IMAGE: Anna Halprin, Spirit Labour (still), 2016. Running time: 41 minutes. Directed and edited by Hugo Glendinning and Adrian Heathfield, featuring Janine Antoni, Anna Halprin, and Hélène Cixous. Image courtesy the directors. Photograph © Hugo Glendenning.

Rooftop Art and Design Film: Spirit Labour

Roof opens at 6P, Film at 7P. Tickets available for purchase online or at the door.

Picnics, blankets, and BYOB encouraged for all Rooftop films! Our neighbors Royal Blue Grocery are also offering 20% off food and drink purchases. Just check in at the Jones Center and get your wristband, then go across the street (609 Congress Ave.) to take advantage of this offer.

This poetic visual essay follows the creative practice of sculptor and performance artist Janine Antoni through her collaborations and conversations with the choreographer Anna Halprin and the writer Hélène Cixous.

Spirit Labour traces the trans-generational lines of connection between these artists who work with the female body and the elements. The film asks: what kind of labor is it, to work communally with the senses, movements, expressions, and feelings of others? Can a life spent making, learning, giving, and transforming oneself with others be considered a kind of infrastructure? These questions form the core of Hugo Glendinning and Adrian Heathfield’s lyrical film, which connects three exemplary artistic figures of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century.

Spirit Labour was originally commissioned by freethought for Bergen Assembly 2016.

Directed by Hugo Glendinning and Adrian Heathfield, 2016, 41 minutes.

Watch the trailer below.

Film introduction by Rebecca Rossen. Rossen is a choreographer, dance historian, and Associate Professor in the Performance as Public Practice Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as affiliate faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies, American Studies, and Jewish Studies. She is the author of Dancing Jewish: Jewish Identity in American Modern and Postmodern Dance (Oxford University Press, 2014), winner of the Oscar Brockett Prize for excellence in dance research, and has also published articles on dance and performance in Feminist Studies, TDR: The Drama Review, and Theatre Journal.

About the Filmmakers

Hugo Glendinning is an internationally renowned photographer whose work spans collaborations with visual artists on photographic and video works; theater, dance, and performance documentation; and portraits of prominent figures. His collaborations include work with Paola Pivi, Martin Creed, Yinka Shonibare, Miranda July, Matthew Barney, Tim Etchells, and Forced Entertainment.

Adrian Heathfield writes on, curates and creates performance. His books include Out of Now, a monograph on the Taiwanese-American artist Tehching Hsieh, and he edited Ally: Janine Antoni, Anna Halprin, Stephen Petronio and the collections Perform, Repeat, Record and Live: Art and Performance. Heathfield curated the Taiwan Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. He is Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at the University of Roehampton, London.