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San Francisco Dance Film Festival - Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance
Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
ADVANCE TICKETS FOR SUNDAY ARE SOLD OUT, THANK YOU!
WE HAVE A HANDFUL OF VIP SEATS LEFT AND THAT'S IT.
WE WILL HAVE A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED RUSH LINE.
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 10 MINUTES BEFORE THE FILM PROGRAM BEGINS. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE SEATS FOR LATE ARRIVALS.
In association with Words On Dance, we are very pleased to present the San Francisco premiere of Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, which chronicles the legendary Joffrey Ballet from its humble beginnings touring the country in a borrowed station wagon to becoming one of the world’s most exciting and prominent ballet companies.
This special evening includes a live post-screening conversation moderated by the film's director Bob Hercules, with Ashley C. Wheater, Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet; Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director, San Francisco Ballet (subject to availability); Tina Le Blanc, former principal dancer, Joffrey Ballet and San Francisco Ballet; and Henry Berg, former Joffrey Ballet dancer.
VIP Tickets include an invitiation to an exclusive catered after-party at a private residence in San Francisco where guests can mingle with the artists.
The San Francisco Dance Film Festival’s mission is to support collaboration between dancers and filmmakers and to provide these artists with a Bay Area platform to show their work. The organization also seeks to bring works of historical importance to a wider public audience and to provide education and support for emerging dance filmmakers.
Although there are many sub-genres of dance on camera, the festival seeks to highlight what is most commonly referred to as “screendance.” These short experimental dance pieces are created specifically for the camera, independent from the traditional stage. Interpretations can range from narratives to collages of music, movement and images, sometimes including the use of animation and other new media.
In addition we’re pleased to present documentaries focused on the process of creating dance—from historical profiles to behind-the-scenes views of today’s most innovative choreographers—as well as filmic interpretations of dance performances originally created for the stage.
Dancers and filmmakers have worked together since the invention of the motion picture, but the dance film genre exploded in recent years as digital technologies became more accessible to independent choreographers. Against this backdrop and with the support of the Ninth Street Independent Film Center, the San Francisco Dance Film Festival emerged from a series of local screening events produced by the dance film organization Motion Pictures, founded by choreographer/filmmaker Greta Schoenberg in early 2008.
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