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In celebration of the opening of Glow: Discover the Art of Light, we put a spotlight on short, kinetic films that dance! These exuberant films express joyful movement in luminous and colorful ways.
Light Play: Black/White/Gray by artist Laszlo Maholy-Nagy (1930, 6 min.)
The ephemeral elements of light play off of a kinetic sculpture casting dancing shadows in evocative ways.
Pow.Wow.Wow by Lisa Jackson (2011, 4 min.)
Featuring the dynamic dancing of Shyama Priya, a Cree Nation Fancy Shawl dancer, this short film offers a celestial performance of “grace and energy” in rhythm with music performed by Cris Derksen.
Con Brio by Sandra Eber (2013, 4 min.)
This choreographed stop-motion animation features flowers at liberty and play, accompanied by a lively ukulele composition. Flowers dance in a joyous celebration in the garden in this complexly created pinhole film.
Twyla Tharp by Bay Area filmmaker Kathleen Quillian (2021, 4 min.)
This animated music video bursts with color and was made using digitally printed images and approximately 1,200 hand-cut paper silhouettes. Music by Dylan Hicks.
Fiddle De Dee by animation pioneer Norman McLaren (1947, 5 min.)
This hand-painted film is a tumble of colors and undulating shapes. Reflecting the gaiety of old time music by a Gatineau Valley fiddler who plays Alice Hawthorne’s composition “Listen to the Mocking Bird.” Lively abstract shapes frolic across the screen in tempo with the happy, toe-tapping music.
Image courtesy of Kathleen Qullian.