omplete QPORIT: January 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

 

Preview: DANCE ON CAMERA... DANCING WITH PEOPLE, TAP SHOES, ICE SKATES AND... HORSES



THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
AND DANCE FILMS ASSOCIATION
ANNOUNCE THE 42nd EDITION OF
DANCE ON CAMERA
JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 4, 2014

World premieres include

Opening night - Greg Vander Veer’s
MISS HILL: MAKING DANCE MATTER

Closing night - Kate Geis’s
PAUL TAYLOR: CREATIVE DOMAIN

Special appearances by
Director Jonathan Demme,
Choreographer/dancer Bill T. Jones,
Ballet icon Edward Villella,
Olympians Dick Button, Dorothy Hammill & Jojo Starbuck,
Paris Opera étoile Isabelle Guérin,
and many more!


The 42nd edition of Dance on Camera takes place January 31-February 4. The dance-centric film festival returns to the Film Society for the 18th consecutive year with a world-class array of international dance films, including many world and US premieres.

This year’s offerings includes world premieres of






There are Special Programs such as Ice Theatre of NY with its focus on artistic skating and collaboration with choreographers, musicians and designers. More innovation comes from Yak Films with its documentation of global street dance. 

 HASTDANS pa HOVDALA
Dance on Camera
Film Society of Lincoln Center

This year’s diverse lineup also includes a Spotlight on Ice with the New York premiere of Keri Pickett’s lively documentary THE FABULOUS ICE AGE about the glamorous age of big-scale ice spectaculars and a return engagement of ICE THEATRE OF NY with a brand new program featuring appearances by ice skating legends JoJo Starbuck and Dorothy Hamill, as well as ballet maestro Edward Villella with a premiere of his new ice dance “Reveries.”

The festival is also hosting the official NY premiere of Fabrice Herrault’s poetic homage to ballet idol Rudolf Nureyev on the 20th anniversary of his death,

Kersti Grunditz’ THE MAN BEHIND THE THRONE puts the spotlight on the dance world’s best-kept secret, Vincent Paterson who has worked largely behind-the-scenes for Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bjork and more.

3D filmmaking and dance were made for each other, sharing the element of space.  3D technology heightens the depth and detail of space, in it the dancers’ movements acquire sculptural volume, with new cutting edge technology, as seen in Jedediah Wheeler’s, STORY  / TIME 3D.

Many of the films in this year’s selections reflect dance’s new perspective – a trend toward imaginative collaborations (dance and skating, dance and horses, dance and circus), as well as a recognition that dance thrives best in the bosom of a creative community. 

While some films present individual artists in all their glory -- such as Rudolf Nureyev, classical Indian dancer Malavika Sarukkai, choreographic genius Paul Taylor, arts administrator Martha Hill, and theater/dance guru Bill T. Jones -- there is also a concentration of artistic endeavors that focus on the idea of group effort and its importance in today’s divided world. So prevalent is this theme that Dance on Camera is presenting an entire program devoted to the idea of community:  Artists of various stripes connecting to create work that illuminates and inspires.


For me, personally, I am especially interested in the showcase of Joanna Mendl Shaw’s Equus Projects (Dancing with Horses) in the film HASTDANS pa HOVDALA that brings dancers and horses into a creative union. And I am very interested in the use of 3D to archive dances. Indeed, when I interviewed Isabelle Fokine, who has been restoring her grandfather, Michel Fokine’s classic ballets, I urged her to archive them with 3D video.  I hope she will be moving to do that. 
 
Single screening tickets are $13; $9 for students and seniors (62+); and $8 for members of the Film Society and Dance Films Association.

A three-film package is $30; $24 for students and seniors (62+); and $21 for Film Society members.

The package discount prices apply with the purchase of tickets to three films or more.

An All-Access Pass for $99 is available for purchase exclusively online at www.filmlinc.com.

Public Screenings and panels will be held at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street) and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (144 West 65th Street).

The photo exhibit is at The Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery (165 West 65th Street) & David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (61 West 62nd Street)

 
SCREENING SCHEDULE FOR DANCE ON CAMERA 2014

Screenings will take place at Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St.
Panel discussions will take place at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater,
 144 W. 65th St.

Friday, January 31
1:00PM         THE UNSEEN SEQUENCE (69m) w/PAS (3m)
3:30PM         TAP OR DIE (62m) w/ Tap, Tap, Tap (8m)
4:00PM         STUDENT FILM COMPETITION (60m)
5:00PM         FREE PANEL DISCUSSION: CURRICULUM FOR DANCE FILM
6:15PM         ALL THIS CAN HAPPEN (50m) w/CROSSWALK (4m), DERVISHES (3m)
8:00PM         OPENING NIGHT – MISS HILL: MAKING DANCE MATTER (80m) w/Homegoings The Dance (5m)

Saturday, February 1
1:00PM         HÄSTDANS på HOVDALA (60m) w/CARRY IT ON (19m)
3:30PM         SHORTS PROGRAM (72m)
5:00PM         FREE PANEL DISCUSSION: SEBASTIAN RICH: BULLETS TO BROADWAY
6:15PM         ICE THEATRE OF NY w/panel discussion (95m)
8:30PM         YAK FILMS (90m)

Sunday, February 2
1:15PM         THE FABULOUS ICE AGE (73m)
3:30PM         DANCE & COMMUNITY SHORTS (72m)
6:00PM         LA PASSION NOUREEV (56m) w/OUBLIER LE TEMPS (5m), LOST IN MOTION (3m)
8:00PM         GISELLE (105m)

Monday, February 3
3:30PM         PRIMA (57m) w/ME, STORY OF A PERFORMER (8m)
6:00PM         SECUNDARIA (96m) w/TIZZY (3m)
8:30PM         THE MAN BEHIND THE THRONE (58m) w/IT’S A FEELING – DANCING WITH JEFF SELBY (9m)

