DFA Announces August Film Screening at SummerStage Central Park

Screening Lincoln Center at the Movies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
August 16, 2017 at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park


Press Contact:
Rebecca Hadley
Dance Films Association

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June 19, 2017, New York, NY — Dance Films Association announces a new collaboration with City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage, presenting a free screening of Lincoln Center at the Movies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on August 16, 2017 at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. SummerStage presented by Capital One Bank is New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 performances to Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs of New York.

Danni Gee, Curator of Dance and Music Programming Associate for SummerStage says, “The timing of presenting this film to our SummerStage audience is a fitting balm to the climate in the world today. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is a global arts ambassador and has the ability to bring together all walks of life, which was Alvin’s mission. Having performed with the company on this very stage in 1993 and now celebrating my 10th season curating at SummerStage, I can not imagine a better time to showcase this film to our audience.”

Dance Films Association co-presented Lincoln Center at the Movies: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with the Film Society of Lincoln Center at the 44th annual Dance on Camera Festival in 2016, and is pleased to bring the film to the SummerStage screen. The documentary was directed by Matthew Diamond and features four audience favorites and behind the scenes interviews with members of the esteemed dance company. The electrifying modern dance program includes Wayne McGregor’s sumptuous Chroma with a score by Jack White and Joby Talbot; Ronald K. Brown’s powerful Grace, with music by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis Jr., and Fela Kuti; Robert Battle’s humorous, high-flying Takademe; and Alvin Ailey’s beloved Revelations – “one of the great works of the human spirit” (The New York Times). Audiences can enjoy this free SummerStage screening at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on August 16 at 7PM.

The public is invited to participate in a pre-show Revelations dance workshop with Alvin Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs, beginning at 6PM. All ages are encouraged to come out to the park early to enjoy this family-friendly workshop. RSVP required; contact RSVP@CityParksFoundation.org.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Learn more about the screening and workshop here: http://bit.ly/2oVhdzG

SummerStage is located right off the 5th Avenue and 72nd Street entrance to Central Park in New York City. Enter at 69th and 5th Avenue.

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About City Parks Foundation At City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs — located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers and public schools across New York City — reach 425,000 people each year. Our ethos is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.

About SummerStage
SummerStage, a program of City Parks Foundation, is New York’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival. SummerStage annually presents more than 100 performances in 16 parks throughout the five boroughs. With performances ranging from American pop, Latin, world music, dance and theater, SummerStage fills a vital niche in New York City’s summer arts festival landscape. Since its inception 32 years ago, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage. SummerStage is presented by Capital One Bank.

About Dance Films Association Dance Films Association, Inc. (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 Dance on Camera Festival, DFA conducts year round programming such as the Dance Film Lab, Dance Films Presents, and Capturing Motion NYC and additionally acts as a Fiscal Sponsor and offers a Production Grant.

Dance Films Association receives generous year-round support from our members, 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 M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Jody and John Arnhold, Emerging Movement Council, AbelCine, Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Dance and New Media Foundation, Brown-Forman, Funders For LGBTQ Issues, Gibney Dance Center, and Materials for the Arts. For more information visit www.dancefilms.org and follow @dancefilms on Twitter.

For inquiries, please contact: Rebecca Hadley Communications Associate Dance Films Association (374) 505-8649 rebecca@dancefilms.org www.dancefilms.org
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