Get Down! Dance on Film Since the 1970s
9 November – 5 December 2012
Get Down! Dance on Film since the 1970s celebrates the depiction of dance onscreen. Featuring over 40 films, from lavish musicals to cult classics, Get Down! showcases dance across three strands.
Let's Dance brings together fictional stories where dancing is as an integral component of the narrative and dance routines a vehicle via which the protagonists dream and escape reality. In these films dance is the focal point for a character's transformation — an expression of selfhood which enables them to overcome familial and financial constraints. The narratives of dance films are always aspirational, with the body's physical expression able to neutralise difference and breakdown barriers between cultures and classes. Dance here represents a pure form of communication and transcendence. Dance Cultures features a selection of documentaries about contemporary dance cultures, delving into unique communities where dance styles are integral to identity. Dance Makers profiles key creative figures in the world of dance, including influential choreographers and dancers Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch and Bill T Jones.
Audi GOMA Bar
Meet friends for a drink or bite to eat in the Audi GOMA Bar, open before Friday and Saturday night screenings from 5.30pm.
Adult $9 | 5-film pass $36
Concession $7 | 5-film pass $28
Members+ $6 | 5-film pass $24
Purchase in advance through qtix or at the GOMA Box Office from one hour prior to film screenings^. Advance tickets sales through qtix are available until 12 noon on the day of screening.
* Booking fees apply
^ Subject to availability
+ Discount available to Gallery Members and Foundation Members
A 5-film pass entitles you to either 5 tickets to one film screening or a ticket to 5 different films. All 5 films must be chosen at the time of purchasing a 5-film pass.
White Nights 1985
Grease Sing-A-Long 2011 PG [SOLD OUT]
Thu 8 Nov 7.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 110 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: RANDAL KLEISER / PRODUCER: ROBERT STIGWOOD, ALLAN CARR / SCRIPT: BRONTE WOOWARD, ALLAN CARR / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BILL BUTLER / CAST: JOHN TRAVOLTA, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN / CHOREOGRAPHER: PATRICIA BIRCH / EDITOR: JOHN F. BURNETT, ROBERT PERGAMENT / PRODUCTION COMPANY: RSO, ALLAN CARR PRODUCTION / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARAMOUNT PICTURES
The sing-a-long is sold out, however, if Grease is your word, you can still catch the original version Fri 9 Dec at 6pm or Sun 2 Dec at 1pm.
Celebrate the launch of the 'Get Down! Dance on Film Since the 1970s' cinema program with this special event.
Sing along with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John to your favourite Grease 1978 songs such as 'Summer Nights' and 'You’re the One That I Want' up on the big screen.
Meet friends for a drink or bite to eat beforehand in the Audi GOMA Bar, open from 5.30pm, Level 2, GOMA.
Purchase tickets in advance through qtix or telephone 136 246.
Cabaret 1972 M
Sun 25 Nov 3.00pm and Sun 2 Dec 5.30pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 130 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: BOB FOSSE / PRODUCER: CY FEUER / SCRIPT: JAY ALLEN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: GEOFFREY UNSWORTH / CAST: LIZA MINNELLI, MICHAEL YORK, HELMUT GRIEM / CHOREOGRAPHER: BOB FOSSE, JUTTA BEIL/ EDITOR: DAVID BRETHERTON / PRODUCTION COMPANY: BAVARIA FILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: POTENTIAL FILMS
Cabaret is brilliantly adapted from the acclaimed stage production, which was in turn inspired by Christopher Isherwood's Berlin Stories. Inside the Kit Kat Club of 1931 Berlin, starry-eyed singer Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and an impish emcee (Joel Grey) sound the clarion call to decadent fun, determined to keep up appearances as the real world — the world outside the comfortable sanctuary of the cabaret — faces the nightmarish prospect of war.
Saturday Night Fever 1977 MA15+
Fri 9 Nov 8.30pm and Sat 1 Dec 6.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 112 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JOHN BADHAM / PRODUCER: ROBERT STIGWOOD / SCRIPT: NORMAN WEXLER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: RALF D. BODE / CAST: JOHN TRAVOLTA, KAREN LYNN GORNEY / CHOREOGRAPHER: LESTER WILSON / EDITOR: DAVID RAWLINS / PRODUCTION COMPANY: RSO / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: POTENTIAL FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL CINEMA
‘A classic example of 1970s commercial cinema, of a time when even many mainstream films displayed a palpable sense of working-class lives, of realworld texture and detail. Depicting the disco as a place where John Travolta’s Tony Manero is able to escape the constriction and limitations of his Bay Ridge existence, Saturday Night Fever focuses equally on what Tony escapes to and what he escapes from, on the liberation he experiences on the dance floor and the desperation of his daily life.’ Anthology Film Archive
Grease 1978 PG
Fri 9 Nov 6.00pm and Sun 2 Dec 1.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 110 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: RANDAL KLEISER / PRODUCER: ROBERT STIGWOOD, ALLAN CARR / SCRIPT: BRONTE WOOWARD, ALLAN CARR / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BILL BUTLER / CAST: JOHN TRAVOLTA, OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN / CHOREOGRAPHER: PATRICIA BIRCH / EDITOR: JOHN F. BURNETT, ROBERT PERGAMENT / PRODUCTION COMPANY: RSO, ALLAN CARR PRODUCTION / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Grease follows the teenage romance of Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny (John Travolta), from their vacation tryst to their surprise enrolment at the same school. What was an idyllic summer romance becomes a clash of realities as they are forced to negotiate peer cliques and jealousy. Full of iconic musical routines, John Travolta leaps off the screen, oozing an Elvislike charm, and backing it up with his talents as a dancer.