Tuesday, February 4
3:00PM         HOW LIKE AN ANGEL (46m) w/WIDOW (12m)
5:00PM         FREE PANEL DISCUSSION: MEET THE ARTIST WITH JONATHAN DEMME
6:00PM         STORY/TIME 3D (70m) w/panel discussion (40m)
9:00PM         CLOSING NIGHT – PAUL TAYLOR: CREATIVE DOMAIN (82m) w/STUDENT FILM WINNER (15m)


FILM DESCRIPTIONS & SCHEDULE

OPENING NIGHT
WORLD PREMIERE
MISS HILL: MAKING DANCE MATTER (2014) 80m
Director: Greg Vander Veer
Country: USA
Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter tells the inspiring and largely unknown story of a woman whose life was defined by her love for dance. Martha Hill emerges as dance's secret weapon, someone who fought against great odds to establish dance as a legitimate art form in America. Through archival footage, lively interviews with friends and intimates, and rare footage of the spirited subject, the film explores Hills's arduous path from a Bible Belt childhood in Ohio to the halls of academe at NYU and Bennington College to a position of power and influence as Juilliard's founding director of dance (1952-1985).  Peppered with anecdotal material delivered by dance notables who knew her, this revelatory story depicts her struggles and successes, including the battle royal that accompanied her move to the Lincoln Center campus.
DIRECTOR GREG VANDER VEER AND ADDITIONAL PANELISTS WILL ATTEND THE SCREENING.
Screening with
HOMEGOINGS: A DANCE (2013) 5m
Director: Christine Turner
Country: USA
Inspired by the award-winning documentary HOMEGOINGS, this original dance piece finds meaning and beauty in the life cycle.
Friday, January 31, 8:00pm

CLOSING NIGHT
WORLD PREMIERE
PAUL TAYLOR: CREATIVE DOMAIN (2013) 82m
Director: Kate Geis 
Country: USA
Paul Taylor is one of the dance world's most elusive and admired choreographers. For over 50 years, he has only given glimpses into his creative process, but for his 133rd dance, THREE DUBIOUS MEMORIES, he opens the door and allows the filmmaker into his creative process. The dance he is choreographing is a Rashomon-like exploration of memory, three characters entangled in a relationship, each believing only in his own dark memory of it.  The dominant voice in the documentary is Taylor's, and it is alternately soothing, demanding and amused. Between the guarded and unguarded moments, the viewer is witness to a mysterious work ethic that has created some of the most iconic modern dances of our time.
DIRECTOR KATE GEIS AND DANCERS FEATURED IN THE FILM WILL ATTEND THE SCREENING.
Tuesday, February 4, 9:00pm


NEW YORK PREMIERE         
ALL THIS CAN HAPPEN (2012) 50m
Director: Siobhan Davies and David Hinton
Country: UK
A flickering dance of intriguing imagery brings to light the possibilities of ordinary movements from the everyday which appear, evolve and freeze before your eyes. Made entirely from archive photographs and footage from the earliest days of moving image, “All This Can Happen” follows the footsteps of the protagonist from the short story ‘The Walk’ by Robert Walser. Juxtapositions, different speeds and split frame techniques convey the walker’s state of mind as he encounters a world of hilarity, despair and ceaseless variety.  Hinton is an award winning director who has worked with some of the best known names in contemporary dance, including DV8 Physical Theatre, Siobhan Davies, and Russell Maliphant.
Screening with
CROSSWALK  (2013) 4m
Director: RJ Muna
Country: USA
A crosswalk is a unique place and this short film explores what can happen in it and how it is navigated second by second.  An experimental delight that captures both the routine and the unexpected.
Screening with
DERVISHES (2013) 4m
Director: RJ Muna
Country: USA
A perfectly calibrated study of movement and physical architecture based on the characteristics of circular movement.
Friday, January 31, 6:15pm



Gillian Murphy & Qi Huan
GISELLE
Dance on Camera 2014
Photo by Matt Klitscher 

NEW YORK PREMIERE
GISELLE (2013) 105m
Director: Toa Fraser
Country: New Zealand
Director Toa Fraser brings The Royal New Zealand Ballet to the big screen, capturing their acclaimed production of the ballet classic GISELLE.  Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobberg have re-staged the production (after Petipa) with an eye toward the inherent drama of the tragic romance. The two-act ballet has been reimagined by Fraser who interweaves the filmed stage performance with behind the scenes moments that hint at a romance between the dancers.  ABT principal Gillian Murphy and RNZ’s Qi Huan perform the doomed lovers with impressive conviction and the second act captures the haunting essence of this enduring masterpiece.
Sunday, February 2, 8:00pm

WORLD PREMIERE
HÄSTDANS på HOVDALA  (2013) 60m
Director:  David Fishel
Country: USA
Imagine a life devoted to blending the artistry of dance with the physicality of horsemanship! That is exactly what the unconventional choreographer JoAnna Mendl Shaw has done with Equus Projects. Her previous large-scale works for dancers and horses have been produced throughout the United States.  Now, she takes her company to Sweden to work with new elements and new friends in the rural countryside. Ulrike Michels Nord, director of Klinten Kultur, a company of young adults with autism, opens the way for the American choreographer to create a magical piece that expresses the joys and challenges of bringing together unfamiliar beasts (the new horses), trainers, professional dancers and autistic individuals to make a work of art in a mystical setting—the Hovdala castle and library ruin deep in a forest.  The challenge is to accomplish this feat in just 12 days!
SUBJECT MENDL SHAW AND DANCERS WILL ATTEND THE SCREENING.
Screening with
CARRY IT ON…  (2103) 19m
Director: Sharon Leahy
Country: USA
CARRY IT ON… explores the power and potential of place and our relationship to it. A cast of dancers and musicians explore the human need to gather and connect with their environment.
Saturday, February 1, 1:00pm

