The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association announce the 40th edition of DANCE ON CAMERA
January 27-31, 2012
Opening Night World Premiere of JOFFREY: MAVERICKS OF AMERICAN DANCE will also mark the first collaboration between DFA and Emerging Pictures
New York, NY, November 17, 2011 – The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association are pleased to announce the lineup for the 40th edition of Dance on Camera. The dynamic series will take place from January 27-31 and dance lovers will discover an array of stimulating films, many of them premieres, and diverse disciplines ranging from classical to street – from the refinement of ballet coaching to the intense individuality of club dancing. The fourteen programs in the series include focuses on peerless international artists such as Natalia Makarova and Robert Wilson, historic dance presenters and companies such as Jacob’s Pillow, the Joffrey Ballet, and Pilobolus, innovative choreographer Wayne McGregor, and the inspired director Clara van Gool.
“Film is the natural bridge among all the arts, and there is perhaps no greater aesthetic affinity than that which exists between the cinema and dance, two mediums based on motion,” says Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Program Director Richard Pena, “Dance on Camera has become a vital part of our annual offerings, as each year it presents both cutting edge works alongside milestones of the dance/film genre.”
The opening night celebration will launch with the World Premiere of JOFFREY: MAVERICKS OF AMERICAN DANCE and include attendance by the filmmaker, Bob Hercules, and many members of the cast. The film, and Q&A, will have a simultaneous premiere for dance enthusiasts in participating theaters across the country and marks the launch of the film’s release by Hybrid Cinema, who is also responsible for spearheading the partnership between DFA and Emerging Pictures for this event. This collaboration also marks the first time that a film has simulcast its world premiere out of a major festival. Audiences across the country will also be able to participate in the Q&A through a live Twitter feed. Highlights of this year’s DANCE ON CAMERA include FREE “Meet the Artists” forums, which will bring audiences and dance fans up close and personal with established and emerging directors and choreographers. A series of shorts will also screen free for the public and an exhibit of bold photos and posters by Herbert Migdoll, painter and official photographer for the Joffrey Ballet, will be on view during the month of January, at the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery at Walter Reade Theater. “This year’s festival coincides with anniversaries for Pilobolus, Jacob’s Pillow, and Eye on Dance. We are thrilled that this festival is proving to be a valuable means of bringing together emerging, as well as established artists to celebrate the multiple ways dance film can inspire artists as well as audiences,” says Deirdre Towers, Festival Curator for Dance Films Association.
“While Dance on Camera Festival does not adhere to a particular single aesthetic, we try to reach far and wide to find films that connect dance and camera in ways that will surprise and inspire viewers to deepen their interest in both mediums,” says Joanna Ney, co-curator of the festival. “This year's selection offers a diversity of subject, style and genre aimed at the traditionalist as well as the iconoclast.”
Dance on Camera, the world’s longest-running and most celebrated event dedicated to the growth and development of dance on film as an art form, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. DFA’s Festival is made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Consulate General of Spain, Cultural Department of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Japan Society, and DFA members.
Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 5 at the Walter Reade Theater's box office and online at FilmLinc.com. Discounts on tickets are available for students, seniors, Film Society and Dance Film Association members. Everyone can enjoy special package discounts. For more information visit FilmLinc.com. Public Screenings will be held at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater (located at 165 West 65th Street) and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (located at 144 West 65th Street). The photo exhibit is at The Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery (located at 165 West 65th Street).
FILM DESCRIPTIONS & SCHEDULE FOR THE 2012 DANCE ON CAMERA
JOFFREY: MAVERICKS OF AMERICAN DANCE
Director: Bob Hercules
Country: USA, 2011, 90min
This insightful documentary, executive produced by Jay Alix and Harold Ramis and produced by Una Jackman and Erica Mann Ramis examines the life and times of America’s premiere ballet company – The Joffrey Ballet – who daringly combined traditional ballet and modern dance at a time when it was not routinely accepted. Weaving a wealth of archival footage, behind-the-scene photos and interviews with former and current Joffrey star dancers, director Bob Hercules (BILL T. JONES: A GOOD MAN) documents the struggles and achievements of The Joffrey from its newfound beginnings in 1956 to the company’s present international success. Founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino and a host of ballet notables, including Gary Chryst, Trinette Singleton, Helgi Tomasson, Kevin McKenzie and more, are featured in the film. Narrated by Tony and Academy Award winner Mandy Patinkin, the film is a rich chronicle of a ballet company that continues to reinvent itself, raise the bar and invigorate audiences worldwide.
