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  • Afternoon of a Faun

    Directed by Nancy Buirski • Documentary • With Tanaquil Le Clercq, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine • 2013 • 91 minutes

    Buirski (The Loving Story) brings to the screen the magnificent and tragic story of Tanaquil Le Clercq. Of the great ballerinas, Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent,...

  • Ballerina

    Directed by Bertrand Norman • Documentary • With Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova and Evgenia Obraztsova. • 2006 • 77 minutes

    In the grand tradition of the Ballets Russes comes a portrait of five Russian ballerinas from the Mariinsky Theatre (also known as the K...

  • Ballet Boys

    Directed by Kenneth Elvebakk • Documentary • With Lukas Bjorneboe, Syvert Lorenz Garcia, Torgeir Lund • 2014 • 72 minutes

    Billy Elliot meets First Position in Ballet Boys, a documentary that follows, over four years, the struggles, set-backs and accomplishments of three friends and hopeful futu...

  • Capturing Grace

    Directed by Dave Iverson • Documentary • With John Heginbotham, David Leventhal, Olie Westheimer • 2015 • 60 minutes

    It seems like two separate realms. One is occupied by acclaimed dancers from Brooklyn’s legendary Mark Morris Dance Group, the other by people with Parkinson’s disease. "Capturing...

  • Carmen and Geoffrey

    Directed by Linda Atkinson & Nick Doob • Documentary • With Carmen de Lavallade, Geoffrey Holder, Ailvin Ailey, Lester Horton, Duke Ellington, Josephine Baker • 2006 • 80 minutes

    Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder, two living legends in the world of American dance, are the subjects of this ...

  • Coda

    Directed by Martine Époque & Denis Poulin • Animation • 2014 • 11 minutes

    This short animation draws on advanced digital technologies to offer a new vision of dance in cinema. With motion capture (MoCap) and particle processing, designers Denis Poulin and Martine Époque create virtual dancers fr...

  • Dancing Dreams

    Directed by Anne Linsel & Rainer Hoffman • Documentary • With Pina Bausch, Jo-Ann Endicott, Bénédicte Billiet • 2010 • 89 minutes

    Two years ago, world-famous dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch selected 40 teenagers who had never heard her name to be part of her dance piece Contact Zone. For 1...

  • Flamenco at 5:15

    Directed by Cynthia Scott • Documentary • 1983 • 5 minutes

    This Oscar-winning film is a visual and emotional thriller. It is an impressionistic record of a flamenco dance class given to senior students of the National Ballet School of Canada by two great teachers from Spain, Susana and Antonio R...

  • Flamenco, Flamenco

    Directed by Carlos Saura • Documentary • With Sara Baras, José Miguel Carmona • 2010 • 90 minutes

    Directed by legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, Flamenco, Flamenco is an evolutionary musical journey through the light, song and dance of a dynamic and alive art form. Beautifully photographe...

  • A Good Man

    Directed by Bob Hercules,Gordon Quinn • Documentary • With Nana Amoah,
    Bill T. Jones,
    Lindsay Jones • 2011 • 86 minutes

    A Good Man follows acclaimed director/choreographer Bill T. Jones (Last Supper at Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Still/Here, FELA!) as he and his company create their most ambitious work, ...

  • The Goumbé of the Young Revelers

    Directed by Jean Rouch • Documentary • 1965 • 28 minutes

    As West African cities faced explosive growth in the 1960s, young people found themselves displaced, living in urban centers far from their families and home regions.

    Enter the goumbés—youth associations combining networking, mutual aid, ...

  • If The Dancer Dances

    Directed by Maia Wechsler • Documentary • 2018 • 177 minutes

    IF THE DANCER DANCES invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio. Stephen Petronio, one of today’s leading dance-makers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into RainForest (1968), an iconic work by the l...

