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Independent Documentary Series: Hastdans pa Hovdala

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 6:30 pm
Presented by The Equus Projects
BUY TICKETS HERE We are pleased to present this gorgeous and intriguing film as the kickoff screening for the 3rd season of our Independent Documentary Series, running monthly January - May. Admission is $10 and directly supports both the filmmaker and all year-round programming at the Hall. Tonight's event will be followed on Sunday afternoon with a Phsyical Listening workshop led by Joanna Shaw. HASTDANS PA HOVDALA is a film about a unique creation process. In July 2013, the American dance company, The Equus Projects spent three weeks in a Swedish forest creating an evening length theatre work that brought together four dancers, four horses and a cast of Swedish performers with autism. Filmmaker David Fishel follows the progression of the creation process, the equine training and the deepening connection that developed between the human and equine performers. The film premiered at the Lincoln Center Dance on Film Festival February 1, 2014 to a sold out audience. It has been screened in San Francisco, in Glasgow, Zurich and Malmo, Sweden. Introducing the film and leading a post-screening Q & A will be JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Artistic Director of the NYC-based dance company The Equus Projects. The Equus Projects creates large-scale site specific works with dancers and horses and has toured throughout the States and in Europe, using local horses and riders with each commissioned project. The company been commissioned by The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, The Myrna Loy Center for the Performing Arts, Saratoga Arts Festival, NYC River to River Festival, Heifetz International Music Festival, Bates Dance Festival and Klinten Kultur, Sweden. JoAnna is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships and numerous other grants and has choreographed for ice dancers, in-line skaters, gymnasts and equestrians. Her works for more traditional dance venues have been presented at numerous venues in New York City and commissioned by dance companies and college dance programs throughout the States and in Europe. Shaw teaches on the faculty of the Ailey /Fordham BFA program and at Marymount Manhattan. READ MORE ABOUT THE EQUUS PROJECTS HERE

Independent Documentary Series: Through A Lens Darkly

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 7:30 pm
BUY TICKETS HERE The third season of our Independent Documentary Series kicks off 2015 with this wonderful film, the first documentary to explore the American family photo album throught the eyes of black photographers. Through A Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history to discover images that have been suppressed, forgotton, and lost. From slavery to the present, these extraordinary images unveil a world confronting the difficult edges of citizenship and what it means to be human. Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black and featuring works by Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Wilis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Lyle Ashton Harris and many others, Through A Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a community of storytellers who collectively transform singular experiences into a journey of discovery - and a call to action. WATCH THE TRAILER HERE  

Independent Documentary Series: Art & Craft

Saturday, February 7th, 2015 7:30 pm