In addition, for the first time there will be a simultaneous premiere in theaters across the country through Emerging Pictures. This occasion marks the launch of the film’s distribution by Hybrid Cinema who brought DFA and Emerging Pictures together for this event. The introductions and the Q&A after the Saturday screening will also be streamed live into participating cinemas.
JOFFREY: MAVERICKS OF AMERICAN DANCE will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Friday, January 27 at 8:30PM and Saturday, January 28 at 1:30PM, and stream live during Saturday’s screening at participating cinemas through the Emerging Pictures.
Special appearances for panel discussions will include:
Friday, January 27 at 8:30PM: Moderator Anna Kisselgoff, former Chief Dance Critic of The New York Times; Ashley C. Wheater, Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet; Bob Hercules, Director of the film; Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre and former Joffrey principal; and former Joffrey Ballet principals Brunilda Ruiz and Adam Sklute (currently Artistic Director of Ballet West)
Saturday, January 28 at 1:30PM: Moderator Sasha Anawalt, author of The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the Making of an American Dance Company (published by Scribner's 1996); Bob Hercules, Director of the film; Trinette Singleton, one of original dancers of The Joffrey Ballet, who appeared on Time Magazine’s cover in 1968 for rock ballet “Astarte”; current Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater; and former Joffrey principal Christian Holder
Director: Susan Seidelman
Country: USA, 2011, 104min
MUSICAL CHAIRS is a romantic tale of two New Yorkers, Armando (EJ Bonilla) from the Bronx, and Mia (Leah Pipes) from the Upper East Side, who come together through their love of ballroom dancing. When a tragic accident puts Mia in a wheelchair, Armando, along with a group of colorful misfits at the rehab center, dedicates himself to helping Mia dance again by introducing her to the world of competitive wheelchair ballroom dancing. As she demonstrated in her early 80s hit, DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, Seidelman has a special talent for capturing the city in all it diversity. MUSICAL CHAIRS pulsates with energy and zest, embracing its characters, their conflicts, and their courage.
MUSICAL CHAIRS will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Saturday, January 28 at 8:30PM. Q&A with director Susan Seidelman to follow the screening.
CHECK YOUR BODY AT THE DOOR
Charles Atlas, Michael Schwartz, Sally Sommer
Country: USA, 2011, 60min
This long awaited documentary produced by Sally Sommer, brings to light the House dance culture that has largely been in the dark. The film includes underground footage culled from the past thirty years, with focuses on shared relationships and histories of some of its major players and master free-stylists. The virtuosity of eclectic urban dance styles and the personalities of the people who created these moves are revealed.
DFA Student Film Competition Winner, 5min
Director: Ina Sotirova
Country: USA, 2011, 20min
In 1970s New York, dancing brought needed liberation in tough times. But can the city's underground dance culture continue to thrive after Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's revival of Prohibition-era “Cabaret Laws”?
CHECK YOUR BODY AT THE DOOR (with DFA Student Film Competition Winner and freedom2dance) will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Tuesday, January 31 at 9:00PM. Introduction of DFA student winner, director Ina Sotirova, followed by Q&A with Sally Sommer and dancers.
BALANCHINE IN PARIS
Director: Dominique Delouche
Country: France, 2011, 57min
Drawing on highlights from his previous films on Alicia Markova, Nina Vyroubova and Violette Verdy, France’s leading chronicler of the process of ballet coaching adds new footage of former Paris Opera étoile and Balanchine muse Ghislaine Thesmar. Setting Palais de Cristal with two of the company’s dancers, she sheds fresh light on the French/American symbiosis that marked Balanchine’s career. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for students and fans of his choreography.
Director: Gabrielle Lamb
Country: USA, 2011,10min
A one-of-a-kind film collage that draws on dancers’ dream journals, choreography, structured improv and spoken text.
