a mysterious cloaked figure with the face of a mirror.
1944, 15 min
A 15-minute silent experimental film written, directed by and starring Maya Deren. It has a dream-like narrative in which a woman, played by Deren, is washed up on a beach and goes on a strange journey encountering other people and other versions of herself. Deren once said that the film is about the struggle to maintain ones personal identity. The composer John Cage and the poet and film critic Parker Tyler were involved in making the film, and appear in the film, which was shot at Amagansett, Long Island.
Ritual In Transfigured Time
1946, 15 min
In Maya Deren's Ritual in Transfigured Time we have gestures that invite us to move into step with them, abandoning the comfort of the known and giving ourselves over to so many strange partners. This silent short begins in a domestic environment, moves to a party scene, and ends with modern dance performed in an outdoor setting. The film's continuity is established by an emphasis on gesture and/or dance throughout.
A Study in Choreography For Camera
1946, 4 min
Using a unique editing style, manipulating of time, and utilizing the motions of dancer Talley Beatty, Deren has said this film was "an effort to isolate and celebrate the principle of the power of movement."
Meditation On Violence
1948, 13 min
The Very Eye of Night
1963, 15 min