The Indexical Dance-a-Thon Documentation

By Lee Slinger
Evann Siebens_The Indexical Dance-a-Thon Documentation
In her exhibition The Indexical, Alphabetized, Mediated, Archival Dance-a-Thon!, Evann Siebens considers the act of capturing, saving and presenting an archive of dance. Siebens’ exhibition presents her personal manifesto on how to shoot dance, using film, collage, text and projection. Siebens critically considers how we document, preserve and exhibit dance.
In the short film, of which this is an excerpt, Siebens captures the space and media used in her work, including the performances of James Gnam, Natalie Lefebvre Gnam and Justine A. Chambers. Chambers is seen performing Homemade Again, a collaboration between Chambers and Siebens, who pre-shot and edited images that played from a projector strapped to Chambers’ back, a reference to Trisha Brown’s Homemade (1966).
Siebens’ film has been chosen for inclusion in the Dance on Camera Festival, presented with Dance Films Association, in New York City.
Dance on Camera Festival runs February 3-7, 2017, in New York City. The Indexical Dance-a-Thon! will be shown in Shorts Program II on Tuesday, February 7.
See the September/October 2016 issue for a feature on Siebens’ work and an exclusive accompanying text by Brynn McNab. 
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