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Life's Burning Desire
An insightful exploration of the creative genius of Paul Mercurio. The film explores Mercurio's vision and genius as a dancer through his experiences in the development and performance of "Contact", a new dance theatre piece conceived, choreographed and performed by Mercurio with his own dance company, ACE (Australian Choreographic Ensemble).…
Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow
Legendary dancers and choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, Judith Jamison and Bill Irwin appear alongside new innovators to reveal the passion, discipline, and daring of the world of dance in Never Stand Still. Filmed at the iconic Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, this thrilling documentary features amazing…
Twyla Tharp: Making Television Dance
An exploration by one of America's most eminent choreographer/dancers, Twyla Tharp, of the relationship between the complex technology of television and the realm of dance. By utilizing the almost infinite creative genius and vitality of the dancer's art and the possibilities presented by television's highly sophisticated science, Twyla Tharp has…
Pauline Koner
Pauline Koner is the recipient of the American Dance Festival's 1998 Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Chair for Distinguished Teaching. Dancer, teacher, choreographer, and author, Ms. Koner studied with Michel Fokine, Michio Ito, and Angel Cansino and performed her own solo concerts from 1930-1945. In 1935 Ms. Koner became the first…
Betty Jones
As a founding member of the Jose Limon Dance Company, Betty Jones created many now classic roles in both Limon's and Doris Humphrey's dances. The recipient of the 1993 ADF Distinguished Teaching Chair, Ms. Jones has been called "a leading authority on the Limon technique" and has influenced generations of…
Virtuosi
Created by award-winning choreographer and dance film maker Sue Healey, with music by New Zealand jazz legend Mike Nock, Virtuosi is a feature length documentary about the drive to be an artist and the special nature of virtuosity in dance. Through exhilarating dance and stories from the heart, Virtuosi reveals…
Daniel Nagrin
Daniel Nagrin has had a forty-year career as a dancer, choreographer, author, and teacher. Born in 1917 in New York City, Mr. Nagrin studied with Martha Graham, Anna Sokolow, Hanya Holm, and Helen Tamiris. He made his Broadway debut in 1945, but is best known for his solo work. In…
Bart Cook: Choreographer
Bart Cook became a Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet in 1979. He worked extensively with Jerome Robbins, Associate Artistic Director of NYCB and prolific choreographer. Bart originated and performed soloist roles in The Cage, Glass Pieces, I'm Old Fashioned, Dances at a Gathering, The Concert and Opus 19.…
Speaking of Dance: Steve Paxton
A former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Mr. Paxton is best known for his development of contact improvisation starting in 1972. He was a co-founder of the Judson Dance Theater and later the Grand Union and has been the recipient of a Bessie Award as well as grants…
Speaking of Dance: Trisha Brown
Trisha Brown has been hailed as "one of the true great experimentalists in modern dance." Ms. Brown began her career in New York City as a member of Judson Dance Theater. Since forming her own company in 1971, she has received major commissions from foundations and festivals around the world.…
Sally Silvers
Ms. Silvers is a New York-based choreographer whose work has been presented in North America, the United Kingdom, and Asia. Mindy Aloff of Dance Magazine has called her "...among the most talented choreographers to emerge in the decade [of the 1980's]." Ms. Silvers' choreography has been supported by the NEA,…
Anna Sokolow
1991 Scripps/ ADF Award winner Anna Sokolow talks with ADF Co-Director Charles Reinhart about her life, her work with Louis Horst, Martha Graham, and her personal vision; also includes Ms. Sokolow teaching a master class at the American Dance Festival.