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Dance Camera West Presents Its 14th Annual Dance Media Festival

April 30 – May 5, 2015

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Venues in Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Westwood

Celebrating the vibrant art of dance, Dance Camera West (DCW) presents the 14th Annual Dance Media Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance. Taking place at various venues in Beverly Hills (UTA Screening Room), Downtown Los Angeles (MOCA, historic Palace Theatre, REDCAT), Hollywood (historic Egyptian Theatre), Santa Monica (Aero Theatre), and Westwood (Crest Theater, UCLA) from April 30 – May 5, 2015, this multi-disciplinary festival promises to offer something for everyone and will showcase many forms of dance including modern, post modern, world, tap, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has been captured on film in a way that is of quality and essential value. Over 30 films will be screened over the course of the Festival connecting diverse cultures and environments through the exploration of dance.

DCW aspires to awaken and infuse the public mainstream with a desire for critical creative programming. The vision of DCW is to present the visual language of dance on screen in a way that stretches the imagination and changes the way we think about dance.

tickets, Dance Camera WestFor more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.DanceCameraWest.org

Ticket Prices:  Free – $15; Festival Kickoff $75

Dance Media Festival Schedule:

Thursday, April 30 – Festival Kickoff, UTA Screening Room, Beverly Hills, Screenings, Cocktails and appetizers, 6:30pm, $75
Live dance performance from JacobJonas The Company: a project based creative company specializing in dance, content production, and arts education.

Escualo – USA, 2014, 4:00, Martin & Facundo Lombard (filmmakers); A powerful new piece from the Lombard Twins.
Dancing is Living: Benjamin Millepied
– France, 2014, 57:00, Louis Wallecan (filmmaker) – West Coast Premiere; This engaging documentary chronicles Benjamin Millepied (choreographer of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan), the newly appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet and founder of L.A. Dance Project, as a globe-trotting ambassador for dance: in rehearsal with his company in L.A., hanging out with Lil Buck, and sharing his ideas about life and dance. Q&A with Louis Wallecan, Filmmaker and James Fayette, Managing Director, LA Dance Project.

Friday, May 1 – Opening Night Shorts, The Palace Theatre, Downtown LA, 7pm, $15

A selection of top international short films and a live dance performance from JacobJonas The Company:
ME – A Story of a Performance – Finland, 2014, 7:30, Jopsu Ramu (filmmaker), Johanna Nuutinen (choreographer); We follow the performance from different perspectives: how it is perceived by the dancer, the audience and how it can be seen from an objective point of view as a mere code. U.S. Premiere

Cracks – Spain, 2013, 4:45; Alex Pachon (filmmaker/choreographer); Every sound generates a movement and every movement produces a sound. U.S. Premiere

Pas – Canada, 2014, 15:00, Frédérique Cournoyer-Lessard (filmmaker); The dance and the acrobatics deeply move between narrative plots and visual poetry. West Coast Premiere

Fuel for Thought – India/UK, 2014, 4:04, Michael Joseph (filmmaker); Choreographer Hemabharathy Palani’s response to Hip Hop artist Mikey J Asante’s track, creating striking imagery against large-scale outdoor scenery and intimate spaces in India.

AM/FM – USA, 2014, 4:45, Morgan Wise (filmmaker), Robert Moses (choreographer); A romantic afternoon car ride turns into a surprising physical contest when a young couple has to choose between two competing radio stations.

Gone – Iceland, 2014, 16:00; Helena Jonsdottir/Vera Solvadóttir (filmmakers); Who is living your life at the moment? Your guest is not always your guest… U.S. Premiere

Martiality, Not Fighting – China, 2012, 10:00, Marianne M. Kim/Cheng-Chieh Yu (filmmakers); A young Chinese dancer performs the role of conscientious objector.

Amandi – Spain, 2014, 7:00; Francesc SitgesSardà/Elisabet Prandi (filmmakers), Claudi Bombardó Oriol (choreographer); A full blend made of nature, woods and weird landscapes with two characters whom travel through that space in constant transformation trying to fit in, to blend in. US Premiere

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Saturday, May 2 (day)The Crest Theatre, Westwood

Program 1:  2:30pm; $15
I Was Within – USA, 2014, 9:46, Jenny Stulberg (filmmaker), Jenny Stulberg/Sebastian Grubb (choreographer); Examines the course of a relationship through the multi-faceted elements of love, loss, time, and identity.