The Wiz 1978 G
Wed 14 Nov 8.00pm and Sun 18 Nov 2.45pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 134 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: SIDNEY LUMET / PRODUCER: ROB COHEN / SCRIPT: JOEL SCHUMACHER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: OSWALD MORRIS / CAST: DIANA ROSS, MICHAEL JACKSON / CHOREOGRAPHER: LOUIS JOHNSON / EDITOR: DEDE ALLEN / PRODUCTION COMPANY: MOTOWN PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UNIVERSAL PICTURES
‘This dynamic adaptation of The Wizard of Oz features an all-star cast and toe-tapping soundtrack. Set in 1970s New York, the film stars Diana Ross as the timid Dorothy who gets swept away to the land of Oz for a journey of self discovery. With its spectacular Art Deco-meets-disco landscapes, costumes by Oscar de la Renta and Norma Kamali, and music by Quincy Jones, it's a treat for all ages. Co-starring Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow and Richard Pryor as “The Wiz”.’ Film Society Lincoln Center
All That Jazz 1979 M
Sun 25 Nov 5.30pm and Sat 1 Dec 3.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 122 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: BOB FOSSE / PRODUCER: ROBERT ALAN AURTHUR / SCRIPT: ROBERT ALAN AURTHUR, BOB FOSSE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: GUISEPPE ROTUNNO / CAST: ROY SCHEIDER, JESSICA LANGE / EDITOR: ALAM HEIM / PRODUCTION COMPANY: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX, COLUMBIA PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS
‘The grim reaper brings down the final curtain on a celebrated stage and screen director (Roy Scheider), but not before the man unfolds intimacies about his life and loves through a stunning series of song, dance and straight drama sequences, some of them real, some fantasy. Bob Fosse (Cabaret, Lenny) is the spirit behind this extraordinary looking movie.’ Edward Perchaluk, Film Journal International
Fame 1980 M
Fri 16 Nov 8.00pm and Wed 5 Dec 8.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 134 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: ALAN PARKER / PRODUCER: DAVID DE SILVA, ALAN MARSHALL / SCRIPT: CHRISTOPHER GORE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MICHAEL SERESIN / CAST: EDDIE BARTH, IRENE CARA / CHOREOGRAPHER: LOUIS FALCO / EDITOR: GERRY HAMBLING / PRODUCTION COMPANY: UNITED ARTISTS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: POTENTIAL FILMS
‘An inspiration to any kid who ever sought stardom, Fame burst into the world in 1980 with its energetic celebration of growing up, honing talent, confronting realities, finding love, and living life. Following crisscrossing stories of the musicians, actors, dancers, and dreamers who strive to get in and graduate from New York City's High School for the Performing Arts, this Oscar-winning musical truly sings the body electric.’ Tribeca Film Festival
Xanadu 1980 G
Sun 18 Nov 5.00pm and Fri 30 Nov 8.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 95 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: ROBERT GREENWALD / PRODUCERS: LAWRENCE GORDON, JOEL SILVER / SCRIPT: RICHARD CHRISTIAN DANUS, MARC REID RUBEL / CINEMATOGRAPHER: VICTOR J KEMPER / CAST: OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, MICHAEL BECK, GENE KELLY / CHOREOGRAPHER: KENNY ORTEGA / EDITOR: DENNIS VIRKLER / PRODUCTION COMPANY/PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UNIVERAL PICTURES
Xanadu boasts glitzy costume and dance numbers complete with Farrah Fawcett hair flicks, sequinned jumpsuits and gold lamé knee-high boots. Sonny (Michael Beck), an artist out of inspiration, falls for the ethereal Kira (Olivia Newton-John), and together with Danny (musical royalty Gene Kelly in his last musical role) they hatch a plan to open a music club.
Flashdance 1983 M
Sun 11 Nov 5.00pm and Fri 23 Nov 6.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 95 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: ADRIAN LYNE / PRODUCERS: DON SIMPSON, JERRY BRUCKHEIMER / SCRIPT: TOM HEDLEY, JOE ESZTERHAS / CINEMATOGRAPHER: DONALD PETERMAN / CAST: JENNIFER BEALS, MICHAEL NOURI / CHOREOGRAPHER: JEFFREY HORNADAY / EDITORS: WALT MULCONERY, BUD SMITH / PRODUCTION COMPANY: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: POTENTIAL FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL CINEMA
‘Alex (Jennifer Beals) welds by day and dances at a bar in the evening. With dreams of being accepted to a prestigious dance academy, Alex has to face the entrenched snobbery of the system and her lack of formal training. Trying to navigate a burgeoning relationship, and her own wavering confidence, Alex pulls out all stops in one of the great Eighties finales.’ Mercury Cinema
Footloose 1984 M
Fri 23 Nov 8.00pm and Wed 5 Dec 6.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 107 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: HERBERT ROSS / PRODUCERS: LEWIS J. RACHMILL, CRAIG ZADAN / SCRIPT: DEAN PITCHFORD / CINEMATOGRAPHER: RIC WAITE / CAST: KEVIN BACON, LORI SINGER / CHOREOGRAPHER: LYNNE TAYLOR-CORBETT / EDITOR: PAUL HIRSCH / PRODUCTION COMPANY/PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL CINEMA
When new-in-town teen Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon) moves to smallville USA he discovers his new home has banned dancing. At the root of the ban is a religious community and over-protective parents who believe dancing and rock music are leading their kids into danger. A fist-in-the-air story about claiming an identity separate to the expectations of your elders, the soundtrack features classics such as Kenny Loggins's ‘Footloose’ and Deniece Williams's ‘Let's hear it for the boy’.
