Join Dance for World Community and Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre as we present a series of hand-selected documentaries about the power of dance in communities locally and beyond!  

 Monday, June 5- Wednesday, June 7
The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St., Cambridge



Pharaohs of Memphis – 5:00pm
Jookin’ – a form of dance originating in Memphis in the 1980s was originally a way to keep gang warfare at bay. Pharaohs of Memphis explores the present day tension between the pioneers of the game and the stars of today with in-depth interviews and breathtaking dance footage.

Black Ballerina – 7:00pm
Set in the overwhelmingly white world of classical dance, Black Ballerina tells the stories of several black women from different generations who fell in love with ballet. A story of passion, opportunity and heartbreak that engage viewers in larger issues of exclusion, equal opportunity and change.


Prima – 5:00pm
A moving portrait of Larissa Ponomarenko, prima ballerina of Boston Ballet, who has recently retired. Follow her journey from a difficult childhood in Russia to her emergence as a prima ballerina of a leading American ballet company and the road ahead as she pursues new avenues of self-expression.

Finding Heaven Under Our Feet – 7:00pm
Choreographer and dance historian Dr. Jody Weber’s documentary follows her work with her Somerville-based modern dance company to address community engagement, audience education and the ability of artists to use their work to tackle social and cultural issues.


Rize – 5:00pm
Rize explores the dance forms of Clowning and Krumping which started in Los Angeles around the time of the 1992 riots that followed the Rodney King verdict. The film stars Lil’ C and Tommy Johnson (aka Miss Prissy and Tommy the Clown).

A Ballerina’s Tale – 5:00pm
A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise and potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world.

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