This Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., the Visual & Critical Studies Department will present a screening of the film SOSW Ballet at the SVA Theatre, followed by a discussion with its creators. Here is more information from SVA’s press announcement for the event:
SOSW Ballet is an experimental film that revolves around the creation of discourse through movement. Created by Anna Gaskell, the short film is choreographed and performed by the children of the Special School of Podgorki (SOSW) in Poland, a 40-year-old academy and boarding school for children ages 8 to 18, some with mild to severe learning disorders. In SOSW Ballet, dance becomes a means of challenging barriers to communication. A conversation with director Anna Gaskell and choreographer Jessica Sand, moderated by faculty member Micaela Martegani, follows the screening.
The event will be held at the SVA Theatre at 333 West 23rd Street, and is free and open to the public.
For more information about SOSW Ballet, check out untitledballet.com. The site includes a trailer for the film, as well as images, credits, and additional descriptive material. A much more detailed discussion of the project (including an account by Jessica Sand of her work with the SOSW students) is available at this post at Oberon’s Grove. Finally, you can read about some of Anna Gaskell’s other works at this post on the Contemporary Art blog, and this entry on the Guggenheim Museum website (and this one too).