Breakin’ 1984 PG
Fri 30 Nov 6.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 90 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JOEL SILBERG / PRODUCERS/SCRIPT: ALLEN DEBEVOISE, DAVID ZITO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: HANANIA BAER / CAST: LUCINDA DICKEY, ADOLFO QUIÑONES, MICHAEL CHAMBERS / CHOREOGRAPHER: JAMIE ROGERS / EDITOR: MARK HELFRICH / PRODUCTION COMPANY: GOLAN-GLOBUS PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS
Champion b-boy dancers Turbo (Boogaloo Shrimp) and Ozone (Shabba Doo) are defeated in their local dance battle and recruit jazz dancer Kelly (Lucinda Dickey) to inject a fresh approach into their routines. The precursor to Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo 1984, Breakin’ features 80s high kicks, popping, robot dancing and an appearance by rapping Ice-T as a dance battle MC.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun 1985 PG
Sat 10 Nov 6.00pm and Wed 28 Nov 6.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 90 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: ALAN METTER / PRODUCER: CHUCK RUSSELL / SCRIPT: AMY SPIES / CINEMATOGRAPHER: THOMAS E. ACKERMAN / CAST: SARAH JESSICA PARKER, HELEN HUNT, SHANNEN DOHERTY / CHOREOGRAPHER: OTIS SALLID / EDITORS: LORENZO DESTEFANO, DAVID RAWLINS / PRODUCTION COMPANY: NEW WORLD PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL CINEMA
Janey (an achingly young Sarah Jessica-Parker) has a passion for dance and when the opportunity of a lifetime is announced — auditions for her favourite show Dance TV — she is determined to triumph. In on the plan is her dance partner Jeff (Lee Montgomery), his younger sister Maggie (Shannen Doherty) and her best friend the oddball Lynne (Helen Hunt). Janey, Jeff and Lynne find freedom in dance, expressing who they really are, and escaping from their strict parents and conservative Catholic school.
A Chorus Line 1985 PG
Sat 1 Dec 1.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 112 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH / PRODUCER: CY FEUER / SCRIPT: ARNOLD SCHULMAN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: RONNIE TAYLOR / CAST: MICHAEL DOUGLAS, ALYSON REED / CHOREOGRAPHER: JEFFREY HORNADAY / EDITOR: JOHN BLOOM / PRODUCTION COMPANY: EMBASSY FILMS, POLYGRAM PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: MGM
‘A Chorus Line is the quintessential backstage musical, a celebration of the lives and hard times of the gypsy dancers who turn up by the hundreds to audition for a handful of jobs on Broadway. It takes years of brutal hard work to become a good-enough dancer to dare to go to an audition, and then the reward usually is a brusque "thank you" and a sweaty ride home on the subway. In order to succeed as a Broadway dancer, applicants need a limitless capacity to absorb rejection, and A Chorus Line celebrates that masochism in song and dance.’ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
White Nights 1985 M
Sun 2 Dec 3.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 136 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: TAYLOR HACKFORD / PRODUCERS: WILLIAM P. GILMORE, TAYLOR HACKFORD / SCRIPT: JAMES GOLDMAN, ERIC HUGHES / CINEMATOGRAPHER: DAVID WATKIN / CAST: MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV, GREGORY HINES, ISABELLA ROSSELLINI / CHOREOGRAPHER: TWYLA THARP, GREGORY HINES, MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV / EDITORS: FREDRIC STEINKAMP, WILLIAM STEINKAMP / PRODUCTION COMPANY: DELPHI IV PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL CINEMA
A plane makes an emergency landing in Siberia, which is tragic news for one of its passengers, ballet dancer and Soviet defector to the USA Nikolai Rochenko, played by Mikhail Baryshnikov. Back in the clutches of the Soviet government, he is assigned a minder and dance partner in tap dancer Raymond (Gregory Hines) in order to coax Nikolai to dance again for the prestigious Kirov Ballet company. The story echoes Baryshnikov's real-life defection to Canada in 1974 and at the film’s heart are the breathtaking performances by this dance master. Baryshnikov is considered one of the world’s best ballet dancers, often compared to Vaslav Nijinsky and Rudolf Nureyev.