Director: Gabrielle Lamb
Country: USA, 2010, 3min
Paying homage to Joseph Cornell’s mysterious boxes, director Gabrielle Lamb, an accomplished dancer and filmmaker, chose a vertical aspect ratio to give the viewer a sense of peering into a box, as if entering a dream world. With musical accompaniment by Rob Burger.
BALANCHINE IN PARIS (along with EN DEDANS and FIGMENT) will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Saturday, January 28 at 4:00PM and Monday, January 30 at 1:00PM. Introduction by director Gabrielle Lamb and Q&A with director Dominique Delouche and former Balanchine muse Violette Verdy to follow the screening.
COUP DE GRACE
Director: Clara van Gool
Country: Netherlands, 2010, 26min
A masterful screen adaptation of Ölelés (2003), this latest creation by Clara van Gool (best known for her screen adaptation of DV8’s Enter Achilles) explores the relationship between two adversaries who meet in a remote location and engage in a weaponless duel that is marked by extreme emotions and an intense movement style that oscillates between savage cruelty and unexpected warmth. These energetic matadors, dancers Jordi Cortes Molina and Damian Munoz, turn the reunion into a suspenseful drama.
Director: Ninja Miori and Hannes Hagstrand
Country: Sweden, 2011, 5min
The loss of a loved one can produce a feeling of numbness. Thrust together with others in a similar state, frozen, hooded creatures engage in a ritual.
LABYRINTH WITHINDirector: Pontus Lidberg
Country: Sweden, 2010, 28.5min
A haunting take on jealousy, this existential thriller posits a man, a woman, and an elusive lover in a series of intense duets in a stark apartment that becomes a fourth character. Performed to a commissioned score by David Lang with cello performed by Maya Beiser, the work features NYCBallet principal Wendy Whelan, Giovanni Bucchieri and Pontus Lidberg, a Swedish choreographer (Rain, Mirror) also known for his work with Morphoses.
THE SUPREME TASK OF WHIP IT AND ALLELUIA
Director: Jenn Goodwin
Country: Canada, 2010, 5min
Whip It and Alleluia, backup dancers to a second-rate singer with issues, hold to the supreme task of ensuring the show goes on, at all costs. Performed by Valerie Calam, Nicola Pantin, Alicia Grant and produced with the support of Bravo!FACT.
COUP DE GRACE, NUMB CEREMONY, LABYRINTH WITHIN, THE SUPREME TASK OF WHIP IT AND ALLELUIA will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Friday, January 27 at 6:00PM and Sunday, January 29 at 1:30PM. Q&A with directors Clara van Gool and Jenn Goodwin to follow 1/27 screening. Q&A with directors Clara van Gool, Pontus Lidberg and Jenn Goodwin to follow 1/29 screening.
Director: Joe Locarro
Country: USA, 2012, 70min
This heartwarming documentary reveals the process of finding and casting the three original boys who played 'Billy' in “Billy Elliot the Musical” on Broadway and includes interviews with the creative team during the rehearsal process leading up to its Broadway opening. The documentary aired on Channel 13 in 2008 and was nominated for two Emmy Awards. When the rights reverted to the director, he added an epilogue that brings the three Billy’s into the present. A tribute to the perseverance and sacrifice of the kids and their parents, this film now features new interviews with the multi-talented boys (who all jointly won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for playing ‘Billy’). They will join director Joe Locarro onstage for a reunion.
WHITE SHIRT, BLACK TIE, BLACK PANTS XXS
Director: David Schilirio & David Fernandez
Country: USA, 2011, 14min
A spirited behind-the-scenes look at 16 young dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem, Joffrey Ballet School, Scarsdale Ballet Studio and Westport's Academy of Dance rehearsing a piece previously made on dancers of NYCB and ABT and now transposed for these gifted ballet students. Watching these exuberant girls in their crisp white shirts, black ties awry, soaring in the air in a grand jeté is solid proof that America’s budding dance talent is not restricted to Dancing with the Stars.
