I love to shoot and edit video.
Before becoming interested in video I was a dancer, choreographer and performance artist and explored the use of moving images in live performance. I began my career in the arts working with acclaimed theater director Robert Wilson & performed in many of his works including the original production of “Einstein on the Beach” (1976). In 1979 I co-founded Performance Space 122 in New York City – a theater that has become one of this country’s most active presenters of new dance & performance. With the advent of affordable camcorders in the 1990’s I began to document the New York City dance and performance scene and to produce a public access television show, “Alive & Kicking – New Directions in Dance and Performance”, which aired for 4 years on Manhattan Neighborhood Network before being picked for distribution to educational institutions by Insight Media, Inc. and Alexander Press, LTD. Today there are nearly 100 Alive & Kicking series. Each program showcases an individual choreographer, company or performance artist.
In 1999 I received a UCLA National Dance Media Fellowship award that provided additional technical training and mentoring. Shortly thereafter I received funding from the National Initiative to Preserve American Dance (NIPAD) and the Pew Charitable Trust to make a documentary film on the theatre I co-founded – Performance Space 122. The result was “Homecoming – Celebrating 20 Years of Dance at P.S. 122” (2004), a documentary film that chronicled the origins of the space and showcased 10 leading choreographers whose careers were launched at P.S. 122.
In 2005 I founded Charles Dennis Productions. Since that time I have shot and edited commercials, documentaries, music videos, promos and short films for a host of clients including, recently, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lucille Roberts Health Clubs, Armoni Records, LLC, The RxClub, Inc., Jennifer Muller/The Works Dance Company, Modeltech International, Inc. Performa, Radio i Televisio d’Andorra, S.A. and The Jewish Community Center of New York.
I offer affordable video production and post-production services.
For more information:
Charles Dennis Productions
25 Beesmer Road
Hurley, NY 12443