Dirty Dancing 1987 M
Sat 10 Nov 8.00pm and Fri 16 Nov 6.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 100 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: EMILE ARDOLINO / PRODUCER: LINDA GOTTLEIB / SCRIPT: ELEANOR BERGSTEIN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JEFFREY JUR / CAST: PATRICK SWAYZE, JENNIFER GREY / CHOREOGRAPHER: KENNY ORTEGA / EDITOR: PETER C. FRANK / PRODUCTION COMPANY: VESTRON PICTURES, GREAT AMERICAN FILMS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ROADSHOW ENTERTAINMENT
‘A naive Jewish teenager learns about life, love and dancing while summering with her family in the Catskills circa 1963 in this pop landmark starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Frances “Baby” Houseman is bored with the rituals of the mountain resort, until she falls for the hotel’s dreamy dance instructor, Johnny Castle. A mismatched romance ensues over the objections of the girl’s father, culminating in a breathtaking dance finale.’ American Jewish Film Festival
Moonwalker 1988 PG
Sun 18 Nov 1.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 93 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTORS: JERRY KRAMER, JIM BLASHFIELD, WILL VINTON, COLIN CHILVERS / PRODUCERS: DENNIS E. JONES, JERRY KRAMER, PAUL DIENER / SCRIPT: MICHAEL JACKSON, DAVID NEWMAN / CINEMATOGRAPHERS: THOMAS E. ACKERMAN, ROBERT E. COLLINS, FREDERICK ELMES, JOHN HORA, CRESCENZO NOTARILE / CAST: MICHAEL JACKSON, JOE PESCI, SEAN LENNON / CHOREOGRAPHER: MICHAEL JACKSON / EDITORS: DALE BELDIN, DAVID E. BLEWITT, MITCHELL SINOWAY / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: LORIMAR MOTION PICTURES, MJJ PRODUCTIONS, ULTIMATE PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL CINEMA
Arguably at the height of his creative strength, Michael Jackson stars in Moonwalker, a film that mixes long-form music video, live performance and a fantasy narrative. The film title is taken from the ‘moonwalk’ dance technique, a street move that Jackson famously introduced to mainstream audiences.
Hairspray 1988 PG
Wed 14 Nov 6.00pm and Sat 1 Dec 8.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 91 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: JOHN WATERS / PRODUCERS: JOHN WATERS, ROBERT SHAYE, RACHEL TALALAY / CINEMATOGRAPHER: DAVID INSLEY / CAST: RICKI LAKE, DEBBIE HARRY, MICHAEL ST. GERARD / CHOREOGRAPHER: EDWARD LOVE / EDITOR: JANICE HAMPTON / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: NEW LINE CINEMA, ROBERT SHAYE PRODUCTION / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ROADSHOW ENTERTAINMENT
‘“Pleasantly Plump” teenager Tracy Turnblad achieves her dream of becoming a regular on the Corny Collins Dance Show. Now a teen hero, she starts using her fame to speak out for the causes she believes in, most of all integration. In doing so, she earns the wrath of the show’s former star, Amber von Tussle, as well as Amber’s manipulative, pro-segregation parents. The rivalry comes to a head as Amber and Tracy vie for the title of Miss Auto Show 1963.’ Sonoma Film Festival
Strictly Ballroom 1992 PG
Sun 11 Nov 1.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY, 94 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: BAZ LUHRMANN / PRODUCERS: TRISTRAM MIALL, ANTOINETTE ALBERT / SCRIPT: BAZ LUHRMANN, ANDREW BOVELL, CRAIG PEARCE/ CINEMATOGRAPHER: STEVE MASON / CAST: PAUL MERCURIO, TARA MORICE, BILL HUNTER / CHOREOGRAPHER: JOHN O'CONNELL / EDITOR: JILL BILCOCK / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: M & A, AUSTRALIAN FILM FINANCE CORPORATION, BEYOND FILMS, THE RANK ORGANISATION / PRINT SOURCE: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE OF AUSTRALIA / RIGHTS: TRSITRAM MIALL
‘Set among the backroom bickering of the ballroom dancing world, Baz Luhrmann's debut film kicks off with a shaky-cam psuedo-documentary sequence introducing the gallery of larger-than-life characters. It's a bravura move, quickly establishing that we are in for a fun ride through a particular vein of the Australian suburban heartland, from the grotesque to the sublime. Talented young dancer Scott (Paul Mercurio) has to contend with the domineering influence of his mother, a former dancer. Rebelling against her and his teacher, Scott vows to make his own path to the much-coveted national championships, a move which throws the dance bureaucracy into complete chaos.’ Melbourne International Film Festival
Billy Elliot 2000 M
Sun 25 Nov 1.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 110 MINUTES, UK, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: STEPHEN DALDRY / PRODUCERS: GREG BRENMAN, JON FINN / SCRIPT: LEE HALL / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRIAN TUFANO / CAST: JAMIE BELL, JULIE WALTERS, GARY LEWIS / CHOREOGRAPHER: PETER DARLING / EDITOR: JOHN WILSON / PRODUCTION COMPANY: BBC FILMS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UNIVERSAL PICTURES
In the heart of Thatcher’s England, in the midst of miners’ strikes, Billy Elliot (Jamie Bell) a miner’s son, does the unthinkable. Drawn irresistibly to the neighbouring dance class in his boxing studio — he swaps boxing gloves for ballet shoes. What follows is a working class hero tale with a twist — Billy is a boy coming of age who must juggle the macho expectations of his town and family with his passion and talent for dance.
