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Dance Documentary Films in the Leavey Library: New Additions To the Collection

New Additions to the Collection

A Ballerina's Tale
"Looks at the life and accomplishments of Misty Copeland, who in 2015 became the first African American woman to be principal dancer in a premier ballet company."

Dancer
"Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend."

"The dancers of the Ballet de l'Opera company of Paris learn to perform choreographer Trisha Brown's seminal 1979 dance Glacial Decoy."

Feelings Are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer
"[This film] tells the riveting story of one of America's most important artists. In 1962, as a founding member of Judson Dance Theater, Rainer, revolutionized modern dance by introducing everyday movements like walking and running into the dance lexicon. Abandoning choreography in the '70s, Rainer introduced narrative techniques into American avant-garde film, turning that genre on its head, too. [W]e follow Rainer, returned to choreography, as she continues to create vibrant, courageous, unpredictable dances that invite audiences to question basic assumptions about art and performance."

Five Days to Dance
"Monday morning, two choreographers show up in a High School in San Sebastiàn, Spain. They have five days to get a classroom full of teenagers on stage and perform a dance theatre. The dance forces the teenagers to break their social roles right at the moment of their lives when such predetermined cultural positions are being solidified. As the saying goes, 'If people can dance together, people can live together.'"

The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen
''Passionate pursuits is a window into the life of Angela Bowen who grew up in inner city Boston during the Jim Crow era, went on to become a classical ballerina, legendary dance teacher, a black lesbian feminist activist, writer and professor."

Secundaria
"Quietly follows one high school class on its journey through Cuba's world-famous National Ballet School. The teens love to dance, but for many of them dance is also their sole escape from a life of poverty. The documentary begins as an observational portrait, but in their third year of school the main character, Mayara, takes charge of her destiny in an astonishing way. Suddenly this simple portrait takes a dramatic turn as Mayara's action surprises everyone."

Sobre las olas: A Story of Flamenco in the U.S.
"For over a hundred years, the art of flamenco has been crossing the ocean into distant places. Many have fallen in love with the deep song, the cry, the rhythm. Over the Waves explores the tradition of flamenco art in the U.S.: its origins, protagonists, and its identity as a nomadic and hybrid art form. Focusing on the most important flamenco artists living in the United States, the documentary offers a unique look at their creative process."

Un tango más
"Tells the life and love story of Argentina's most famous tango dancers Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who met as teenagers and danced together for nearly fifty years until a painful separation tore them apart."