Dancing Down Paris Streets
Happy New Year! It’s 2018 and Hark… time to rejoice, for dance is everywhere! It’s throbbing through our veins, pulsing through our cities, spilling onto our streets, and pushing through the sidewalks like an unstoppable weed. Dance today is fueled by human exchange… Its universal language is part of an ongoing global conversation and dialogue, and thanks to the web this convo is happening 24/7 both in real and in virtual time.
I’m proud to say that in December the judges from Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival met and poured over their notes on submissions from 11 countries around the world including Taiwan, Mexico, and India. It was a daunting task and we are excited to announce the winners by the end of the month, so stand by for more on that soon.
To ring in the New Year right and in the spirit of Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival, I offer up for your viewing pleasure from Nowness Just Dance: Alvin Ailey dancers on Rue Montorgeuil in Paris. This piece is not unlike several submissions we received this year, and what I love about it is that the Ailey dancers burst onto this Paris street and really dare the public to see and navigate their way amongst the chain reaction of dance they create. Not to mention the icing on the cake when a white haired older woman joins them and levels the demographic playground.
This film by French choreographer and director Redha Medjellekh is full of joy and features fun camera work done in a single take.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Founder/Director of Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival, Sarah Elgart is a Los Angeles based choreographer and director working under the auspice of Sarah Elgart | Arrogant Elbow. Sarah creates original content for stage, screen, and site-specific venues. Her stage and site-works have been performed at alternative spaces including LAX Airport, The Skirball Center, Mark Taper Forum, Van Nuys Flyaway, The Bradbury Building, Jacob’s Pillow, INSITU Site-Specific Festival NY, and Loft Seven, where she created a rooftop work lit entirely by a hovering helicopter accompanied by Nels Cline (Wilco). Her work has been produced by venues including The Music Center, MASS MoCA, Dance Place, Los Angeles Theater Center, Mark Taper Forum and The International Women’s Theater Festival. In film Sarah has worked with noted directors including JJ Abrams, David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, and Anton Corbijn. Her own films include award-winning music videos, dance shorts, and an Emmy nominated PSA, and continue to be accepted into festivals internationally. In addition to teaching dance and film, Sarah writes a regular column, ScreenDance Diaries that focuses on the intersections of both genres internationally for online magazine Cultural Weekly. Sarah’s work has received support from organizations that include the Rockefeller Foundation, the NEA, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, California Arts Council and more. She is an alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Dance Film Lab, a Fellow of AFI’s Directing Women’s Workshop, and a director member of the DGA.