Fall to Rise – USA, 2014, 92:00, Jayce Bartok (filmmaker), Catherine Cabeen (choreographer); Who Will Catch You When You Fall? A famous principal dancer injures her knee and attempts to settle into motherhood only to realize she has no identity without dance, and struggles to return with the help of an equally troubled former company dancer.

Program 2: Celebrating Technicolor 100th Anniversary; 4:30pm; $15
The Unfinished Dance – USA, 1947, 101:00, Henry Koster (filmmaker)
Meg, a young ballet student played with penetrating passion by Margaret O’Brien, grows distressed to learn that visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than the school’s top ballerina Bouchet (Cyd Charisse) will play the lead in “Swan Lake.” As a result of Meg’s actions, Bouchet remains a star unfettered by competition and Meg copes with guilt. Dance critic Debra Levine of arts•meme will lead a conversation with Technicolor senior executive Robert Hoffman highlighting the film’s majestic use of color cinematography on the occasion of 100 years of Technicolor films.

Saturday, May 2 (evening)The Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, 7:30pm, $11

I Hate Dancing – Canada, 2014, 2:17, Jo Roy (filmmaker/choreographer); The repulsive nature of dance as told through dance.

American Cheerleader – USA, 2014, 89:00, David Barba/James Pellerito (filmmakers), Hank Light/Jason Keogh (choreographers); Set in the competitive world of cheerleading, the journey of two high school teams vying for the coveted National High School Cheerleading Championship Title.

Sunday, May 3 (day)The Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown LA

Israel Past and Future – 1pm; $15 (includes Museum admission)
Ze’eva Cohen: Creating a Life in Dance – USA, 2014, 32:00, Sharon Kaufman (filmmaker); Spanning 70 years, how an artist can survive in the dance world by carving out an independent path for herself. Featured artist: Ze’eva Cohen. West Coast Premiere

Glove Story – Israel, 2013, 38:00, Oren Shkedy (filmmaker), Dana Ruttenberg (choreographer); Explores the notion of personal space and the all-too-often invasion into it. It asks the question: what are the psychological, physical and social repercussions of treating borders as mere suggestions?

Renewal – USA/Israel, 2014, 40:00, Stacey Menchel Kussell (filmmaker); In their pioneering Eco-Arts village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the Vertigo Dance Company in performance and rehearsals, and their ecological pursuits including gray water recycling and permaculture. West Coast Premiere

Animate Life: Dance! – 3pm; $15 (includes Museum admission)

Choreography and Animation Technology Panel Discussion

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Illumination, education and examination, both contemporarily and historically, of the relationship between Animation and Dance through discussion and screenings.

Sunday, May 3 (evening) REDCAT, Downtown LA

Program 1 – 5:30pm; $15

CalArts Emerging Artists Competition

Jiri Kylian: Forgotten Memories – France, 2011, 52:00, Don Kent/Christian Dumais-Lvowski (filmmaker) – West Coast Premiere; World-renowned Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian, a singular artist whose vision has inspired dancers and choreographers around the globe. West Coast Premiere

Program 2 – 7:30pm; $15

Continuum – France, 2014, 9:15, Natalianne Boucher (filmmaker); Explores time and space through dance and animation techniques.

Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity – USA, 2014, 82:00, Catherine Gund (filmmaker); Motley troupe of flyers and crashers, propelled by Elizabeth Streb’s edict that “anything too safe is not action,” these daredevils challenge the assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility. Breathtaking tale about the necessity of art, inspiring audiences hungry for a more tactile and fierce existence in the world.

