14th Annual Dance Media Festival April 30 – May 5, 2015

Dance Camera West Presents 14th Annual Dance Media Festival

Venues in Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Westwood

April 30 – May 5, 2015


Event:        Celebrating the vibrant art of dance, Dance Camera West (DCW) presents the 14th Annual Dance Media Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance. Taking place at various venues in Beverly Hills (UTA Screening Room), Downtown Los Angeles (MOCA, historic Palace Theatre, REDCAT), Hollywood (historic Egyptian Theatre), Santa Monica (Aero Theatre), and Westwood (Crest Theater, UCLA) from April 30 – May 5, 2015, this multi-disciplinary festival promises to offer something for everyone and will showcase many forms of dance including modern, post modern, world, tap, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has been captured on film in a way that is of quality and essential value. Over 30 films will be screened over the course of the Festival connecting diverse cultures and environments through the exploration of dance.


DCW aspires to awaken and infuse the public mainstream with a desire for critical creative programming. The vision of DCW is to present the visual language of dance on screen in a way that stretches the imagination and changes the way we think about dance.


For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.DanceCameraWest.org.


Dance Media Festival Schedule: Thursday, April 30– Festival Kickoff, UTA Screening Room, Beverly Hills, Screening begins at 7:30pm, Cocktails and appetizers at 6:30pm, $75

Escualo – USA, 2014, 4:00; A powerful new piece from the Lombard Twins. Dancing is Living: Benjamin Millepied – France, 2014, 57:00 – West Coast Premiere; This engaging documentary chronicles Benjamin Millepied (choreographer of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan), the newly appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet and founder of L.A. Dance Project, as a globe-trotting ambassador for dance: in rehearsal with his company in L.A., hanging out with Lil Buck, and sharing his ideas about life and dance.


Friday, May 1 – Opening Night Shorts, The Palace Theatre, Downtown LA, 7pm, $15

A selection of top international short films; ME – A Story of a Performance – Finland, 2014, 7:30; We follow the performance from different perspectives: how it is perceived by the dancer, the audience and how it can be seen from an objective point of view as a mere code.

Cracks – Spain, 2013, 4:45; Every sound generates a movement and every movement produces a sound.

Pas – Canada, 2014, 15:00; The dance and the acrobatics deeply move between narrative plots and visual poetry.

Fuel for Thought – India/UK, 2014, 4:04; Choreographer Hemabharathy Palani’s response to Hip Hop artist Mikey J Asante’s track, creating striking imagery against large-scale outdoor scenery and intimate spaces in India.

AM/FM – USA, 2014, 4:45; A romantic afternoon car ride turns into a surprising physical contest when a young couple has to choose between two competing radio stations.

Gone – Iceland, 2013, 16:00; Who is living your life at the moment? Your guest is not always your guest…

Martiality, Not Fighting – China, 2012, 10:00; A young Chinese dancer performs the role of conscientious objector

Amandi – Spain, 2014, 7:00; A full blend made of nature, woods and weird landscapes with two characters whom travel through that space in constant transformation trying to fit in, to blend in.


Saturday, May 2 (day)The Crest Theatre, Westwood

Program 1:  2:30pm; $15 I Was Within – USA, 2014, 9:46; Examines the course of a relationship through the multi-faceted elements of love, loss, time, and identity.

Fall to Rise – USA, 2014, 92:00; Who Will Catch You When You Fall? A famous principal dancer injures her knee and attempts to settle into motherhood only to realize she has no identity without dance, and struggles to return with the help of an equally troubled former company dancer.


Program 2: Celebrating Technicolor 100th Anniversary; 4:30pm; $15 The Unfinished Dance – USA, 1947, 101:00 – Margaret O’Brien will be in attendance Meg, a young ballet student, idolizes the school’s top ballerina, the shallow Ariane Bouchet. Meg is distressed when she learns that visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than Bouchet will play the lead in the school’s production of “Swan Lake.” On opening night, Meg arranges an accident which nearly kills Darina and ends her dancing career. As a result, Bouchet becomes a star, while Meg is torn with guilt. Stars Margaret O’Brien and Cyd Charisse.


