A lively and personal documentary on the life of Carmen Gutierrez, the first Mexican dancer to perform on Broadway. The film follows Gutierrez’s career from Bellas Artes in Mexico City with Anna Sokolow to the Ballet Russe (1946), on to Broadway with productions including; “Carousel” choreographed by Agnes de Mille, “Finian's Rainbow” (Michael Kidd), “The King and I” (Jerome Robbins), “Candide” (Anna Sokolow), and “West Side Story” (Jerome Robbins).
A Moment in Love
Shirley Clarke | 1957 | USA | 8m
Shirley Clarke shoots double images of the same movement—sometime placed in different parts of the frame, sometimes with a slight time delay—effectively using them to create an intensity of mood and tension in the passionate relationship of two young lovers. This is a beautiful experiment in cinedance in which dreams and fantasies become visual realities through the magic of the camera. Choreographed by Anna Sokolow to music by Norman Lloyd. Performed by Carmen Gutierrez (subject of the film A Girl from Mexico) and modern dance legend Paul Sanasardo.
Michio Ito: Pioneering Dancer-Choreographer
Bonnie Oda Homsey | 2012 | USA | 21m
Michio Ito may be one of the most important historical modern dance figures you have never heard of. Prolific and innovative in the 20’s and 30’s in New York and Los Angeles, he returned to Japan in 1945 and effectively disappeared from dance history. This film traces his amazing journey from Japan to Europe to America, from success to reversal and obscurity and finally to re-discovery. It features interviews with granddaughter, company members and scholars to provide a rich picture of a singular artist.