Announcing Free Dance Film Screening on May 14, 2015, DFA @ BAAD!

For Immediate Release May 5, 2015
Dance Films Association (DFA) and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) Co-present


an Evening of Short Dance Films for the Boogie Down Dance Festival
Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7PM, Free

New York, NY Dance Films Association (DFA) returns to the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) with a fun, engaging program of short dance films that play, stimulate and sometimes seduce the imagination with movement and the human body for no cost to attend. With works by filmmakers including Marta Renzi, Dana Gingris, Daniel Gwirtzman, Bertil Nilsson, Ina Sotirova, Christine Turner, Vrinda Sheth, and Danielle Kipnis. Stay for the post show party to celebrate BAAD! co-founder Charles Rice-Gonzalez’s birthday.

Program and Ticket Information DFA @ BAAD!  Thursday, May 14 at 7PM Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance  2474 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 918-2110 Tickets: FREE! Program run time is 75 minutes with a celebration to follow. Films A Thousand Miles from the Sea (Marta Renzi | USA, 2014, 10:55) A carful of young people arrive at an empty house, catching the attention of a woman – or is she a memory? – in the attic. As they try on old clothes and new identities, she guides them, unseen, toward greater intimacy and delight. Chainreaction (Dana Gingras | Canada, 2014, 11:45) Chainreaction is a collision of dance, animation and sound that juxtaposes the movements of live performers with the motion of animated projections, in a continuous interactive evolution of action reaction. Crab World (Daniel Gwirtzman | USA/Brazil, 2014, 2:30) Company director, choreographer and dancer Daniel Gwirtzman collaborated with filmmaker Rafael Silva de Carvalho on this brief film, shot in a craggy clearing in Misericórdia, Bahia, a small town on the island of Itaparica. Daniel says, “Its landscape recalled the moon with its cratered surface.” This otherworldliness extends to Gwirtzman’s inhuman movements. Heavy rains bracketed the shoot, and in between a setting sun and rainbow, adding to the mystery of the locale. Finding inspiration from the limitless number of crabs in the sand and water, Gwirtzman imagines life from a crab’s perspective. It’s a Crab’s World after all. An abstract meditation on nature. Figure Scrub (Bertil Nilsson | UK, 2011, 1:07) An experimental dance film by Bertil Nilsson featuring dancer Michael-John Harper. Music: “A Shadowy Figure Emerges” by Purse Candy” freedom2dance (Ina Sotirova | USA, 2011, 20:00) In 1970s New York, dancing brought needed liberation in tough times. But can the city’s underground dance culture continue to thrive after Mayor Giuliani’s revival of Prohibition-era “Cabaret Laws?” With footage of club dancing and discussion in controversy. Homegoings: A Dance (Christine Turner | USA, 2013, 4:59) Inspired by the award-winning documentary Homegoings, which explores the African American way of death, dancers from the Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company perform an original piece choreographed by Janet Wong with music by Daniel Roumain. Shedding Skin (Vrinda Sheth | USA, 2014, 3:14) A collaboration between dancer Vrinda Sheth and filmmaker Rasa Acharya, this short dance film explores the dancer’s reaction to her imagined/real critics. The film questions a performer’s public versus private persona, as well as conventions of costume and dress. It features original choreography in the South Asian dance style Bharata Natyam set to the upbeat yet poignant hip-hop song ‘Shedding Skin’ by M.C. Yogi. Expressed through a dancer’s medium, the film reaches into the heart of every artist – every personal endeavor – and finds resolution, if only for a moment. Tagged (Danielle Kipnis | USA, 2014, 5:40) Tagged features graffiti painted dancers who move throughout New York City, create a moving image and transform spaces viewed as sacred, private, or useless into a useful urban theater. The film addresses how artists can claim urban public and private space as their own creative canvas as well as encourages communities to look at and appreciate the art surrounding them everyday. Tagged is currently part of “[re]CLAIM”, a live, immersive and multi-media evening length dance performance that premiers in Miami on May 15th. Tagged is a Nazmo Dance Collective production.  About Dance Films Association (DFA) 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. Currently, DFA is actively seeking to broaden its audience via new media initiatives and membership drives, to support cutting edge approaches to dance documentation, and to expand partnerships with schools, arts partners, media sites, and other institutions. Alongside the annual Dance on Camera Festival inaugurated in 1971 and co-presented with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, DFA’s year-round programming includes the educational series Dance Film Lab, the high school student film competition Capturing Motion NYC, and the screening series Dance Films Presents. DFA’s Production Initiative provides opportunities for choreographers to collaborate on high quality film projects, with support from a Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Fund Grant. In addition, DFA awards an annual production grant to dance filmmakers to support innovative new work in the field of dance film. The Bronx Academy of Art & Dance (BAAD!) presents its annual spring dance festival THE BOOGIE DOWN DANCE SERIES from Thursday, April 30 through Saturday, May 30, 2015 at BAAD!, 2474 Westchester Square in the Westchester Square section of the Bronx. The BOOGIE DOWN DANCE SERIES makes way for professional, contemporary dance in the Bronx and takes its title from the borough’s nickname, The Boogie Down. The festival features a powerful mix of home grown Bronx dance and diversity of dance from around the city. Tickets for concert costs $15 with discounts available for students, seniors, groups, Bronx Cultural Card Holders, NALAC (National Association of Latino Art and Cultures and to residents of Westchester Square and Hunts Point. The Boogie Down Dance Series is sponsored in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Press Contact Dance Films Association: Brighid Greene / / (347) 505-8649
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