Mpowerdance presents Dance film with undercurrents of Butoh, neo-silent sound, interactive performance in open space San Francisco during Yacht races and Mark di Suvero exhibit. Release date May 2016.

  • Mary Power
    Upside Down Circle, Part2 North Pole, Madame Jellyfish
  • Same
  • Same
  • Dancer
    Key Cast
  • Passerby Woman
    Key Cast
  • Passerby Man
    Key Cast
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Dance, Contemporary, Art, Experimental, Outdoor, neo-silent, auteur, happening, tv series, Butoh, interactive audience, open space, architecture
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    9,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    digital 35mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Mary Power

Since 1978, Mary Power's interest in dance film, now combined with the upgrades in 21st century technologies of digital film, expands the growth of Mpowerdance Project.

Mpowerdance Project, a San Francisco dance company formed in 1992 with the debut of Ghost Puppet, which premiered original choreography, set design and sound score with live music. Mpowerdance continued to collaborate with other artists, dancers, poets, musicians, actors and light artists for Serpentine Vision (1997); and again later in 2006-08 for the three-part performance project of Map of the Mango Planet. Early on to the present, Mary Power explores alternative venues including salons, labs, and outdoor performances in San Francisco. Some of these performances were filmed and early edits for dance films were made. Many outdoor performances were happenings. They were not recorded beyond the physical presence of audience and company members participating.

Mary Power developed screendance of Raven's Wing and Calligraphy, Outdoor Wind Lab Performances in San Francisco with the sculptures of Mark Suvero. Her Global Dance Project (GDP), an annual virtual and global choreographic project started in 2012, launched “EVAWAVE”. EVAWAVE was staged at the Theatre of Yugen in 2015 with plans for future screendance development.

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Director Statement

I am determined to create a unique view of screendance, one that is artistically non-commercial.

Possibilities never cease even as the first step is taken. Decisions that shape the dance for film require creative-critical thinking in advance of the outcome. This combined with the hard-edged limitations within a day, increase the unique quality of vision and of possibility itself.