|Tickets are now on sale for a program of films about dance and dance culture since the 1970s, screening at the Gallery of Modern Art from November 9 to December 5, 2012,
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Acting Director Suhanya Raffel said Get Down! Dance on Film since the 1970s celebrates the varying depictions of dance onscreen with 40 films, ranging from lavish musicals to cult classics and dance documentaries.
The Audi GOMA Bar will be open from 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday evenings during screenings.
A special sing-along screening of Grease at 6.30pm on Thursday November 8 will launch the program.
'The program showcases contemporary dance of all forms across three thematic strands, Let’s Dance, Dance Cultures and Dance Makers of cinema,’ Ms Raffel said.
'Let's Dance brings together 24 feature films where stunning dance routines are foremost in the narrative and dance is a focal point for a character’s transformation.
'The season commences Friday November 9 with seminal seventies double feature Grease 1978 and Saturday Night Fever 1977, then continues with equally iconic films of the 1980s, including Flashdance 1983, Footloose 1984 and Dirty Dancing 1987.
'A recent resurgence in the genre is also profiled with StreetDance 2010, starring Charlotte Rampling, and Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller Black Swan 2010,’ Ms Raffel said.
Get Down! Dance on Film since the 1970s is curated by Rosie Hays, Associate Curator, Australian Cinémathèque, QAGOMA.
Ms Hayes said the six films in the Dance Cultures strand were award-winning documentaries about contemporary dance styles including voguing, ballet, tango, b-boying and krumping.
'The films, include underground classic Paris is Burning 1990, about New York City ball culture which inspired Madonna and David LaChapelle’s raucous Rize 2010,’ she said.
'These films offer an opportunity to delve into the unique subcultures in which dance is both a passion and a lifestyle and is integral to the identity of the characters.
'The final strand, Dance Makers, profiles key creative figures including influential choreographers and dancers Merce Cunningham and the late Tanja Liedtke of the Sydney Dance Company.
'Wim Wender’s tribute to the work of Pina Bausch is a standout, recreating for screen some of the most influential works of contemporary dance since the 1970s by the visionary choreographer.
'It also profiles choreographers and dancers through a number of short dance-for-camera films — a genre of filmmaking in which the narrative is expressed through dance performance choreographed specifically for film.’