FINDING BILLY (with WHITE SHIRT, BLACK TIE, BLACK PANTS XXS) will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Sunday, January 29 at 4:00PM. Introduction by director David Fernandez and Q&A with director Joe Locarro and “Billys” David Alvarez and Trent Kowalik to follow the screenings.
Director: Bess Kargman
Country: USA, 2011, 92min
This touching documentary follows six ballet students, aged 9-19, as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, a top competition at which the world's leading dance companies and schools prospect for new talent. Some of the delightful youngsters featured include Michaela DePrince, an orphan from Sierra Leone nurtured by her American mom; Aran Bell, a boy dance wonder from a US military family; and Joan Sebastian Zamora, a Colombian youth with aspirations for a career with a classical company. Winner of Jury Prize for Best Film at the San Francisco Documentary Festival and the audience award at Doc NYC, this is arguably the best film on the subject of ballet competitions. Sundance Selects will release the film in the spring.
FIRST POSITION will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on January 31 at 6:15PM. Director Bess Kargman and subjects Aran Bell, pupil of former Paris Opera principal Denys Ganio, Michaela DePrince (currently a student at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of ABT) and Rebecca Houseknecht will attend the screening. Q&A will with director Bess Kargman to follow the screening.
MAKAROVA: IN A CLASS OF HER OWN
Director: Derek Bailey
Country: England, 1985, 52min
Natalia Makarova, the legendary prima ballerina whose performances set the standard for artistry in roles such as Swan Lake’s Odette/Odile and Giselle, to name a few, demonstrates a touching humility and dedication to her craft in this intimate video portrait. The director shows her at the barre under the tutelage of the great pedagogue Irina Yakobsen, in candid conversation with choreographer Roland Petit; and in the creation of Petit’s ballet ‘“The Blue Angel.”
Shown with: Carmen Pas de Deux and Proust Pas de Deux
Makarova and Denys Ganio (the coach for Aran, one of the subjects of FIRST POSITION) perform two Roland Petit excerpts from the TV special “Natasha”, produced and directed by Derek Bailey, England, 1985; 16m. The two excerpts demonstrate Makarova’s adaptability to new repertory. From Petipa to Petit, she makes a stunning transformation. (Films excerpts from Makarova’s personal archive, shown with her permission and with thanks).
MAKAROVA: IN A CLASS OF HER OWN will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Friday, January 27 at 1:30PM. Q&A with Natalia Makarova to follow the screening.
MY PATHS THROUGH DANCE
Director: Daniel Cabrero
Country: Spain, 2010, 90min
Mariemma, the late classical Spanish dancer renowned for her castanets, her sophisticated choreography and for elevating the level of dancers’ technique throughout Spain, toured the world with her pianist and later her full company. This innovative documentary celebrates the artistry of Mariemma who continued in the tradition of Spanish dancers Argentina, Argentinita, and Pilar Lopez and includes visual recreations, rare footage, and interviews. Flamenco dancers Antonio Canales, Aída Gómez, Joaquín Cortés and Lola Greco, her protégées, describe Mariemma’s invaluable contribution in the film.
MY PATHS THROUGH DANCE will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Sunday, January 29 at 6:15PM and Tuesday, January 31 at 4:00PM. Q&A with director Daniel Cabrero to follow the screenings.
NEVER STAND STILL
Director: Ron Honsa
Country: USA, 2011, 74min
Narrated by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones, this documentary features performances, conversations with choreographers and dancers, and rare archival footage, while telling the remarkable story of how an abandoned farm in Massachusetts evolved into Jacob's Pillow, a premiere showcase for dance, revered around the world. The illustrious interviewees, who include Judith Jamison, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell, and Frederic Franklin, as well as Merce Cunningham, all sing their praises of this important presenter and educator, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, founded by the pioneer Ted Shawn in 1933.
NEVER STAND STILL will screen at The Walter Reade Theater in a private gala on January 20th and for the public on Friday, January 27 at 3:30PM. Q&A with director Ron Honsa to follow the screening.
Director: Philippe Baylaucq
Country: Canada, 2011, 15min
ORA is the first film to use 3D thermal imaging, showcasing luminous bodies emerging from a single dividing cell. What ensues is akin to the first human steps – the discovery of the body and its relation to space. Choreographer José Navas and filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq create a new cinematic sensation.
