Dance on Camera 2016

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The 44th edition of the Dance on Camera Festival celebrates the worlds of ballet, jazz, and
contemporary dance; modern and postmodern legends and discoveries; dances in gypsy enclaves as well as explorations into artistic expression and therapy; stories from countries where female dance is taboo but nevertheless practiced; and a spotlight on the exciting world of trapeze. Co-Presented with Film Society of Lincoln Center.


February 12- February 16, 2016

The Flight Fantastic

Tom Moore  •  2015  •  DCP  •  98 minutes
Opening Night · Q&A with Tom Moore, Tito Gaona, Chela Gaona, and Richie Gaona

The Flying Gaonas were one of the greatest trapeze acts of all time, performing with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to gain worldwide recognition. Tom Moore’s documentary is rich with interview and archival footage, in which ambition, dedication, trust, and family bonds are conveyed with warmth and humor. Screening with: Love Songs for Robots (Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski, 4m).

Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer

Jack Walsh  •  2015  •  DCP  •  82 minutes
Closing Night · Q&A with Yvonne Rainer and Jack Walsh

The protean postmodern choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, who at 80 years old continues to look at dance with an explorer’s heart, is the subject of Jack Walsh’s revealing documentary. Screening with: Public Displays (Mike Kirsch, 4m).



Screenings will take place at Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th Street
Panels and free events will take place at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater, 144 W. 65th Street 

Friday, February 12
1:30PM    Rare Birds (60m) screening with Bird (17m)
3:30PM    Disportrait (52m) screening with Tactum (28m)
5:00PM    Free Panel Discussion: Meet The Artist with Pat Birch
6:00PM    Dance Emergency (52m) screening with The Birch Grove (21m)
8:15PM    Opening Night – The Flight Fantastic (98m) screening with Love Song For Robots (4m)

Saturday, February 13
11:00AM    PS Dance! (53m) screening with Capturing Motion NYC (5m)
1:00PM    Horizons (71m) screening with Cubano Bas (3m)
3:15PM    Ballerina: Program 1 “Body and Soul” (64m) screening with Archive Excerpts (20m)
5:00PM    Free Panel Discussion: Work-In-Progress Screening (60m)
6:00PM    Bajarí (84m)
8:00PM    Shorts Program I (TRT 67m): Targeted Advertising (4m), SajakThor (7m), Abismo (6m),The Song of GuQin – Chinese Ink(5m), Tebe Tasi / Sea Dance (9m), Indigo Grey: The Passage(6m), Still Light (3m), Honeymoon (6m), Descent (5m), Approaching the Puddle (8m), A Portrait of Marc Brew (6m)

Sunday, February 14
1:00PM    The Men Who Danced (30m) screening with Lar Lubovitch at Jacob’s Pillow (25m)
3:15PM    Enter the Faun (68m) screening with Martiality, Not Fighting (13m)
5:00PM    Free Panel Discussion: Luigi: Hollywood, Broadway, and Beyond (60m)
6:00PM    The Dance Goodbye (60m) screening with David (13m)
8:00PM    The Band Wagon (112m)

Monday, February 15
12:00PM    Free Panel Discussion: Teaching Screendance: Creating a Practice-Based Pedagogy (60m)
1:00PM    Bessie: A Portrait of Bessie Schonberg (60m) screening with The GOLDs (34m)
3:15PM    They Are We (77m) screening with Je Suis Un Cheval (12m)
5:00PM    Free Panel Discussion: Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance (60m)
6:00PM    Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (104m)
8:30PM    Our Last Tango (85m)

Tuesday, February 16
1:00PM    Dance with Them (94m)
3:00PM    After the Curtain (70m) screening with Plow Plant Reap (14m)
6:00PM    Shorts Program II (TRT 66m): Yachta-Yadda-Yadda (8m), Néants (9m), Mortified: The Contender (6m), The Song of GuQin – Hand Dance (6m), Study #1 (4m), Dance of the Neurons(5m), Martian Mating Moves (2m), Snags in Palladio (6m), Su misura (1m), Little Dreams (7m), know you (4m), The Fallen Circus (10m)
8:00PM    Closing Night – Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer (82m) screening with Public Displays (4m)

Friday, February 12 – Tuesday, February 16
Jordan Matter: A Matter of Dance – in the Furman Gallery

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Film Society of Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Since 1996, Dance Films Association has partnered with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to present the Dance on Camera Festival. The festival takes place throughout their campus in the Walter Reade Theater, Frieda & Roy Furman Gallery, and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.

