Dance Films Association (DFA) and Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) present the 51st edition of the Dance on Camera Festival from February 10 to 13, 2023. The four-day festival features 13 programs with a total of 30 new films selected from over 290 submissions representing 35 countries. Dance on Camera, the longest-running dance film festival in the world, takes place at Film at Lincoln Center.
“This year’s Dance on Camera Festival showcases a rich international collection of films that offer insightful profiles of visionary artists and stories that touch the heart,” said co-curator Michael Trusnovec. “One of the great initiatives that this festival helps fund is DFA Labs, whose mission is to advise dance filmmakers from around the world and support them in their creative pursuits. We look forward to introducing and welcoming back artists who have been cultivated through the DFA Labs and other Dance on Camera education programs, and to sharing this diverse lineup with New York audiences.”
The festival is programmed by the Dance Films Association.
Q&A with Leslie Shampaine, Pip Gilmour, Manish Chauhan, Jay SeanLeslie Shampaine and Pip Gilmour's Call Me Dancer will take you on a fascinating journey. A true-life fairytale from the streets of Mumbai to the stages of New York, it features Manish, a young and talented street dancer from the City of Dreams. Preceded by Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern's What I Know So Far.
Q&A with Bridget Murnane, Walter Kennedy, Hillary DannA masterfully made documentary, Bella, is about the life, influence and impact of California-based artist and activist Bella Lewitzky. Preceded by Emil Dam Seidel's SHE.
Q&A with Maurya Kerr, Samantha Shay, Jeremy Jacob, Brian Johnson | Free and open to the public!Join a group of this year’s filmmakers for a far-reaching panel discussion about their processes for and challenges in making work at the crossroads of dance and film. This will be presented as part of Dance on Camera’s free public programming.
World Premiere of Moving TogetherMoving Together is a joyful dialogue between dancer and musician that brims with kinetic life and energy. Reminiscences (Réminiscences) brings three sensual and brutal duets to the screen. Empty Vessel is partly inspired by a Post-It note discovered in a bathroom stall. iuSui is a striking ode to the visceral power of beauty, nature, freedom, and the vulnerability of the human psyche.
North American PremieresSearching for Tarab translates an Eastern musical concept into Western dance performance. Ghostly Labor: A Dance Film is a powerful and very relevant narration of the history of labor in the U.S.–Mexico borderlands told through tap dance, Mexican zapateado and son jarocho, Afro-Caribbean movement, and music. Rooms 居拘 uncovers the spaces, both physical and metaphorical, that Albert Tiong inhabited in the period of growth that brought him to Singapore as a young dancer in his 20s.
Q&A with Bijoyini Chatterjee | Free and open to the public!As part of the festival’s free public programming, Production Grantees features recipients of Dance on Camera’s competitive production grants.
North American PremiereBy showing us the process of encountering a wild animal in its natural habitat, Living on the Threshold asks what is happening within us in a space where we cannot control anything. Hans van Manen — Just Dance the Steps follows Van Manen, who is internationally recognized as one of the great masters of contemporary ballet.
Free and open to the public!Dance filmmakers, fresh and seasoned alike, engaged the public by posting their films to social media. A selection of these bold new dance films from around the globe make up the festival’s #MyDanceFilm Program.
World PremiereMembers of the legendary Top Nine crew tell us their stories with personal immediacy in Top Nine: A Story of the B-Boy Crew. With two interwoven expressions of worshipful praise, allahu akbar and te deum, the dance captured by the camera from the collective work of 10 directors gives shape to Sharqi.
Tickets are $17 for the General Public; $14 for Students, Seniors, and Persons with Disabilities; and $12 for FLC Members.
Passes are available to pick up at the box office. Your pass will grant access to one (1) for every film in the series, with exceptions listed on our website where applicable. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes prior to a screening as late seating cannot be guaranteed. Passes do not give access to any free events or talks.
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