Contact Dance International Film Festival

“For John and Merce” and "Hood" premiere in the Contact Dance International Film Festival, June 28-July 2 in Toronto. This 5-day festival offers screenings and workshops that feature the art of dance partnering for those of all skill levels. Contact dance for all bodies is highlighted, and participants on wheels are welcomed. Buy tickets here.

“For John and Merce” appears Thursday June 29 at 8pm in the Zen and the Art of Dance Mechanics dance performance and screening in the Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St, Toronto ON. Merce Cunningham, choreographer, and John Cage, composer, were two of the most influential artist/collaborators of the 20th century. Less well known, because they kept it that way, the two were also life partners. This is the central tension that Malcolm Shute explores in a dance in their honor: for two men so often in the public eye, they kept their private lives scrupulously private.

 

"Hood," a deconstruction of Little Red Riding Hood, premieres on Sunday July 2 at 1:45pm at Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd, 3rd fl, Toronto ON. We ignite this myth by putting agency in the hands of the little stranger, offering two alternate endings.