EYE ON DANCE: Interview with Moses Pendleton and Jonathan Wolken
Director: Celia Ipiotis and Jeff Bush
Country: USA, 1987, 28min
Recorded in December 1986 at WNYC studios, this interview of Pilobolus charter members Moses Pentleton and Jonathan Wolken originally aired on February 6, 1987 on WNYC and WNYE and other PBS stations across the country, and marked their first joint appearance since their public breakup. Although conflicted over being reunited, they cover a wide array of topics together about the charter’s beginnings, including the influence of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis on their aesthetic, and their early experiments at Dartmouth with Allison Chase. Producer/Host Ipiotis manages to keep these irrepressibles under control, while exploring the deep partnership that helped lead to the creation of one of America’s leading contemporary dance companies.
Co-produced by Jeff Bush.
STILL MOVING: PILOBOLUS AT 40 (Fine Cut)
Director: Jeffrey Ruoff
Country: USA, 2012, 38min
In the summer of 2010, on the eve of their 40th anniversary, the modern dance company Pilobolus returned to the Hopkins Center for the Arts of Dartmouth College for a world premiere of Hapless Hooligan in Still Moving, a collaboration with graphic artist Art Spiegelman. This documentary charts the lifecycle of this company, whose founders were students together at Dartmouth, and its evolution, transformation, and regeneration.
ORA, EYE ON DANCE, STILL MOVING: PILOBOLUS AT FORTY will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Saturday, January 28 at 6:15PM. Introductions by directors Philippe Baylaucq, Jeffrey Ruoff and Eye on Dance’s Celia Ipiotis.
THE SPACE IN BACK OF YOU
Director: Richard Rutkowski
Country: USA, 2011, 65min
This visual and visceral documentary travels more than 20 years, from Japan to New York City and back to Japan again, in pursuit of the creative life of Suzushi Hanayagi, a powerful, innovative, radical Japanese dancer and choreographer. Constantly willing to experiment, Hanayagi challenged her art form and herself well into her ‘70s. From the discipline of early Japanese traditional dance to her decades of modern performance, this bold indominatable woman uniquely bridged East and West, choreographing works that expanded what classical or modern dance is and could be. Her life and influence is examined in detail with theater legend Robert Wilson who collaborated with her for over twenty years and found her suffering from Alzheimer’s in an old-age home. With cameras in tow, he re-connects with her, and he and his troup create their homage to her for premiere at New York’s Guggenheim Museum. The film is a final collaboration between a great teacher and her most renowned student.
LA FEMME A LA CAFETIERE
Director: Robert Wilson
Country: France, 1989, 7min
Inspired by a painting of the same title by Paul Cézanne, Wilson wittily conveys the boredom of the figure within the frame, as she passes her time, nibbling sweets, unmoved by the changes around her until she must relinquish her place to a successor. Co-produced by the Musèe d'Orsay, INA, and La September, performed by Suzushi Hanayagi and Consuelo de Haviland.
THE SPACE IN BACK OF YOU and LA FEMME A LA CAFETIERE will screen at The Walter Reade Theater on Sunday, January 29, 8:45PM and Monday, January 30 at 3:30PM. Q&A to follow both screenings with director Richard Rutkowski.
TWO SECONDS AFTER LAUGHTER
Director: David Rousseve
Country: USA, 2011, 16min
Weaving stunning cinematography shot in Java by Cari Shim Sham, traditional Indonesian dance, postmodern gesture performed by Sri Susilowati, original Sudanese music, and a potent narrative, this stunning film creates a border-jumping dialogue on a universal irony: The heart longs most for the place called home to which it can never return.
Director: Cari Ann Shim Sham
Country: USA, 2010, 10min
A rhythmic and visual study, this engaging short looks at a tradition being passed down from father to son. Sand dance stems from turn of the 20th century vaudevillian and traveling shows. With only a handful of people still performing it, this dance is a rare archive of the transference of sand dance or “passin' the sand”, from one generation to the next. Featuring emerging tap dance artist Kenji Igus and his father Darrow.
