We are proud to be presenting the free West Coast premiere of Never Stand Still, a new documentary directed by award-winning producer and director Ron Honsa and narrated by Tony Award-winner and Kennedy Center honoree Bill T. Jones. Never Stand Still is an inspiring film about dance and the extraordinary performers who have dedicated their lives to it; filmed over several seasons on location at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, a National Historic Landmark and America’s longest running international dance festival.
In 1931, during The Great Depression, modern dance pioneer and choreographer Ted Shawn purchased an abandoned New England farm as a retreat for his company of Men Dancers – a radical idea at the time. Shawn soon began inviting dance artists from around the world to perform, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival was born. Today, Jacob’s Pillow is considered “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times) and a destination for artists and audiences alike. Never Stand Still transports the viewer into a world of non-stop movement as it reveals the story of ‘the Pillow.’
Director Ron Honsa, who will intro the film for us on June 19, comments, “From the youngest dancers in this film to the legendary masters, it was obvious to me that a deep and creative vibration has always resonated at Jacob’s Pillow. This mighty international dance festival captured my heart many years ago. Never Stand Still is a love letter to a rare place and the artists who dare to express the inexpressible through movement.”
SUNDAY JUNE 19, 2:15–3:30PM
Hammer Museum (Billy Wilder Theater)
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
www.hammer.ucla.edu – (310) 443-7000
Parking: Parking available under the museum [entrance on Westwood Blvd] - $3 flat rate on Saturdays & Sundays.
All festival events are FREE and open to the public. Guaranteed seating through special DCW Membership Pass is highly recommended.