Anarchic Variations (a screen dance film)

Liz Aggiss, Billy Cowie

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Anarchic Variations received one of four £20K Awards. Shot on Digi-Beta, the piece aims to confound and disorientate the spectators’ view of reality, space, scale and sound based on the choreographic and musical idea of theme and variation. The neutral box space acts as a dynamic, antagonistic partner for the performer. The film uses technology (Commotion), and explores integrated body-hyper-sound component. Research included; experimenting with visual design creating multifaceted textural leather overprinted costumes: developing appropriate dance language in relationship to camera in prototype spaces: testing and manipulating musical and choreographic speeds for post production revisions: testing false spatial perspectives, light and film grading techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrighton, UK
PublisherAggiss/Cowie, Arts Council Capture
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Eventother - IMZ Grimaldi Centre, Monaco, Monte Carlo 10-14/12/02
Duration: 3 Jan 0001 → …

Bibliographical note

Anarchic Variations has toured nationally and internationally since 2002 most notably at; IMZ Grimaldi Centre, Monaco, Monte Carlo 10-14/12/02, The Place London 17/12/02, Chichester Film Fest1/9/2003, MediaWaves Hungary 25/4-3/5/0303, Brighton Festival Corn Exchange 17-18/5/03, Edge Performance Festival, Gene Siskal Centre Chicago 23/10/03 , Invideo Milan 5-9/11/03, 20th Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest 11-16/11/03, Toronto Moving Picture 23-26/10/03, Alter-Native 11th International Film festival Madisz Romania 6-9/1103, IMZ Tanzmedial Koln May 2004, Dancebase Edinburgh August 04, 17th Instants video Numerique et Poetique Festival Marseilles 20-27/11/ 04 Walter Reade Theatre, Lincoln Centre, New York 7-8/1/05. It was included for a UK Tour curated by South East Dance 2003-2004 to Brighton, Alsager, Guildford, Chelmsford, Sheffield, Bath, Newcastle, Lancaster, Poole.

Anarchic Variations has been selected by Capture (the organization) in association with Netherlands Media Art Institute, for a curated exhibition of installations 2007/8. It received the Romanian National Office of Cinematography Prize 2003 and was given Special Mention at the Naples Film Festival 2004. Anarchic Variations is held at Invideo Archive Milan.


  • Screendance
  • dance
  • film
  • dance film
  • choreography
  • interdisciplinarity


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