Women CineMakers, Special Edition

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Women Cinemakers meets

Clare Schweitzer Lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA

Clare is a practitioner and researcher of screendance and is continuously reexamining both her own practice and the practices of the field at large. She received a B.A. in Dance and Mathematics cum laude with high honors and an M.A in Contemporary Dance performance from the London Contemporary Dance School, focusing her dissertation research on contextual examinations of screendance festivals. In her creative work, Clare is interested in exploring universal predicaments through intimate and often humorous frames. Her films have been screened internationally at festivals such as the Perth Screendance Awards, Muestra Movimiento Audiovisual in Guadalajara, and danรงa em foco and she has presented research at the Light Moves Symposium of Screendance. In addition to her work as a freelance dance and video artist in the San Francisco Bay Area, she currently works as a Development Associate at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, serving on its selection committee for its 2018 edition.

An interview by Francis L. Quettier and Dora S. Tennant womencinemaker@berlin.com Enter Face is a captivating short dance short film by dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Clare Schweitzer: her film is the product of research into the histories and constructions of the body as it goes further into an age where people willingly submit their lives to a network of screens. Creating a brilliant allegory of human condition in our media driven age, it aims to explore new conceptions of lived reality and altered means of communication that result. We are particularly pleased to

introduce our readers to this stimulating work of art and to Schweitzer's artistic production. Hello Clare and welcome to : we would like to introduce you to our readers with a couple of questions regarding your background. You have a solid formal training and after having earned you B.A. in Dance and Mathematics cum laude with high honors, you nurtured your education with an M.A in Contemporary Dance performance, that you received from the prestigious London Contemporary Dance School: how did these experience influence your evolution as an artist? Moreover, does your cultural background direct the trajectory of your artistic research?