Chicago 2002 M
Sat 24 Nov 3.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR AND BLACK AND WHITE, DOLBY DIGITAL, 113 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: ROB MARSHALL / PRODUCERS: BOB WEINSTEIN, HARVEY WEINSTEIN, CRAIG ZADAN, MARTIN RICHARDS / SCRIPT: MAURINE DALLAS WATKINS, BOB FOSSE, FRED EBB, BILL CONDON / CINEMATOGRAPHER: DION BEEBE / CAST: RENÉE ZELLWEGER, CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, RICHARD GERE, QUEEN LATIFAH / CHOREOGRAPHER: ROB MARSHALL / EDITOR: MARTIN WALSH / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: MIRAMAX FILMS, PRODUCERS CIRCLE, STORYLINE ENTERTAINMENT / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS
‘Married but unfaithful Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) dreams of singing and dancing her way out of her suburban life, following in the dance steps of Chicago’s hot vaudeville performer Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones). When she is dumped by her boyfriend, Roxie shoots him. She meets Velma in prison, who is also up for murdering a guy and is attracting big headlines. Under the crooked care of jail warden Matron Morton (Queen Latifah), Roxie meets legendary defence lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), who knows how to get a gal off a murder rap... at a price.’ Urban Cinefile
Honey 2003 PG
Wed 28 Nov 8.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DTS, 94 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: BILLIE WOODRUFF / PRODUCERS: NICOLE BROWN, ANDRE HARRELL, BILLY HIGGINS, MARC E. PLATT / SCRIPT: ALONZO BROWN, KIM WATSON / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JOHN R. LEONETTI / CAST: JESSICA ALBA, MEKHI PHIFER, LIL' ROMEO / CHOREOGRAPHERS: LAURIEANN GIBSON, LUTHER A. BROWN / EDITORS: MARK HELFRICH, EMMA E. HICKOX / PRODUCTION COMPANY/PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UNIVERSAL PICTURES / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL CINEMA
Honey Daniels (Jessica Alba) is an undiscovered talent who teaches dance classes at the community centre. When music producer Michael spots her dancing in the local club, she’s cast in his next music video and goes from principal dancer to regular choreographer. Competing with her love of working in the music business is her commitment to the neighbourhood kids. Her classes and the community centre offer them an alternative to a life on the streets. Ultimately, she must decide where her heart lies.
Take the Lead 2006 PG
Wed 21 Nov 8.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 118 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: LIZ FRIEDLANDER / PRODUCERS: CHRISTOPHER GODSICK, MICHELLE GRACE, DIANE NABATOFF / SCRIPT: DIANNE HOUSTON / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ALEX NEPOMNIASCHY / CAST: ANTONIO BANDERAS, ROB BROWN, YAYA DACOSTA / CHOREOGRAPHER: JOANN JANSEN / EDITOR: ROBERT IVISON / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: NEW LINE CINEMA, TIARA BLU FILMS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ROADSHOW ENTERTAINMENT / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL CINEMA
Antonio Banderas shines as the suave Pierre Dulaine who volunteers his skills as a dance teacher to a local school, making a connection with the students and offering them the essential life skills that dance can impart. Take the Lead is based on the true story of Pierre Dulaine, who believed that ballroom dancing lessons conveyed self-respect and dignity and whose ballroom dancing initiative became part of the New York curriculum covered in the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom 2005.
Step Up 2: The Streets 2008 PG
Sat 17 Nov 3.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 98 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JOHN CHU / PRODUCERS: ADAM SHANKMAN, JENNIFER GIBGOT, ANNE FLETCHER / SCRIPT: TONI ANN JOHNSON, KAREN BARNA, DUANE ADLER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MAX MALKIN / CAST: BRIANA EVIGAN, ROBERT HOFFMAN, ADAM G. SEVANI / CHOREOGRAPHERS: HI HAT, DAVE SCOTT, JAMAL SIMS / EDITOR: ANDREW MARCUS / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: TOUCHSTONE PICTURES, SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT, OFFSPRING ENTERTAINMENT / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UNIVERSAL PICTURES
Less syrupy and with more street-focused choreography than the Step Up original, Step Up 2: The Streets revisits the well-loved dance film trope of rigid, traditionally trained ballerinas who clash on the dance floor with freestyle street dancers. John Chu sourced his dancers from both professional and non-professional backgrounds, drawing on their unique personal dance styles to lend a fresh feel to the choreography. It all culminates in a rain-soaked dance denouement that showcases this high-energy blend of choreography with the dancers’ individual techniques.
Black Swan 2010 MA15+
Sun 11 Nov 3.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 108 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: DARREN ARONOFSKY/ PRODUCERS: ARI HANDEL, SCOTT FRANKLIN, MIKE MEDAVOY, ARNOLD MESSER, BRIAN OLIVER / SCRIPT: MARK HEYMAN, ANDRES HEINZ, JOHN MCLAUGHLIN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MATTHEW LIBATIQUE / CAST: NATALIE PORTMAN, VINCENT CASSEL, MILA KUNIS / CHOREOGRAPHER: BENJAMIN MILLEPIED / EDITOR: ANDREW WEISBLUM / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES, PROTOZOA PICTURES, PHOENIX PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
‘Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is a melodrama, told with passionate intensity, gloriously and darkly absurd. It centres on a performance by Natalie Portman that is nothing short of heroic, and mirrors the conflict of good and evil in Tchaikovsky's ballet 'Swan Lake'. It is one thing to lose yourself in your art. Portman's ballerina loses her mind.’ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
StreetDance 2010 M
Sat 17 Nov 1.00pm / Cinema A
HD VIDEO, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 98 MINUTES, UK, ENGLISH / DIRECTORS: MAX GIWA, DANIA PASQUINI / PRODUCER: JAMES RICHARDSON / SCRIPT: JANE ENGLISH / CINEMATOGRAPHER: SAM MCCURDY / CAST: DIVERSITY, FLAWLESS, GEORGE SAMPSON, CHARLOTTE RAMPLING / CHOREOGRAPHER: WILL TUCKETT / EDITOR: TIM MURRELL / PRODUCTION COMPANY: VERTIGO FILMS, BBC FILMS, LITTLE GADDESDEN PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARAMOUNT PICTURES
"Do we have to be so... angry?" "That’s just the way it is ballet boy." Full of dynamic dance routines, StreetDance features Britain's Got Talent stars George Sampson, Diversity and Flawless. Charlotte Rampling brings a studied refinement to Helena, the strict but visionary schoolmarm who lets her dance class work together with B-boy dancers, much to the chagrin of the school’s headmaster.
