Private Project

Corps et Terre (Body and Earth)

An unusual harvester works in a French vineyard and becomes a couple of mysterious figures, perhaps the spirits of the vine.

  • Dawn Kramer
  • Dawn Kramer
    Key Cast
  • Dawn Kramer
    Concept and Choreography
  • Stephen Buck
    Camera and Editing
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    5 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 21, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director Biography - Dawn Kramer

Professor Emerita in the Studio for Interrelated Media, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston
Co-founder, Co-Artistic Director, choreographer, performer, Boston Dance Collective (30 years)
Grants: National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Choreography Fellowships, French Ministry of Culture, Bogliasco Fellow in Italy, La Napoule artist residency in France
Recent live performances in video projection environments: "Body of Water," "Cracking," "Entanglement," "Walk in Progress"
Video showings: New York Dance on Camera Festival and tour ("Sean & Dawn"), Paine and Godine Galleries, Boston, Centre de Danse du Marais, Paris
Live performances: Boston, NYC, Jacob's Pillow, Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, New England

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Director Statement

"Corps et Terre" (Body and Earth) emerged from the actions of the grape harvest at an organic vineyard near Gaillac in France. After working with the vendangeurs (harvesters) for a couple of mornings, I wanted to honor their labor through choreography inspired by their gestures, the rolling of the wine press, and the atmosphere of the vine. A couple of mysterious characters emerge in the video, spirits of the vineyard, perhaps.
Stephen Buck did the camera work, and we edited the piece together.