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Opening TOMORROW in LA/ Special Q and As: IF THE DANCER DANCES opening theatrically in LA on May 3

LOS ANGELES OPENING WEEKEND- SPECIAL Q & A APPEARANCES – SATURDAY, MAY 4 – 3:00 PM

Laemmle Music Hall (9036 Wilshire Blvd)

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https://www.laemmle.com/films/45469

Q and A following screening with special guests:

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Moderator: Susana Hayman-Chaffey: MCDC 1968 – 1976
Former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancers:

Jeff Slayton: MCDC 1968 – 1970
Kristy Santimeyer-Melita: MCDC 1985-1989


MONDAY, MAY 6 – 7:30PM

Laemmle Royal (11523 Santa Monica Blvd, 1st floor)

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https://www.laemmle.com/films/45469

Q and A following screening with special guests:

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Moderator: Mark Swed: Classical Music Critic, Los Angeles Times
Former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancers:

Jeff Slayton: MCDC 1968 – 1970
Holley Farmer, MCDC 1997 – 2009

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IF THE DANCER DANCES

Maia Wechsler & Lise Friedman

Produced by: Lise Friedman and Maia Wechsler

Directed by: Maia Wechsler

Official Selection: Dance On Camera 2018, Raindance 2018

Feature Documentary, 83 Minutes, USA


IF THE DANCER DANCES opens theatrically in Los Angeles on Friday, May 3rd(Laemmle Music Hall) with a national release to follow.

Stephen Petronio

IF THE DANCER DANCES invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio. Stephen Petronio, one of today’s leading dance-makers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into RainForest (1968), an iconic work by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. With help from three members of the former Cunningham company, the film tracks Petronio’s dancers as they strive to re-stage this great work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance – and a legacy – alive. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centennial, IF THE DANCER DANCES is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009.

Choreographer Merce Cunningham in rain forest

“The dance studio is a private and mysterious place. IF THE DANCER DANCES grants us rare access, bringing us into the studio to watch the staging of a Merce Cunningham masterwork on the Stephen Petronio Company. It’s the tracking of this intimate process, a dance being passed one body to another, that makes this film a great gift. ”  Mikhail Baryshnikov on IF THE DANCER DANCES

Merce Cunningham was an American dancer and choreographer who stood at the forefront of American modern dance for more than 60 years. As a choreographer, teacher, and leader of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Cunningham had a profound influence on modern dance and earned some of the highest honors bestowed in the arts, including the National Medal of Arts and the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship. Cunningham is also notable for his frequent collaborations with artists of other disciplines, including the musicians Radiohead and John Cage (also his life partner), as well as visual artists Andy Warhol, who did the décor for RainForest , the dance featured in If the Dancer Dances, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. 

Cunningham’s centennial is being celebrated worldwide in 2019 with performances, installations, films and other special events to honor his legacy. 

TRAILER:
https://vimeo.com/323308357

Dava and Nick