FESTIVAL SCHEDULE April 30th-MAY 5th
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
Screening begins at 7pm, $15
(Not in presenting order)
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. Starring Desmond Richardson and Katherine Crockett.
Program 2: Celebrating Technicolor 100th Anniversary; 4:30pm; $15
The Unfinished Dance – USA, 1947, 101:00
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
Screening begins at 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-renowened 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
Screening begins at 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 – 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 screening
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.