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.
Supported by a Wellcome Arts Award and Arts Council England, Gingerella is a collaboration with neuroscientist, Professor Chris Frith and dancer Eleanor Sikorski.
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 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 choreogeography of the way that we move in the environment.
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 the University of the Arts London and founder of community movement and education project KAS – Kennington, Kinesthetic Arts and Science. He was recently 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.
Currently Reuben is featured in Music and Shape: Studies in Musical Performance as Creative Practice (Oxford University Press, 2018). Gingerella is the Gala movie at Light Moves Festival of Screendance (November 2018) and an official selection in The International Sound and Music Film Festival (October 2018).