Alex Reuben is a filmmaker with a background as a DJ and in art and design. He writes and directs choreo-geographic movies for cinema.
Routes – Dancing to New Orleans (48', Arts Council England), a dance road-movie during Hurricane Katrina, was selected in the ‘Top 20 Movies of the Decade’, by film critic Geoff Andrew (BFI).
His films are exhibited internationally and throughout the UK by Picturehouse, Curzon, HOME Manchester, BFI and ICA cinemas. Characterised by improvisation, dance and sound, they explore connections between art, science and politics, each integrated in community in their process.
Gingerella RockaFela (66', ACE/Wellcome, UK 2018), an improvised movie about improvisation in collaboration with neuroscientist Professor Chris Frith, was Gala screening at Light Moves Festival of Screendance. Line Dance (5', CH4/ACE/MJW, 2004), a motion-capture for Channel 4 TV, was selected in Best British Short and Best British Dance Films.
Commissions include Sadler’s Wells, BBC, Jerwood, Sasakawa, a-n Artists and the British Council, researching forest and cognitive science in Japan and the Amazon. He is a lecturer at University of the Arts London and was Head of M.A. Dance for the Screen at London Contemporary Dance School.
Recent events include Moving Humans (Tate Modern), Dame Marina Warner's Words on the Move 4: The Digital Body (Birkbeck), Dance Umbrella's Sunday Shorts (Barbican Cinema), Choreo-Geography: Chartists, Class and Culture (Open House London) and A Conversation with Alex Reuben and James Lasdun (NYU CBA in collaboration with the New York Institute for the Humanities).
Currently, Reuben’s movie project Trumpet Voluntary, based upon the short story by James Lasdun, is part of an NYU Resident Fellowship at The Center for Ballet and the Arts.