Finish out July with dance made specifically for film; some are virtual, but some will be shown in a shared viewing setting.
The Invisible Dog will host two in-person evenings of films, July 17 and 24, featuring new French and international artists offering different styles that explore “…themes as diverse as identity, disability, violence, youth, transmission, and transformation and movement,” according to the release. Films are by Smaïl Kanouté, the collectif LA(HORDE), Eric Ming Cuong Castaing, Ana Pi, and there are two documentaries, both filmed in Senegal, one about Germaine Acogny and The School of Sands by Laure Malecot and the other about young dancers from Dakar filmed by Diane Fardoun. Audiences will be welcomed to the garden of The Invisible Dog where food and drinks prepared by Lucien Chef Ambition will be served. Dance artists Patricia Hoffbauer and David Thomson will share their perspectives before and after the screening. The films are part of A Catalogue of Dance Films, an initiative developed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in collaboration with Institut français, Ministry of Culture-Delegation à la danse, Maison de la danse-Numeridanse, and Centre National de la Danse. For more information visit: https://www.theinvisibledog.org/
ALSO THIS MONTH IN DANCE FILM:
(In-person) July 16-18—Dance on Camera Dance Films Association and Film at Lincoln Center returns for the 49th edition and the return of in-person programming partly in the Walter Reade Theater. For more information visit: https://www.filmlinc.org/daily/49th-dance-on-camera-festival-lineup-announced/
(In-person) July 23—Titled “AILEY” and directed by Jamila Wignot, this feature film is “told through Ailey’s own words and [features] evocative archival footage and interviews with those who intimately knew him,” notes the release. For more information visit: https://www.filmlinc.org/films/ailey/
(Virtual) Now-August 31—Danspace Project continues to air short films by Ishmael Houston-Jones, Eiko Otake and Joan Jonas, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Reggie Wilson, created for their digital Platform 2021: The Dream of the Audience. These singular works were filmed during residencies at Danspace Project inside the sanctuary at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery in April and May, 2021 and curated by Danspace Project’s Executive Director & Chief Curator Judy Hussie-Taylor. Get access at: https://danspaceproject.org/journal/