Our first RiverRun Arts screening will take place on June 26 at 7:30 PM at the UNCSA Main Theatre. The film is IF THE DANCER DANCES, a new documentary which takes viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio. Stephen Petronio, one of today’s leading dance-makers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into RainForest (1968), an iconic work by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham, who created his renowned dance company while teaching at Black Mountain, North Carolina. With help from three members of the former Cunningham company, the film tracks Petronio’s dancers as they strive to re-stage this great work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance – and a legacy – alive. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centennial, IF THE DANCER DANCES is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009. The film is directed by Maia Wechsler.
This screening is free and is made possible through the generosity of Lynn and Barry Eisenberg and Jane and Redge Hanes. There will be 160 UNCSA Summer Dance Intensive students attending with room for 126 members of the general public. Parking is available in the UNCSA Welcome Center lot. The screening will be introduced by Brenda Daniels, associate dean of the UNCSA Dance Program and Cunningham scholar.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
UNCSA Main Theatre
1533 S Main St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27127