Dance Camera West, marking its continued passion for bringing together diverse communities, cultures, and environments to experience dance through the intimate medium of film, along with Jacob Jonas The Company, are thrilled to present the 17th Annual Dance Camera West Film Festival and To The Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier from April 12 – 15, 2018 with Opening Night festivities taking place at UCLA’s Fowler Museum in Westwood, Film Screenings at the Laemmle Film Center in Santa Monica and the Free Sunset To The Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier taking place on the west-end of the Santa Monica Pier.
This year’s DCW Film Festival will showcase an incredible array of dance from 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.
Highlights of the 2018 Festival includes the return of DCW’s partnership with Jacob Jonas The Company with the exciting and unique To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier, where individual choreographers and dance companies ranging in all dance forms and genres perform live on the west-end of the Santa Monica Pier during sunset for three nights. Both audiences and performers are surrounded by the natural space of the Pacific Ocean and the Pier and are free and open to the public.
This year’s lineup includes performances from Pilobolus, Rubberlegz, Jacob Jonas The Company, Emily Kikta of New York City Ballet, Megan Lawson, Erica Sobol, Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Seaweed Sisters, and more.
Opening Night, Thursday, April 12:
Festivities commence with International Shorts, hosted reception, and post-screening Q&A taking place at the Fowler Museum; 8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 13:
The Festival continues with two evening events:
6:30 p.m. – Program A @ To The Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier featuring Pilobolus, the acclaimed modern dance company known for unique methods of collective creative performance, amongst other companies to be announced.
8:00 p.m. – West Coast Premiere screening of La Chana, by Lucija Stoievic. The documentary film brings the audience under the skin and into the mind of La Chana, a talented Gypsy flamenco dancer as she returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a 30-year break and reveals the secret behind her disappearance when she was at the peak of her career. Iceland/USA 2016 (85:00).
West Coast Premiere screening of The Sacrosanct Accompanist, by Terese Capucilli. A musical journey through Martha Graham’s Technique. Reed Hansen was the pianist in residence for all of Martha Graham’s Technique at The Julliard School from 1958 until present. This film follows his enduring relationship with Martha Graham and takes a look inside her technique soely form the perspective of the accompanist. USA 2018 (115:00),
Sonder (short) by Anamaria Antoci. A visual abstract poetry of the human being confronted with nature, the machine and himself. Romania 2016 (12:20); 3:00 p.m.
Ingmar Bergman Through the Choreographer’s Eye by Fredrik Stattin, the renowned Swedish Choreographers Alexander Ekman, Pär Isberg, Pontus Lidberg and Joakim Stephenson, with principal dancers from the Royal Swedish Ballet, interpret Ingmar Bergman through four unique dance performances reflecting human relationships and the unspoken word transformed into movements. Sweden 2016 (50:00), and 22:22 by Charlotte Ginsborg UK 2017 (30:00); 6:30 p.m. – Program B @ To The Sea (check Festival website for schedule updates).
Sunday, April 15: 12:00 p.m.
The Choreographer Mat Ek by Andreas Söderberg and Björn Eriksson. How is the perfect sequence of steps formed? An intimate documentary about the internationally highly esteemed choreographer Mats EK. Sweden. 2014 (58:00); 1:30 p.m. – TBA; 3:00 p.m. – United States
Premiere screening of Atomos by Wayne McGregor and Ravi Deepres, where bodies, movement, film, sound and light are atomised into miniature shards of intense sensation. Taking creative points of departure from atomised film, music and biometric data, Wayne McGregor’s choreography is woven into an intense film, performed by the incredible dancers of Company Wayne McGregor in his distinctive style – sculptural, rigorous, jarring and hauntingly beautiful. UK 2017 (70:00).
Black Stains byTiffany Rhynard USA 2017(13:27); 6:30 p.m. – Program B @ To The Sea (check Festival website for schedule updates).
The 17th Annual Dance Film Festival is funded in part by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and Los Angeles County Arts Commission. To the Sea is supported in part by Santa Monica Pier and made possible in part by a grant from the City of Santa Monica and Santa Monica Cultural Affairs.
Venues include UCLA’s Fowler Museum located at 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Westwood; Laemmle Film Center, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica; Western-most end on the Santa Monica Pier.