Moving Bodies in Frame with Andrea Lerner

Feb. 1, 6:00 pm9:00 pm EST

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Mar. 8, 2022




280 Broadway


Tuesdays, 6-9pm EST
Week 1: Feb 1
Week 2: Feb 8
Week 3: Feb 15
Week 4: Feb 22
Week 5: Mar 1
Week 6: Mar 8

Moving Bodies in Frame focuses on “why and how” to convey a choreographic idea into a filmic practice; how the encounter between moving images and moving bodies can expand the development of a choreographic language beyond live performance.

The course dwells into fundamental questions: How are we positioning our work in relation to these two fields — historically, aesthetically, conceptually? Is there a broad and thorough blending of concepts, philosophy, process, and tools?

Moving Bodies in Frame is a mix of analytical and production classes, introducing students to the history of video/experimental film/choreocinema, moving to contemporary videos and installations, and finally, addressing the opportunities offered by the new platforms available at this moment in time.

Students will have a series of hands-on exercises and assignments suggested every week, individually and/or in groups. These exercises explore concepts of framing, camera movement, planes, deconstruction of space and time, the relationship between camera movement and body movement, special effects, post-production, installation, etc.

Students will be encouraged to create a final assignment, a project where they define a concept, shoot the video, address post-production decisions like sound and editing. Finally, we will discuss how the project should be presented and experienced; is it an intimate or communal experience? Does it ask for projection or monitor, small or big screen, one or multiple screens, mobility of the viewer, interactiveness, etc?

The course welcomes choreographers, performers, filmmakers, photographers, cinematographers, media artists, or anyone interested in this process. A camera will not be necessary; all assignments can be done with participants’ phones.

To uphold our collective safety and align with the New York City mandate for all gyms, performance venues, and indoor dining establishments, Gibney requires proof of full vaccination for all individuals entering Gibney Center (890 Broadway or 280 Broadway). Masks/face coverings are mandatory at all times at Gibney Center. Review the full policy at

Photo: chameckilerner_Conversation with Boxing Gloves between Chamecki and Lerner (Still from film)