BLACK TRAIN IS COMING
Director: John T. Williams
Country: USA, 2011, 3min
Inspired by a 1920’s sermon about Hell and Damnation by preacher Rev J. M. Gates, this short blends old time religion with modern day Flex and Turf dance styles choreographed and performed by ENinja and Joyntz Scott to create a winner.
Director: Amy Campion
Country: USA, 2011, 4min
Parkour artist Danni G races down the sidewalk, flies over obstacles and careens through crowds of breakdancers, salsa dancers and krumpers.
Director: Bruce Berryhill & Martha Curtis
Country: USA, 2011, 29min
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of Urban Bush Women created “Shelter” in 1988 in response to the plight of the homeless in New York City. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a new version of Shelter was created and then reconstructed for Virginia Commonwealth University dance majors. The dancers were challenged to look at issues of displacement and what Zollar calls “An Actor’s Process through a Dancer’s Body.” In a 1990 review in The New York Times, Jennifer Dunning wrote, “Zollar's 'Shelter' is so filled with compassion and anger that it becomes a powerful incantation against the evils of obliviousness and neglect.”
TWO SECONDS AFTER LAUGHTER, SAND, BLACK TRAIN IS COMING, PURSUIT, RE-STAGING SHELTER will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Monday, January 30 at 6:00PM and Tuesday, January 31 at 1:30PM. Introductions by directors David Rousseve, Cari Ann Shim Sham, John T. Williams, Amy Campion and Bruce Berryhill.
WAYNE MCGREGOR – GOING SOMEWHERE
Director: Catherine Maximoff
Country: France, 2011, 80min
British choreographer Wayne McGregor is a movement explorer who has been enormously influential abroad and gaining a following in the U.S. through his touring company Random Dance. Now, the resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet, he has created a style noted for its elasticity and extreme physicality. Director Maximoff has filmed this risk-taking scientist of the dance as he rehearses dancers from Random, the Royal Ballet and local high school students. Visiting neurologists confirm how his creativity has rippled through realms beyond the arts.
Director: Adriano Cirulli
Country: England, 2011, 5min
A push/pull of dancers and gravity, made by an artist who has created visual effects for 18 commercial projects including MERLIN, the TV series.
WAYNE MCGREGOR – GOING SOMEWHERE (with FALLING) will screen at the Walter Reade Theater on Monday, January 30 at 8:30pm. Introduction by FALLING director Adriano Cirulli and Q&A to follow.
SPECIAL FREE PANELS/CONVERSATIONS
Location: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Saturday, January 28 – Sunday January 29, 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Meet the Artist: Clara van Gool
Appearing courtesy of the Cultural Department of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dutch filmmaker Clara van Gool (ENTER ACHILLES, NUSSIN, BITINGS AND OTHER EFFECTS) has had a steady stream of winning dance films, including this year’s premiere at DOCF – COUP DE GRACE. DOCF Curator Deirdre Towers will interview van Gool about her approach, her philosophy, and her collaborators.
Clara van Gool will speak on Saturday, January 28, 4:00PM.
Meet the Artist: Nuria Font
Appearing courtesy of the Consulate General of Spain and Institut Ramon Llull, filmmaker/producer Nuria Font has been running Mostra de VideoDansa, a Spanish biannual dance film festival for twenty years, and her own production company Nu2 since 2003. She has been a galvanizing force for dance on camera, commissioning films from Spanish artists, exhibiting them internationally, and conducting research into the field. She will present excerpts from: ESCENARI (1995), PEIX (1995), DIVADLO (2000), as well as a work-in-progress of her own.
Nuria Font presentation and conversation on Saturday, January 28, 12:00PM.
Meet the Artist: Richard Daniels
Modern dance now has a new performance space accessible anywhere in the world with the touch of a finger – the iPhone, with a free app called Dances for an iPhone, created by choreographer/videographer Richard Daniels. He will present four solos from Vol 4 set to music by Scriabin, demonstrate how the app works, and converse, as moderated by Norton Owen, with some of the dancers who appear in videos. Anticipated participants include Molissa Fenley, David Leventhal, Barbara Mahler, Risa Steinberg, and Christine Wright.
