Rocky’s Review
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."

     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.