CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS brings to life the creative process that culminated in Bill T. Jones’s tour de force ballet D-Man in the Waters, one of the most important works of art to come out of the AIDS crisis. As a group of young dancers in the present re-interpret the work, they deepen their understanding of its power. This lyrical documentary illustrates the power of dance and the triumph of the human spirit.
For over three decades, there's been one singular sensation: A Chorus Line, the groundbreaking hit musical inspired by the emotional lives of dancers during the audition process. Now the story comes full circle as a new documentary offers a revealing, unprecedented look at the auditions for the Broadway revival of the perennial classic, including interview footage with Bob Avian, Michael Bennett, Charlotte d'Amboise, Marvin Hamlisch and Donna McKechnie to name a few. The music, the moves and the real-life drama - they're all here in a documentary that brings you closer to the footlights than you ever thought possible.
Trey McIntyre was one of the busiest young choreographers of his generation when he mysteriously shuttered his dance company. This sudden end is the backdrop of McIntyre’s introspective documentary, which explores themes of creativity, loss, and transformation embodied in the dances choreographed during the company’s life. Excerpts from some of his best known pieces include “Ma Maison,” inspired by his encounters with the New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band.
The spectacular avant-garde choreographies of flamenco dancer Rocío Molina have electrified audiences around the world. Her extravagant, mesmerizing and mostly improvised pieces combine traditional Flamenco with modern-dance, avant-garde theatrics, objects, paint, and eclectic music compositions. Now Molina must prepare for one of her most challenging works ever for a new show at Chaillot National Theater in Paris. Despite Molina’s unconventional stagings and artful theatrical setups, she remarkably manages to maintain her connection to Flamenco’s rich history and traditions.
3 day rental • NR • 87 min. • Spanish with subtitles
IN BALANCHINE’S CLASSROOM takes us back to the glory years of Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius. Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process.
3 day rental • NR • 89 min. • Closed Captioning Available
This behind-the-scenes documentary follows the production of choreographer Alexander Ekman’s work “Play,” staged at the Paris Opera in 2017. Ekman gives himself the job of creating—and transmitting to the public—a sense of real, unbridled play, and soon finds that it’s no small task. A film about meeting artistic crises on the world’s most famous and intimidating dance stage, filled with wild joy, magical choreography and stunning visuals.
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.