Richard Daniels and panel discussion on Sunday, January 29, 1:30PM.
Location: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
Director: Anna Mastro
Country: USA, 2011,19min
A classic love story with a musical twist choreographed by Chris Judd and written by Neil LaBute, this film catches a young couple on the verge of either moving forward or breaking up. While the girl envisions a happy future with her boyfriend, he imagines quite the reverse.
COME SIT STAY
Director: Jody Oberfelder
Country: USA, 2010, 7min
A man confuses his girlfriend with a dog, expecting loyalty and obedience. Playfulness turns to violence and fantasy, leaving questions as to who is man’s best friend.
FANFARE for MARCHING BAND
Director: Danielle Wilmouth
Country: USA, 2011, 15min
Saturated colors, exuberant music, and ecstatic choreography fail to engage an immobilized public. The efforts of this ragtag musical militia fall on deaf ears until…..
Director: Ruben van Leer
Country: Netherlands, 2011, 3min
The song is a shout-out for emancipation, with an experimental video created with a fusion of pop-culture, dance and technology.
Director: Pooh Kaye
Country: USA, 2011, 8min
Choreographer and film-maker, Pooh Kaye’s alter-ego ‘Wild Girl’, performed by Alex Clack, has a busy day weeding the dandelions, digging in the earth and swimming with the local beavers.
BENCH SEAT, COME SIT STAY, FANFARE for MARCHING BAND, PLAY HOUSE, SPRING CLEANING will screen on Saturday, January 28 at 2:00PM. Q&A to follow with directors Anna Mastro, Jody Oberfelder, Danielle Wilmouth, Pooh Kaye.
SEVEN SOLOS: A Documentary
Director: Douglas Rosenberg
Country: USA, 2011, 60min
This documentary follows the process of dancer Li Chiao-Ping as she prepares to perform the work of seven postmodern choreographers including Elizabeth Streb, Heidi Latsky, June Watanabe, Victoria Marks, Cynthia Adams, Molissa Fenley and Bebe Miller. Li immerses herself in the choreographic language of each choreographer as she learns the solos created specifically for her.
SEVEN SOLOS will screen on Sunday, January 29 at 3:30PM. Q&A with director Douglas Rosenberg, subject Li Chiao-Ping and choreographer Molissa Fenley to follow the screening.
FURMAN GALLERY PHOTO EXHIBIT
Dance on Camera is accompanied by a colorful photo exhibit in the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery by Herbert Migdoll, painter and official photographer for the Joffrey Ballet. The exhibit highlights “Joffrey’s Carousel: Celebrating 50 Years of Dance,” a photographic parade of Joffrey’s dancers in costume, representing the company’s classical and contemporary repertory. The multiple images on panels were shot in 1996 at Chicago’s Navy Pier’s famed outdoor carousel.
30 YEARS OF EYE ON DANCE
Editor: Celia Ipiotis
Country: USA, 2010, 23 min
Highlights from the PBS interview program include clips of some of the brightest dance stars in all disciplines interviewed by producer and host Celia Ipiotis. Some of the astonishing subjects being interviewed include Alvin Ailey, Agnes de Mille, Lloyd Newson, Edward Villela, Glen Tetley, Jimmy Slyde, Doug Varone, Yvonne Rainer and Sara Rudner, and many more.