Monday, May 4 – UCLA Moore Lecture Hall, Special Campus Screening, 6:30pm, Free
Migration
– Canada, 2015, 5:44, Marlene Millar (filmmaker), Sandy Silva (choreographer); Migratory journey of percussive dancers who rely on their hands, feet and sonic bodies to create a unique soundtrack as they move through water, wind and sand interpreting the preparation, departure, and flight of their collective journey. West Coast Premiere

Let’s Get the Rhythm: Life and Times of Miss Mary Mack – USA, 2014, 55:00; Irene Chagall (filmmaker); Celebrates the wondrous world of hand clapping games, a traditional genre that thrives on the playgrounds of large cities and in remote corners of the world. West Coast Premiere

Tuesday, May 5 (evening)Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

4th Annual Dance-A- Long, 6:30pm, Free
Bring your dancing shoes, friends and family for a fun dance lesson prior to the screening from LA Dance Fit

Final Festival Screening – 7:30pm; $11

Dancing for my Havana – Italy/Cuba, 2015, 112:00, Claudio Del Punta (filmmaker), Yordan Mayedo Perez (choreographer), Q&A with lead dancer/actress/choreographer Nayara Nunez Oliva; Young Cuban dancers struggling to achieve fame and fortune on the world stage, while honoring their intense love for the people and creative energy they find only in their homeland. U.S. Premiere

Dance Camera West 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.  To find out more visit: www.dancecamerawest.org

Tonia Barber, Dance Camera West Director, started her career as a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City and continued on to the Broadway stage by age 17. Her credits include “42nd Street” and original cast member of Tommy Tunes’ 9-time Tony winner “The Will Roger’s Follies.” Barber has staged and choreographed numerous plays, commercials and industrials including Budweiser, Salon Selects and Gillette as well as working with fashion giants Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. Barber’s first film endeavor started in New York by investing in the independent film Tumbleweeds, which was released worldwide by New Line after competing at Sundance in 1999. The next year Barber produced Interstate 84, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was sold worldwide. Barber then Executive Produced the racecar indie, QuattroNoza, which was in competition at Sundance 2003 and won best cinematography. After moving to Los Angeles 2003, Barber wrote, directed and produced the short film, RAW that premiered at Sundance 2005 and screened at the AFI FEST 2005.

 

Los Angeles Travel Magazine Launches Spring 2015

Marc Wheelerby Marc Wheeler, Mover & Shaker Extraordinaire

 

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Last night the Los Angeles Travel Magazine celebrated their Spring Issue Launch with a swanky soirée at the “World Famous” Supperclub LA. Guests were treated to spectacular aerial work, freestyle dance and a must-be-seen balloon act by the talented performers of Zen Arts. An autograph signing/meet-and-greet featuring Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz of Vanderpump Rules transpired early in the evening. Tito’s Handmade Vodka kept the drinks flowing and SuperCool Creamery delighted the palettes of many a sweet tooth as DJ D-Dub’s mixes filled the air.

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Celebrity Cruises offered travel tips and champagne toasts as red carpet photos featuring live snakes and supperclub showgirls brought out smiles and poses to flashing lights. Additional sponsors included Alcazark Photography, BNG, How 2 Travelers, Huey Bui Photography and Sterling Social.

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La Caberet a la Mode de Paris Kicks Up It’s Heels in Style at Sofitel

 by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
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Continuing my new “Adventures in LIVE Streaming” (just in case you didn’t catch it on Twitter/Periscope) was a visit earlier this month to the Sofitel Los Angeles for a presentation of Les Demoiselles of Cabaret Versatile “Le Caberet a la Mode de Paris”.

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What really should be taking place on a larger stage a la Moulin Rouge, is a very up close and cinematic-like view for the audience of French Cancan, cheeky Burlesque, effervescent humor and le chant très sensuelle.

The premiere of “Femmes” at Riviera 31, is a dreamy, glamorous and immersive sampling of all things feminine and female. I’d also add definitively–all things French.  We especially loved being treated chez chic champagne and macaroons while sensually embraced by the ambiance and sensational elegance.

With the Hollywood Fringe Festival fast approaching it is interesting to note that these ladies actually received an award for Best Cabaret and Variety Show, and were nominated for Best International Show at Fringe back in 2012.  Their return is nothing short of breathtaking.

