Films for Every Fancy
As dance flits from the stage to the street, the museum, the abandoned building, and even the iPad, an enduring trend is the Dance on Camera festival at Lincoln Center (a co-presentation with Dance Films Association). The 43rd edition of this series opens January 30 and runs through February 3, with a diverse range of offerings; just the thing for the frigid week ahead.
Highlights for documentary buffs will include the U.S. premiere of Girlchild Diary, an intimate look at Meredith Monk and her 1973 work Education of a Girlchild, as well as films about artists Benjamin Millepied, Elizabeth Streb, the notoriously camera-eschewing Jiří Kylián, Judson Dance Theater’s Sally Gross, and members of Mark Morris Dance Group. Narrative offerings include Jayce Bartok’s Fall to Rise, starring former Martha Graham Dance Company luminary Katherine Crockett as a dancer sidelined by injury, and the closing night’s dramatic Desert Dancer, a feature directed by Richard Raymond and choreographed by Akram Khan telling the (true) story of a young Iranian man who dreams of being a dancer despite a government ban and forms a clandestine dance troupe amidst the riots of 2009.
Also check out art films like Ghost Line and Other Celluloid Antics, featuring the world premiere of Shona Masarin and Cori Olinghouse’s new experimental dance short Ghost Line accompanied by short films that exemplify the cinematic history upon which Ghost Line draws, including Buster Keaton’s The Playhouse and Back Stage and Hans Richter’s Ghosts Before Breakfast. And be sure to note the films screening with main attractions – some of these, like Stacey Menchel Kussell’s Renewal (screening with Capturing Grace), a documentary about Vertigo Dance Company’s approach to sustainable communal living in Israel, will make for fine double features.
For a full list of the Dance on Camera offerings, visit filmlinc.com. And check back next week for DancePulp coverage of the Festival!