Dance on Film 2015 Series

Monday, June 8


Produced by Jill Uchiyama

A member of the modern dance pioneering company of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, Joseph Gifford started his own company, taught at the New Dance Group Studio in NYC, and eventually made several career changes to become a teacher for actors, instrumentalists, and conductors. Filmed in Boston where Gifford resides, this documentation of his legacy is a moving and endearing account of a master teacher who continues to generously share his wisdom to help liberate the dancer in us all.

Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Mr. Gifford and Ms. Uchiyama.

Tuesday, June 9


Directed by Mary Jane Doherty

As the sole camera person and editor in this remarkably intimate view into the complex world of Cuban ballet training, Doherty achieves something rare and special. Primaria, filmed during the same period as her triumphant movie Secundardia, is both visually arresting and powerfully moving even in the absence of the dramatic narrative of the earlier film. The story follows three young dancers from age eight through early adolescence as they strive to persevere and excel in the highly competitive environment of the famed state-sponsored school system.

Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ms. Doherty.

Wednesday, June10


Directed by Hoku Uchiyama

Upaj:Improvise takes us behind the scenes to watch the birth and journey of India Jazz Suites, a phenomenal East-meets-West collaboration featuring Indian kathak master and guru Pandit Chitresh Fas and tap star Jason Samuels Smith. Shot backstage and on the pulsating streets of India, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Upaj:Improvise captures the exhilaration and magic of the India Jazz Suits tour and offers a kaleidoscopic view of Indian history, culture, and tradition.

Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Anjali Nath, Disciple of Pandit Chitresh Das.

Thursday, June 11


Nate Tucker

Nate Tucker has been referred to as “one of those rare classical players that has jumped the fence!” and this selection of his music/dance videos will explain why. The local percussionist/composer/dance&theatre accompanist was recently featured in ART’s The Tempest, was commissioned to compose a score for Boston Theatre Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, and will release his first full-length album Off Grid, at Boston Center for the Arts in September. Tucker’s experimental videos use dance, music, and theatre in new ways that blur the traditional lines between disciplines.

Mr. Tucker will introduce his work and conduct the Q&A.