“The beauty and the tender and amazing thing about dance is that it gets passed from one body and one soul to another.” (Stephen Petronio)
How to reconstruct a choreographer’s work when the choreographer is no longer around to act as a guide? Dance notation and video are useful tools, but a performance only truly comes alive when it’s passed from one dancer to another. This “remarkably vivid” film (Alastair Macauley) invites the viewer into the studio to witness three former Merce Cunningham dancers breathe life into the Stephen Petronio Company’s restaging of the iconic 1968 RainForest. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centenary, If the Dancer Dances throws light on the mysteries of dance-making as it reveals the dedication and persistence it takes to inhabit a role.
If the Dancer Dances is a selection from the 46th annual Dance on Camera Festival, coproduced by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.