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Dir: Beth Portnoy, 6 mins 48 secs, 2012, USA, EUROPEAN PREMIERE

Screening with Peripheral Vision in the DANCE:FILM Bites programme

A gyre is a circular or spiral form found in nature: rotating ocean currents; wind curl; concentric circles formed by leaves or flower petals. Gyre-ation is a visual exploration of resistance to and acceptance of the forces outside of ourselves. A woman whirls through a vortex of tension between natural and psychological patterns.

Beth Portnoy: Director and Animator
Beth Portnoy has been unleashing her mighty moves all over New York City as a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and filmmaker. Beth’s dance for camera work has been screened at both International and US film festivals.


Amy Larimer: Choreographer
Amy Larimer (choreographer/performer) is a dance/theater artist whose work blends movement, sound and text and draws heavily on improvisation. Her work has been performed at festivals including: The Crisis Art Festival in Arezzo, Italy, the NYC Improvisation Festival, the Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre Festival, the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, the Comedy in Dance Festival and Dancemopolitan as well as at other venues including: The 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, DTW, HERE, Joe’s Pub, The PIT, The Tank, Triskelion Arts and The West End Theater. She was a founding member of Nicholas Leichter Dance and toured internationally with Leichter for 10 years. Recently, she has been lucky enough to work with Clare Byrne, Daniel Clifton, Aaron Draper, Polina Klimovitskaya, Debra Wanner and the Bronx Repertory Company. She received her yoga certification from OM yoga and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. She is an Assistant Professor and the Artistic Director of the Dance Program at Lehman College as well as the creator and director of The Raving Jaynes: Improvised Dance Theater.

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