Dare to Dance in Public Film Fest & A Beautiful Destroyer
I’m incredibly pleased to announce that Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival closed on November 27th with submissions from 11 countries! We have seen films from as far and wide as Germany, France, England, Sweden, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Australia, India, and of course the United States. We have been thrilled to see a community of people coalesce around the globe to challenge notions of where and when dance should happen. We’ve travelled across the world to see dance in a variety of cultures and public places, from a couple dancing their love through a central market in Mexico, to a young woman dancing past military trucks down a remote road in India. It’s been thrilling and amazing.
I must once again thank and acknowledge the support we have received from a myriad of generous individuals including Anita Mann, Global Dance Initiative, Liz Levitt Hirsch, Go To Talent Agency, Jeff Slayton, Tony Testa… Thank you all, we could not have done this without you! And stand by filmmakers… Next up, the judges will get together to select winners to be announced early in 2018.
To end this year on a note of inspiration I offer up for your viewing pleasure TR/ST: Destroyer, choreographed, co-directed by, and featuring dance by the fearless and fabulous Ryan Heffington. With LA’s nocturnal beauty as a back drop, a gorgeous palette and camera work, an unsuspecting police patrol car, and Heffington’s signature movement that comes straight from the gut, this wild video danced down the city’s streets delivers a beautiful new song by Canadian industrial-pop musician TR/ST.
Wishing you all will enjoy Happy Holidays, and above all wishing for a world illuminated by the light of peace.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Founder/Director of Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival, Sarah Elgart is a Los Angeles based choreographer and director working under the auspice of Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow. Sarah creates original content for stage, screen, and site-specific venues. Her stage and site-works have been performed at alternative spaces including LAX Airport, The Skirball Center, Mark Taper Forum, Van Nuys Flyaway, The Bradbury Building, Jacob’s Pillow, INSITU Site-Specific Festival NY, and Loft Seven, where she created a rooftop work lit entirely by a hovering helicopter accompanied by Nels Cline (Wilco). Her work has been produced by venues including The Music Center, MASS MoCA, Dance Place, Los Angeles Theater Center, Mark Taper Forum and The International Women’s Theater Festival. In film Sarah has worked with noted directors including JJ Abrams, David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, and Anton Corbijn. Her own films include award-winning music videos, dance shorts, and an Emmy nominated PSA, and continue to be accepted into festivals internationally. In addition to teaching dance and film, Sarah writes a regular column, ScreenDance Diaries that focuses on the intersections of both genres internationally for online magazine Cultural Weekly. Sarah’s work has received support from organizations that include the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, California Arts Council and more. She is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Dance Film Lab, a Fellow of AFI’s Directing Women’s Workshop, and a director member of the DGA.
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