Alex Reuben has a background as a DJ and in art and design. His new film, ‘Gingerella (RockaFela)' (65', UK 2017 – trailer – 1') is an improvised movie about improvisation.
A collaboration with neuroscientist, Professor Chris Frith and dancer Eleanor Sikorski, Gingerella is supported by a Wellcome Arts Award with Arts Council England and is currently screening in UK cinemas and festivals.
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, individuals and in migration.
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. He was recently 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 in Oxford University Press' Music and Shape, Studies in Musical Performance as Creative Practice, edited by Daniel Leech-Wilkinson and Helen M. Prior. Gingerella RockaFela screens in Marina Warner's Thinking with Dance, Moving with Fairy Tale with a panel discussion featuring Marina Warner, Professor Chris Frith and Alex Reuben during Birkbeck Arts Week, 2-5pm, 17th May 2018.