A co-collaboration between the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association, Dance on Camera 2014, the 42nd edition in the series, begins this weekend with in-person appearances, panel discussions, short films and World Premiere screenings.
If you happened to pick up a newspaper this week, you may have noticed that the series has been the topic of much discussion, receiving praise and adoration for its fruitful lineup. “Admirably eclectic as ever,” writes Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times, “it reflects changing forms of camerawork and editing, wraps in history and documentary, and ranges in subject from tap, ice, flamenco and Asian idioms to ballet stars and modern-dance choreography, established and experimental. I like a film festival that parallels the extraordinary breadth of the dance I see on stages around this city, and one that keeps adding to the sum of my knowledge.”
Siobhan Burke, also writing for The New York Times, took the opportunity to praise two specific films screening in the series, Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter and Secundaria. “Dance class: It’s a place that we rarely associate with political skirmishes, cultural upheavals or socioeconomic pressures. But two films in the 42nd Dance on Camera festival, which begins on Friday at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, remind us that the studio, the ballet barre, the halls of college dance departments — just like any social space — are realms where all of these tensions play out, in both quiet and dramatic ways.” Ms. Hill has its World Premiere screening tonight at 8pm, while Secundaria plays this Monday evening at 6pm.
The Fabulous Ice Age, a new documentary that looks at a period where skating and dance were synonymous with one another, has also received praise. In The New York Times, Gia Kourlas took a closer look at the film. "The Fabulous Ice Age," Kourlas notes, "touches on a current dilemma in contemporary figure skating: It used to be that skaters competed to join an ice show. ‘Now, where do they go when they get that championship medal?’ [the director] asked. ‘Skaters used to have more options.’” The Fabolous Ice Age screens Sunday afternoon at 1:15pm.
Walk past a Village Voice stand today and you will see Dance on Camera 2014 featured in this week's Voice Choices. A series of pages listing the best weekly events occuring within the five boroughs, Dance on Camera 2014 is this weekend's Voices Choices's film pick.
For more information on Dance on Camera 2014's screenings and our free panels (and, per the Yak Films screening on Saturday evening, exciting afterparties), feel free to take a look at the full lineup here.