Dances Made to Order

A Curator’s Note from Adam Sekuler

3/7/2013 by Kingsley Irons | Comment

Adam Sekuler for Dances Made

Adam Sekuler is the curator and  one of the featured artists creating a dance film for Edition 22 of Dances Made. Select the themes that will inspire our artists’ films from March 6-8 and get your tickets for the digital premiere. 

I’m so excited to be a part of March’s Dances Made To Order, the program Kingsley runs its outstanding, and a real opportunity to share regional filmmaking talent with the world. As the curator for the program I thought long and hard about filmmakers whose visual sensibility would lend itself well to dance. Rodrigo Valenzuela has been making work with dancers off and on for a couple of years. He has such a fluid style, and a real care for making his images striking yet sensual. Tracy Rector is the anchor of our Native American film culture in Seattle. After seeing her fly film for last year’s Seattle International Film Festival, I realized she had both a visual flair and human touch, that would translate into dance cinema. It’s such an honor to be making a film for this program alongside such talented artists.

I am a filmmaker working primarily with dance artists, but not in the field of dance cinema. I’m interested in a visually driven hybrid film form that combines structural characteristics of narrative cinema, extracting the elements of story, replacing actors who deliver lines, with dancers who create narratives by moving through space. Through the movement of the dancers I create a meditative visual aesthetic with careful attention to minimalist form, composition, and visual rhythm. The work strikes a delicate balance between stylization and naturalism, anchored within an observational world while creating a poetic and lyrical form of visual storytelling. I love the way that the moving body creates a visual tension that words can’t.