NEW YORK PREMIERE
HOW LIKE AN ANGEL (2012) 46m
Director: Yaron Lifschitz
Country: UK
This bold collaboration of music and movement blends Circa's exhilarating brand of contemporary circus with the exquisite sound of I Fagiolini's choral singing.  HOW LIKE AN ANGEL, commissioned by the London 2012 Festival, celebrates the beauty and grandeur of three stunning English cathedrals while displaying the artistry of the circus performers.  Polyphonic Films captures the live performance brilliantly, catching the essence of this ground-breaking collaboration. Film commissioned by The Space in association with BBC.
Screening with
WIDOW  (2013) 13m
Director: Jil Guyon
Country: USA
Features an iconic, enigmatic woman encapsulated in a stark, futuristic environment. Gradually she reveals the evolving mystery of her psychological condition, a shifting tableau of personal loss and the struggle for transcendence.
Tuesday, February 4, 3:00pm



 
Photo: Rudolf Nureyev in Le Jeune Homme et La Mort by Jurgen Vollmer


NEW YORK PREMIERE
LA PASSION NOUREEV (2013) 56m
Director: Fabrice Herrault
Country: USA
From the moment of his dramatic leap to freedom at Paris' Bourget Airport in 1961, Rudolf Nureyev was embraced as a ballet idol.  On the 20th anniversary of his death, Fabrice Herrault, a notable NY ballet teacher and film collector trained at the Paris Opera Ballet and the Conservatoire, has assembled an impressionistic tribute film that showcases this Byronic artist in some of his peerless early performances through archival footage, much of it previously unseen, revealing "Rudi" at the peak of his powers.  As director of the Paris Opera Ballet, Nureyev guided the careers or rising stars, among them Sylvie Guillem and Isabelle Guérin.  Former Paris Opera Ballet star, Isabelle Guérin, will join the filmmaker and French dance historian Helene Ciolkovitch, to share memories of her mentor.
Screening with
OUBLIER LE TEMPS (2012) 5m
Director: Boroka Nagy
Country: USA
A young woman notices her shadow, which triggers memories of her past love.
Screening with
LOST IN MOTION 2 (2013) 4m
Director: Ben Shirinian
Country:  Canada
Framed on a highly stylized environment, the film lures the viewer into the world of the performer, brought to life by dancer Heather Ogden, with choreography by Guillaume Coté of the National Ballet of Canada.
Sunday, February 2, 6:00pm

NEW YORK PREMIERE
PRIMA (2013) 57m
Director: Tatyana Bronstein
Country: USA
Prima is moving portrait of Larissa Ponomarenko, prima ballerina of the Boston Ballet, who has recently hung up her pointe shoes to pursue new avenues of self-expression.  Through flashbacks to her journey from a difficult childhood and rigorous ballet training in Russia to her emergence as the prima ballerina of a leading American ballet company, the film captures Larissa's uniqueness as an artist of many emotional colors.  Now, as she transitions from prima ballerina to mentor to aspiring dancers, she also magically re-invents herself as a dancer, showing a new expressivity and a more modern approach to her art in filmed improvisations in unexpected settings-- a field, a forest, even a subway station!
DIRECTOR TATYANA BRONSTEIN WILL ATTEND THE SCREENING.
Screening with
ME - STORY OF A PERFORMANCE  (2013) 8m
Director: Jopsu Ramu
Country: Finland
ME: Story of a Performance is an intriguing collaboration between Finland and Japan. Choreographer/dancer Johanna Nuutinen performs a solo piece, which is photographed from different points of view to a haunting score by Jukka Backlund.
Monday, February 3, 3:30pm

NEW YORK PREMIERE
SECUNDARIA (2013) 96m
Director: Mary Jane Doherty
Country: USA
Why are so many world-class ballet companies relying on Cuban dancers? What is special about their training in a society that offers rare opportunities but with strings attached?  With curiosity and admirable patience, Mary Jo Doherty  follows one high school class for three years through Cuba's famous National Ballet School, focusing principally on two teenagers - Mayara, shy but accomplished,  and Gabriele, the equally talented extrovert.  The quietly riveting film offers a privileged in-depth look at the training and home life of these students, culminating in a dramatic crisis when one dancer decides to take charge of her destiny.
DIRECTOR MARY JONE DOHERTY WILL ATTEND THE SCREENING.
Screening with

TIZZY (2013) 3m
Director: Ysaye McKeever
Country: USA
A playful duet between a man and dodge ball, inspired by the form of a 12-bar blues.
Monday, February 3, 6:00pm

TAP OR DIE (2013) 62m
Director: Jackie Paré
Country: USA
For decades tap was a hugely popular performance dance form. But is it in crisis?  This film tells the story of a genre through the prism of Derick Grant, an African American choreographer struggling to bring his hip, rousing show to Broadway.  Mentored by the genre's giants, Grant says tap has given him a voice. Indeed, his feet have something to say.  A gallery of talented tappers raise their voices and make their moves, expressing their love for a dance form that may be in need of re-invention through role models and community support. Footage of legendary tappers--Bill Robinson, Honi Coles, Gregory Hines and more, adds pizzazz and interviews with hoofers and experts illuminate.
DIRECTOR JACKIE PARE WILL ATTEND THE SCREENING.
Screening with
TAP TAP TAP (2013) 8m
Director: Kenneth Sherman
County: Canada
A dance parody of the infamous Republican Senator Larry Craig's airport washroom sex scandal styled as a 1930's Busby Berkeley film.
Friday, January 31, 3:30pm
NEW YORK PREMIERE
THE FABULOUS ICE AGE (2013) 73m
Director: Keri Pickett
Country: USA
The exciting journey begins in 1915 when a young German skater ignites America’s love with dancing on ice. “The Fabulous Ice Age” chronicles a century of theatrical skating, from Berlin’s Charlotte, to America’s Ice Follies, Ice Capades, Holiday on Ice, and the Sonja Henie shows, illustrating how these big spectaculars dominated live entertainment for decades while, simultaneously depicting one particular skater's quest to share this history. Never before seen footage, photos and rare archival material introduce us to a handful of skaters, producers and entrepreneurs who helped change their world.
DIRECTOR KERI PICKETT, FIGURE SKATER/PHOTOGRAPHER/ARCHIVIST ROY BLAKEY (“UNCLE ROY”), FIGURE SKATER RICHARD “MR. DEBONAIR” DWYER WILL ATTEND THE SCREENING.
Sunday, February 2, 1:00


