Alex Reuben is a filmmaker with a background as a DJ and in art and design. Based in London, he makes choreo-geographic movies and sound for cinema.
Reuben's films are exhibited internationally and throughout the UK by Picturehouse, Curzon, HOME Manchester, BFI and ICA cinemas. Characterised by improvisation, dance and music, they collaboratively explore connections between art, science and politics.
Gingerella RockaFela (66', ACE/Wellcome, UK 2018), an improvised movie about improvisation and a collaboration with cognitive scientist 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 and British Council for forest and cognitive science research in Japan and the Amazon. Movement based practice includes the Mayor of London award winning, community walking project, KAS (Kennington Kinaesthetic Arts and Science). He was previously a lecturer at University of the Arts London (CCA, CSM) and Course leader, M.A. Dance for the Screen at London Contemporary Dance School.
2019-20 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).
In 2020-21, Reuben’s movie project Trumpet Voluntary, based upon a short story by James Lasdun, is part of an NYU Resident Fellowship at The Center for Ballet and the Arts, also supported by an a-n Artists bursary, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Arts Council England awards in 2021-22.
In 2022-23, Reuben is at NYU and Trumpet Voluntary is in feature film development with the British Film Institute.