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This multidisciplinary afternoon and evening is the closing event for the annual Dance Camera West festival, which celebrates the art of dance on media and in the streets with screenings across Los Angeles County and beyond. Learn what artists and activists are doing together and collectively to change opinions and raise awareness about environmental issues, and check out a new dance documentary that was called "incredibly beautiful and moving," "a paean to the nobility of labor," and "a joyful, exuberant tale" - and took last year's SXSW festival by storm!
Please note that to retain your reservation you must check in by 6:15pm; priority seating to the screening will be given to reservation holders who arrive then.
5-7:30pm: Dance Confessional Booth
This traveling tent has made appearances at other DCW screenings - dance a "confessional" solo for the camera - all are welcome!
6:30-7:00pm: Panel Discussion
"Choreography & the Environment." Local choreographers, dance film directors, and environmental experts discuss art and resource conservation and how the art of dance can bring about awareness of environmental issues.
7:30-8:36pm: Screening of Trash Dance
(DVD, Andrew Garrison, Allison Orr, 2012, USA, 65 min)
Trash Dance: Sometimes inspiration is found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks -- and in the men and women who pick up our trash. She joins Austin city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to try to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how in the world a garbage truck can "dance."
Andrew Garrison is an award-winning film director who works in documentaries and fiction. His documentary feature, "Third Ward TX", and his narrative, "The Wilgus Stories", both premiered at SXSW and aired on PBS.
From Venetian gondoliers to firefighters, trained dancers to Elvis Impersonators, maintenance men to women over 65, Allison Orr creates award-winning choreography with all kinds of performers. Defying easy description, Orr's work challenges audiences to expand notions of dance and performer while posing the question: who and what can be presented on stage? Orr finds the raw material for her work among the stories and everyday experiences of ordinary people, spending months researching and immersing herself in the community she is engaging. Uncovering that which is essential to the life of a community but often goes unnoticed is central in Orr's work, as she seeks to give voice to people who may be marginalized or frequently overlooked. Orr is on the dance faculty of Austin Community College in Austin, TX.
Dance Camera West (DCW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance media. DCW connects diverse cultures and environments through its exploration of dance on screen, bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace. Even more importantly, Dance Camera West utilizes the accessible nature of dance as a non-verbal art form to reach across cultural, geographic, and socio-economic divides by making a special effort to engage a wide range of Los Angeles audiences of varying ethnicities and interests, offering everyone a chance to experience the thought-provoking thrill of dance media.
Stop by earlier in the day - Santa Monica Conservancy docents are available 11am-2pm to discuss the site's history at the Marion Davies Guest House.
Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your keeping in touch!
Directions: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, a half mile north of the California Incline and a half mile south of Chautauqua Blvd. Plenty of public parking is available - enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. The facility is easily accessible by foot or bike from the beach bike path, although the Beach closes at sunset. There is ample bike parking at racks throughout the site - remember to bring your own lock.
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Please note that there is bike parking available onsite - bring a lock. Car parking is available and rates vary from weekdays to weekends and season to season.
Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event; reservations are released then and late seating is not guaranteed. Although Eventbrite's automatic email encourages you to print your ticket out, at this time we only require you to give your last name at the door. If an event is at capacity, we will generally open a waitlist online and you can sign up. We will not contact you; just plan to arrive by 15 minutes prior to the event and we will assess unclaimed reservations then.
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The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public beach club open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.com. The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program.
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