Alex Reuben has a background as a DJ and in art and design. His latest film, ‘Gingerella (RockaFela)' (65', UK 2017, trailer) is an improvised movie about improvisation, currently screening in UK cinemas.
A collaboration with neuroscientist, Professor Chris Frith and dancer Eleanor Sikorski, Gingerella is supported by a Wellcome Arts Award with Arts Council England.
Reuben's ‘Routes-Dancing to New Orleans’ (48', ACE, trailer), a road-movie during Hurricane Katrina, was selected in the ‘Top 20 Movies of the Decade’ by film critic Geoff Andrew.
His films have been exhibited throughout the UK by Picturehouse, Curzon, HOME Manchester, BFI and ICA cinemas. Characterised by improvisation, dance and sound, they explore the connections between art, science, politics and the choreogeography of the way that we move in the environment, as crowds and individuals.
Commissions include Sadler’s Wells, Channel 4 TV and the BBC with awards from ACE and Jerwood. He has been a British Council Artist in Residence in the Brazilian Amazon and a Dance Digital, Artists Fellow. His Brazilian motion-capture film, Line Dance (5', Channel 4/ACE/MJW) was selected in Best British Short Films at Encounters Film Festival.
Formerly Head of MA Dance for the Screen at London Contemporary Dance School, Reuben is an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London and founder of community movement and education project KAS – Kennington, Kinesthetic Arts and Science in south-east London. Recently he was a British Council visiting artist in Japan, researching cognitive and forest science with the Department of Intermedia Art and Science, Waseda University and INFOM.
Currently Reuben is featured in Music and Shape: Studies in Musical Performance as Creative Practice (Oxford University Press, 2018). Gingerella (RockaFela) is an official selection in Light Moves Festival of Screendance 2018, Limerick, Ireland in November.