 

THE MAN BEHIND THE THRONE (2012) 58m
Director: Kersti Grunditz
Country: Sweden
Until now, Vincent Paterson has remained the dance world's best kept secret, avoiding the spotlight and concentrating on the work itself. So it may come as a surprise to learn that he is, as the film's title suggests, the Man behind the careers of superstars Michael Jackson and Madonna, in fact, the inventor of some of their defining dance moves, as well as the choreographer who created the ensemble dance numbers for Bjork and dancers in Lars von Trier's cult classic, Dancer in the Dark.  Through previously unseen rehearsal footage from Paterson's own private collection and iconic films clips that made history (Smooth Criminal, Blonde Ambition and more), the film looks at the private Vincent. From his family oriented Catholic boyhood in suburban Pennsylvania to the glamour factory of Hollywood and the heady experience of choreographing for Cirque de Soleil's Viva Elvis!, this is a personal and professional journey to be savored.
DIRECTOR KERSTI GRUNDITZ WILL ATTEND THE SCREENING.  
Screening with
IT'S A FEELING: DANCING WITH JEFF SELBY (2013) 9m
Director: Diana Quinones Rivera
Country: USA
Jeff Selby has found his niche: As a dancer and teacher he inspires others but it could have been different. This engaging short establishes how family support and the love of dance have kept him on track through hard times growing up in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood.  Connecting to the sound of House Music he is moved to create his dynamic trademark New Style Hustle.
Monday, February 3, 8:30pm

US PREMIERE
THE UNSEEN SEQUENCE (2013) 69m
Director: Sumantra Ghosal
Country: India
THE UNSEEN SEQUENCE finds new meanings and renewed vigor in India's classical dance tradition through one dedicated disciple.  Malavika Sarukkai is a celebrated Bharatanatyam dancer rooted in that tradition but imbued with a uniquely contemporary sensibility that she exerts on this prescribed form, turning each performance into a new, revelatory experience.   As a superb interpreter of Bharatanatyam's rhythmic and expressive aspects,  she is the perfect guide for this  investigation  of an ancient art that has evolved from temple dance to court entertainment to a new, more universal model.  Beautifully shot in temples and sacred sites, the film blends interviews, historic footage, and performance to create a truly mind enhancing experience.
INTRODUCTION and Q&A with HARI KRISHNAN, A BESSIE NOMINATED CHOREOGRAPHER AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF DANCE AT WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY.
Screening with
PAS  (2013)            4m
Director: Charli Brissey & Courtney Harris
Country:  USA
This delightful parody draws upon ballet’s codified steps to embody animal qualities. Pas de chat and pas de cheval are ballet staples but take a look at this!
Friday, January 31, 1:00pm


 
NO MORE WORRY NO MORE BLUE
SHORTS PRGORGAM
Dance on Camera 2014
Photo by Kathy Rose
SHORTS PROGRAM

The short form is gaining ground as the ideal platform for exploring the relationship between dance and film.  Whatever the mood, explosive (Carly’s Exit) or provocative (2412); bizarre (Magma) or lyrical (No More Worry, No More Blue); exuberant (Momentum) or whimsical (Drawing Blank), these filmmakers dare to push the envelope in original ways.  The selection includes the concrete and the abstract and reveals that filmmakers and choreographers are partnering in exciting new ways.
Saturday, February 1, 3:30pm

2412  (2013) 8m
Director: John T. Williams
Country: USA
A highly controversial and thought-provoking film based on the 1984 G. Edward Griffin interview with EX-KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov discussing ideological subversion in the United States.

CARLY'S EXIT (2013) 7m
Director: Harry Amies
Country: UK
A dramatic and passionate film about one of life's darkest subjects:  A friend is in trouble, bent on self-destructing, but can one save her from herself?

DRAWING BLANK (2012) 6m
Director: Stefan Verna
Country: Canada
An artist discovers a magical property inside a discarded ink sketch. A miniature dance partner comes to life through the world of paper and ink.

HEALAH DANCING (2013) 5m
Director: Eve McConnachie
Country: Scotland
A study in motion as two Scottish Ballet dancers connect and disconnect.  Erik Cavallari and Eve Mutso are the intense couple performing a duet of sensuous contact and electric fury.

MAGMA (2010) 6m
Director: Rannvá Káradóttir & Marianna Mørkøre 
Country: Faroe Islands
Shot in the extreme landscapes of the remote Faroe Islands far up in the North Atlantic Ocean, free of dialogue or narrative, this film creates a bizarrely hypnotic atmosphere that recalls images from Swedish master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman.

MOMENTUM (2012) 7m
Director: Boris Seewald
Country: Germany
For some it is just an ordinary party snack, but for Patrick a tortilla chip started his moment of self-discovery. Through exuberant dancing he shares his inspiration and invites everyone to participate. Even his mother…."

