For the second year in a row, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is dedicating an audiovisual programme to video dance, a genre that is validated by some of the most representative works in the field. Choreographic art, expressed through moving images, continues to generate unique works which are beautiful and intense, and in which audiovisual creation displays its wealth of formats, techniques and styles. Dance on camera occupies and attains unique spaces, reorganising ‘real’ time and championing their communicative capacity.
Nuria Font, co-director of the Barcelona Video Dance Festival, has organised this new programme around the increasingly clear tie between the creative act and the means of production and dissemination. Given the quantity of pieces made every year and the number of festivals dedicated to this genre, this selection is only a small sample of a wide range of creations. Considering that very different movements and artistic trends are grouped under the label of video dance, both in the dance and audiovisual worlds, Dancing with Videos is a selection of the most recent work done in Europe. It features some of the most notable pieces, representing extremely varied styles in their aesthetics and choreography.
Over the years, as the artistic qualities of the genre have been recognised, it has become possible to differentiate the concept of promotion from that of creation. As its status as an audiovisual product has been reaffirmed, directors and choreographers have ceased to be the only promoters of the projects. Producers and programmers are appearing who design the contents and format and search for the best teams of artists to create the works. Some of the programmes presented result from these efforts, while others continue to be individual initiatives from directors or choreographers, but all have shown their artistic calling by creating through the use of moving images. From this point of view, the series is designed to add to a simple observation of the works, providing an artistic reflection on how and with what they were produced, i.e., to establish their link - or lack thereof - to the image industry as audiovisual works.