Dance on Camera Festival (February 12-16) returns to the Film Society of Lincoln Center with 20 features, 36 shorts, four retrospective selections, and exciting free panels. The 44th edition of the festival marks two landmark occasions: the 60th anniversary of the founding of Dance Films Association, which co-presents the festival with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the 20th anniversary of the partnership between the two arts organizations on this unique event.

This year’s edition presents audiences with the worlds of ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance; modern and postmodern legends and discoveries, such as the focus of the Closing Night film, Jack Walsh’s Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer; flamenco in gypsy enclaves as well as explorations into artistic expression and innovative therapy; and stories from countries where women choose to dance despite a cultural bias against it; and, in addition to spotlighting the more traditional forms of dance, the lineup also delves into the exciting world of trapeze—known as “ballet of the air”—in the Opening Night film, Tom Moore’s The Flight Fantastic.

Feelings are Facts. Image courtesy The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

Feelings are Facts. Image courtesy The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

“Celebrating dance in all its many shapes and colors is this festival’s mantra,” said Joanna Ney, co-curator, with Liz Wolff, of the 44th edition. “Diversity, passion, and commitment are, as ever, the watchwords of Dance on Camera Festival. From Carmen Amaya’s legacy as seen in her progeny in Bajarí to a remote corner of Québec where a dancing school offers life lessons, to Horizons, a salute to Cuba’s love affair with ballet, the accent is on maintaining tradition as well as looking to the future.”

“Dance on Camera Festival allows for a legacy in dance to be honored and preserved, and this year we highlight this with some of the great male dancers and pioneers: Ted Shawn in The Men Who Danced, Eugene Louis “Luigi” Faccuito in a panel discussion Luigi: Hollywood, Broadway, and Beyond, and Alvin Ailey in Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance. Their accomplishments and innovation have formed generations of great dancers,” said Liz Wolff.

In-Person Appearances: legendary ballerinas Natalia Makarova (Kirov, ABT, Royal & freelance) and Merrill Ashley (NYCB for 30 years).

A tribute to the great jazz innovator Luigi (Faccuito) with the free panel discussion Luigi: Hollywood, Broadway and Beyond, followed by a screening of Vincente Minnelli’s classic American musical The Band Wagon, in which he appears with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.

Dance Education and Advocacy Through Film: A pioneering discussion following a screening of PS DANCE! and Capturing Motion NYC with dance filmmakers, educators and program leaders, moderated by Paul Galando (Dance Films Association’s Vice President and Chair of Education) with Jody Gottfried Arnhold (a Dance Films Association’s 2016 Dance in Focus Awardee for her exceptional contributions to our dance community through education, advocacy, and groundbreaking support of dance film).

Meet the Artist with Pat Birch (a Dance Films Association’s 2016 Dance in Focus Awardee for her outstanding contributions to the dance film genre): The festival welcomes the award-winning choreographer to share career insights into her work for stage, screen, and television, including being the mastermind behind the hand jive in the musical hit Grease. Ms. Birch will be honored with a 2016 Dance in Focus Awardee for her outstanding contributions to the dance film genre.

A screening of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, followed by a Q&A with special guests.

Retrospective Highlights: Dance Films Association launches its 60th season with a series of retrospective screenings, featuring significant and compelling films from its six decades of innovative programming. Bessie: A Portrait of Bessie Schonberg about the inspiring mentor and teacher, which will feature directors D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus in person; The Men Who Danced,the story of Jacob’s Pillow founder Ted Shawn and his original all-male troupe; and Lar Lubovitch at Jacob’s Pillow, featuring the choreographer and some of his signature works. These programs represent the rich history that Dance Films Association brings to this unique programming and the special anniversaries marking the potency of the dance cinema genre.

An advance screening of German Kral’s Our Last Tango, featuring Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, tango’s explosive partnership that ignited audiences for over 40 years.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 12. A pre-sale to Film Society and Dance Films Association members begins Thursday, January 7. Single screening tickets are $14; $11 for students and seniors (62+); and $9 for FSLC and DFA members. See more and save with the All Access Pass or 3+ film discount package.


