Alex Reuben is a filmmaker with a background as a DJ and in art and design. His latest film, ‘Gingerella (RockaFela)' (66', UK 2018, trailer) is an improvised movie about improvisation.
Reuben's films are 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 choreo-geography of the way that we move in the environment.
‘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.
Gingerella', a collaboration with neuroscientist, Professor Chris Frith and dancer Eleanor Sikorski is supported by Wellcome and Arts Council England. It was recently the Gala movie at Light Moves Festival of Screendance and an official selection in The International Sound and Music Film Festival.
Other 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. The motion-capture Line Dance (5', Channel 4/ACE/MJW) was selected in Best British Short and Best British Dance Films.
Formerly Head of MA Dance for the Screen at London Contemporary Dance School, Reuben is a Lecturer at Camberwell and CSM at the University of the Arts London and founder of community movement and education project KAS – Kennington, Kinesthetic Arts and Science, recently the winner of a Mayor of London, 'Culture Seeds' award.
He was a British Council visiting artist in Japan, researching cognition with the Department of Intermedia Art and Science at Waseda University and Forest Science with INFOM (continued in Autumn 2019 with a Sasakawa Foundation award). He currently features in Music and Shape: Studies in Musical Performance as Creative Practice (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Reuben has recently completed an ACE Creative Practice award and in 2019 feature's in Dame Marina Warner's Words on the Move 4: The Digital Body with Professor Frith at Birkbeck (May 31st), Moving Humans with CREATE at Tate Modern (June 22nd-23rd) and in Dance Umbrella: Sunday Shorts 2, curated by Freddie Opoku-Addaie at Barbican Cinema 3 (October 20th) in London.
Gingerella (RockaFela) screens at the Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark, September 17th 2019.