Four short dance films by Maya Deren.
A Study in Choreography for the Camera 1945 b/w 2:30 mins.
Ritual in Transfigured Time 1946 b/w 14:30 mins.
Meditation on Violence 1948 b/w 13 mins.
The Very Eye of Night 1952-55 b/w 15 mins.
In this film, I have attempted to place a dancer in a limitless, cinemato-graphic space.
Moreover, he shares, with the camera, a collaborative responsibility for the movements themselves. This is, in other words, a dance which can exist only on film. The movement of the dancer creates a geography that never was. With a turn of the foot, he makes neighbors of distant places. Maya Deren on A Study in Choreography for the Camera, 1945
"In her approach we have the beginnings of a virtually new artform of 'choreocinema' in which the dance and the camera collaborate on the creation of a single work of art." John Martin, New York Times, 1946