Dance on Camera Festival returns for the 17th consecutive year with an exciting and diverse array of dance films and programs, including a bevy of in-person appearances and premieres. This year’s lineup includes fascinating documentaries about everything from ballet-dancing triplets to Finland’s enfant terrible of the accordian, a two-part celebration of dance-turned-filmmaker Shirley Clarke, the 50th anniversary of the great flamenco film Los Tarantos, and the festival’s first foray in to the glamourous and virtuosic genre of ice dancing with an introduction by skating legend Dick Button! Presented by Dance Film Association and Film Society of Lincoln Center.
In conjunction with this year’s festival, an exhibit of striking black and white images by Finnish/American photographer Arno Rafael Minkkinen will be on display in the Furman Gallery of the Walter Reade Theater.
Opening Night! World Premiere!
Director Alan Brown, star Ryan Steele, and director of photography Derek McKane in person at both screenings!
A gifted young dancer new to the Big Apple comes of age in this visually sensual glimpse of life and first love in the downtown contemporary dance world. Screening with Transportation (Milan Misko, 2012).
A promising set of young male dancers from Cuba, who also happen to be identical triplets, take the first steps in their career in this child’s-eye view of potential and determination. Screening with En Avant (Gabrielle Lamb, 2012) and Double Take (Samuel Hodges, 2012).
Celebrate modern dance masters Jose Limon and Anna Sokolow through film excerpts of their work and a lively discussion between dancers, choreographers and experts.
Directors Alma Har'el and Melika Bass in person!
A selection of music videos featuring dance components from Icelandic band Sigur Rós’s Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, in which sixteen artists made films inspired by their music.
Ice skating legends Dick Button, Sarah Hughes, Alberto del Saz, and more in person!
Dance on Camera pays tribute to Ice Theatre of New York through an exploration of "dance on ice" including an intro by Olympic champion Dick Button, video clips and panel discussion.
The second of our two-part celebration of dancer-turned-filmmaker Shirley Clarke!
Dance on Camera celebrates dancer-turned-filmmaker Shirley Clarke with short documentary Rome Is Burning and three of her masterpieces of cinedance. Screening with In Paris Parks (Shirley Clarke, 1954), Dance in the Sun (Shirley Clarke, 1953), and A Moment in Love (Shirley Clarke, 1957).
The first of our two-part celebration of dancer-turned-filmmaker Shirley Clarke!Donna Cameron’s moving portrait of her mentor Shirley Clarke, which makes brilliant use of collage and home video, is paired with two modern works by Cameron and two by Clarke from the 1950s. Screening with Meditation for a Lonely Flute (Donna Cameron, 2011), Bridges-Go-Round (Shirley Clarke, 1958). and Bullfight (Shirley Clarke, 1955).
Busby Berkeley uses excerpts to illustrate the technical challenges of some of his most famous scenes from 42nd Street, Dames and more in this fascinating documentary. Screening with Rauch und Spiegel (Nick Moore, 2012) and Who By Fire (Jacob Niedzwiecki, 2012).
New York Premiere!
Choreographer Allison Orr finds inspiration in an unexpected place as she collaborates with a group of trash collectors to show how garbage trucks can “dance.” Screening with Sparkle (Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar, 2011) and American Overture (John T. Williams, 2012).
A group of dancers, directors, and archivists team to preserve the legacy of contemporary choreographer Merce Cunningham two years after his death and the dissolution of his company. Screening with Choros (Michael Langan and Terah Maher, 2011) and Circling (Douglas Rosenberg, 2012).
Through exhilarating performances and stories from the heart, Virtuosi creates intimate and sometimes surprising portraits of eight Kiwi dancers whose craft has scattered them across the globe. Screening with Private I's (Oren Shkedy, 2012).
The stories of two Bern: Ballet dancers striving to become choreographers and the first rock band to play at the Bern Metropolitan Theatre collide in this riveting documentary. Screening with Substance: Moloko (Natasha Merkulova, 2012).
Rachel Berman, Patrick Corbin, Stacey-Jo Marine, Ross Kramberg and other company members in person!
Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Oscar-nominated Dancemaker is a breathtaking journey into the world of preeminent choreographer Paul Taylor and his extraordinary creations. Screening with Pink Pony (John Walter, 2012).
This lively and personal documentary on the life of Carmen Gutierrez, the first Mexican dancer on Broadway, follows her career from the Bellas Artes in Mexico City to the Ballet Russe, Broadway and television. Screening with A Moment in Love (Shirley Clarke, 1957) and Michio Ito: Pioneering Dance-Choreographer (Bonnie Oda Homsey, 2012).
Photographer Arno Minkkinen in person!
This documentary portrait of Kimmo Pohjonen, Finland’s enfant terrible of the accordion, combines with shorts and an exhibition of photography by Arno Rafael Minkkinen for a special Dance on Camera Finnish program. Screening with Step Out (Arja Raatikainen, 2012), North Horizon (Thomas Freundlich & Valtteri Raekallio, 2012) and a preview of Rain House (Arno Rafael Minkkinen and Kimmo Koskela).
50th Anniversary Screening! Teresa Rovira-Beleta, daughter of director Francisco Rovira-Beleta, in person!
A classic flamenco drama inspired by Romeo and Juliet and characterized by a sexy, gritty, Catalan gitano style of dancing, Los Tarantos was nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar in 1963 and has not been shown for many years. Screening with Low (Ludivine Large-Bessette, 2012).
In this rarely-seen film noir, an out-of-work drifter finds a job in an ice skating review and is advancing quickly until the boss begins to suspect the man has designs on his wife, played by glamorous English ice skater Belita.
Matthew Bourne’s triumphant re–interpretation of Swan Lake turned tradition on its head and took the dance world by storm in 1995; now it comes alive in stunning 3D.
A program comprising 10 short films: Le Saut Infini (Chris Parker & Sakiko Yamagata), Menuett (Jukka Rajala-Granstubb), 0-one (Francesca Sani), Gravity Of Center (Thibaut Duverneix & Victor Quijada), Pedestrian Crossing (Eric Garcia and Kat Cole), Brother's Keeper (Marta Renzi), Chicken Boy (Cari Ann Chim Sham), Brighter Borough (Georgia Parris), El Aparecido (Diego Agudo Pinilla), Wild Like Kylie (Bhenjamin Ra).
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