45th Dance on Camera Festival
January 29, 2017
Festival highlights dance luminaries on screen including Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, and Maurice Be´jart, with in-person appearances by David Gordon, Marcelo Gomes, Marie Lindqvist, and Rosario Suarez, Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, and many more.
Opening the festival is the world premiere of David Barba and James Pellerito’s Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer, an intimate look at the life and career of Brazilian ballet dancer and partner extraordinaire Marcelo Gomes, celebrating his 20th year with American Ballet Theatre in 2017. Gomes and the filmmakers will appear in person to kick off the festival.
Dance on Camera Festival closes with a Special Presentation of Marie-He´le`ne Reb ois’s In the Steps of Trisha Brown, a tribute to the retired postmodern dance icon that follows her original company restagers as they set one of the choreographer’s seminal works.
Additional highlights include Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme’s Justin Timberlake & The Tennessee Kids, an immersive concert film capturing the final two shows of the pop star’s 20/20 Experience World Tour; a double bill of landmark dance film Martha Graham: A Dancer’s World, celebrating its 60th anniversary, and a new restoration of Crises, the only filmed document of Merce Cunningham dancing with his origin al cast; the U.S. premiere of Dancing Beethoven, which chronicles three companies’ monumental dance collaboration to stage Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, choreographed by Maurice Be´jart; portraits of dancers around the world, from two girls at a Sa~o Paulo ballet school for th e blind and visually impaired (Looking at the Stars) to a prima ballerina’s struggle in the Cuban National Ballet (Queen of Thursdays).
EYE ON THE ARTS< NY -- Celia Ipiotis