ParisChansons_WebOpening act, singers Julia and Jacob of Paris Chansons, immediately set a warm, nostalgic tone with favorite tunes and sing-a-longs in French and English most recognizable to the highly percentiled Français crowd in attendance. For the rest of us, it was a ticklish treat.

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Headlining the show was actress Mhairi Morrison appearing as her ever in-a-fuss character Talullah Grace who hilariously and quite decadantly clowned up what would have otherwise been moments of unfortunate trevas in between each number.

The intermission is overly long.  But you can square away the tedium quite nicely at the fully stocked, ready and delicious bar at Riviera 31. 

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Recorded in Hollywood Hiccup — Hooray!

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Lights up. Lights down. That exactly describes the physical opening of Recorded in Hollywood last Friday evening at the Lillian Theatre, Hollywood, CA.

Notwithstanding a confluence of incidental events that transpired which nearly derailed the production – a pre-show audience member accident, a 30 minutes late curtain, a host of un-ending technical difficulties: actors singing and moving through stage direction (impressively without pause) in the dark at length, intermittent disappearing sound, and an overly long running time, Recorded in Hollywood, actually kept its musical momentum and pulled off a powerful “Hail Mary” for a truly celebratory opening night.

Recorded in Hollywood is not just another show.  It is a piece of true, iconic Los Angeles music history.

Although the actual script is not particularly dramatic, it nevertheless details the emphatic moments in the life of local legend John Dolphin who pulled African-American music up by its bootstraps and thrust it onto a white dominated music industry, promoting into dominance artists and sounds that we still know and love today. And according to his grandson Jamelle Dophin, the John Dolphin story gives long-overdue credit to the man he says influenced the likes of Sam Cooke, The Penguins and The Hollywood Flames.   All this by a man who was simply “a flashy music promoter” who started off as a used car salesman and who just loved music…long before Motown Records was a glint in Barry Gordy’s eye. 

Most impressive and equally fascinating is that during his run with his shop, Dolphin’s of Hollywood, with the help of famed DJ Dick “Huggy Boy” Hug and others, who spun records at one point, 24 hours a day inside the shop, he was able to grab the imagination of white and black teens alike, drawing them to a location on Central, to shop, dance, openly mingle (dangerous stuff during that generation) and love listening to Rhythm & Blues unabashedly together. As a black man he was not allowed to rent a retail space in the actual Hollywood area.  He went on to establish a chain of Dolphin’s of Hollywood shops and a recording/producing studio for up and coming talent.

Mr. Dolphin’s life, however was cut short, murdered by a singer in a disagreement over ownership of his songs. Eventually, although his wife and family took over the shop, Dolphin’s of Hollywood closed its doors, the first location in South L.A. being the last to shutter in 1989.

Recorded in Hollywood is a celebration of John Dophin’s legacy and the music he lived and breathed.  Despite the opening night hiccups it is only going to get tighter as a production.  This show is a must see for no less a reason of singing talent, music composition, choreography and every other outstanding element in this show, as it is an ode to John Dolphin’s vision of Black American music for his generation and beyond.

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The true story of black businessman, record label owner and music producer John Dolphin. In 1948, a decade before Motown, he opened his world-famous Dolphin’s of Hollywood record shop in South Los Angeles, but his contributions to music and the formative years of rock ’n’ roll have often been overlooked. Based on the book “Recorded In Hollywood: The John Dolphin Story,” this new musical features 16 original songs to match the musical era of the 1950s, as well as hit cover songs associated with the story.

Book by Matt Donnelly and Jamelle Dolphin
Music and Lyrics by Andy Cooper
Directed by Denise Dowse
Musical Direction by Stephan Terry
Choreography by Cassie Crump
Starring Eric B. Anthony, Brooke Brewer, Justin Cowden, John Devereaux, Richie Ferris, Jenna Gillespie, Franklin Grace, Nic Hodges, Stu James, Jade Johnson, Philip Dean Lightstone, Godfrey Moye, Jake Novak, Nic Olsen, Rahsaan Patterson, James Simenc, Matthew Sims, Jr., Sha’Leah Nikole Stubblefield, Katherine Washington
Produced by Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners


NOW PLAYING UNTIL MAY 17

Fridays at 8 p.m: April 24; May 1, 8, 15
Saturdays at 8 p.m: April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16
Sundays at 3 p.m: April 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17

WHERE:
Lillian Theatre
1076 Lillian Way
Hollywood, CA 90038
(1½ blocks west of Vine at Santa Monica Blvd.)