Saturday, May 2 (evening)The Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, 7:30pm, $11

I Hate Dancing – Canada, 2014, 2:17; The repulsive nature of dance as told through dance.

American Cheerleader – USA, 2014, 89:00; Set in the competitive world of cheerleading, the journey of two high school teams vying for the coveted National High School Cheerleading Championship Title.


Sunday, May 3 (day)The Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown LA

Israel Past and Future – 1pm; $15 (includes Museum admission) Ze’eva Cohen: Creating a Life in Dance – USA, 2014, 32:00; Spanning 70 years, how an artist can survive in the dance world by carving out an independent path for herself.

Glove Story – Israel, 2013, 38:00; Glove Story explores the notion of personal space and the all-too-often invasion into it. It asks the question: what are the psychological, physical and social repercussions of treating borders as mere suggestions?

Renewal – USA/Israel, 2014, 40:00; In their pioneering Eco-Arts village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the Vertigo Dance Company in performance and rehearsals, and their ecological pursuits including gray water recycling and permaculture.


Animate Life: Dance! – 3pm; $15 (includes Museum admission)

Choreography and Animation Technology Panel Discussion

Frank Gladstone,Gladstone Film; Peggy Holmes, Disney Toon Studios; and others tba

Illumination, education and examination, both contemporarily and historically, of the relationship between Animation and Dance through discussion and screenings.


Sunday, May 3 (evening) REDCAT, Downtown LA

Program 1 – 5:30pm; $15

CalArts Emerging Artists Competition

Jiri Kylian: Forgotten Memories – France, 2011, 52:00 – West Coast Premiere; World-renowned Czech choreographer, a singular artist whose vision has inspired dancers and choreographers around the globe.


Program 2 – 7:30pm; $15

Continuum – France, 2014, 9:15; Explores time and space through dance and animation techniques.

Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity – USA, 2014, 82:00; motley troupe of flyers and crashers, propelled by Streb’s edict that “anything too safe is not action,” these daredevils challenge the assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility. Breathtaking tale about the necessity of art, inspiring audiences hungry for a more tactile and fierce existence in the world.


Monday, May 4 – UCLA Moore Lecture Hall, Special Campus Screening, 5:00pm, Free Migration – Canada, 2015, 5:44; Migratory journey of percussive dancers who rely on their hands, feet and sonic bodies to create a unique soundtrack as they move through water, wind and sand interpreting the preparation, departure, and flight of their collective journey.

Life and Times of Miss Mary Mack – USA, 2014, 55:00; Celebrates the wondrous world of hand clapping games, a traditional genre that thrives on the playgrounds of large cities and in remote corners of the world.


Tuesday, May 5 (evening) – Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

4th Annual Dance-A- Long, 6:30pm, Free Bring your dancing shoes, friends and family for a fun dance lesson prior to the screeening


Final Festival Screening – 7:30pm; $11

Dancing for my Havana – Italy/Cuba, 2015, 112:00; Young Cuban dancers struggling to achieve fame and fortune on the world stage, while honoring their intense love for the people and creative energy they find only in their homeland.


When:                          Thursday, April 30 – Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Ticket Prices:          Free – $15; Festival Kickoff $75


For More Information and to Purchase Tickets:  www.dancecamerawest.org/tickets


Dance Camera West is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance media. DCW connects diverse cultures and environments through its exploration of dance on screen, bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace. Even more importantly, Dance Camera West utilizes the accessible nature of dance as a non-verbal art form to reach across cultural, geographic, and socio-economic divides by making a special effort to engage a wide range of Los Angeles audiences of varying ethnicities and interests, offering everyone a chance to experience the thought-provoking thrill of dance media.

Globally speaking, Dance Camera West is one of only a handful of organizations that presents dance media. Given that distinction, DCW has been fortunate to partner with some of the most prominent venues and organizations throughout the Los Angeles area. Co-presenters have included the Getty Center, REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Directors Guild of America, the Hammer Museum, and many others.

Dance Camera West is a 501(c)3 dance media arts organization committed to fostering and promoting the vibrant art of dance film from around the globe. We seek to interconnect diverse populations and environments through the innovative art fusion – dance on screen, which merges performance and cinematic aesthetics.


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