Style Wars 1983 M
Sat 24 Nov 6.00pm / Cinema A
DIGITAL BETACAM, COLOUR AND BLACK AND WHITE, STEREO, 70 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: TONY SILVER / PRODUCERS: TONY SILVER, HENRY CHALFANT / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BURLEIGH WARTES / CAST: CAP, DAZE, DOMDI / EDITORS: MARY ALFIERI, VICTOR KANEFSKY, SAM POLLARD / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PUBLIC ART FILMS INC.
‘Awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Festival, this film is an exploration of inner-city New York in the early and mid 80s and the rebellion against authority that spawned a culture still strong today. The golden emergence of subway and train graffiti bombing, rapping and breakdancing is documented in an honest and beautiful manner by Tony Silver and renowned train photographer Henry Chalfant.’ Adelaide Cinémathèque
Paris is Burning 1990 M
Sat 10 Nov 3.15pm / Cinema A
VIDEO, COLOUR, MONO, 76 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JENNIE LIVINGSTON / PRODUCERS: JENNIE LIVINGSTON, BARRY SWIMAR / CINEMATOGRAPHER: PAUL GIBSON / EDITOR: JOHNATHAN OPPENHEIM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PEACH ARCH ENTERTAINMENT
This celebrated documentary explores the late 1980s ball culture within the gay African American and Latino community of New York city. The balls were the birthplace of the Vogue dance style and a catwalk-inspired competition where contestants were judged on costume, make-up and deportment — their ability to ‘walk’ the floor. Ball culture attracted people on society’s fringes, giving them the opportunity to become someone else — college girl, supermodel and, the most prize of all, filthy rich. God help you girl if you wear polyester.
Tango 1998 M
Sat 24 Nov 1.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY, 115 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: CARLOS SAURA / PRODUCER: CARLOS MENTASTI, LUIS A. SCALELLA / CINEMATOGRAPHER: VITTORIO STORARO / CAST: MIGUEL ÁNGEL SOLÁ, MÍA MAESTRO, JUAN LUIS GALIARDO / CHOREOGRAPHERS: JUAN CARLOS COPES, CARLOS RIVAROLA, ANN MARIA STEKELMAN / EDITOR: JULIA JUANIZ / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: ARGENTINA SONO FILM S.A.C.I., BECO FILMS, PANDORA CINEMA / PRINT SOURCE: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE OF AUSTRALIA /RIGHTS: VOLTAGE PICTURES
‘Flamboyant. Colourful. Sensual. This is the seductive world of the Tango, stunningly brought to life by acclaimed Spanish director Carlos Saura. Set against the backdrop of a director's passionate love affair with his art and the beautiful young woman who captures his heart. Argentina Sono Film: "a mesmerizing experience, a smoky, lush blend of muted light and color, of intoxicating dance and the richest tango music you could ever imagine".’ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Mad Hot Ballroom 2005 PG
Wed 21 Nov 6.00pm / Cinema A
DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, DOLBY SR, 106 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: MARILYN ARGRELO / PRODUCERS: MARILYN ARGRELO, AMY SEWELL / SCRIPT: AMY SEWELL / CINEMATOGRAPHER: CLAUDIA RASCHKE / CAST: HEATHER BERMAN, EMMA THERESE BIEGACKI, EVA CARROZZA / EDITOR: SABINE KRAYENBÜHL / PRODUCTION COMPANY: JUST ONE PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ICON FILMS
Mad Hot Ballroom follows a group of New York City fifth graders as they prepare for an inter-school ballroom dancing competition. What at first is a great reticence to learn complicated steps that involve holding the hand of someone from the opposite gender, transforms into a determination to master the moves and win the competition. ‘Listening to the kids talk is a treat in itself, but watching them strut their stuff in the final competition is enough to make you stand up and cheer.’ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Rize 2005 M
Sat 24 Nov 7.30pm / Cinema A
DIGITAL VIDEO, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 86 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: DAVID LACHAPELLE / PRODUCERS: MARC HAWKER, ELLEN JACOBSON, DAVID LACHAPELLE, / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MORGAN SUSSER / CAST: LIL' C, TOMMY THE CLOWN, MISS PRISSY / CHOREOGRAPHER: RICHMOND TALAUEGA / EDITOR: FERNANDO VILLENA / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: DAVID LACHAPELLE STUDIOS, HSI PRODUCTIONS, DARKFIBRE ENTERTAINMENT LTD., GOT FILMS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: HOPSCOTCH FILMS
‘Rize is an insider look at a new form of artistic expression emanating from the streets of south central Los Angeles. Referred to as ‘krumping’, the movements include lightning-quick syncopated body gyrations (fast enough to warrant a disclaimer that the film was not sped up). The dancers take turns strutting their stuff, often using a mock ‘battle’ to show one another their latest moves... Dancing is their voice, their representation, a means to convey their frustrations and let off steam.’ Sundance Film Festival
