The venerable and vibrant Dance on Camera Festival celebrates its 46th edition—for the first time in the summer—with a wide-ranging selection of 16 programs over five days. A treat for dance lovers of all stripes, the festival offers everything from tap to classical ballet to mime, in films from 17 countries, including documentaries that illuminate the artistry of both legendary choreographers (Jerome Robbins, Merce Cunningham) and current masters (Lucinda Childs, Trey McIntyre), and shorts programs that express the diversity of contemporary dance filmmaking. And for the pièce de résistance: Spike Jonze has curated a program of his own shorts especially for this festival, some featuring never-before-seen footage.
Opening Night · World Premiere · Q&A with director Mark Wilkinson and castThis in-depth documentary on the history of tap is an absorbing narrative about a quintessentially American dance.
Closing Night · World Premiere · Q&A with Lise Friedman, director Maia Wechsler, and castFormer Cunningham dancer Lise Friedman and director Maia Wechsler follow a group of New York City’s top modern dancers as they reconstruct RainForest, an iconic work by the legendary Merce Cunningham.
World PremiereThis special program features Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Jonze as choreographer, filmmaker, and dance storyteller, presenting several of his greatest hits on a big screen, as well as a dance-themed montage created specially for this event.
Special Screening · Q&A with Tiler Peck and director Steven CantorFeaturing New York City Ballet’s Prima Ballerina Tiler Peck and a diverse cast of world-class dancers from around the globe, Ballet Now provides a rare, unfiltered glimpse into the world of ballet and what it takes to create a one-of-a-kind dance extravaganza.
New York Premiere · Q&A with director Marie BrodeurThis film documents the unusual life of Vincent Warren, who danced under the baton of Igor Stravinsky; collaborated on a film with Norman McLaren; and had love poems dedicated to him by Frank O’Hara.
Q&A with director Signe RoderikThree films illuminate the life and legacy of visionary ballet master August Bournonville (1805-1879)
New York Premiere · Q&A with director Shirley SunYuri Possokhov’s choreography for prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan mingles Japanese Noh theater and elements of Butoh with classical and contemporary ballet styles to create a powerful dance drama.
World Premiere · Q&A with director Trey McIntyreIn 2014, after ten years of building his dance company in Boise, Idaho, to great acclaim, Trey McIntyre shut it down. Its sudden and mysterious end is the backdrop of McIntyre’s introspective documentary.
New York Premiere · Q&A with director Marta Renzi and cast membersChoreographer Marta Renzi, a prolific director of shorts, makes an auspicious feature debut using a cast culled from the worlds of film, Broadway, and dance, creating a dreamlike story of friendship told almost entirely through movement.
World Premiere · Q&A with Lucinda Childs and director Marie-Hélène ReboisLucinda Childs, known for her cool minimalist approach, choreographed Beethoven’s Great Fugue for the Lyon Opera Ballet in 2016. Marie-Hélène Rebois was there to document the rehearsals and performance.
U.S. PremiereThis is a detailed portrait of famous French-born dancer-choreographer Maurice Béjart (1927-2007), who brought a distinctive theatrical flair to his ballet and opera productions, and who was best known for his sensual tabletop ballet set to Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero.” Preceded by The Mime Marcel Marceau.
Q&A with dancers Georgina Pazcoguin (featured in the film) and dancer-actress Sondra LeeIn 1958, Jerome Robbins’s “ballet in sneakers” became a hit and toured the world. In 2010, New York City Ballet dancers Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi reimagined the Robbins choreography for the screen, with a new generation of City Ballet dancers.
Q&A with director Catherine TambiniIn this intimate documentary, a group of kids from ages 5 to 15 reveal what it’s like to live with a variety of physical and developmental challenges, joining a team of dancers, helpers, and teen volunteers with an ambitious goal: a spring recital.
Free Panels and Events
Q&A with Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom HurwitzCan You Bring It traces the remarkable history and legacy of one of the most important works of art to come out of the AIDS era: Bill T. Jones’s tour de force ballet D-Man in the Waters.
Free and open to the public! · Sponsored by HBO®Responding to an opportunity for filmmakers to get their work seen—and screened—hundreds of films were posted using the hashtags #mydancefilm. A few of the exceptional entries will screen at this event.
Free and open to the public! · Sponsored by HBO®Meet the director of Woman with an Editing Bench, a biopic about Russian film editor Elizaveta Svilova, unsung creative collaborator on Dziga Vertov’s classic Man with a Movie Camera (1929).
Free and open to the public! · Sponsored by HBO®This informal roundtable discussion will focus on film production as practiced by a wide variety of perspectives across arts organizations, film festivals, and independent producers.
Free and open to the Public!This exhibit functions as a fragmented timeline spanning 13 years of the photographer’s life as a dancer in the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
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