  • In the Steps of Trisha Brown

    Directed by Marie-Helene Rebois • Documentary • With Lisa Kraus, Carolyn Lucas & the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet • 2016 • 79 minutes

    A unique figure in the history of contemporary dance, Trisha Brown has inflected its course in crucial ways. Her choices involve letting a certain chaos come...

  • Karmen Gei

    Directed by Joseph Gai Ramaka • Drama • With Djeïnaba Diop Gaï, Magaye Niang, Stephanie Biddle • 2001 • 82 minutes

    Director Joseph Gaï Ramaka writes: "Carmen is a myth but what does Carmen represent today? Where do Carmen's love and freedom stand at the onset of the 21st Century? Therein lies my...

  • Madam Phung's Last Journey

    Directed by Nguyễn Thị Thấm • Documentary • 2014 • 87 minutes

    A former monk who left monastic life because 'I saw beautiful fags praying, and felt like running away,' Madam Phung is a canny businesswoman who got her start as a singer, and saved her money in the form of gold bars she would bury i...

  • Maguy Marin

    Directed by David Mambouch • Documentary • 2020 • 105 minutes

    Star choreographer Maguy Marin burst onto the 1970s French new wave dance scene. A contemporary of Pina Bausch, Marin’s work stood out for its theatrical aesthetic, political commentary, and audacious integration of traditional dance ...

  • Marius Petipa: The French Master of Russian Ballet

    Directed by Denis Sneguirev • Documentary • 2019 • 52 minutes

    Marius Petipa was an unlikely artistic revolutionary. A middling dancer, he bounced around European cultural centres until he finally washed up in St. Petersburg in 1847 at age 29 – hired, sight unseen, by the Imperial Ballet as a pri...

  • Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter

    Directed by Greg Vander Veer • Documentary • With Martha Hill, Robert Battle, H.T. Chen • 2014 • 80 minutes

    Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter reveals the little known story of Martha Hill, a visionary who fought against great odds to make contemporary and modern dance a legitimate art form in Ameri...

  • Momma Don't Allow

    Directed by Karel Reisz & Tony Richardson • Documentary • With Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine, Pat Halcox, Ron Bowden • 1956 • 22 minutes

    This lively Free Cinema short captures a night out at the Wood Green Jazz Club, where teenagers jive to trad jazz. Funded by the BFI Experimental Film Fund, it ...

  • No Maps on My Taps

    Directed by George Nierenberg • Documentary • With Lionel Hampton, Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, Howard "Sandman" Sims • 1979 • 59 minutes

    The golden age of tap dancing spanned the first half of the twentieth century, but by the 1950s, the form fell to the likes of rock 'n' roll and modern dance. I...

  • One Day Pina Asked...

    An encounter between two of the most remarkable women artists of the 20th century, ONE DAY PINA ASKED... is Chantal Akerman's look at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch and her Wuppertal, Germany-based dance company. "This film is more than a documentary on Pina Bausch," a narrator announces a...

  • The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen

    Directed by Jennifer Abod • Documentary • With Angela Bowen • 2016 • 73 minutes

    An inspiring film by award winning documentary filmmaker Jennifer Abod, PhD (THE EDGE OF EACH OTHER’S BATTLES: THE VISION OF AUDRE LORDE). THE PASSIONATE PURSUITS provides a window into the life of Angela Bowen who g...

  • Pendular

    Directed by Julia Murat • Drama • With Raquel Karro; Rodrigo Bolzan • 2017 • 105 minutes

    A young couple settles down in a large abandoned industrial warehouse. An orange strip, glued to the floor, partitions the area in two equal portions: to the right, his sculpture atelier; to the left, her da...

  • Phoenix Dance

    Directed by Karina Epperlein • Documentary • 2006 • 22 minutes

    A heroic journey of transformation and healing, Phoenix Dance challenges our expectations of what it means to be 'disabled.' In March, 2001, renowned dancer Homer Avila discovered that the pain in his hip was cancer. A month later, h...