Dance Films Association and Film at Lincoln Center present the 48th edition of the Dance on Camera Festival, running July 17-20, 2020. With a program that travels the globe from Ireland to Argentina to Kazakhstan, the festival will be presented digitally for the first time and provide unprecedented access to the longest-running dance film festival in the world.
This year’s festival includes a variety of features and shorts, opening with the U.S. premiere of an intimate look at celebrated choreographer, Maguy Marin. Maguy Marin: Time to Act includes stunning footage of live performances and the screening will be followed by a live Q&A with Marin and director David Mambouch. Highlights from the Shorts program include hand-painted animation in Peter Sparling’s Cornered (Detainee’s Lament) and a timely, passionate exploration of race and political activism in Susan Misner’s Bend.
The festival’s DFA Global program, an initiative which provides a platform of support and dialogue with global screen dance filmmakers, includes Peter Vulchev’s confessional conversations with prima ballerina Vessa Tonova in A Monologue in the Intermission; Cara Holmes’ short film Welcome To A Bright White Limbo from Ireland about Belfast based dancer and choreographer, Oona Doherty, and the creative process of her award winning, ‘Hope Hunt;’ and Dana Mussa and Alexander Murphy’s KIELI BI, recounting through dance the journey of a woman’s return to Kazakhstan after 8 years dancing in Paris.
There is also an opportunity for creators to submit their original two-minute films to be considered for this year’s #mydancefilm program. The special release of selected films will take place on the final day of the festival. Participants are invited to portray how “Isolation” manifests itself in their lives during these days of social distancing. Using the hashtags #mydancefilm with #docf17thru20july—and tagging @dancefilms—films may be posted for consideration through June 17 on the filmmaker’s own Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter accounts. Jacob Jonas will be the guest filmmaker in a prerecorded conversation with the selected artists.
Tickets are now on sale! All films will be available starting at the exact Program time it is scheduled (available on each film page) and will be available for 72 hours after purchase.
Get tickets! · Program 1 · U.S. Premiere · Opening Night · Post-Screening ConversationThe documentary Maguy Marin: Time to Act offers remarkable footage of live performances, as well as first person interviews with a choreographer whose work is daring, moving and continues to defy convention. The opening night prerecorded conversation with David Mambouch and Maguy Marin is moderated by the festival co-curator, Liz Wolff.
Get tickets! · Program 2 · U.S. Premiere · Post-Screening ConversationTaking an 8-minute duet situated in various locations, and repeated four times, choreographer Claire Marshall investigates how the sense of ‘story’ shifts with the consideration of location, cinematic elements, and editing. The duet explores a discordant couple stuck in a rut, looping manipulative behaviour as four stories eventually shift to become one story. Screening with Natalia Andreadis's World Premiere How Can I Forget. The prerecorded conversation with Claire Marshall, Kevin Holloway, Richard Causer, and Lucy Hood is moderated by Alicia Graf Mack.
Get tickets! · Program 3 · World PremiereNow in its 14th year this spectacular holiday show has won the hearts of audiences young and old and created a romping holiday tradition in Seattle. Join us, as we draw back the velvet curtain and follow the show's creators and producers, Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann, in addition to the show's artisans, performers and musicians, and take an irresistible journey into how this magical show is brought to the stage, snow and all. Screening with Pablo Destito and Agustina Videla's Being, a North American Premiere.
Get tickets! · Program 4 · World Premiere · Post-Screening ConversationDancing Darkness explores the distinctively personal and profoundly collaborative creative process through the conjuring of Peggy Baker’s latest and most ambitious work. The prerecorded conversation with V. Tony Hauser, Ellen Tomie, and Peggy Baker is moderated by Wendy Perron.
Get tickets! · Program 5 · New York Premiere92-year old Stuart Hodes leads a group of seniors in a dance, inciting a sense of community and hope. This film explores how we can age with joy and reveals the capacity of the older person to experience unrestrained joy and unwavering determination through dance and art.
Get tickets! · Program 7 · Post-Screening ConversationDFA Global is pleased to present three short films for this international program: KIELI BI filmed in Kazakhstan, Welcome To A Bright White Limbo filmed in Ireland, and A Monologue in the Intermission filmed in Bulgaria bring together the very different stories of three women and their contrasting experiences dancing. The prerecorded conversation with Cara Holmes and Oona Doherty is moderated by Alastair Macaulay.
Get tickets! · Program 8 · Post-Screening ConversationFeaturing films: How to Sink a Paper Boat by David Bolger, Stages by Angela Rosales Challis, JoAnn by Meredith Slifkin and Emily Yue, Men by Hanna Brotherus, Cornered (Detainee's Lament) by Peter Sparling, and Bend by Susan Misner. The prerecorded conversation with Bend’s Susan Misner, Troy Ogilvie, and Jeffery Duffy is moderated by Gabri Christa.
Get tickets! · Program 9 · World PremiereThe story of Jazz Dance is a complex one and goes to the very heart of humanity. It is a story of triumph over adversity, oppression and privilege, as well as a celebration, because ultimately, what all people have in common is rhythm and a basic human need to get down.
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