Dance on Camera 2012 Jan 27 – Jan 31

Dance on Camera 2012
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Dance on Camera Festival, co-presented by the Film Society and Dance Films Association, returns to the Walter Reade Theater for the 16th consecutive year with an exciting and diverse array of dance films, many of them premieres, ranging widely in subject and genre: from the refinement of ballet coaching to the intense individuality of club dancing. The 14 programs include peerless international artists such as Natalia Makarova and Robert Wilson; historic dance presenters and companies such as Jacob’s Pillow, the Joffrey Ballet, and Pilobolus; innovative choreographer Wayne McGregor; and the inspired director Clara van Gool.

Throughout the festival, the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery in the lobby of the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th St.) will be home to the exhibit "30 Years of Eye on Dance," hosted and edited by Celia Ipiotis, which features interviews with astonishing subjects such as Alvin Ailey, Agnes de Mille, Lloyd Newson, Edward Villela, Glen Tetley, Jimmy Slyde, Doug Varone, Yvonne Rainer and Sara Rudner. The Gallery will also display a colorful photo exhibit by Herbert Migdoll, painter and official photographer for the Joffrey Ballet, entitled “Joffrey’s Carousel: Celebrating 50 Years of Dance.” More info >>


Music from Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, composed by Mark Bandy.

Past Films

Balanchine in Paris

Balanchine in Paris

Dominique Delouche | 2011 | 51 mins

Q&A with Gabrielle Lamb, Violette Verdy, and Dominique Delouche on Saturday, January 28 screening!

Drawing on highlights from his previous films on Alicia Markova, Nina Vyroubova and Violette Verdy, France’s leading chronicler of the process of ballet coaching adds new footage of former Paris Opera étoile and Balanchine muse Ghislaine Thesmar.

PRECEDED BY: En Dedans (Gabrielle Lamb, 2011) & Figment (Gabrielle Lamb, 2010)

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Check Your Body at the Door

Check Your Body at the Door

Charles Atlas | Michael Schwartz | Sally Sommer | 2011 | 60 mins

Introductions by director Ina Sotirova, producer Sally Sommer, and the dancers.

This long awaited documentary produced by Sally Sommer, brings to light the House dance culture that has largely been in the dark. The film includes underground footage culled from the past thirty years, with focuses on shared relationships and histories of some of its major players and master free-stylists. The virtuosity of eclectic urban dance styles and the personalities of the people who created these moves are revealed.

PRECEDED BY: freedom2dance (Ina Sotirova, 2011) and DFA Student Film Competition Winner

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Finding Billy

Finding Billy

Joe Locarro | 2012 | 70 mins

Introduction by director David Fernandez and Q&A with director Joe Locarro and 'Billys' – David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish, Trent Kowalik to follow the screenings.

This heartwarming documentary reveals the process of finding and casting the three original boys who played 'Billy' in Billy Elliot the Musical on Broadway and includes interviews with the creative team during the rehearsal process leading up to its Broadway opening.

PRECEDED BY: White Shirt, Black Tie, Black Pants XXS (David Schilirio & David Fernandez, 2011)

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Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance

Bob Hercules | 2011 | 90 mins

Opening Night! World Premiere!

This insightful documentary, executive produced by Jay Alix and Harold Ramis and produced by Una Jackman and Erica Mann Ramis, examines the life and times of America’s premiere ballet company—The Joffrey Ballet—who daringly combined traditional ballet and modern dance at a time when it was not routinely accepted.

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Makarova: In a Class of Her Own

Makarova: In a Class of Her Own

Derek Bailey | 1985 | 52 mins

Q&A with Natalia Makarova to follow the screening.

Natalia Makarova, the legendary prima ballerina whose performances set the standard for artistry in roles such as Swan Lake’s Odette/Odile and Giselle, to name a few, demonstrates a touching humility and dedication to her craft in this intimate video portrait. The director shows her at the barre under the tutelage of the great pedagogue Irina Yakobsen, in candid conversation with choreographer Roland Petit; and in the creation of Petit’s ballet “The Blue Angel.”

SHOWN WITH: Carmen Pas de Deux and Proust Pas de Deux

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Musical Chairs

Musical Chairs

Susan Seidelman | 2011 | 104 mins

Centerpiece film! Director Susan Seidelman in person for Q&A!

Musical Chairs is a romantic tale of two New Yorkers, Armando (EJ Bonilla) from the Bronx, and Mia (Leah Pipes) from the Upper East Side, who come together through their love of ballroom dancing. When a tragic accident puts Mia in a wheelchair, Armando, along with a group of colorful misfits at the rehab center, dedicates himself to helping Mia dance again by introducing her to the world of competitive wheelchair ballroom dancing.

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My Paths Through Dance

My Paths Through Dance

Daniel Cabrero | 2010 | 90 mins

Q&A with director Daniel Cabrero to follow the screening.

This innovative documentary celebrates the artistry of Mariemma, the late classical Spanish dancer renowned for her castanets, her sophisticated choreography and for elevating the level of dancers’ technique throughout Spain, and includes visual recreations, rare footage, and interviews.

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Never Stand Still

Never Stand Still

Ron Honsa | 2011 | 74 mins

Q&A with director Ron Honsa to follow the screening.

Narrated by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones, this documentary features performances, conversations with choreographers and dancers, and rare archival footage, while telling the remarkable story of how an abandoned farm in Massachusetts evolved into Jacob's Pillow, a premiere showcase for dance, revered around the world.

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Seven Solos: A Documentary

Seven Solos: A Documentary

Douglas Rosenberg | 2011 | 60 mins

This documentary follows the process of dancer Li Chiao-Ping as she prepares to perform the work of seven postmodern choreographers including Elizabeth Streb, Heidi Latsky, June Watanabe, Victoria Marks, Cynthia Adams, Molissa Fenley and Bebe Miller. Li immerses herself in the choreographic language of each choreographer as she learns the solos created specifically for her.

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The Space in Back of You

The Space in Back of You

Richard Rutkowski | 2011 | 65 mins

Q&A to follow both screenings with director Richard Rutkowski.

This visual and visceral documentary travels more than 20 years, from Japan to New York City and back to Japan again, in pursuit of the creative life of Suzushi Hanayagi, a powerful, innovative, radical Japanese dancer and choreographer.

PRECEDED BY: La femme à la cafetière (Robert Wilson, 1989)

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Wayne McGregor – Going Somewhere

Wayne McGregor – Going Somewhere

Catherine Maximoff | 2011 | 80 mins

Introduction by Falling director Adriano Cirulli and Q&A to follow.

British choreographer Wayne McGregor is a movement explorer who has been enormously influential abroad and gaining a following in the U.S. through his touring company Random Dance. Now the resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet, he has created a style noted for its elasticity and extreme physicality.

PRECEDED BY: Falling (Adriano Cirulli, 2011)

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