Planet B-Boy 2007 M
Sat 17 Nov 8.00pm / Cinema A
HDCAM, COLOUR, STEREO, 101 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: BENSON LEE / PRODUCERS: BENSON LEE, AMY LO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: VASCO NUNES / CAST: GAMBLERZ, ICHIGEKI, KNUCKLEHEAD ZOO, LAST FOR ONE, PHASE T / EDITORS: BENSON LEE, JEFF MARCELLO / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: MENTAL PICTURES, MONDO PARADISO FILMS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT
‘Planet B-Boy is set in the international world of B-boying — the urban dance more commonly known as ‘breakdancing’. Weaving between the vivid backdrops of Osaka, Paris, Seoul and Las Vegas, unforgettable images frame the intimate stories of dancers who struggle for their dreams despite being misunderstood by larger society and even their families. An American dancer in Vegas looks for his big break; a Korean son seeks his father’s approval; a twelve-year-old boy in France confronts his family’s racism — all the b-boys’ lives collide in Germany where their skills are put to the ultimate test, the “Battle of the Year” finals.’ Elephant Eye Films
Boy 1995 All Ages
Sat 17 Nov 6.00pm (screens with Never Stand Still) / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 4 MINUTES, UK, NO DIALOGUE / DIRECTOR: PETER ANDERSON / PRODUCERS: ANNE BERESFORD, MARGARET WILLIAMS / CINEMATOGRAPHER: DAVID SCOTT / CAST: TOM EVANS / CHOREOGRAPHER: ROSEMARY LEE / EDITOR: JOHN MIDDLEWICK / PRODUCTION COMPANY/PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: MJW PRODUCTIONS / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL BETACAM
A joyous dance between two friends, or maybe foes, signalling across a deserted beach.
Reines d’un Jour (Queens for a Day) 1996 All ages
Sun 11 Nov 11.00am (screens with Life in Movement) / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 25 MINUTES, SWITZERLAND, NO DIALOGUE / DIRECTOR: PASCAL MAGNIN / SCRIPT: PASCAL MAGNIN, MARIE NESPOLO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: THOMAS HARDMEIER / CAST: MIKEL ARESTEGUI, ANTONIO BUÍL, VÉRONIQUE FERRERO / EDITORS: PASCAL MAGNIN, ORSOLA VALENTI / PRODUCTION COMPANY: AIE PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PAUL MAGNIN / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL CINEMA
A sensual film in which six dancers play games of love and mischief on the slopes of the picturesque Swiss Alps.
Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance 2000 All ages
Sat 10 Nov 1.00pm (screens with Tempus Fugit) / Cinema A
HDCAM, COLOUR, STEREO, 90 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: CHARLES ATLAS / PRODUCER: SYLVIE BLUM / CINEMATOGRAPHERS: JACQUES PAMART, PAUL GIBSON / CAST: MERCE CUNNINGHAM, MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV / CHOREOGRAPHER: MERCE CUNNINGHAM / EDITOR: RANDI SWIFT, GAETON LE MARTELOT / PRODUCTION COMPANY: AMERICAN MASTERS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ARTE
‘Merce Cunningham has performed and choreographed modern dance for over 50 years. Both daring and innovative, his explorations into the avant-garde have captivated audiences, fascinated critics and inspired peers. This in-depth profile explores Cunningham’s prolific career from his earliest successes to recent works such as 'Occasion Piece', a collaboration with Mikhail Baryshnikov, and 'Biped', a ground-breaking mix of computer technology and dance.’ American Masters
The Cost of Living 2004 Ages 15+
Sun 18 Nov 11.00am (screens with Blush) / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 35 MINUTES, UK, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT/CHOREOGRAPHER: LLOYD NEWSON / PRODUCER: NIKKI WESTON / CINEMATOGRAPHER: CAMERON BARNETT / CAST: JOSE MARIA ALVES, GABRIEL CASTILLO, ROBIN DINGEMANS / EDITOR: STUART BRIGGS / PRODUCTION COMPANY/PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: DV8 PHYSICAL THEATRE
London dance company DV8 examines society’s obsession with image.
Blush 2005 Ages 15+
Sun 18 Nov 11.00am (screens with The Cost of Living) / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 52 MINUTES, BELGIUM, FRANCE, ENGLISH, FRENCH, RUSSIAN, SPANISH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: WIM VANDEKEYBUS / PRODUCERS: ÉMILIE BLÉZAT, ELLEN DE WAELE, BART VAN LANGENDONCK / SCRIPT: WIM VANDEKEYBUS, PETER VERHELST / CINEMATOGRAPHER: LIEVEN VAN BAELEN / CAST: WIM VANDEKEYBUS, LAURA ARIS ALVAREZ, DAVID EUGENE EDWARDS / EDITOR: DIETER DIEPENDAELE / PRODUCTION COMPANY/PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ULTIMA VEZ
Contemporary choreographer Wim Vandekeybus deftly blends roles as dancer, choreographer and director in Blush. A visually rich exploration of primal desires, love and human bonds, Blush embeds the dancers within the landscape, using their surrounds as a visual counterpoint to their bodies. The dancers creep through a rustling bamboo plantation and emerge, amphibian-like, from a stream, or dance barefoot in the sand, clad in stark red clothes against a backdrop of clear, blue ocean.
