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The Flatlands Dance Film Festival returns January 20-21

Four dancers in elaborate, colorful, large skirts are in a circle facing each other on a stage. They each have their right arm raised toward the center of the circle. Behind the is a four panel screen with an abstracted blue image of dancers. Photo from the Flatlands Dance Film Festival Facebook page.
Flatlands Dance Film Festival on Facebook

The University of Illinois Department of Dance is hosting the Flatlands Dance Film Festival at 7 p.m. on January 20th and 21st, at the Spurlock Museum. Tickets are $10 for the general public and available at the door (student and senior tickets are $5). 

Here’s a description from the press release:

The Flatlands Dance Film Festival is dedicated to supporting and presenting the art of Dance Cinema, a medium which explores and innovates the intersections between filmmaking and dance making. The festival builds educational platforms, encourages dialogue, and promotes a diverse range of cultural perspectives from around the globe, showcasing a variety of films and shorts dedicated to dance performance, dance for camera, influential artists in the field, and the social impact of dance across the world. 

January 20: The festival opens on Friday January 20th, with a curated evening featuring works by Alfonso Abraham Cervera, Steve Rosa, Diana Cervera, and Primera Generacion Dance Collective comprised of Cervera, Irvin Manuel Gonzalez, Patricia Huerta, and Rosa Rodriguez Frazier. These LatinX/e choreographers create works that honor their identities stemming from their culturally unapologetic lived experiences as BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists. Each artist showcases works that are in relationship to Latinidad and Mexicanidad using their choreographic strategies of dance, voice, and the dancing body.

January 21: The film competition portion of the Flatlands Dance Film Festival highlights a variety of films exploring this year’s theme, Culture Shock; how does shifting from the familiar to the unfamiliar affect our body and psyche, and how might that be expressed through Dance? This year, adjudicators include Associate Professor of Media Design John Boesche, New York Dancer, Choreographer and alum, Angie Pittman, and American Dance Film Maker Danièle Wilmouth. After the short films, awards will be presented for the Festival Winner (as selected by the festival adjudicators) and an Audience Award (as selected by the audience).

Flatlands Dance Film Festival
Spurlock Museum
F + Sa Jan 20-21
7 p.m.


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