Dance on Camera 2010


U. S. Premiere of Jeff McKay’s Forty Years of One-Night Stands  preceded by the World Premiere of short film Keep Dancing

The New York Premiere of  Anne Bass’s Dancing Across Borders  

The World Premiere of Michael Blackwood’s New York Dance


The Film Society of Lincoln Center, in association with the Dance Films Association, will present the 38th annual DANCE ON CAMERA FESTIVAL from January 29th through February 2nd, celebrating the synergy of dance and film as conceived in innovative shorts and illuminating documentaries created world-wide.


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.

Festival Films

dir. Joseph Johnson Cami & Ayelen Liberona, 8M, CANADA
An ancient woman moves like a praying mantis as she blends gracefully through changing landscapes. She leaps through a cornfield to lure Man into one final battle.
BEGUINE (2009)
dir. Douwe Dijkstra,
One man’s response to losing his lover, a surreal short based on a poem by Giza Ritschl. Nominated
BREATH MADE VISIBLE (2009) dir. Ruedi Gerber, 80M, USA A stunning, inspiring account of one of the most important cultural icons in modern dance. Anna Halprin, the American dance pioneer who has helped redefine our notion of modern art with her belief in dance’s power to teach, heal, and transform at all ages of life. This cinematic portrait blends recent interviews with archival footage.
CHAMAME (2008)
dir. Silvina Szperling,
A delirious, chameleon woman gets carried away by the Paraná River stream. She becomes one with the plants or the fish; is at times a heroin and at times a victim, until she is rescued by a fisherman.
CHLOES (2009)
dir. Lea Fulton and Greg King,
Two women negotiate the confines of a sleek, modern bus stop shelter on a gritty urban street at night.
dir. Ana Cembrero,
In this emotional journey, this film shows through the body the ambiguity of a real and imaginary world where a woman searches, dances, fights or plays, without separating what is lived and what is dreamed. Winner
dir. Anne Bass, 90M, USA
Sokvannara Sar  (Sy) was a young, gifted dancer living with his family in Cambodia when he was discovered by Anne Bass, an American enthusiast and supporter of ballet. The two of them set out on a risky journey from Angor Wat to New York City, where Sy dedicated himself to learning an alien art under the tutelage of the master teacher, Olga Kostritzky at the School of American Ballet.
dir. Pedro Pires, 9M, CANADA
The director, who worked with Robert Lepage on this stunning short writes, “For a period of time, while we believe it to be perfectly still, lifeless flesh responds, stirs and contorts in a final macabre ballet. Are these spasms merely erratic motions or do they echo the chaotic twists and turns of a past life?”
dir. Edouard Jouret, Matthieu Landour, Fx Goby,
Marvelously accurate tango animated with great style.
dir. Richard James Allen,
A busy dancing man takes a nap in two realities. His live self dreams and his avatar self dreams. Neither reality is quite so simple when they wake.
dir. Jeff McKay,
Born out of nothing in the middle of nowhere, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) set the ballet world on prairie fire. From Flin Flon to Moscow, it wowed audiences and critics alike with its youth, vitality and innocent excitement. Through the diverse voices of RWB company members—past and present—40 Years of One Night Stands recounts the saga of the obsessive commitment and vision of those who brought the lofty art of ballet to the people.
dir. Stephanie Weber Biron,
A little girl discovers a praxinoscope, where she observes animated images of a ballerina. The animated image transforms into a real dancer who transports us from Paris to Montreal in a surrealistic magical world.
JACKIE & JUDY (2009)
dir. Phil Harder,
An ode to Canadian animator, Norman McLaren’s Pas De Deux, the New York based choreographers Rosanne Chamecki and Andrea Lerner choreographed, and performed their silhouettes which become multiplied by their momentum.
dir. Douglas Turnbaugh and Gregory Vander Veer,
18M, USA
Friends since the Broadway run of The Follies in 2001, Marge Champion and Donald Saddler still dance together in a studio twice a week.
dir. Vickie Mendoza,
6:16M, USA
Inspired by the noir films of the 1940s and 1950s and the posters that publicized them, “The Last Martini” plays out the rain-soaked reverie of a man whose psyche becomes tangled in a broken dance of passion and heartbreak. Nominated
dir. Marie-Pascale Lescot,
For 10 years in the 1980s, the director danced professionally. She quit dancing until her son took his first steps. Then, questions arose: Where does dance come from? What makes us dance? Spiderman, Fred Astaire, Swatch watches and stubborn calves provide some clues.
