Pentacle's Movement Media and Spectacle present: 
Kinetic Cinema: The Ballerina And The Bum
Film screening of works by Eleanor Antin




May 8, 2013
8:00pm, $5  

124 S. 3rd Street

Brooklyn, NY 11211

(Near Bedford Ave.)

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Eleanor Antin, who has worked in film, video, photography, installation, writing and performance since the 1960s, uses fictional characters, autobiography and narrative to invent histories and explore what she calls, "the slippery nature of the self." In her performance-based video works, Antin uses role-playing and artifice as conceptual devices, adopting archetypal personae - a ballerina, a king, a nurse - in her theatrical dramatizations of identity and representation.  


At Kinetic Cinema we will be showing Antin's "The Ballerina and the Bum" a video made in 1974 in which the artist's ballerina self - represented here as a "would-be ballerina from the sticks" - plans to walk across the United States to "make it in the Big City." She meets a bum on a freight train and together they dream of success. Along with this feature we will show short excerpts from some of Antin's other ballerina films, and a short by Rajendra Serber from the online film series "Dances Made to Order."



Eleanor Antin - From the Archives of Modern Art
Eleanor Antin - From the Archives of Modern Art
About Kinetic Cinema

Kinetic Cinema, is a regular screening series curated by invited guest artists who create evenings of films and videos that have been influential to their own work as artists. When artists are asked to reflect upon how the use of movement in film and media arts has influenced their own art, a plethora of new ideas, material, and avenues of exploration emerge. Kinetic Cinema is dedicated to the recognition and appreciation for "moving" pictures. We have presented these evenings at Collective: Unconscious, Chez Bushwick, Interborough Repertory Theater, University Settlement, Launchpad, Green Space and The Tank in New York City, as well as at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.
For more info on the upcoming Kinetic Cinema season please visit our website as well as our blog, Move The Frame.


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Pentacle is a non-profit service organization for the performing arts. For more than 35 years, Pentacle has functioned as a resource and voice for emerging, minority, experimental, non-mainstream dance artists and companies.
Pentacle's underlying mission:  to support and empower artists' organizationally so that they can do what they do best...create works of art.
Mara Greenberg & Ivan Sygoda


Pentacle's Movement Media Project programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

KINETIC CINEMA is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Additional funding is provided by the generous contributions of individuals to Pentacle's Movement Media Project.

NYSCA      Dept. of Cultural Affairs