Rose Theatre

Dance on Camera - Day 2

DANCE ON CAMERA: The Northwest was home to acclaimed choreographers Merce Cunningham and Mark Morris, but until Trisha Brown's passing last month at the age of 80, I was unaware that she also shared Northwest roots. She graduated from high school in Aberdeen, and once remarked to Cunningham, "The rain forest was my first art class."

Past Rocky's Reviews

Oscar Week, 2/22/18

Sam Shepard, 2/9/18

Hedy Lamarr, 1/31/18

Best Parent, 1/27/18

The Shape of Water, 1/10/18

Rosamond Purcell, 1/6/18

Goldsworthy & Oldman, 12/28/17

Frances McDormand, 12/24/17

Star Wars and Lady Bird, 12/13/17

Paris Pilgrimage, 11/28/17

Greta Gerwig, 11/22/17

Refrigerators, 11/16/17

Herb & Dorothy and more, 11/13/17

Remarkable Individuals, 11/1/17

Loving Vincent, 10/26/17

Royalty Rules, 10/13/17

Battle of the Sexes, 9/28/17

Greetings From Telluride, 9/10/17

Wind River & Spain, 8/31/17

Columbus, 8/25/17

Women & Film, 8/10/17

Inconvenient Sequel, 8/6/17

Mother & Daughter, 7/14/17

25th Anniversary, 6/27/17

Wonder Woman, 6/3/17

Laura, Chuck & Norman, 5/20/17

Happy Trails, Renée, 5/13/17

A Swan Lake, 5/3/17

Swiss Cows, 4/25/17

Zucchini, 4/6/17

Robert Osborne, 3/7/17

Poetry, 2/24/17

Amadeus, 2/2/17

POP QUIZ!, 1/21/17

I Am Not Your Negro, 1/12/17

Tangoheart, 1/5/17

Star-struck, 12/21/16

From the Balcony, 11/17/16

Mahler & Mom, 11/12/16

Alvin Ailey, 11/3/16

Community Arts Film Series, 9/29/16

17th Port Townsend Film Festival, 9/23/16

Off to Telluride, 8/31/16

PTFF Essay, 8/23/16

Wild Flowers, 8/2/16

Music Movies, 7/22/16

Summer Movies, 7/13/16

It’s Our Anniversary, 7/9/16

This Week, 6/30/16

Summer’s Greetings, 6/22/16

Love is in the air!, 6/17/16

5 New Movies, 6/8/16

Food Movies, 6/1/16

Tim Burton and more!, 5/28/16

This Week’s Great Films, 5/18/16

Steampunk Animation, Walken, Berlin Phil and more., 5/11/16

The King and I, My Golden Days and more., 5/4/16

This Week, 4/27/16

Spring Has Sprung!, 4/20/16

Spring Salutations, 4/14/16

This Week, 4/8/16

This Week, 3/30/16

J.J. Abrams, Sally Field and more., 3/23/16

New movies!, 3/18/16

A Week of Incredible International Cinema, 3/9/16

Michael Moore, Mustang, Maggie Smith and more, 3/1/16

Kaufman, Bergman, Moore and more., 2/24/16

7 Days of Oscar, 45 Years, Macbeth and more., 2/17/16

45 Years, Coen Brothers, Les Liasons Dangereuses and more, 2/10/16

Special Member Event + 6 New Movies!, 2/2/16

Elvis, Held-Over movies, Laurie Anderson, 1/26/16

This Week, 1/20/16

This Week, 1/12/16

This Week, 1/7/16

This Week, 12/31/15

Star Wars and The Big Short, 12/23/15

Spotlight Earns the Spotlight, 11/25/15

A Bounty of Great Movies, 11/20/15

Shakespeare & Cumberbatch Thrill Audiences, 11/10/15

On Tap at the Rose, 11/7/15

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 40th Anniversary, 10/28/15

My Fair Lady: Winner of 8 Academy Awards, 10/15/15

Davis Guggenheim, 10/14/15

Lili Tomlin, 9/30/15

Meru, 8/19/15

Tangerine, 8/12/15

Hot Weather, Cool Movies, 7/28/15

Classics Night in the Starlight Room, 7/21/15

Amy -  Directed by Asif Kapadia, 7/20/15

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 7/1/15

Manohla Dargis on The Wolfpack, 6/24/15

Pixar Rules!, 6/16/15

The Salt of the Earth and Woman in Gold Return, 6/14/15

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, 6/2/15

Stratford Festival in HD, 5/29/15

Kristen Stewart in THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, 5/6/15

Wild Tales is Wild Indeed, 4/28/15

The Alloy Orchestra Returns With Son of the Sheik, 4/23/15

The Hunting Ground: 2 weekend showings, 4/14/15

     Few dance inventors have so combined the cerebral and the sensuous sides of dance as Mrs. Brown did, and few have been as influential.  Her choreography, showcased primarily in New York, helped shape generations of modern dance creators into the 21st century.  IN THE STEPS OF TRISHA BROWN screens Wednesday, May 10th at 7:30.

     A chance meeting with an American dancer at the luggage carousel at Havana's Jose Marti Airport led filmmakers Marcia Jamel and Ken Schneider to El Oso, one of the founders of Cuba's Rueda de Casino - the predecessor to salsa. El Oso's charisma and fancy footwork helped break new ground for black dancers after the revolution, launching a dance craze felt worldwide. The short film THE WHEEL OF LIFE screens with IN THE STEPS OF TRISHA BROWN.

     Twenty-two movies - short and feature-length - will be shown over three days - May 6, 10, 14 - featuring classical ballet, hip-hop, tap, swing dance, salsa, animation, modern dance, narrative and documentary, and inspirational Swiss cows.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Next week I'll highlight the films from the final day of DANCE ON CAMERA.

     James Gray is a great director.  His films include LITTLE ODESSA (1994), THE YARDS (2000), WE OWN THE NIGHT (2007), THE LOVERS (2008), and THE IMMIGRANT (2013).  He is often described as one of America's few remaining true classicists; the making of the film becomes an implicit part of the narrative.

     His latest film, THE LOST CITY OF Z is an exploration epic about British explorer Percy Fawcett, a World War I lieutenant colonel whose passionate drive is to find the location of a ruined ancient city. The movie opens in the Rose this Friday, April 21st.  Also opening Friday is TOMMY'S HONOUR, an intimate, powerfully told tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf.  A perfect Spring movie.

     GIFTED moves up to the Starlight Room for one more week, and KEDI, along with FRANTZ departs this Thursday. Anna Netrebko stars in the Met's production of EUENE ONEGIN, and CALL HER APPLEBROOG, the final film of season one of the Community Arts Film Series plays Sunday at noon. The line-up for season two will be unveiled prior to the show.