LITTLE EASE (outside the box) (2008)
dir. Ami Ipapo and Matt Tarr,
6:53M, USA
A new take on a classic piece of choreography conceived in 1985 by extreme action pioneer Elizabeth Streb. Through the use of the camera, we remove obstacles to the conversation between performer, environment and witness, taking this inspiring and athletic movement out of its typical context.
dir. Michael Blackwood,
97M, USA
New York Dance: States of Performance is the latest in Michael Blackwood’s trilogy on the state of contemporary dance. In 2010, Blackwood explores new currents for the new decade with New York Dance, curated by dance critic Gia Kourlas. The film features Christopher Wheeldon, Jennifer Monson, Sara Michelson, John Jasperse, Ralph Lemon, Beth Gill and Ann Liv Young, who express their ideas and dance aesthetic in rehearsal and performance.
dir. Babeth M. VanLoo, 82M
A Buddhist Foundation documentary on the much- admired composer, choreographer, filmmaker Meredith Monk with excerpts from her films.
dir. Nan Melville,
26M, USA
This painterly portrait of an idyllic dance village near Bangalore offers a taste of the Indian dance style, Odissi. Protima Bedi institutionalized classical Indian dance through the founding of Nrityagram; a “gurukul” where students could dance and live in close proximity with their master guru. The internationally renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble continues to expand on Protima’s legacy; lead dancer and choreographer, Surupa Sen and Odissi Gurukul Director, Bijayini Satpathy have expanded the language of the traditional Odissi dance through the incorporation of choreographic techniques adapted from world dance. The Ensemble continues to push the boundaries of Indian dance and to perform to worldwide acclaim.
ONE STEP AT A TIME (2008) dir. Clifton Raphael,
60M, USA
The Jenks High School Film and TV Department created with the support of Jenks Public Schools a documentary portrait of their regional ballet company, Tulsa Ballet. By following a season of Tulsa Ballet, “One Step at a Time” explores the process of artistic creation–through personal profiles of and interviews with dancers and choreographers.
dir. Naomi Stikeman,
Choreographer Crystal Pite explores themes of birth, death, renewal, and the freedom found through reconnecting with one’s body.
RAPTURE (2008)
dir. Noemie LaFrance, 6M
Celebrating the opening of Frank Gehry’s  Fisher Center at Bard College in 2008, dancers defy gravity and scale, rush up and down the hills of a metallic desert against the empty sky.
dir. Jay Field,
Set to the Prokoviev score, an innovative animation spins around 2 dancers.
SHE (2009)
dir. Kathy Rose,
An insectoid fantasy adapted from a live performance into a mesmerizing short using puppetry, collage, and dance.
dir. Kriota Willberg,
5:30M, USA
This innovative homage to Busby Berkeley celebrates the merits of skin protection. Nominated
dir. Andy Wood,
4:48M, UK
Shot in one continuous take, the rough and ready hand-held camera improvises within the dance, an active participant
in a carefree duet.
dir. Oliver Fergusson-Taylor,
10M, UK
Hip hop deconstruction of trash heap.
dir. Brigitte Kramer & Jorg Jeshel,
A site-specific, witty tour of contemporary dance today including 10 dance companies, all shot in Berlin: Dresden Semper Oper Ballett, Dave St. Pierre, Membros Cia de Danca, Akram Khan Company, Tecktonick, Hiroaki Umeda, Boris Charmatz, Meg Stuart & Jeremy Wade, Nasser Martin-Gousset, Les Slovaks Dance Collective, Olivier Dubois, Jefta van Dinter & Mette Ingvartsen
WHERE THE DANCE IS (2009) dir. Marta Renzi,
16M, USA
In May of 2009, choreographer Doug Elkins worked with 8 students from Beacon High School in New York City. This documentary follows the process of their rehearsals, as the kids gain confidence, build a community – and are entertained by the humor and hyperactive wit of their teacher.
dir. Elizabeth Kapnist,
Kapnist, with writer Christian Dumais-Lvowski, made this film celebrating the life and times of former Alwin Nikolais dancer Carolyn Carlson. Carlson, who moved to France in 1968, was inspired and influenced by Nikolais and pays tribute to him from her Paris-based Atelier de Paris between rehearsals of one of her famous pieces, Blue Lady.
dir. Mimi Garrard,
18M, USA
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FUSION (1967)
dir. Ed Emshwiller,
16M, USA
This rare film was one of two collaborations between the choreographer and the avant grade filmmaker. If aliens invaded the Museum of Modern Arts, it might look something like this – masked dancers, flying fabric, no beginning, no end, just color and motion.
dir. Christian Blackwood, 82M, USA
A portrait of choreographer Nikolais and his dance muse, Murray Louis.