Inaugurated In 1971 and co-presented annually by Dance Films Association and The Film Society of Lincoln Center since 1996, Dance on Camera Festival remains the longest-running dance film festival in the world, providing a platform for choreographic storytelling and creative expression, and intimate access to innovative media artists and their cinematic works.
From the program:
“Highlights of this year’s festival take dance lovers around the world with 11 programs over four days. Spain and Catalonia draw the spotlight with two films about performers who rise from humble beginnings to great success; making its U.S. premiere, Opening Night film From Knee to Heart chronicles the dramatic story of Barcelona’s popular performer Sol Picó, known for her radical dance style, while Yuli, a powerful biopic on the hardscrabble life of Cuban superstar Carlos Acosta, testifies to the role of ambition in overcoming obstacles. In their film Seven Leagues, filmmakers Jon Ander Santamaría and Marcia Castillo highlight a Spanish dance company that gives children with motor disabilities the chance to take center stage.”
Friday, July 12, 6:00pm (Q&A with Susana Barranco and Sol Picó)
Amb el cor al genoll, directed by Susanna Barranco (2018, Cia Susanna Barranco), Spain, 2018, 83m
Catalan and Spanish with English Subtitles
A portrait of the personal journey of charismatic Catalan dancer and choreographer Sol Picó, this documentary highlights the artistic career of this force of nature from street theater to the creation of her company. It shows her under the spotlight as well as her backstage reality and finds her at a crucial moment in her career after winning the National Dance Award. The film also focuses on the artist’s private challenges: the difficulties of growing up as a dancer, of artistic creation, and facing a career after turning 50.
Maliina Jensen, Greenland, 2018, 3m
Tunu is a dance film highlighting the magical wild land that is East Greenland. The word “Tunu” translates into “backside” and is used by Greenlanders to describe East Greenland. Rigged off a rock formation on Kulusuk Island, the filmmaker/dancer explores the intersection of image making, vertical dance, and outdoor photography.
Sunday, July 14, 8:00pm
Directed by Iciar Bollaín (2018, Morena Films, The Match Factory, Galápagos Media, Potbolier Productions), Spain, 2018, 115m
English and Spanish with English subtitles
Yuli is the nickname given to Carlos Acosta by his father, Pedro. From a young age, Yuli resisted any kind of discipline and education, growing up on the streets of a run-down neighborhood in Havana. But Pedro knows his son has natural talent and forces him to attend Cuba’s National Dance School. Yuli ends up captivated by the world of dance, and becomes the first black artist to dance as Romeo with the Royal Ballet in London, where he would be a principal dancer for 17 years. Yuli deals with two realities: the past, in which we look at the childhood and youth of Carlos Acosta, and the present, in which the dancer and choreographer works with his company in Havana today, rehearsing a work that tells his life story.
Andrew Margetson, UK, 2018, 3m
A strikingly intimate portrait of the great Royal Ballet principal ballerina Marianela Nuñez, as she dances to Nina Simone, choreographed by Will Tuckett.
The 47th Annual
JULY 12 – 15, 2019
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