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Ensemble for Somnambulists

Ensemble for Somnambulists
Directed byMaya Deren
Screenplay byMaya Deren
Produced byMaya Deren
  • Frank Ionson
  • Brian Macdonald
  • Hannah Winner
  • Cynthia Barrett
  • Terry Chapman
Toronto Film Society Workshop
Release date
  • 1951 (1951)
Running time
7 mins
CountryUnited States

Ensemble for Somnambulists is a 1951 American unfinished experimental[1] silent short. It was written, produced, and directed by Maya Deren. The film was made while Deren was teaching a workshop at the Toronto Film Society.[2][3][4] Along with Deren the film was produced by M. Armour and D. Burritt and had cinematography by Graeme Ferguson and Bruce Parsons. The film stars Frank Ionson, Brian Macdonald, Hannah Winner, Cynthia Barrett and Terry Chapman.

The film was never completed and is officially unpublished,[5] but it has been restored and occasionally screens along with Deren's other films. It is sort of a preliminary sketch for her next film The Very Eye of Night.[2][3]


  • Cynthia Barrett as Female Dancer
  • Terry Chapman as Ensemble Dancer 1
  • Frank Ionson as Ensemble Dancer 2
  • Brian Macdonald as Male Dancer
  • Hannah Winner as Ensemble Dancer 3


  1. ^ "Ensemble for Somnambulists". Archived from the original on 14 July 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Keller, Sarah (9 December 2014). Maya Deren: Incomplete Control (illustrated, reprint ed.). Columbia University Press. p. 200. ISBN 9780231538473. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b Lewis, David. "Ensemble for Somnambulists". Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  4. ^ Haslem, Wendy (12 December 2002). "Great Directors: Maya Deren". Senses of Cinema (23). Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  5. ^ "In the Mirror of Maya Deren" (PDF). Zeitgeist Films. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 6, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
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