The Northwest Film Center and BodyVox are pleased to partner in presenting our third Contact Dance Film Festival, a showcase featuring award-winning collaborations between filmmakers, dancers, and choreographers, and insightful contemporary dance documentaries. These works sparkle with invention and inspiration and will open your eyes to a special genre of hybrid creativity. The screenings will take place at both the Bodyvox Dance Center, 17th and NW Northrup, and the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium.

PROGRAMS

Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Thursday, Apr. 12, 7pm @ NWFC
Saturday, Apr. 14, 9:15pm @ NWFC
Tickets here

NY Export: Opus Jazz, US, 2010
dir. Jody Lee Lipes, Henry Joost (61 mins., performance documentary/performance, DCP) Conceived, created, and produced by New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi, Opus Jazz is a reimagined adaptation of a 1958 “ballet in sneakers” by Jerome Robbins, a companion piece to his legendary West Side Story. An abstract tale of disaffected urban youth shot on location all over New York City, the film returns the original choreography to the streets that inspired it, with a score by Robert Prince and an ensemble cast of dancers from the New York City Ballet. “The characters jump, jive, and roll with the grit and restless spirit of urban youth. Like good dialogue, good dance can leap off the screen and leave you in wide-eyed amazement.”—Austin Chronicle. “This film is just about the purest, sexiest thing going in ballet.”—New York Magazine
 
Staged throughout the city, New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and Sean Suozzi reimagined Jerome Robbins’s 1958 “ballet in sneakers,” a companion piece to his legendary West Side Story.

With

Never Stand Still: Dancing At Jacob’s Pillow, US, 2005
dir. Ron Honsa (74 mins., documentary, DCP)
Founded in the 1930s by visionary dance pioneer Ted Shawn on a farm in the Berkshires, Jacob’s Pillow is an idyllic mecca for artists and audiences from around the world, a place where dance in all its forms—from ballet to jazz to contemporary—is studied, created, performed, and celebrated. Filmed at the iconic Dance Festival, the mix of performances, interviews—among them legendary dancers and choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, Judith Jamison, and Bill Irwin—behind-the-scenes insights, and rare archival footage reveal the passion, discipline, and daring at play in the world of dance.
 
Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, Judith Jamison, Bill Irwin, and other dancers and choreographers reveal the passion, discipline, and daring at play in the world of contemporary dance

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BodyVox Dance Center
1201 NW 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Thursday, Apr. 12, 7:30 pm @ Bodyvox
Saturday, Apr. 14,  7:30 pm @ Bodyvox
Tickets here

Dancing Over Borders
Various dir.
BodyVox co-artistic director Jamey Hampton has curated a collection of recent films that combine fresh emerging voices with seasoned artists speaking with authority. Ranging from absurdly humorous to raw and human, all represent reality altered through the unexpected: a sense of transformation and evolution, a destruction of the inevitable. The program includes Persecuta, The Lombard Twins; Ghost Story, Sarah Elgart; The Yellow Room, Kitty McNamee, and many more gems.

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BodyVox Dance Center
1201 NW 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Friday, Apr. 13, 7:30 pm @ Bodyvox
Saturday, Apr. 14, 4 pm @ Bodyvox
Tickets here

Dance@30fps
Various dir.
Organized by frequent BodyVox collaborator and Ohio State University Department of Dance professor Mitchell Rose,Dance@30FPS (frames per second) is a vibrant selection of recent works born of the marriage between dancer and filmmaker. The program includes Stronger, Wilkie Branson, England; Alt i Alt, Torbjørn Skårild, Norway; Outside In, Tove Skeidsvoll & Petrus Sjövik, Sweden; Off Ground, Boudewijn Koole, Netherlands; Me-Story of a Performance, Jopsu Ramu, Finland; Home Alone, Adi Halfin, Israel; Little Ease, Matt Tarr, USA; and Maze, Eve McConnachie, Scotland.
 

Looking for a dining option? On BodyVox performance nights show your ticket at a partner restaurant for a discount or special offer. More information here!

Filmmaker
Mitchell Rose
Artistic Director
Jamey Hampton

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