NATURAL SELECTION (2013) 6m
Director: David Fishel
Country: USA
WORLD PREMIERE
This amusing film explores one woman's battle against rigid forms. Created for Dances Made to Order.

NO MORE WORRY, NO MORE BLUE (2013) 4m
Director: Kathy Rose
Country: USA
Kathy Rose makes magic with her hand-made art.  In this music video, she offers various visual interpretations of a poetic ballad by Greg Boyer. Here, images of water scenes, paper flying, mysterious figures in a surreal fantasy all combine to create a special universe.

ROOMS (2013) 6m
Director: Paul Sarvis
Country: USA
Two lives, a youthful one and an elderly one, are juxtaposed in separate yet interlocking images to suggest a relationship between the two even though one may not exist.

RULES OF THE GAME (2013) 9m
Director: Jeff & Rick Kuperman
Country: USA
Trust between four factory workers is severely tested when management turns a watchful eye on them.

THE PERFECT DANCE (2013) 9m
Director: Anne Elvedal
Country: Norway
A woman tries to find a rhythm with different men, but fails again and again until she finds her own. A comic yet moving narrative about finding true love.


DANCE AND COMMUNITY SHORTS PROGRAM

This program is dedicated to those artists who find their inspiration in community. These five short films share some common traits and demonstrate a youthful optimism, as well as a rebellious spirit that once ruled, sadly waned and seems, now, to be springing up in near and distant parts of the globe.  From the rolling hills of West Virginia (Dan’s House) to the rough streets of Dublin’s inner city (The Area), these performers gather to tell their stories or simply express the desire to understand one another despite their differences.
Sunday, February 2, 3:30pm

DAN'S HOUSE  (2012) 20m
Director: Michelle Fletcher
Country: USA
Inspired by Dan Wagoner, a choreographer with a unique vision, this film is a valentine to a beloved mentor and the choreographic aesthetic he cultivated during the 25 years he directed his company, Dan Wagoner and Dancers. Filmed on location at his 18th century farm house (no electricity!) in rural West Virginia, dancers, family and friends gather and a trio of performers unite to perform a playful, rambunctious series of dances in beautiful outdoor locations, with Wagoner himself as guiding spirit.

GIMP - THE DOCUMENTARY (2011) 14m
Director: Richard Move
Country: USA
Challenging the prevalent societal precepts about the nature of beauty, the dancer and the dance, this powerful film also makes visible an often invisible demographic, as it captures the creative process, performance and public response to the theatrical dance work "The GIMP Project" by Heidi Latsky Dance.

JE NE SAIS PLUS QUI A FAIT QUOI  (2013) 9m
Director: Antoine Renouard
Country: France
This intense movement piece with its seemingly unrelated, disparate characters, all expressing a different state of being, grows more compelling in its arc, reflecting both the absurdity and the necessity of attempted unity in a time of global disorder.

ONDEK  (2013) 6m
Director: Louis-Martin Charest
Country: Canada
A merchant sailor decides to leave behind a life at sea. As he orchestrates what is to be his last night in the company of his crewmates, dancing becomes the means to imprint this momentous time forever.

THE AREA  (2013) 25m
Director: Ríonach Ní Néill & Joe Lee
Country: Ireland
The Macushla Dance Club for ages 50 and up is a motley group of people from Dublin's rough and tough north inner city, who share a common love of dancing. Their lives are written on this city's streets. Buildings may have gone up and got torn down, but they've excavated their memories from under car-parks, tenements and half-built ruins to share their lives, loves, losses, and most of all, their irrepressible joy for life.


SPECIAL PROGRAMS

 

Ice Theater of New York
Dance on Camera 2014
Photo by Amy Krut

ICE THEATRE OF NY
NEW YORK PREMIERE
ICE THEATRE OF NY: ENSEMBLE AND COLLABORATION ON ICE  (2013) 90m
Director: Moira North
Country: USA
Last year DOC introduced the innovative work of Ice Theatre through a historical perspective, focusing on the development of ice dancing.  This year, Olympian and US National Pairs Champion JoJo Starbuck looks at the modern day movement of artistic ice ensembles, in particular the John Curry Ice Dancers, with excerpts from his ground-breaking spectaculars and TV specials such as “The Snow Queen” and including his amazing Fred Astaire routine.  ITNY’s founder and director Moira North and artistic director Douglas Webster explore the company’s more recent collaborations, culminating in rehearsal footage and a recorded performance of “Reveries,” choreographed by ballet maestro Edward Villella.
ICE SKATING LEGENDS & OLYMPIANS DICK BUTTON, DOROTHY HAMILL & JOJO STARBUCK, ITNY’S FOUNDER & DIRECTOR MOIRA NORTH, ITNY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DOUGLAS WEBSTER, CHOREOGRAPHER EDWARD VILLELLA WILL ATTEND THE SCREENING.
Saturday, February 1, 6:15pm

YAK FILMS
YAK FILMS, an international production team, is synonymous with a unique style of street-based documentation of the global dance movement. This visual wrecking crew uses multimedia to share the talents of young people around the world. Their work with urban dance began with the legendary TURF FEINZ crew from Oakland, CA, innovators of the TURF dancing style. DOC will be presenting a special program of unseen footage shot at international dance events in New York, Russia, Germany, Dresden, Korea and Japan.
FILMMAKERS WILL ATTEND THE SCREENING.
Saturday, February 1, 8:30pm
STORY/TIME 3D
Dance on Camera 2014

