Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival: Final Days to Submit!
Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival is in its final few days of accepting entries! With the deadline extended to November 27th, renowned judges from the worlds of dance and film – Casey Brooks, d. Sabela grimes, Julie McDonald, Vincent Paterson, Desmond Richardsoon – and entries coming in from all over the globe it’s a great opportunity to explore and stretch the boundaries of dance and film done in public space. We are so excited to peruse all the films and select winners in six categories!
Although I’ve never seen this dance in its entirety, An African Walk in the Land of China played a couple of years ago at Dance Camera West and is a wonderful reminder of how dance can unite foreign cultures to speak in a common language. In this just over one minute teaser, I love seeing the juxtaposition of different cultures with no reason or explanation whatsoever in the mere walk down a city street, or a gestural dance on restaurant tables at lunch time. Why shouldn’t dance happen whenever and wherever? In every gesture and movement, dance declares our aliveness, our humanness, our sameness, our otherness, and our collective consciousness in the face of this thing called LIFE.
Let the living continue out loud and in public!
Do your part to spread the wealth of dance in public… We dare you to.
SUBMIT today to Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival!:
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.