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Loving Headlong Dance Theater’s “More” Just A Little More

Posted August 12th, 2010


In 2007 when NY choreographer Tere O’Connor provoked Headlong Dance Theater co-directors David Brick, Andrew Simonet and Amy Smith to put their 17 years of collaboration on hold and work independently from one another on a new piece, he probably could’ve never predicted that three years later the project—which was called More and premiered at the 2009 Live Arts Festival— would still be in motion. That’s because local filmmaker Byron Karabatsos filmed every minute of More‘s creation for his documentary No One Else Could Love You More, which will have a special screening at this year’s Live Arts Festival.

Byron, who first saw Headlong’s work in their 2005 piece Hotel Pool has an intimate connection to the company outside of the documentary—his wife, Christina Zani, dances with them. He was shooting video for a workshop of theirs with Tere when the choreographer made the suggestion that David, Andrew, and Amy “un-braid and then re-braid” their process. They would radically move away from collaboration and instead pursue their own separate strains of choreographic research for a few months, eventually bringing ideas from the resulting three pieces together to form More Byron, who teaches screenwriting and film production at Temple and UArts, was intrigued by the idea and approached Headlong about making a documentary on the experiment.

“In many ways they’re like a family . . . I wanted to look at how organizations/institutions/structure can lift you up to accomplish your goals, but at the same time constrain you and limit what’s possible,” says Byron. “My interest in this comes from my love of family melodrama, I guess.”

After the jump: revising process, injury, and film anxiety.

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The Weekender: What You’re Doing and Why

Posted July 8th, 2010

Do the twist:

>>>All weekend: QFest continues to roll. Previews and roundups in Philadelphia Weekly, Philebrity, and City Paper.

>>>Friday: Lunch break with Chubby Checker concert at City Hall. Noon! Free! Weird!

>>>Friday: Holiday-delayed First Friday. Good bets: Tiger Strikes Asteroid has “Lovetown, PA” upstairs from “Vox VI” at Vox Populi Gallery which is mere blocks from “A Guide to Salvation” at Space 1026.

>>>Saturday: Go find a state-run wine vending machine. Breathe into it to get your hooch. Contemplate how these make any sense. Quoth Keith Wallace of the Wine School of Philadelphia: “The process is cumbersome and assumes the worst in Pennsylvania’s wine consumers, that we are a bunch of conniving underage drunks.” Would we really have it any other way? If you find a machine, send us your pictures of blowing for booze.

>>>Saturday: Calling all dancers! Jumatatu Poe, who’s new dance Unstuck will be featured in 8 (eight choreographers / eight new works) is leading a FREE workshop with his company idiosynCrazy productions from 12–3 at UArts where he will explore the question “What if there were only this moment . . . forever?” E-mail molly@livearts-fringe.org for details and to reserve a spot.

>>>Sunday: Duh, you’re coming to ICA to see the Philip Glass documentary Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts, the first film in our series exploring the artists of Lucinda Childs’s Dance. ICA, free, 2:00 pm, RSVP please! To RSVP@livearts-fringe.org.

–Nicholas Gilewicz

Extra Filmy: Don’t Forget About PIFF, and We’ve Got Our Own Great New Film Series

Posted June 25th, 2010

Whoops, I almost forgot! The Philadelphia Independent Film Festival’s got it going on this weekend too. Here’s Philebrity’s handy Philadelphia Independent Film Festival post.

And, drumroll, our very own Pia Agrawal and Emma Ferguson have put together a three-part documentary film series in partnership with ICA and the International House to delve deeper into the minds behind Dance, which is coming to the Live Arts Festival this fall. We’ve got Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts, Patrick Bensard’s Lucinda Childs, and Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera. Best of all, all screenings are free with an RSVP to rsvp@livearts-fringe.org!

After the jump, trailers, reviews, and screening details.

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Filmy (Updated)

Posted June 22nd, 2010

If you’ve walked outside today, you’re probably feeling a little filmy. Ew. Don’t touch me, but here, cool off with some local cinema news:
>>>(No longer) TONIGHT(, but Thursday)! (Because the thunderclouds are sort of opening!) The 2010 Liberty Lands Summer Movie Series kicks off with, um, The Blind Side? OK . . . still, this is one of the friendliest outdoor film series in the city. Every Tuesday through August 24, starting at dusk. Free! And the Foodery is only a block and a half away, to meet your imbibing needs.
>>>KYW reports that the Prince Music Theater is about to start showing first run films, whoa! First up: Toy Story 3. Here’s hoping this try takes, because we’d love to see one of the best and most underutilized venues in the city take off.
>>>Have you been to see Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless at Ritz at the Bourse yet? Go, fool! They keep it cool down there.

–Nicholas Gilewicz