Dance/USAâ€™s vision is to lead the professional dance industry by providing value to a strong, diverse membership base and encouraging the membership to be responsive to current economic, demographic and participation realities. But, with limited time at the Annual Conference, sometimes we are unable to have all the conversations weâ€™d like.Â So, this year weâ€™re adding something new â€“ an UN-Conference!Â This special block of time is dedicated to discussing the topics which are important to you, proposed by you, and not offered in other Conference programming.Â We welcome you and your voice at the professional dance table!
ClickÂ hereÂ to make and vote on suggestions for topics and/or questions youâ€™d like to see discussed in our mini UN-Conference.Â Your suggestions will determine the conversation during this engaging afternoon!
We have a truly exciting upcoming release schedule and look forward to bringing dance to new and existing audiences through the highest quality and most user friendly digital network in existence today.
YouTube radically changed the landscape for dancers and fans, as personal video collections and archival rarities made their way online. But the scenery didnâ€™t change for the famously cash-starved field of dance itself. Enter Marc Kirschner, 36, founder and general manager of media-distribution label TenduTV. As the companyâ€™s site puts it, â€œNo other art form has as much of an imbalance between popularity and revenue capability [as] dance, and we believe the time has come for a change.â€
A graduate of Northwestern University and Columbia Business School, Kirschner worked in digital-media strategy consulting; the United States Tennis Association and producers for Discovery and National Geographic were among clients of his prior venture Sumaki. He shrewdly shifted his focus to the dance world. Companies and choreographers couldnâ€™t control their content as it showed up online; many werenâ€™t even aware that snippets from discontinued and slow-selling videos to which they owned rights were suddenly pulling in millions of views. (Just as young tennis pros pore over clips of Roger Federerâ€™s forehand, aspiring ballerinas obsessively re-watch superstars perform tricky solos and pas de deux in which they hope to be cast some day.)
TenduTV announces the launch of the digitalÂ Dance on Camera Festival on Hulu, at www.hulu.com/network/tendutv. The digitalÂ Dance on Camera Festival is an extension of the Dance Films Associationâ€™s Dance on Camera Festival (DOCF), which it has produced annually for the last 38 years, the last 14 of which have been co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
â€œThis new venture presents an exciting opportunity for dance film artists to expand their audience. The bulk of todayâ€™s viewers consume their media digitally. Our partnership with TenduTV widens our distribution while offering an excellent, new venue for our participating artists,â€ said Deirdre Towers, artistic director of Dance Films Association.
â€œWeâ€™re excited to take this first step forward towards meeting the needs of the dance field. Finally, dance audiences can begin to get the access they eagerly desire. The Dance Films Association is a great partner and weâ€™re looking forward to doing all we can to help them fulfill their mission,â€ said Marc Kirschner, General Manager of TenduTV.
TenduTV will be adding new films on a regular basis, providing viewers with a diverse range of dance on screen. While the initial films primarily represent contemporary works from prior editions of the festival, the Dance Films Association and TenduTV will also curate focused collections of dance films. Planned themes include â€œPast Masters,â€ â€œAfricaâ€ and â€œAnimation.â€
The first six films are available now, and feature dancers from some of the dance worldâ€™s most renowned companies, including Tanztheater Wuppertal, Frankfurt Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Armitage Gone! Dance.
These films are:
Arcus, a jury prize nominee, DOCF 2004 directed by Alla Kovgan and Jeff Silva
Arising, from DOCF 2009 directed and choreographed by Ben Dolphin
Folies Dâ€™Espagne, a jury prize nominee, DOCF 2008 directed by Philip Busier
choreographed by Austin McCormick
Madrugada, from DOCF 2005 directed by William Morrison
choreographed by Deborah Greenfield
Vanishing Point, DOCF 2009 directed by Patrick Lovejoy
Wiped, Jury Winner, DOCF 2002 directed and choreographed by Hans Beenhakker
TenduTV also announced the addition of Cory Greenberg to its advisory board.Â Ms. Greenberg is Director of Operations & Special Projects for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as well as Aileyâ€™s in-house counsel. Â She received her undergraduate degree cum laude in Art History from Duke University and her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow and a recipient of the Vanderbilt Medal for Public Service.
Founded in 2008, TenduTV seeks to deliver dance to audiences through the highest quality digital distribution network available to the art form today.Â Through TenduTVâ€™s platform partners, dance artists and organizations will be able to transport their vision beyond the physical theater and engage audiences through computers and 200 million digital devices including internet-enabled televisions, portable video players and mobile devices. By empowering artists to connect with audiences on a global scale, TenduTV believes that the dance field can be as strong financially as it is creatively.
About Dance Films Association, Inc.
Dance Films Association, Inc. (DFA) is dedicated to furthering the art of dance film.Â Connecting artists and organizations, fostering new works for new audiences, and sharing essential resources, DFA seeks to be a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera. DFA was founded by Susan Braun in 1956, and included Ted Shawn, the founder of Jacobâ€™s Pillow, as its charter member, as well as modern dance pioneer Jose Limon and ballerina Alicia Markova as members of its first Board of Directors.Â A tireless advocate, Ms. Braun devoted her life to finding, showcasing, preserving dance films and videos until her death in 1995.Â Today, DFA seeks to carry on her spirit of creativity and collaboration in a time of extraordinary transformation.