Dance Scene

Description

Presented in collaboration with dance organizations from throughout the Midlands, Dance Scene celebrates the best in contemporary dance-based cinema. While beautifully photographed to capture the gestures, movement and performances of their subjects, the films in the series are also riveting tales of spirit and commitment – capturing the passions and partnerships that subtend the dance world.

Each screening will be accompanied by a presentation by a local organization that will highlight Columbia-based dancers, artists and community-leaders’ relationships to international dance movements. Shedding light on the incredible work being done by local dancers, Dance Scene will teach you how sautés, pliés, rock steps, vogue dips and battles solidify relationships, bind communities and enrich life in the Midlands.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Dr. Gail Morrison
Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A.

Schedule

Oct 23

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

A part of our Dance Scene series.

Please join us for a special introduction by Columbia City Ballet Executive Director William Starrett and Ballerina, Regina Willoughbly. Followed by a performance by Columbia City Ballet.

Director: Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger

One of the world’s greatest ballerinas, Wendy Whelan joined the New York City Ballet in 1984 and became its Principal Dancer in 1991. Beloved throughout the dance world, Whelan is known for performing with a unique grace and intensity. The film follows Whelan as she approaches retirement, capturing the dancer as she tackles her body’s limitations and adapts to her new role in the dance community.

Columbia City Ballet’s mission is to be a premier professional ballet company in the Southeast through the presentation of art and expression to a constantly growing and diverse audience.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Dr. Gail Morrison
Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A.

Oct 30

Alive and Kicking

A part of our Dance Scene series.

Special introduction and dance performance by The Palmetto Swing Dance Association.

Director: Susan Glatzer

Alive and Kicking is a dynamic exploration of the history of swing dancing and the lives of its participants. Beginning with the emergence of the Lindy hop, the film follows the development of swing from an American art form to an international phenomenon. Rich with historical and personal insight, Alive and Kicking proposes that at its core swing dancing is about the pursuit of happiness.

The Palmetto Swing Dance Association (PSDA) preserves and advances South Carolina's contribution to the American art form of swing dance. PSDA was founded in 2008 to serve the community by promoting and providing swing dance events and instruction to people from diverse background.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Dr. Gail Morrison
Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A.

Nov 06

KIKI

A part of our Dance Scene series.

Special introduction and performance by South Carolina Black Pride, featuring MeMe Revlon and Babe Ebony.

Director: Sara Jordanö

Popularized by Madonna’s 1990 hit single “Vogue,” voguing is a highly stylized and accomplished form of dance performed within the underground ballroom community. Consisting of dance moves and controlled gestures that parody, replicate and critique mainstream society, voguing has emerged as a powerful and political mode of contemporary dance. Set within New York’s LGTBQ community, KIKI explores how dance and ballroom solidify community ties and empower queer youth.

The mission of the South Carolina Black Pride (SCBP) is to unify and celebrate the diversity, creativity, and beauty of the South Carolina Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning LGBT communities and our supporters, in order to empower and promote the human rights of all families and communities.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Dr. Gail Morrison
Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A.

Nov 13

Rize

A part of our Dance Scene

Special introduction and dance performance by FUSE Arts Alliance.

Director: David LaChapelle

This documentary-filmmaking debut by celebrated photographer David LaChapelle is an arresting portrait of clowning and krumping in Los Angeles. Tracing the emergence of the forms in the wake of the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992, Rize captures how dancer Tommy “The Clown” Johnson developed elastic, improvisatory Clowning, which would lay the foundation for competitive Krumping, a rapid, awe-inspiring form of dance that progresses at such a speed that the film presents the disclaimer “the footage in this film has not been sped up in any way.”

Fuse Arts Alliance seeks to connect independent artists with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate their artistic ability. Fuse provides the platform for artists to be seen, heard, and loved.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Dr. Gail Morrison
Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A.

Nov 20

Mr. Gaga

A part of our Dance Scene series.

Special introduction from the Columbia City Ballet and a special performance from Caroline Lewis Jones.

Director: Tomer Haymann

Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Capturing him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary introduces a man of great artistic integrity and extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes rehearsal footage with an extensive previously-unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences.

Caroline Lewis-Jones, has been dancing for over 27 years. Her credits include the VMA’s with NSYNC, the Latin Grammy Awards, WNBA National Commercial, Commercial work, Disney Industrials, Britany Spears “Me Against the Music” video, MTV’s Body Rock Fitness Video, and more. Although successful as a commercial dancer, her true passion lies within contemporary company work, where she has had the opportunity to work for Mia Michaels Company R.A.W, Dee Caspary’s IV Dance Company, Notario Dance Company, Rhapsody and Company, A.S.H Contemporary, and Justin Giles’ Soul Escape. She also choreographs for studios around the country, and teaches for Adrenaline Dance Convention and The Dance Sessions.

Columbia City Ballet’s mission is to be a premier professional ballet company in the Southeast through the presentation of art and expression to a constantly growing and diverse audience.

Thank you to our sponsors:
Dr. Gail Morrison
Richard A. Harpootlian, P.A.