*Will be featured in the Furman Gallery also
PUBLIC SCREENING SCHEDULE FOR DANCE ON CAMERA 2012
Friday, January 27
1:30pm Makarova: In A Class of her Own (52min)
(Q&A with Natalia Makarova)
3:30pm Never Stand Still (74min)
(Q&A with director Ron Hosa)
6:00pm Coup de Grace (26min), Numb Ceremony (5min), The Supreme Task of Whip it & Alleluia (5min), Labyrinth Within (28min)
(Q&A with directors Clara van Gool and Jenn Goodwin)
8:30pm Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (90min)
(Panel discussion with moderator Anna Kisselgoff, former Chief Dance Critic of The New York Times; Ashley C. Wheater, Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet; Bob Hercules, Director of the film; Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of American Ballet Theater and former Joffrey principal; former Joffrey Ballet principals Brunilda Ruiz and Adam Sklute, current Artistic Director of Ballet West)
Saturday, January 28
1:30pm Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance (90min)
(Panel discussion with moderator Sasha Anawalt, author of The Joffrey Ballet: Robert Joffrey and the making of an American Dance Company (published by Scribner's 1996); Bob Hercules, Director of the film; Trinette Singleton, one of original dancers of The Joffrey Ballet, who appeared on Time Magazine’s cover in 1968 for rock ballet “Astarte”; current Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater; former Joffrey principal Christian Holder)
4:00pm En Dedans (10min), Figment (3min), Balanchine in Paris (57min)
(Introduction by director Gabrielle Lamb, Q&A with director Dominique Delouche and former Balanchine muse Violette Verdy)
6:15pm Ora (15min), Eye on Dance: Interview with Moses Pendleton and Jonathan Wolken (28min), Still Moving: Pilobolus at 40 (38min)
(Introduction by directors Philippe Baylaucq and Jeffrey Ruoff, and Eye on Dance’s Celia Ipiotis)
8:30pm Musical Chairs (104min)
(Q&A with director Susan Seidelman)
Sunday, January 29
1:30pm Coup de Grace (26min), Numb Ceremony (5min), The Supreme Task of Whip it & Alleluia (5min), Labyrinth Within (29min)
(Q&A with directors Clara van Gool, Jenn Goodwin and Pontus Lidberg)
4:00pm White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants XXS (14min), Finding Billy (70min)
(Introduction by director David Fernandez, Q&A with director Joe Locarro and “Billys” David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish, Trent Kowalik)
6:15pm Mis Caminos a traves de la Danza (My Paths through Dance) (90min)
(Q&A with director David Cabrero)
8:45pm La Femme à la Cafetière (7min), The Space in Back of You (65min)
(Q&A with director Richard Rutkowski)
Monday, January 30
1:00pm En Dedans (10min), Figment (3min), Balanchine in Paris (57min)
(Introductions by directors Gabrielle Lamb and Dominique Delouche)
3:30pm La Femme à la Cafetière (7min), The Space in Back of You (65min)
(Q&A with director Richard Rutkowski)
6:00pm Two Seconds After Laughter (16min), Sand (10min), Black Train Is Coming (3min), Pursuit (4min), Re-staging Shelter (29min)
(Introductions by directors David Rousseve, Cari Ann Shim Sham, John T. Williams, Amy Campion, Bryce Berryhill)
8:30pm Falling (5min), Wayne McGregor – Going Somewhere (80min)
(Introduction by director Adriano Cirulli)
Tuesday, January 31
1:30pm Two Seconds After Laughter (16min), Sand (10min), Black Train Is Coming (3min), Pursuit (4min), Restaging Shelter (29min)
(Introductions by directors David Rousseve, Cari Ann Shim Sham, John T. Williams, Amy Campion, Bryce Berryhill)
4:00pm Mis Caminos/My Journey through Dance (90min)
(Q&A with director David Cabrero)
6:15pm First Position (92min)
(Q&A with director Bess Kargman, subjects Rebecca Houseknecht, Aran Bell, and Michaela DePrince)
9:00pm DFA Student Competition/Winning Film (5min), freedom2dance (20min), Check Your Body at the Door (60min)
(Introductions by director Ina Sotirova and director/producer Sally Sommer and dancers)
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater
Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 12:00PM-5:00PM
Saturday, January 28
12:00pm Meet the Artist: Nuria Font
2:00pm Bench Seat (19min), Come Sit Stay (7min), Fanfare for a Marching Band (15min), Spring Cleaning (8min)
(Q&A with directors Anna Mastro, Jody Oberfelder, Danielle Wilmouth, Pooh Kaye)
4:00pm Meet the Artist: Clara van Gool
Sunday, January 29
12:00pm DFA NYC Public School Student Dance Film Competition (45min)
1:30pm Meet the Artist: Richard Daniels
3:30pm Seven Solos: A Documentary (70min)
(Q&A with director Douglas Rosenberg, dancer Li Chiao-Ping, and choreographer Molissa Fenley)