For Audiences

March 5 - April 9, 2021

Moving Bodies in Frame

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New virtual workshop by Andrea Lerner.

Presented by Movement Research

Workshop: 8 classes of 90 min

Every Friday from 1:00 to 2:30 PM (eastern time)

Starting Date: March 5        Ending Date: April 13th

Workshop fee: $120

For details and Registration:

Moving Bodies in Frame focuses on "why and how" to convey a choreographic idea into a filmic practice, and how the encounter between moving images and moving bodies can expand the development of a choreographic language beyond live performance. In my experience, the vital examination relies on these fundamental questions: How are you positioning your work in relation to these two fields — historically, aesthetically, conceptually? Is there a broad and thorough blending of concepts, philosophy, process, and tools?

To help with these fundamental questions  this course will introduce the participants to the history of video/experimental film, analyzing a variety of works from the early experimental films made in the '20s and '30s, to the pioneer video art made in the '60s and '70s, moving to contemporary videos and installations, and finally, addressing the opportunities offered by the new platforms available in this moment in time. 

Participants will have a series of hands-on exercises and assignments suggested every week, individually and/or in groups. These exercises explore concepts of framing, camera movement, planes, deconstruction of space and time, the relationship between camera movement and body movement, special effects, post-production, installation, etc.
The class welcomes choreographers, performers, filmmakers, photographers, cinematographers, media artists, or anyone interested in this process. Camera will not be necessary; all assignments can be done with participant's phones.


Andrea Lerner Bio:
I am a native of Curitiba, Brazil, where I received a B.A. in Dance from the Pontific Catholic of Parana in 1988 with Summa Cum Laude. In 1989, shortly after arriving in New York City, I became the Co-artistic Director of chameckilerner, an artistic duo collaboration between Rosane Chamecki and me. In our 27 years working together, we created a body of work that includes dance performances, video, and installation pieces.


I have been the recipient of various fellowships and grants, including the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NYFA Fellowship, NYSCA, NEFA, Jerome Foundation, Rockefeller MAP Fund, SIEMENS, ALTRIA, Greenwall Foundation, among others.


In 2007, the boundaries of my work blurred when chameckilerner displaced the choreographic work from the stage to the screen. This new body of work featured in group shows including The Contemporary Art Festival SESC-VideoBrasil, Tupi or Not Tupi at Museum Oscar Niemeyer in Curitiba, Brazil, BLUEPRINT at MOCA Tucson, Boca Raton Museum of the Arts in Florida, Wexner Center for The Arts in Ohio, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SOFT POWER-Arte Brasil at Kunsthal KAdE in The Netherland, PERFORMA 09, INVISIBLE DOG, and  THE BOILER- PIEROGI GALLERY, NY, to name a few.

chameckilerner video work also was part of an extended list of Film and Dance Film festivals in the US, Canada, Brazil, and Europe. Flying Lesson won the 36th Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center (2008) and Best Experimental Film Award at the Brooklyn International Film Festival(2008). Samba #2 won the Honorable Prize at the Inshadow Festival, Portugal, and at the San Francisco Dance Film festival, U.S., both in 2014.  


Together with Rosane Chamecki, I was a resident at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center in 2009, at EMPAC (Curtis R. Priem ExperimentalMedia and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer), Troy, in 2014-15, and the YADDO Foundation in 2018. I was a 2019 Artists in Residence at the ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG Foundation and a Gibney DIP Residency Artist.

I have been teaching Contemporary Dance, Improvisation, and Dance Making for over 20 years. Since 2014, I have added Moving Bodies in Frame to my classes. Last Spring, I taught Moving Bodies in Frame at Sarah Lawrence College. I am currently finishing my Master's at the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College. Most recently, I became a recipient of the Fall 2020 Fellowships at The Bogliasco Foundation In Italy. 

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