WORLD PREMIERE
STORY / TIME 3D (2013) 70m
Director: Jedediah Wheeler
Country: USA
In January, 2012 the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company presented the world premiere of “Story/Time”, a new work commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State University. This new piece, inspired by John Cage’s landmark work “Indeterminacy”, challenged existing notions of dance and storytelling through the company’s masterful dancing and Jones’ performance of 60 one-minute long tales from his journals. During the premiere run the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) filmed the production using state-of-the-art 3D cameras, with plans to present dance performance in a brand-new way. Join us and witness Bill T. Jones as you’ve never seen him before. 3-D Production Services Provided by NHK Cosmomedia America, Inc.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion to further explore capturing dance in 3D. The panel will bring together top industry professionals to discuss why dance and 3D cinema were made for each other. PANELISTS INCLUDE BILL T. JONES, JEDEDIAH WHEELER, NHK COSMOMEDIA AMERICA, INC. PRODUCER NAGAMITSU ENDO AND MORE.
Tuesday, February 4, 6:00pm


ART EXHIBIT – FURMAN GALLERY & DAVID RUBENSTEIN ATRIUM
Exhibit by Klaus Lucka
Perceptual Motion, an interactive exhibit by internationally renowned photographer and filmmaker, Klaus Lucka, is the transformation and addition of a new dimension to dancers’ performances; a process which began with layering both audio and video to create a new art form.
January 30 to February 5


FREE PANEL DISCUSSIONS & SCREENINGS:
Curriculum for Dance Film
Dance on Camera Co-Curator, Liz Wolff and Dance Films Association, Executive Director, Christy Park lead a roundtable discussion to explore the incorporation of dance and film in higher education curriculum in an academic setting where dance and film already exist independently. Guest speakers include Amy Yopp-Sullivan, Jedediah Wheeler, Paul Galado, Timothy Cowart.
Friday, January 31, 5:00pm

Sebastian Rich: Bullets to Broadway
After thirty years of filming and photographing the world’s most violent wars and conflicts, award-winning British photographer Sebastian Rich is turning his lens to something more beautiful but no less powerful – the world of dance.  Sebastian will join choreographer Igal Perry and Liz Wolff, Dance on Camera Curator, to explore his photography and his journey from bullets to ballet.
**An exhibit of Rich’s dance photographs will be on display at Peridance Capezio Center at 126 East 13th Street, New York, where Sebastian spent time photographing the Peridance Company. This panel and the exhibit are made possible through the generous support of the Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Saturday, February 1, 5:00pm
 



Meet the Artist with Jonathan Demme
Director Jonathan Demme joins Dance on Camera for the a recurring Meet the Artist series, a program which provides audiences a dynamic opportunity to learn from a filmmaker's expertise with a particular focus on the influence and inclusion of dance film within the filmmaker's body of work.
Tuesday, February 4, 5:00pm

Student Film Competition
For a third year, DFA invites high school students throughout the five boroughs to submit dance films between 1-5 minutes in length for Capturing Motion NYC, a student film competition. This program will feature the top five juried student films and will include a panel discussion about the student's processes. The winning student filmmaker's work will be screened within closing night's program.
Friday, January 31st, 4:00p
                                
 


Dance on Camera is presented

by the Film Society of Lincoln Center
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and by the Dance Films Association
www.dancefilms.org




OTHER SELECTED DANCE STORIES FROM QPORIT:

INTERVIEW WITH ISABELLE FOKINE - SAN FRANCISCO BALLET PREMIERE OF PETROUCHKA
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2010/03/isabelle-fokine-interview-and.html



BALLET HISPANICO WITH PAQUITA RIVERA AT THE APOLLO
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/12/ballet-hispanico-with-paquito-drivera.html

WAR / DANCE
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2007/03/war-dance.html








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Saturday, January 25, 2014

 

SNL -- JAN 25, 2014 -- HOST: JONAH HILL with musical guest BASTILLE


-- SNL --
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
JAN 25, 2014

HOST: JONAH HILL

with musical guest

BASTILLE

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/

Jonah Hill is a young* movie star, known originally for comic roles in Superbad (2007), Knocked Up (2007), Funny People (2009), and Get Him to the Greek (2010). For two of his recent (not-comic) roles, in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, he was nominated for Academy Awards. He is a long shot, but the latest nomination, for his role in The Wolf Of Wall Street, will be decided at the Award ceremony on March 2, 2014.

*He's actually not as young as he looks. Jonah Hill Feldstein (his actual name) was born on December 20, 1983, making him 30 years old.

JONAH HILL ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonah_Hill

JONAH HILL ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1706767/


JONAH HILL ON AMAZON

Bastille is a 3 year old up-coming English rock band, with lead singer Dan Smith. (Note: there is no direct connection between the band and the French prison where the French Revolution (more or less) started. However, Dan Smith's birthday is on Bastille Day, July 21.)

BASTILLE ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastille_%28band%29

BASTILLE ON AMAZON


RECAP ...

This was -- almost up until the end -- a terrific show. Jonah Hill was extremely good, and game for even the worst self-flagellating humor.  The sketches were written with sophistication and wit.

Up until the last two skits, just about everything was a highlight.

COLD OPEN -- Answering the threat of Putin's crackdown on gays, the US is preparing a Team B of heterosexual figure skaters.  The first two incompetent male skaters were funny. Helped off the ice the commentator remarks "an impressive finish for the Californian."  The heterosexual mixed pair was hilarious.

MONOLOG -- After interruptions to his monolog with questions about Leo DiCaprio, Jonah stopped taking questions and started acting like a bigshot, started telling the "inside story."  Leo (the real Leo) then appeared to set him straight. 

Note 1 -- Jonah looked great!
Note 2 -- Leo looked even better!
Note 3 -- This was followed by at least two commercials during the show for "Wolf of Wall Street"

BENIHANA -- Adam, at 6 years old, telling Borsht Belt jokes to everyone at the table.  Some of the jokes were actually funny, but I suspect Jonah is one of the few actors in the world that could have pulled off this sketch and made it work. Adam (after each crude remark): "I'm joking. I'm six."

