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Dance Camera West


Dance Camera West

Claude Bessy: Lignes d’ une Vie (Traces of a Life)
West Coast Premiere
French ballerina Claude Bessy was an admired etoile (star) of the Paris Opera Ballet, running its prestigious school for decades as ballet mistress, and profoundly influencing the look of the iconic company. Americans know her as Gene Kelly’s partner in his “Invitation to the Dance.” This intimate documentary, narrated by Bessy, features rare vintage classroom and performance footage of the dancer in her prime, including works by renowned choreographers Gene Kelly, Serge Lifar, and Maurice Bejart and dancer Sylvie Guillem. A Q&A with Director Fabrice Herrault will follow the screening. (Dir. Fabrice Herrault. 2010 USA, 50 min.)

Never Stand Still
West Coast Premiere
Introduction by director Ron Honsa and Nan Perman, producer
Never Stand Still explores why dance matters to those who make it and those who watch it. The documentary reveals the remarkable story of how an abandoned Massachusetts farm evolved into a focal point for dance throughout the world. Its unlikely purchase by choreographer Ted Shawn during the Great Depression allowed this secluded site in the Berkshires to become the internationally renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Through candid conversations with world-class choreographers and dancers, thrilling performances, backstage access and rare archival footage, Never Stand Still immerses the viewer in this most ephemeral of art forms, celebrating not only its value to our culture, but also to our lives. Featuring Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Rasta Thomas (Bad Boys of Dance), Nikolaj Hubbe (Royal Danish Ballet artistic director), Judith Jamison, Gideo Obarzanek of Chunky Move) among others. (Dir. Ron Hansa. 2011 USA, 74 min.)

A Sadler’s Wells Production
Celebrated Flemish/Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui presents a unique, profoundly imagined show inspired by the skill, strength and spirituality of Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple of Henan Province in China established 495 AD. Sidi Larbi collaborated closely with Turner Prize winning artist Antony Gormley and Polish composer Szymon Brzoska to explore the philosophy and faith behind the Shaolin tradition, its relationship with Kung-Fu, and its position within a contemporary context. (Dir. Deborah May, 2008 U.K., 71 min.)

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required.

Parking is available under the museum for $3 for 3 hours.

Public programs are made possible by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and an anonymous donor.

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