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Jacob Burns Film Center Brings the World of Dance to the Big Screen

Screenshot from Kick Ball Change (photo courtesy of Jacob Burns Film Center)

Jacob Burns Film Center brings the world of dance – from hoofs and flicks to chassés and padebures – to the movie screen this month. The Center’s annual “Dance on Film” series will take place from November 1-9. Each of the documentaries in this nine-day celebration is about dancers and choreographers who have had a formative influence on their genres and discipline. Among those featured: Rudolf Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union during the Cold War to explore his artistry (Dance to Freedom, Nov. 1); ballroom champion Maxim Kozhevnikov finds inspiration in everything despite a severe physical disability (Kick Ball Change, Nov. 4 & 6); and Trisha Brown explored vertical space in her groundbreaking works (In the Steps of Trisha Brown, Nov. 8 & 9). An evening of short films, selected by choreographer Peter Pucci, who curated the series, explores how professional dancers take on and overcome challenges in both their technique and life (Nov. 2). Several screenings are accompanied by special guests and Q&A sessions to lend additional depth to the featured films. For more info, visit: burnsfilmcenter.org.

A version of this article first appeared in the November issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews