The Second Annual Film Festival of Dance

Thurs., Jun. 20th, 7:00 p.m.
Fri., June 21st, 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Jun. 22nd, 7:00 pm
Sun., Jun. 23rd, 7:00 p.m.
2nd Annual Film Festival of Dance

The Film Forum and the Dance Alliance, with Dance Films Association, present The Second Annual Film Festival of Dance. 

The annual Dance on Camera Festival is co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special pricing for this weekend: Thursday, Five Dances: $9/$7, the other three films $8/$6.

Please note the 7 pm screening time for each of these evenings, and this weekend’s special pricing. On Thursday (Five Dances), general admission is $9; students, Film Forum and Dance Alliance members, pay $7. On Friday and Saturday, general admission is $8; the student, Film Forum, and Dance Alliance member rate, is $6. For Sunday’s screening of Giselle, general admission is $8, and students, and members of the Film Forum, Dance Alliance, and SPAC, pay $6.

Five Dances

Thurs., Jun. 20th, 7:00 p.m. 

Written and directed by Alan Brown • 83 min. • USA • 2013 Not Rated (parental guidance for sexuality)

Why show Alan Brown’s new dramatic feature twice? (See page 3, June 6th, for more about the plot.) Because it’s as much about the joys of dance, and dance itself, as it is a young man’s coming-of-age story.  And because you will see no better dance movie this year.

Writer/director Alan Brown will present Five Dances on Thursday, June 20 and will conduct a Q&A after the film.

Please note tonight’s special pricing! For Five Dances, general admission is $9. Students, Film Forum and Dance Alliance members, pay $7.

Lads Go Dancing 

Fri., June 21st, 7:00 p.m.

Directed by Steve Walker • 85 min. Switzerland • 2012 • Not Rated

Two dancers with the Bern: Ballet want to make the grand jeté to become choreographers. Meanwhile, The Kummerbuden hopes to become the first rock band ever to play on the hallowed stage of the Bern Metropolitan Theatre. These two worlds collide on one stage in a successful if unlikely fusion of dance and music. Yes, they Bern down the house!

Please note tonight’s special pricing. General admission is $8. Students, and members of the Film Forum and Dance Alliance, pay $6.

Merce Cunningham: A Legacy of Dance

Sat., Jun. 22nd, 7:00 pm

Directed by Marie-Hélène Rebois • 56 min. • France • 2012 Not Rated

A dancer and choreographer for more than 50 years, Merce Cunningham (1919–2009) is considered one of the greatest creative forces in the world. Desiring to preserve his oeuvre, and ensure that the repertory lives on in the spirit of its founder, the Merce Cunningham Trust announced the Cunningham Legacy Plan in 2011, Cunningham’s own vision and roadmap for the future of the company. This new documentary looks at Cunningham’s life and legacy, as well as the efforts made by directors, dancers, and musicians to follow that roadmap, and the logistical and creative challenges they face in protecting this unparalleled body of work.

Before Merce Cunningham, join us for a special screening of short dance films by Rubén Graciani, Associate Professor of Dance at Skidmore College.

Please note tonight’s special pricing. General admission is $8. Students, and members of the Film Forum and Dance Alliance, pay $6.

Saratoga Film Forum and Saratoga Performing Arts Center present:

A Portrait of Giselle

Sun., Jun. 23rd, 7:00 p.m.

Directed by Muriel Balash • 97 min. • USA|Canada • 1982 Not Rated

Nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar, A Portrait of Giselle features the transformation of a famed Balanchine ballerina, Patricia McBride, former principal dancer, New York City Ballet, as she prepares to take on the classic role of Giselle under the direction of a grand master coach, Sir Anton Dolin. Interwoven with stories and film footage of the great ballerinas who danced Giselle in the past, including Olga Spessivtzeva, Alicia Markova, and Natalia Makarova, this screening will be accompanied by a discussion led by poet and dance critic Jay Rogoff, in anticipation of the National Ballet of Canada’s production of Giselle this summer at SPAC

Please note tonight’s special pricing. General admission is $8. Students, and members of the Film Forum, Dance Alliance, and SPAC, pay $6.