FEBRUARY 12-16, 2016

Inaugurated in 1971, and co-presented with the Film Society Of Lincoln Center, our annual festival is the most anticipated and widely attended dance film event in New York City. Each year, selected artists, respected film presenters, and hundreds of film fans come together to experience the latest in groundbreaking, thought provoking, and mesmerizing dance films.


FEBRUARY 10, 2016

Join us for an evening celebrating the work of Dance Films Association’s 2016 Dance in Focus Awardees Jody Gottfried Arnhold for her exceptional contributions to our dance community through education, advocacy, and groundbreaking support of dance film, and Pat Birch for her outstanding contributions to the dance film genre and a legacy of choreography from theater to music video to film and beyond.

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Dance Films Association is dedicated to furthering the art of dance film. Connecting artists and organizations, fostering new works for new audiences, and sharing essential resources, DFA seeks to be a catalyst for innovation in and preservation of dance on camera. This membership service organization was founded in 1956 by Susan Braun.

Dance Films Association and Dance on Camera Festival receive generous support from CORE™, MINDBODY, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, The Office of the Mayor Bill De Blasio, and Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, as well as The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Arnhold Foundation and Materials for the Arts.

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Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist’s unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award, whose 2015 recipient was Robert Redford. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from American Airlines, The New York Times, HBO, Stella Artois, The Kobal Collection, Variety, Loews Regency Hotel, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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Inaugurated in 1971 and considered the “mother” of dance film festivals, the Dance On Camera Festival annually presents a broad range of films including documentaries, shorts, features, experimental works, and music videos that celebrate the immediacy of dance combined with the intimacy of film. In 1996, Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center partnered to co-present the Dance on Camera Festival, hosting screenings at the Walter Reade Theater and for the first time during the 40th Anniversary in 2012, at the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Past partners have included Movement Research, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Big Screen Project. Since 1999, we have facilitated the Dance on Camera Tour.


Liz Wolff

Liz Wolff has over 20 years of professional experience in the performing arts, starting with a long performing career in dance. Originally from Boston, Liz moved to New York to train with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Paul Taylor Dance Company as a scholarship student. She became a founding member of Cortez & Company [Contemporary Ballet], and moved to Cleveland to be a founding member and principal dancer with Verb Ballets, performing works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, David Parsons and Heinz Poll. After retiring from performing she returned to New York and continued to work in the arts as Festival Coordinator and Administrative Director for White Wave / John Ryan Theater in DUMBO. She was in charge of festival planning and development including initial review and selection of artists, coordination of rehearsal and production schedules, and management of production staff for the organization’s three annual festivals. In 2007, Liz moved into the film business, first in domestic distribution at The Weinstein Company, and then in the position of Head of Theatrical Sales for Oscilloscope Laboratories. Moving to the exhibitor’s side of the film distribution business she currently works for Bow Tie Partners, parent company of Bow Tie Cinemas.
Liz became the co-curator for the Dance On Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in the summer 2012, and is also co-founded and producer the Cape Dance Festival, an altruistic concert dance event in Provincetown, MA.


Joanna Ney

Joanna Ney has been the Film Society’s consultant on dance and the co-curator of Dance on Camera since 1996 when she brought Dance Films Association’s long-running festival to Lincoln Center, affording it an annual venue. 2015 marks the 19th year of collaboration between DFA and the Film Society on Dance on Camera which has gained international recognition with both the dance and film communities.
Ms. Ney has had a longstanding affiliation with the Film Society, serving first as its public relations director and later as a film programmer specializing in dance related events and retrospectives of directors and performers. After the Walter Reade Theater opened she organized a number of special tributes dedicated to legendary figures in the Hollywood pantheon– including Jack Cole, Michael Kidd, Donald O’Connor and Leslie Caron. Prior to joining the Film Society she was a public relations executive with a number of major film studios, including MGM, Warner Bros. and United Artist, representing mainstream, independent and foreign films, among them “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Barry Lyndon” for Stanley Kubrick and “Zabriskie Point” and “The Passenger” for Michelangelo Antonioni.
Prior to becoming a film industry professional she was a photo researcher at LOOK and also enrolled at the Dramatic Workshop and the New Dance Group, where she studied modern, jazz and ballet. Her passion for dance eventually led her into journalism and she contributed dance reviews and features to many leading publications.



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