THE HIT -- A classic.  Three hit men in a car, waiting for the moment, start admiring the falling snow and the cute little animal in the road.


Promos (real)
 -- Melissa McCarthy w/ Imagine Dragons on SNL Feb 1.
 -- Sochi Olympics coverage starts Feb 6.
 -- Jimmy Fallon takes over the Tonight Show Feb 17.
 -- Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams to do Cabaret beginning March 21.
 -- Seth Meyers takes over Late Night on Feb 24
 -- Aladdin previews begin Feb 26..
Promo (strange)
 -- Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Pivot TV

COUPLES QUIZ -- The ultimate in Potty Humor.

MUSIC -- Bastille.  I like their sound, the first song especially. 

WEEKEND UPDATE -- Several of the jokes were hilarious. FRANK MEDINA (the officer who arrested Bieber) was amusing. OLYA POVLATSKY was funny but unnecessarily nasty in her anti-Russian rants.

S.WEETLAND RANCH -- People who love horses, even if the horses don't love them back. (I love the n.ame of the ranch.)

ME -- Another classic.  A parody of HER, with Jonah's own voice talking to Jonah as the OS.

DINNER AT THE BOSS's TABLE -- Jonah self-flagellates (as he did in COUPLES QUIZ), here with a different kind of pottly humor.  An unusually sharp ending.

Alas... this last was the last excellent sketch.

INSIDE SoCal -- Another real-time webcast or TVcast (or something).  Like SNL has done since at least the 1920's. This time, no jokes, no humor, no point.

PORN STARS ADVERTISING THE LAMBERGHINI -- Not a good sketch to end the show (I always hope the last sketch will be the most perverse funny classic),  But it did have one funny line, "...available in manual or autoerotic, with financing as low as HPV."


I enjoyed this show.  The writing was great in the best sketches, and there were a lot of great sketches.  Also, I like that SNL is using interesting backgrounds for the music much more than it used to. Jonah is really a terrific comic actor: he nailed every one of his sketches.




Here are links to some other SNL stories on QPORIT:

SNL -- JAN 18, 2014 -- HOST: DRAKE with musical guest DRAKE
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2014/01/snl-jan-18-2014-host-drake-with-musical.html

 SNL -- DEC 21, 2013 -- HOST: JIMMY FALLON with musical guest JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/12/snl-dec-21-2013-host-jimmy-fallon-with.html

SNL - DEC 14, 2013 -- HOST: JOHN GOODMAN with musical guest KINGS OF LEON
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/12/snl-dec-14-2013-host-john-goodman-with.htm

SNL - DEC 7, 2013 -- HOST: PAUL RUDD with musical guest ONE DIRECTION
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/12/snl-dec-7-2013-host-paul-rudd-with.html

SNL - NOV 16, 2013 - LADY GAGA with musical guest LADY GAGA
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/11/snl-nov-16-2013-lady-gaga-with-musical.html

SNL -- OCT 5, 2013 -- HOST: MILEY CYRUS with musical guest MILEY CYRUS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/10/snl-oct-5-2013-host-miley-cyrus-with.html 

SNL -- MAY 18, 2013 -- HOST: BEN AFFLECK with musical guest KANYE WEST -- SEASON FINALE
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/05/snl-may-18-2013-host-ben-affleck-with.html

SNL -- MAY 11, 2013 -- HOST: KRISTEN WIIG with musical guest... VAMPIRE WEEKEND (Fun Show!)
 

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/05/snl-may-11-2013-host-kristen-wiig-with.html

SNL -- APR 13, 2013 -- HOST: VINCE VAUGHN with musical guest... MIGUEL

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/04/snl-apr-13-2013-host-vince-vaughn-with.html

SNL -- MAR 9, 2013 -- HOST: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE with musical guest... JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/03/snl-mar-9-2013-host-justin-timberlake.html

SNL -- FEB 9, 2013 -- HOST: JUSTIN BIEBER with musical guest... JUSTIN BIEBER
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/02/snl-feb-9-2013-host-justin-bieber-with.html

SNL -- JAN 26, 2013 -- ADAM LEVINE with KENDRICK LAMAR (Great show! & lots of clips!!)
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/01/snl-jan-26-2013-adam-levine-with.html

SNL -- JAN 19, 2013 --JENNIFER LAWRENCE with THE LUMINEERS
 

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/01/snl-jan-19-2013-jennifer-lawrence-with.html

SNL -- DEC 15, 2012 -- MARTIN SHORT WITH PAUL MCCARTNEY
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/12/snl-dec-15-2012-martin-short-with-paul.html

SNL -- DEC 8, 2012 -- JAMIE FOXX WITH NE-YO
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/12/snl-dec-8-2012-jamie-foxx-with-ne-yo.html

SNL -- NOV 10, 2012 -- ANNE HATHAWAY WITH RIHANNA
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/11/snl-nov-10-2012-anne-hathaway-with.html

SNL -- OCT 20, 2012 -- BRUNO MARS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/10/snl-oct-20-2012-bruno-mars.html

SNL -- SEP 22, 2012 -- JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT WITH MUMFORD & SONS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/09/snl-sep-22-2012-joseph-gordon-levitt.html

SNL -- SEP 15, 2012 – SEASON PREMIERE! -- SETH MACFARLANE WITH FRANK OCEAN
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/09/snl-sep-15-2012-season-premiere-seth.html


 


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http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/


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Saturday, January 18, 2014

 

SNL -- JAN 18, 2014 -- HOST: DRAKE with musical guest DRAKE



SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

  SNL -- JAN 18, 2014

HOST

DRAKE

with Musical Guest

DRAKE


http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/



Drake (Aubrey Drake Graham) is a 27 year old (October 24, 1986) rapper, song-writer, actor, and record producer from Canada. 

