A Man of Dance (Un homme de danse)
Q&A with director Marie Brodeur
An artist touched by history, Vincent Warren 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. This film makes a valuable contribution by documenting his unusual life, from its start in New York’s buzzing 1960s art and dance scene, to an illustrious career as a principal dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. An irrepressible raconteur in both English and French, Warren narrates his picaresque adventures, which are interspersed with archival material that reveals both his charisma as a solo performer and his generosity as a dance partner. New York Premiere
Jiri Kylian, Netherlands, 2017, 10m
In 2015, Jiri Kylian was inspired by a visit to the Ancona War Memorial and its impressive staircase leading to the Adriatic. Thus, a simple narrative was born: an elderly couple celebrate the anniversary of their honeymoon, which began on these very steps. Many years later they are here, looking back on their lives and looking forward to an uncertain future. Kylian’s choreography is characterized by unexpected movements and gestures that border on the surreal, tinged with melancholy and a touch of the divine.