Marta Renzi is a dancer, choregrapher and film maker.
She’s based in Nyack, New York. As a young dancer she was picked by choreographer Twyla Tharp to dance in the movie of Hair.
Her films have been shown in 38 countries and over 300 festivals. They are often site specific, joyful, about community and have a strong sense of social narrative and relationships rather than plot. They are beautiful, accessible, and evocative. She likes to work with vocal music.
Filmography page, which has trailers
Some links to full pieces
HER MAGNUM OPUS
WAIT A MINUTE
a music video
DANCING IS AN OLD FRIEND
This was made with two young women
They approached me early in the pandemic to ask me to make something remotely with them.
Music my QuinTango and Emily Holden (who happens to be Lorenzo’s girlfriend).
PLOW PLANT REAP
One of 7 dance films in collaboration with college dancers,
This one was shot in a gorgeous historic farm in Pennsylvania.
My mission = “put the dance back in dance film” because I’d been seeing, and making,
so much that was more visual than kinetic.
IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME
This one has a score which I concocted myself, based on sounds, not music, a la Tarkovsky.
It also has a surreal relationship to narrative & location, not typical for me – all improvised by the two extraordinary performers.
Composers/ music for some of Marta’s dance films:Inna Barmash
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