Dance on Camera Festival 2017

The Dance on Camera Festival, produced by the Dance Films Association at Film Society of Lincoln Center in February, is the world’s oldest dance film festival.

45th Annual Dance on Camera Festival

The 45th Annual Dance on Camera Festival is February 3-7, 2017.

Dance on Camera Festival 2017 Trailer
This year’s Latin films include Venezuelan-Cuban-American interactive movie La Medea, Brazilian ballet movie Olhando pras estrelas (Looking at the Stars), and Cuban ballet movie Queen of Thursdays.

For tickets ($14), visit

La Medea

Tuesday, February 7 at 3pm
Walter Reade Theater

LA MEDEA – Trailer World premiere 2017 from Yara Travieso.

La Madea is a bold reimagining of the intersection between live theater and cinema. This Latin-Disco-Pop variety show feature is directed, performed, filmed, edited, and streamed in real time with a live studio audience.

This everything all-at-once is the brainchild of Venezuelan-Cuban-American filmmaker Yara Travieso.

Chance took the young filmmaker to the Juilliard school of dance. How did that happen? Nobody just accidentally gets into Juilliard.

The Fates were busy at work. Travieso is a polymath, a natural genius in multiple disciplines. Her work blends cinema, dance, performance art, technology, and entrepeneurship.

La Madea premiered at the BRIC House COIL Festival, January 20, 2017.

To learn more about Travieso, visit

Looking at the Stars (Olhando pras estrelas)

Friday, February 3 at 6:15pm
Walter Reade Theater

Olhando pras estrelas (Looking at the Stars) is Alexandre Peralta’s 2016 Brazilian film about the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind in São Paulo. It’s the only ballet school in the world for the visually impaired.

The movie is in Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles.

There will be a Q&A session with the director and special guests including: Fernanda Bianchini – Founder of the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Association for the Blind; Geyza Pereira, Prima ballerina at the Fernanda Bianchini Ballet Company for the Blind; and Alejandro Ernesto Martinez, Producer & Cinematographer.

Queen of Thursdays

Walter Reade Theater
Sunday, February 7 at 8:45pm

Queen of Thursdays is Orlando Rojas’ 2016 documentary about Rosario Suárez, a former prima ballerina of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba.

Dancers know that Ballet Nacional de Cuba is one of the world’s great ballet companies. Ms. Suárez was the brightest star of the new generation of Cuban ballerinas after the revolution.

Ms. Suárez got her nickname “la reina de los jueves” (Queen of Thursdays) because her rival, Ballet Nacional director Alicia Alonso, would schedule Ms. Suárez to Thursday performances and dance the more important weekend shows herself.

When things got especially tough during Cuba’s “Special Period” (the 1989 financial crisis caused by the end of the Soviet Union’s patronage), Ms. Suárez tried to further her career by leaving Cuba for Miami, but found it no easier here.

The movie is in Spanish with English subtitles.

There will be a Q&A with the director and writer/producer Dennis Scholl. Oh and Rosario Suárez herself will be there.

For tickets ($14), visit

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