If the Dancer Dances
Q&A with Lise Friedman, director Maia Wechsler, and cast
Dance is unlike any other art. If a dance is not danced, it vanishes. Former 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. Viewers are invited into the poetic, tactile world of the dance studio, where former Cunningham dancers teach RainForest to the Stephen Petronio Company, breathing new life into this enigmatic work. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centenary in 2019, the film throws light on the mysteries of dance-making, revealing what it takes to keep a dance alive. World Premiere
Kiira Benzing, USA, 2018, 12m
Movement and art blend in this film about dreams, memories, painting, and the imagining of a new dance in homage to esteemed artist practitioners.