Tempus Fugit 2005
Sat 10 Nov 1.00pm (screens with Merce Cunningham: A Lifetime of Dance) / Cinema A
HD VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 26 MINUTES, FRANCE, NO DIALOGUE / DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS/EDITORS: ANAÏS SPIRO, OLIVIER SPIRO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: CARLO BOURGUIGON / CAST: SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI, SERGE-AIME COULLBALY, ISNELLE DA SILVEIRA / CHOREOGRAPHER: SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: FEATIVAL D’AVIGNON, TANZTHEATER WUPPERTAL-PINA BAUSCH, THEATRE DE LA VILLE, KUNSTENCETRUM VOORULT / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: POINT DU JOUR
Featuring the work of Belgian/Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Tempus Fugit centres on a woman. Pursued by an invisible presence she meets a prince. The prince falls madly in love with her, but she leaves him for another.
Life in Movement 2011 M
Sun 11 Nov 11.00am (screens with Queens for a Day) / Cinema A
HD CAM, COLOUR, STEREO, 80 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: SOPHIE HYDE, BRYAN MASON / PRODUCERS: SOPHIE HYDE, BRYAN MASON / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BRYAN MASON / CAST: TANJA LIEDTKE, SOLON ULBRICH / CHOREOGRAPHER: TANJA LIEDTKE / EDITOR: BRYAN MASON / PRODUCTION COMPANY: CLOSER PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ANTIDOTE FILMS
Life in Movement captures the artistic output and extraordinary spirit of Tanja Liedtke, who, at 29 years old, was a bold choice to be appointed Artistic Director of the Sydney Dance Company. Tragically, Liedtke died before she could take up the position. The film follows Sydney Dance Company performers 18 months after her death as they embark on a world tour, moving through their grief with performance and slowly coming to terms with their loss.
A Good Man 2011 Ages 15+
Sun 2 Dec 11.00am (screens with Choros) / Cinema A
HD CAM, COLOUR, STEREO, 86 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTORS: BOB HERCULES, GORDON QUINN / PRODUCER: JOANNA RUDNICK / CINEMATOGRAPHER: KEITH WALKER / CAST: BILL T. JONES, LINDSAY JONES / CHOREOGRAPHER: BILL T. JONES / EDITOR: DAVID E. SIMPSON / PRODUCTION COMPANY/PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: KARTEMQUIN FILMS
As a dancer and choreographer who is gay, African–American and HIV positive, Bill T Jones has poured the personal into his work creating controversy. An acclaimed artist, he moves between contemporary dance (‘Still/Here’ 1994) and Broadway musical choreography (‘Fela!’ 2009). This documentary follows Jones as he attempts, through dance, to capture the story of Abraham Lincoln, of whom he comments ‘when I was a five-year old boy, he was the only white man I was allowed to love unconditionally.’
Never Stand Still 2011 All ages
Sat 17 Nov 6.00pm (screens with Boy) / Cinema A
HD VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 78 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: RON HONSA / PRODUCERS: RON HONSA, NAN PENMAN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JIMMY O'DONNELL, ÉTIENNE SAURET / CAST: BILL IRWIN, JUDITH JAMISON, GIDEON OBARZANEK / EDITOR: CHARLES YURIK / PRODUCTION COMPANY: MOVING PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NEVER STAND STILL FILM
'Never Stand Still, a documentary about Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, is much more than a historical text or hagiographic celebration. It wittily and visually demonstrates the wild muscularity of contemporary dance — and why we no longer giggle at 'men in tights'. Focussing on dancers and choreographers, the film includes interviews with Judith Jamison, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell and Merce Cunningham.' Marsha McCreadie, Film Journal International.
Focussing on dancers and choreographers, the film includes interviews with Judith Jamison, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell and Merce Cunningham.
Choros 2011 All ages
Sun 2 Dec 11.00am (screens with A Good Man) / Cinema A
HD VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO, 13 MINUTES, USA, NO DIALOGUE / DIRECTORS: MICHAEL LANGAN, TERAH MAHER / PRODUCER/CINEMATOGRAPHER/EDITOR: MICHAEL LANGAN / CHOREOGRAPHER: TERAH MAHER / PRODUCTION COMPANY/PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: LANGAN FILMS
A chorus of women are borne from the movements of a single dancer in this dreamlike pas de trente-deux.
Pina [2D version] 2011 G
Sun 25 Nov 11.00am / Cinema A
HD VIDEO, COLOUR, DOBLY DIGITAL, 103 MINUTES, GERMANY, FRANCE, GERMAN, ENGLISH, FRENCH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: WIM WENDERS / PRODUCERS: GIAN-PIERO RINGEL, WIM WENDERS/ CINEMATOGRAPHER: HÉLÈNE LOUVART, JÖRG WIDMER / CAST: REGINA ADVENTO, MALOU AIRAUDO, RUTH AMARANTE, JORGE PUERTA ARMENTA/ CHOREOGRAPHER: PINA BAUSCH / EDITOR: TONI FROSCHHAMMER / PRODUCTION COMPANY: NEUE ROAD MOVIES / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: HOPSCOTCH FILMS
A few weeks before Wim Wenders’s film collaboration with visionary choreographer Pina Bausch was scheduled to start shooting, Bausch passed away. Wenders almost abandoned the project until Bausch’s dance troupe convinced the director that her story must be told in order for her dance to reach a wider audience. What transpires is a passionate, visceral and graceful dance film — a tribute to a much-loved colleague and extraordinary dancer and choreographer.