IF THE DANCER DANCES
Movement has been in the human vernacular in quite long time. It has been a way to express feelings and emotions without saying a word. For a dancer, the ability to fulfill this act is a passion that truly feeds the soul. For the students of Merce Cunningham, an influential modern dancer, his work has left a lasting impression in the world of dance and in their lives. One of the world’s leading dance-makers, Stephen Petronio, in the documentary, If The Dancer Dances, takes on the challenge of reviving Rainforest, a piece by Cunningham, through the bodies of his dancers. The film follows the company as they learn the history of this iconic piece and how dance is more than the steps, but the life you breathe into it. The movie is beautiful homage to a legendary choreographer since his passing in 2009. It shows how one person’s work can affect a generation of future dancers.
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