Three days of dance on film! Sat, 5/6, Wed, 5/10 & Sun, 5/14
Dance on Camera Tour (or “Dance on Camera Touring Program”) is co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center and receives generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.dancefims.org. Sponsored by whttp://www.madronamindbody.com
Individual screenings $12, or $72 for all 7 screenings
ABOUT DANCE ON CAMERA:
Inaugurated in 1971, Dance on Camera Festival, co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, remains the longest-running dance film festival in the world, providing a platform for choreographic storytelling and creative expression, and intimate access to innovative media artists and their cinematic works.
Each February in New York City, the Festival presents feature-length documentary and narrative films, inventive short films, filmmaker panels and special events, cutting edge media and art installations, as well as engaging community and student programs. Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center have co-presented the Festival since 1996, hosting screenings and special events at the Walter Reade Theater, with the addition of the Film Society’s landmark state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.
The Dance on Camera Festival and Tour receives generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit www.dancefims.org
Rare Birds tracks every phase of production during the creation of Alexander Ekman’s groundbreaking A Swan Lake, providing an intimate view into the process of choreography and the ingenuity at work in a world-class theater. Screening with Exquisite Corps, in which forty-two American contemporary choreographers link together in a chain love letter to dance.
Nine wonderful short narrative and documentary films about dance. A curious woman, appropriately dressed for a rainy day explores her environment in an empty parking lot, an exploration of whirling dervishes, a piece based on the imperceptible connections that exist between us, created with hundreds of pencils and hundreds and hands, plus many more wonderful filmic treats.
The Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind in Sao Paolo is the sole ballet school in the world for the visually impaired. The film tells the story of two youngsters in the program: Geyza, who lost her vision at the age of nine but continues to pursue her dream to become a ballerina, and Thalia, her teenage protege, who has multiple aspirations and a feisty personality. Both are without a trace of self-pity. For each, ballet is an important creative outlet and a means of becoming a more powerful self. Screening with Molat & Molat.
Our second day of the Dance on Camera Tour continues with this marvelous film. One of Trisha Brown’s early signature pieces joins the repertory of the Paris Opera Ballet. The director’s artful camera captures the process of transmission body to body as two members of her company demonstrate the unfamiliar vocabulary to a select group of Paris Opera dancers. The film plunges us into the spellbinding world of Trisha Brown, which remains as beautiful and mysterious as ever. Screening with Wheel of Life.
Day 3 of our Dance on Camera Tour begins with an incredible film from 1957, honoring Martha Graham as a pioneer who helped shape the history of modern dance. The director cuts between her dressing room and the studio where members of her company demonstrate what a Graham technique class was all about. Historian John Mueller called this “one of the most beautiful dance films ever made,” and it’s easy to see why. Screening with Reines d'un Jour.
Only a humanist like Maurice Bejart could pull off a dance piece to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Now, some fifty years after its initial premiere, Ballet Bejart Lausanne, led by Gil Roman, who danced in the original production, sets out to reimagine the monumental work for a new generation. Screening with Esqualo and Vanishing Points.
For many, swing dance is an addiction and a joyful practice. No matter how tough things get, these men and women find their bliss doing what they love. On the dance floor they virtually explode with energy - leaping, twisting, revolving. There’s no way that you’ll be able to keep still and not feel the joy. Screening with You, featuring verbal and physical slapstick in a dance monologue.