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Babette Mangolte: DANCE/ART/FILM
Echo Park Film Center
Los Angeles, CA
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Babette Mangolte: DANCE/ART/FILM
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
Babette Mangolte: DANCE/ART/FILM
Friday, March 15, 2019, 8:00pm
At the Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N Alvarado, Los Angeles 90026

Babette Mangolte in person!

Artist Babette Mangolte returns in person for a second night of films that further explore the range of her artistic output. Since the 1970s Mangolte has filmed and photographed dance and performance, in many cases producing documents that have become primary in the recollection and retelling of these works. She has recorded the choreographies of Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, Simone Forti, Lucinda Child, and others. With Chantal Akerman, Mangolte filmed Pina Bausch in One Day Pina Asked (1984). Mangoltes work captures the process and performance of dance, the dailiness of practice and the rigor and poetry of the form.

In addition to two films on dance, which are really two films on dance and art: Nancy Gravess remarkable set is a central figure in Lateral Pass and Steve Paxton improvises in response to art in  Steve Paxton at Dia:Beacon, Mangolte presents films of artists working in other mediums. Je, Nous, I or Eye, Us is an essay film in which the photographer is the subject. To footage made for her 1977 film The Camera: Je or La Camera: I, Mangolte asks questions about her own subjectivity, then and now. Edward Krasiskis Studio is a portrait of a studio that is itself a portrait of the two artists who shared it, Henryk Staewski and Edward Krasiski.

Curated by Kate Brown. Individual film notes by Babette Mangolte.

Tickets: $10 general; $6 for students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at  LINK TO COME or at the door.

For more information: www.lafilmforum.org or 323-377-7238.


Staging Lateral Pass
2013, digital, color, sound, 31 minutes
Choreography by Trisha Brown, Set and Costume by Nancy Graves, Music by Peter Zummo
Dancers: Trisha Brown, Lance Gries, Iréne Hultman, Carolyn Lucas, Diane Madden, Stephen Petronio, Lisa Schmidt, Vicky Shick, Randy Warshaw
Shot at the Walker Art Center, August 14  September 2, 1985
Exhibited at Museum Ludwig, Aachen, Germany for the retrospective Nancy Graves Project, 2014

The film chronicles the work of choreographer and dancers on the stage in Minneapolis preceding the premiere of Trisha Browns Lateral Pass in 1985. Involving a complex set and colorful costumes by Nancy Graves, choreography by Trisha Brown, and improvised music by Peter Zummo, the film follows the dynamic between dancers, choreographer and the stage apparatus.

Steve Paxton at Dia:Beacon
2014, digital, color, sound, 8 minutes

Steve Paxton improvises his reactions to works by Robert Irwin, Fred Sandback, Richard Serra, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin and John Chamberlain exhibited at DIA:BEACON.  Music inspired by David Tudor. Music quotation by Max Neuhaus. Sound recording by Julie Martin. Direction of production by Kelly Kivland. Shot September 23 and 24, 2014.

Je, Nous, I or Eye, Us
2014, 16mm transferred to digital, color, sound, 7 minutes

Je, Nous, I or Eye, Us is a mini essay that responds to a question posed in the 1970s while I was making my film The Camera Je, La Camera: I. The new film uses footage that was shot at the time of The Camera: Je but never used, and adds a series of titles about a photographers subjectivity then and now. The film was made for a curatorial project of Jacob Korczynski initiated by If I cant dance I do not want to be part of your revolution from Amsterdam and shepherded by Tanja Baudoin. Special Thanks for technical help to Lev Kalman.

Edward Krasiskis Studio
2012, digital, color, sound, 30 minutes

This 30-minute film evokes a day in the life of Polish artist Edward Krasiski. In the 1960s Krasiski was invited by the Constructivist abstract painter Henryk Staewski to share his studio in Warsaw. After Stanewskis death, Krasiski crated in situ the minute objects that became both a shrine to his friend and a homage to his own installation work. Shot in Warsaw, Poland in 2011.


Babette Mangolte (American, born in France) is an internationally known experimental filmmaker and photographer who has lived in New York City since 1970. Among her recent films, Seven Easy Pieces by Marina Abramovi premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007. Two films on the choreographies of Yvonne Rainer, AG Indexical, 2007, and RoS Indexical, were completed in 2008. Mangoltes film of Trisha Browns choreography Roof Piece, performed on the Highline in 2011, was completed in 2012. In the same year, she finished a film of Patricia Patterson Paintings using material shot in 1988 and 1991. Edward Krasiskis Studio premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013. In 2014, Mangolte made the short films Steve Paxton at DIA:BEACON and Je, Nous, I or Eye, Us. She is currently editing a new feature shot in Brussels in April 2015.

Recent installations include Presence (Berlin Biennale, 2008), Rushes (Cologne, 2009) and How to look 2010 (Whitney Biennial, 2010). In 2013 she exhibited: Éloge du Vert, an installation about the color green at VOX in Montreal, TOUCHING III, an installation on photography and the viewer, at Inhotim in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and finally, an installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York for Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New PsychodramaManhattan, 1970-1980, a performance show curated by Jay Sanders.

Mangolte is interested in creating architectural spaces which propose various modes of interactivity for the spectators with the photographs, films and texts shown in her installations.  She is also known for her photographic archive, which documents the experimental theater, dance, and performance scene of the 1970s and 1980s. Mangolte has published essays theorizing her practice as a filmmaker and as a photographer and she has written about technological transformations in film with the advent of digital.

In addition to her own films, installations, photography, and writing, Mangolte is lauded for her work as cinematographer on films by artists, including Chantal Akerman (The Room, 1972, Hotel Monterey, 1972, Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080, Bruxelles, 1975, News From Home, 1977, Un Jour Pina a demandé, 1984), Yvonne Rainer (Lives of Performers, 1971, Film About a Woman Who, 1973), Jean-Pierre Gorin (Routine Pleasures, 1986, My Crazy Life, 1991, and Michael Snow (Rameaus Nephew, 1973), among others.



Echo Park Film Center (View)
1200 N. Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
United States


Arts > Dance
Film > Movies

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