I first heard about Richard Move a year or two ago in a dance history course while studying the history of Modern dance in America. Move impersonates the famous Martha Graham from time to time, and in the video I saw of him, he was working with famous post-modern dancer and choreographer Yvonne Rainer. This video may not make sense to someone that isn’t familiar with the differences between Graham and Rainer, but anyone studying modern and post-modern dance is sure to get a huge thrill from this video.
Move does not just impersonate Graham for a career, however. In addition to being insanely humorous, he is also a film maker. His latest film is entitled BloodWork – The Ana Mendieta Story. The film tells the sensational story of Mendieta, who died after falling naked out of her apartment window, thirty four flights up. She was an artist prior to her death, and the story certainly sounds scandalous and worth a view.
To see the film, you will have to head to libraries and museums rather than your local theater. The film will be at NYU’s Fales Library from August 1 to October 8. It will also be shown at MoMA’s PS1 extension in Long Island City from May 7 to October 18. Whether or not you’re interested in this particular film, PS1 is supposed to be extremely experimental and interesting – it’s only $5 for students to get in, and is accessible via subway. I’m not sure I’ll make it to this movie – it’s not entirely my cup of tea – but anything by Move is sure to be interesting at the very least, so maybe I’ll end up seeing it. If not, if anyone does see it: let me know how it is!
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