Live Dance Concerts on the Pier
April 12 – 15, 2018
Dance Camera West marks its continued passion of bringing together diverse communities, cultures, and environments to experience dance through the intimate medium of film, and Jacob Jonas The Company, are is thrilled to present the 17th Annual Dance Camera West Film Festival and To The Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier from April 12 – 15, 2018 at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, Laemmle Film Center and the Santa Monica Pier. The Festival showcases many forms of dance including modern dance, post modern dance, world dance, tap dance, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has been captured on film in a way that is of quality and essential value.
Aspiring to awaken and infuse the public mainstream with a desire for critical creative programming through dance and cinema,Dance Camera West (DCW) ascribes to present the visual language of dance on screen in a way that stretches the imagination and changes the way we think about dance.
Jacob Jonas The Company is a 21st century company with a focus on creating dance both for a live audience and for the camera. While both mediums highlight the company’s highly physical, acrobatic performance style and narrative choreography, the company breaks new ground with the extensive and focused use of film, photography, and social media to increase its artistic footprint and reach out to new and younger audiences. Jacob Jonas The Company is gaining an international profile for its honest storytelling, visceral performances, and visual content creation.
Highlights of this year’s Festival include the return of DCW’s partnership with Jacob Jonas The Company with the exciting and unique To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier, where individual choreographers and dance companies ranging in all dance forms and genres perform live on the West End of the Santa Monica Pier. Both audiences and performers are surrounded by the natural space of the Pacific Ocean and the Pier and are free and open to the public each day of the Festival at sunset. Performances are immediately followed by a brief moderated question and answer session with the audience.
The Opening Night of the Festival features Short films; April 13 is the screening of La Chana, the documentary film which takes the audience under the skin and into the mind of La Chana, the talented Gypsy flamenco dancer as she returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a 30-year break and reveals the secret behind her disappearance when she was at the peak of her career; International Documentaries with panels and discussions on April 14 and 15; and To the Sea: Dance Concerts on the Pier.
DCW is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance media bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films and live performances to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace. Even more importantly,DCW utilizes the accessible nature of dance as a non-verbal art form to reach across cultural, geographic, and socio-economic divides by making a special effort to engage a wide range of Los Angeles audiences of varying ethnicities and interests, offering everyone a chance to experience the thought-provoking thrill of dance media.
Globally speaking, DCW is one of only a handful of organizations that presents dance media, and the only one of its kind on the West Coast. Given that distinction, DCW has been fortunate to partner with some of the most prominent venues and organizations throughout the Los Angeles area.
The 17th Annual Dance Film Festival is funded in part by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2017 – Sunday, April 15, 2017
– Fowler Museum, 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Westwood 90095
– Laemmle Film Center, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica 90401
– Santa Monica Pier
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TICKET PRICES: Free – $15