HOW:
(323) 960-4443 or www.RecordedInHollywood.com

TICKET PRICE$30

Serious Talent We Missed in 2014: Syncopated Ladies

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The Syncopated Ladies dance crew was created by world-renowned tap dancer and choreographer Chloe Arnold who was discovered at an early age by legendary choreographer Debbie Allen.  Chloe has since gone on to perform on stages around the globe (in 21 countries and over 35 states), worked with celebrated artists including Beyonce, and appeared on national TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “Boardwalk Empire.”  Chloe formed Syncopated Ladies, the first all-female tap band, to bring more appreciation for tap to modern audiences, and to create a platform for women to be at the forefront of this beloved art form.  The group has performed in Vancouver, Canada, at B.B. Kings in New York City, annually at their D.C. Tap Fest, at the Dancescape L.A.’s 10th Anniversary Showcase, and Nigel Lythgoe’s star-studded “Dizzy Feet” charity gala.  For more information, please visit www.syncladies.com

Queen Madonna’s Ghosttown

Madonna’s new music video (co-starring Empire’s Terrence Howard) for her latest single “Ghosttown” available now.

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All our favorite elements,  music, fashion and film strike a cord in this new visually powerful vide0 and we’re not surprised that it’s the “Queen of Pop” who’s responsible.

The “Ghosttown” video was directed by longtime Madonna collaborator, Jonas Åkerlund (“Ray of Light”, “Music”, “American Life”). It was choreographed by Megan Lawson, styled by B. Åkerlund and features hair styled by Andy Lecompte and makeup by Aaron Henrikson.

Clothing by: Chrome Hearts, Greg Lauren, A.F. Vandevost, and Valerj Pobega

Accessories by: Majesty Black, Greg Lauren, Palace Costume House, and Agent Provocateur

Jewelry by: Jason of Beverly Hills, Lynn Ban, and Catherine Angiel

Shoes by: Miu Miu

Madonna release her 13th studio album Rebel Heart last month which debuted at #1 album on the Soundscan album sales chart. The first single from Rebel Heart, “Living for Love” went to No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Charts. Madonna’s Rebel Heart World Tour will kick off on August 29th in Miami, FL. For more information please visit http://www.madonna.com/tour.

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Meet Me Thursday at the Sofitel for Le Cabaret Versatile

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We’ve been waiting soooo long!  Our darling Feathers and Toast Tallulah Grace, will be making a spotlight appearance with LA’s newest and most delectable French dance troupe Cabaret Versatile in their show Premiere in Riviera 31, Sofitel Beverly Hills, this Thursday, April 9th 2015.

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refined and dreamy the experience will celebrate femininity and elegance with dancers and singers performing glamorous choreographies and songs which represent the “je ne sais quoi” that built the timeless legend of inspiring women throughout the ages.

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From the indomitable and impressive, to the child-like innocent, or crazy, unpredictable, this new show Femmes! is an ode to every kind of woman we cherish and is a beautiful tribute to the Parisian chic.

Mhairi MorrisonThe show features Mhairi Morrison of the comedy web series, Feathers and Toast. She will host the show as her character Tallulah Grace, a slightly delusional cooking show host obsessed with all things French who believes herself to be the next Julia Child, but who, in reality, struggles to pull off a decent sandwich.  www.feathersandtoast.com

juliaOpening the evening is Paris Chansons, LA’s premier French band known for their original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour to Zaz, plus an exciting international twist featuring music in Russian, Italian and other world flavors. www.parischansons.com

Cabaret Versatile based in Los Angeles, creates authentic French cabaret inviting them into a world of French Burlesque and Parisian Folies. It is a magical experience full of surprises, Cabaret Versatile filled with unforgettable moments of sexiness and elegance.

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