Dance on Camera Festival 2010 opens on Friday, January 29th with the U.S. Premiere of FORTY YEARS OF ONE NIGHT STANDS, Jeff McKay’s delightful history of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, preceded by KEEP DANCING, a World Premiere of a short film by Douglas Turnbaugh and Gregory Vander Veer about the symbiotic relationship between dance icons Marge Champion and Donald Saddler; the evening culminates with Anne Bass’s impressive debut film DANCING ACROSS BORDERS, a complex portrait of a young Cambodian dancer transitioning to the glamorous world of classical ballet. The Closing Night of this year’s festival will feature the World Premiere of filmmaker Michael Blackwood’s NEW YORK DANCE: States of Performance, focusing on seven top choreographers in rehearsal and conversation, as they explore new ideas in dance in the 21st century.
Additional festival highlights of the 2010 festival include a program of best new short-form unions of movements and film, many of them made by women filmmakers, followed by a reception to honor them hosted by New York Women in Film and Television and DFA on Sunday, January 31; Site specific works such as Urban Ballet, with ten dance companies at work in and around Berlin; Ruedi Gerber’s BREATH MADE VISIBLE, an inspiring account of iconic dance pioneer Anna Halprin celebrating her 90th year; DANCING FOR DISNEY, a program of film excerpts and talk by dance scholar Mindy Aloff, followed by a signing of her latest book, “Hippo in a Tutu” along with a number of innovative new animations; and as a retrospective, a day dedicated to honoring the visionary choreographer Alwin Nikolais on his centenary, including screenings of NIK AND MURRAY, not seen since 1986.
During the entire run of this years festivals, the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery at the Walter Reade Theater will house a unique installation, “The Tiny Dance Film Series,” a collaboration between choreographer Peter Kyle and sound artist James Bigbee Garver, consisting of very short and very small dance films screened in 4 darkened kiosks for an audience of one to experience and enjoy.
Dance Films Association, in its 14th year in collaboration the Film Society of Lincoln Center, founded in 1956 as a member supported dance film service organization has produced Dance on Camera Festival’s international touring program since 1971. The Dance on Camera Festival is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Canadian Consulate, DFA members, and New York Women in Film and Television. Since its move to Lincoln Center, the festival has grown in scope and diversity and presented such popular hits as “Carmen and Geoffrey,” DV8’s “The Cost of Living” and “Water Flowing Together” about NYCB superstar Jock Soto, along with tributes to dance legends Antonio Gades, Carmen Amaya and Paris Opera Ballet prima ballerinas Yvette Chauvire and Violette Verdy.
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