He first gained fame as an actor on Canada's TV series about students at The Digrassi Community School. He plays "Soul Brother" on Anchorman 2.

He's had 10 number one singles on Billboard's charts, and his albums have sold more than 5 million copies. He has won Grammy's, Juno's & BET's  awards. 

He's up for some Grammy's this year, too. (CBS on Sun  Jan 26 at 8PM).

DRAKE ON WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_%28rapper%29

DRAKE ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1013044/


DRAKE ON AMAZON




RECAP...

This was an amusing, but kind of laid back, not terribly energetic show.  It went by quickly and there were few really bad sketches, but many of the bits seemed like they could have been developed into funnier, sharper scenes.  There was little political or edgy humor -- what SNL seems to do best.  

The music was good, and the sound  and look of the music was unusual for SNL: the words were at the top of the mix, and the lighting was terrific on the singer-s; (Drake was joined by a 'friend'); while the music was softer and the musicians completely off screen.

The newest cast member made a fine debut.

Probably the best of the night was A-Rod in the COLD OPEN, and the RESOLUTION video.



SCENES...

COLD OPEN - Piers Morgan with Christie, A-Rod (suing the dictionary), & Bieber (suing the eggs).

MONOLOG - I'm from Toronto, where the rappers are polite and the Mayor smokes crack.  But the Bar Mitzvah bit (Drake has a Jewish mother and a black dad) was lame.

BET - Rappers before they were stars.

NANCY GRACE - Legal pot... "What about the babies! ... checkmate!" (... and he was only half as crazy as yaw ass...)

RESOLUTION - Revolution...  I'll do it next year... Nice video.

SLUMBER PARTY - Interesting funny idea but the sketch didn't really work too well.

MUSIC - Interesting, different kind of rap. Nice look.

AD (real) - Interesting something(?) for Beatspills.com

WEEKEND UPDATE - Jokes and Jacqueline Bisset were funny, Arianna Huffington not so much.

AD (real) - Good ad for the new Kindle.

INDIANA JONES DISNEY WORLD SPECTACULAR - ???  This sketch needed some serious script work.

DETENTION - Poetry in  detention. Pretty good (tho' not terribly funny) sketch.
 

PROMOS - Anchors live on air, dead off.  Sketch is amusing but under-written.

I KNOW - I don't know the point of this (morality?) sketch video. Under-written and not funny.

Drake makes a good Host, but he needs to be backed by a strong, funny director and sharp writing to get the full value of his talents.




Here are links to some other SNL stories on QPORIT:

SNL -- DEC 21, 2013 -- HOST: JIMMY FALLON with musical guest JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/12/snl-dec-21-2013-host-jimmy-fallon-with.html

SNL - DEC 14, 2013 -- HOST: JOHN GOODMAN with musical guest KINGS OF LEON
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/12/snl-dec-14-2013-host-john-goodman-with.htm

SNL - DEC 7, 2013 -- HOST: PAUL RUDD with musical guest ONE DIRECTION
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/12/snl-dec-7-2013-host-paul-rudd-with.html

SNL - NOV 16, 2013 - LADY GAGA with musical guest LADY GAGA
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/11/snl-nov-16-2013-lady-gaga-with-musical.html

SNL -- OCT 5, 2013 -- HOST: MILEY CYRUS with musical guest MILEY CYRUS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/10/snl-oct-5-2013-host-miley-cyrus-with.html 

SNL -- MAY 18, 2013 -- HOST: BEN AFFLECK with musical guest KANYE WEST -- SEASON FINALE
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/05/snl-may-18-2013-host-ben-affleck-with.html

SNL -- MAY 11, 2013 -- HOST: KRISTEN WIIG with musical guest... VAMPIRE WEEKEND (Fun Show!)
 

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/05/snl-may-11-2013-host-kristen-wiig-with.html

SNL -- APR 13, 2013 -- HOST: VINCE VAUGHN with musical guest... MIGUEL

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/04/snl-apr-13-2013-host-vince-vaughn-with.html

SNL -- MAR 9, 2013 -- HOST: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE with musical guest... JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/03/snl-mar-9-2013-host-justin-timberlake.html

SNL -- FEB 9, 2013 -- HOST: JUSTIN BIEBER with musical guest... JUSTIN BIEBER
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/02/snl-feb-9-2013-host-justin-bieber-with.html

SNL -- JAN 26, 2013 -- ADAM LEVINE with KENDRICK LAMAR (Great show! & lots of clips!!)
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/01/snl-jan-26-2013-adam-levine-with.html

SNL -- JAN 19, 2013 --JENNIFER LAWRENCE with THE LUMINEERS
 

http://qporit.blogspot.com/2013/01/snl-jan-19-2013-jennifer-lawrence-with.html

SNL -- DEC 15, 2012 -- MARTIN SHORT WITH PAUL MCCARTNEY
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/12/snl-dec-15-2012-martin-short-with-paul.html

SNL -- DEC 8, 2012 -- JAMIE FOXX WITH NE-YO
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/12/snl-dec-8-2012-jamie-foxx-with-ne-yo.html

SNL -- NOV 10, 2012 -- ANNE HATHAWAY WITH RIHANNA
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/11/snl-nov-10-2012-anne-hathaway-with.html

SNL -- OCT 20, 2012 -- BRUNO MARS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/10/snl-oct-20-2012-bruno-mars.html

SNL -- SEP 22, 2012 -- JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT WITH MUMFORD & SONS
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/09/snl-sep-22-2012-joseph-gordon-levitt.html

SNL -- SEP 15, 2012 – SEASON PREMIERE! -- SETH MACFARLANE WITH FRANK OCEAN
http://qporit.blogspot.com/2012/09/snl-sep-15-2012-season-premiere-seth.html


 


SNL OFFICIAL SITE
http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/


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