“Movement Material” Comes to the Cider Gallery on December 5th

The Lawrence Arts Center is pleased to announce that we will present an evening of works by the collaborative duo Jeremy Moss (filmmaker) and Pamela Vail (dancer).  Both currently teach at Franklin & Marshall College (Lancaster, PA) and mentored resident dance artist Tori Lawrence.  Associate Director of Dance Ellie Goudie-Averill has also created work and performed with Vail, and the two co-produced an evening-length Fringe Festival Performance in Philadelphia in 2012.  The event, “Movement Material,” will take place at the Cider Gallery on Monday, December 5th at 7 pm and is FREE and open to the public.

Movement Material is a 60 ­minute program of video, 16mm projection, and live performance that highlight transfigurative gestures via the collision of camera and dance. This program explores the roles and functions of both the cinematographer (Jeremy Moss) and the dancer (Pamela Vail) while engaging questions of space, movement, and the ways in which the frame and the cut create alternate walls and rhythms. The progression of this camera/dance collaboration has led the artists to pointedly examine equality, balance, interactivity, and reciprocity between both forms. Jeremy Moss and Pamela Vail have been actively collaborating since the fall of 2008 and their collective films and videos have shown at prominent national and international festivals including Experiments in Cinema, Crossroads in San Francisco, Cucalorus, Next Dance Cinema, Cinedans in Amsterdam, Arkipel in Jakarta, and at renowned North American venues such as the Northwest Film Forum, San Francisco Cinematheque, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and Echo Park Film Center. Their non­narrative visual explorations investigate and present the singular moving body via structural camera and rhythmic editing. Both durational and intense, phrasing of movement and cutting range from assaulting and severe to meditative and lulling. Through this program, the artists ask: how do/can camera and movement inform the other, and offer new possibilities without favoring one over the other? Can the camera act as a dynamic partner, more than simply a new “stage” or documenting device for the dancer? Can the dancer be more than a subject embedded within the frame and altered by the cut? What is the role of location when considering the duet between dancer and camera? How can the dance film continue the early investigations of camera and movement radically propelled by Maya Deren in the twentieth century.


Jeremy Moss is a filmmaker, curator, and teacher who received his MFA in film production from Ohio University in 2008. He currently teaches motion picture production, history, and theory at Franklin & Marshall College. As a practitioner, he works in a number of intersecting and overlapping genre, media, and modes — including dance film, speculative essay, surrealist narrative, and film emulsion­-based abstraction. Moss is also an active board member and programmer for the media arts collective Moviate.

Pamela Vail, associate professor of dance at Franklin & Marshall College, is an improviser, choreographer, performer, and teacher. She is a co­founding member of the Architects, a performance improvisation quartet, with whom she has been teaching, creating and performing for over 20 years. Vail is also a founding member of critically acclaimed New York City­-based Yanira Castro | a canary torsi. Vail has collaborated with a variety of independent choreographers and artists, and teaches master classes and performs her own choreography around the country.

Photo credits:
dancer shown: Pamela Vail
video still by: Jeremy Moss
dancer shown: Pamela Vail
video still by: Jeremy Moss