46th Dance on Camera Festival, July 20-24

Lapacazo Sandoval and Art Shrian | 7/12/2018, 12:40 p.m.
It’s time to dance again and one of the best choices is the 46th Dance on Camera Festival starting July ...
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It’s time to dance again and one of the best choices is the 46th Dance on Camera Festival starting July 20 and running through July 24.

This year a wide-ranging selection will include 16 programs over five days. This event is a major festival if you are passionate about dance because they are offering everything from tap to classical ballet to mime, films from 17 countries, including documentaries that illuminate the artistry of both legendary choreographers (Jerome Robbins, Merce Cunningham) and current masters (Lucinda Childs, Trey McIntyre), and shorts programs that express the diversity of contemporary dance filmmaking.

You can count on this festival to bring the best-of-the-best, and bookending the festival on opening and closing nights are two exciting world premieres: Mark Wilkinson’s “American Tap,” an in-depth documentary about the history and resurgence of the vibrant dance style, and Maia Wechsler and Lise Friedman’s “If the Dancer Dances,” which follows the restaging of iconic choreographer Merce Cunningham’s “RainForest” for a new dance company and a new generation. Dance on Camera also presents two special screenings: Steven Cantor’s “Ballet Now,” which screens on opening day of the festival and follows New York City Ballet prima ballerina Tiler Peck as she pursues her dream to connect international dancers through an exhilarating fusion of dance forms, and a program of Spike Jonze dance shorts curated by the maverick himself, featuring never-before-seen footage.

Additional highlights include unearthed curio “The Mime Marcel Marceau,” which debuts footage of the famed artist shot in 1964 but rights-locked until now, the world premieres of Marie-Hélène Rebois’ “Lucinda Childs, Great Fugue by Beethoven,” in which the modern dance legend takes on the master composer, and Trey McIntyre’s self-reflective doc “Gravity Hero,” filmed after the sudden decision to shut down his celebrated dance company.

Your pockets light? Don’t worry. This festival also boasts a number of free screenings and events, including panel discussions with artists and filmmakers, a Francisco Graciano photography exhibition spanning his career in the Paul Taylor Dance Company, a work-in-progress screening of “Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Man in the Waters,” chronicling the history and legacy of one of Jones’ most admired works, and more.

“We are really excited about the festival moving to summer and look forward to welcoming new audiences as well as embracing our loyal followers,” said co-curator Liz Wolff. “If New York is a summer festival city, Dance on Camera promises to be one of its highlights, presenting new films—many of them world and U.S. premieres—that explore a medium that seems to have no limits.”

“For years, Dance on Camera fought against the winter doldrums with exciting programs that drew crowds, snow notwithstanding. But summer offers new opportunities plus an element of surprise that awakens a spirit of the invention,” said co-curator Joanna Ney. “There will be dancing on the plaza and dance on the big screen in the air-conditioned splendor of one of the Upper West Side’s greatest gems, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.”

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