This award-winning artist presenter needs little introduction to those who have seen his work over the years. We are so utterly honoured to have Michell Rose coming on his first trip to Scotland to share his recent work. “and so say all of us” at Screen.Dance
Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Mitchell Rose was a New York-based choreographer. His company toured internationally for 15 years. Eventually he was drawn more to visual media and graduated from The American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow.
Since A.F.I. his films have won 88 festival awards and are screened around the world. Rose is currently a professor of dance-filmmaking at Ohio State University.
Mitchell writes:- “Following the success of my film Exquisite Corps, I was contacted by the Brooklyn Academy of Music to make a similar version for them. They wanted to honor Joseph V. Melillo, their executive producer who was retiring after 35 years. This film would be structured like Exquisite Corps, but would feature BAM alum, artists that Joe had had a particular connection with. And the collection is a veritable Who’s Who of the dance world.
The technique of the film is something I call Hyper-Matchcutting, where every adjacent edit is perfectly aligned in position and continuity. Hyper-Matchcutting has the effect of creating equalization. When a new image takes the place of an old image, with the same continuity of action, it says to the viewer, These things are equal. I wanted to bring that sense of unity to this collective tribute by a community of artists.