The festival, which celebrates collaborations between dancers and filmmakers, was founded in 1971 by the Dance Film Association. This year's edition includes nearly 200 works, including documentaries, among them films about an Alonzo King tour to Venice and legendary dance couple Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder; vintage dance footage, including 1930s footage of Balinese trance dance; and classic dance films such as The Red Shoes, as well as films conceived specifically to frame particular works of choreography.
In this last category, there are, among many others, Dwight Rhoden's Anthem: Blue, a dance inspired by the events of September 11, in a film by Victoria Bader; Counter Phrases 2 by the veteran dance-film team of choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and filmmaker Thierry de Mey, with de Keersmaeker's company Rosas; and Rave by choreographer Karole Armitage with director Mark Kidel.
Other events include programs of short dance films, both experimental and narrative, and a Bravo!Fact program, highlighting the fruits of one of the leading commissioners of short dance films in the world.
The festival continues over three weekends at the Walter Reade, ending January 22. Other venues, including the Donnell Media Center of the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Library, host separate related events.
In addition, all films not selected for presentation at the Walter Reade Theater are available upon request to the general public at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library.
Complete information about the festival can be found at www.dancefilmassn.org.