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Dance for Camera

Through digital choreography, I translate the intimacy and playfulness of social partner dancing to screen dances that speak to the beautiful messiness of discovering self in relationship to another.

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     Submergence (2019)

    Through the distortions and refractions of light and movement as a tango dancing couple is submerged underwater, the film evokes the multiple and shifting lenses through which we experience self in dialogue with another.

    A Film by Juliet McMains

    Featuring: Juliet McMains & Cristian Santesteban

    Music: Ben Thomas

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    Vuelvo al Jardin (2020)

    During the first few months of co-vid lockdown, we were missing tango community so much that we turned our garden into a milonga and our orange tree into a third dance partner. The title of the piece is an homage to the song "Vuelvo al Sur" composed by Astor Piazzolla which is reinterpreted for this film by the Swedish artists Kroop.

    A Film by Juliet McMains

    Featuring: Juliet McMains & Cristian Santesteban

    Music: Kroop

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    Containment (2020)

    A 12-second film created for Base Arts' 12-Second Film Festival in May 2020. The challenge of constraining the story to 12 seconds mirrored the experience of constraining our dancing to the living room during spring quarantine.

    A Film by Juliet McMains

    Featuring: Juliet McMains & Cristian Santesteban

    Music: Ben Thomas

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    You--RMK Around the USA (2021)

    A collaboration with Robert Moses Kin who, working with us over zoom, directed our improvisations in some surprising directions, resulting in inversions and deconstruction of tango-inspired movements.

    Featuring: Juliet McMains & Cristian Santesteban

    Choreography by Robert Moses in collaboration with the dancers

    Editing by Cora Cliburn

    Music: "U" by SoVoSó

                  "4 Star" by Robert Moses

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    How Not to Get Stepped on by your Own  Feet (2021)

    A film about three women's relationship to shoes. 

    Directed by Juliet McMains

    Featuring: Taylor Crow, Faith Elde, Elana Skeers

    Costume Design by Jordan Fell

    Lighting Design by Peter Bracilano

    Videography by Juliet McMains & Warren Woo

    Editing by Juliet McMains

    Music:

    Molten sun, bequeath me unto you by Lucas Zeiter

    MIDI.wav by Griffin Becker

    Solo para mi by Lu-Ni

    Channel 9 by Sir Gigalot

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    Milongueando en SF (2020)

    During the first few months of lockdown in 2020, Cristian and I were lucky enough to be in the beautiful city of San Francisco where we could walk, run, and bike to amazing vistas. As an antidote to the anxiety and isolation, we created a means of sharing our views through the language I know best--dance.

    Featuring: Juliet McMains, Cristian Santesteban, and San Francisco vistas

    Music: "Fumando Espero" by Alfredo de Angelis

© 2021 Juliet McMains