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ScreenDance spotlights movement in film

Film fest is part of annual Iowa Dance Festival, National Dance Week

(File photo) A’Keitha Carey, right, teaches a CaribeFunk workshop as part of Iowa Dance 2017 at Schaeffer Hall at the University of Iowa in Iowa City on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
(File photo) A’Keitha Carey, right, teaches a CaribeFunk workshop as part of Iowa Dance 2017 at Schaeffer Hall at the University of Iowa in Iowa City on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Part of the 12th Iowa Dance Festival, ScreenDance presents a curated program of short films at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at FilmScene, 118 E. College St.

The films were selected from more than 100 entries from 25 different countries. Celebrating a genre of dance made exclusively for the camera, ScreenDance spotlights films that use dance and movement as the central theme of the story.

The festival, now in its third year, provides a platform for dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, writers, screenwriters, poets and artists to explore this interdisciplinary genre — and offers local audiences the opportunity to engage with this international celebration of dance and art.

The event opens each day at 11:30 a.m. with a conversation with festival keynote speaker and moderator Mara Renzi, a choreographer and NEA award recipient. Admission is $8, with advance tickets available at Icfilmscene.org/series-special-events/

ScreenDance founded and director is Eloy Barragan, associate professor in the University of Iowa Department of Dance, with co-director Nora Garda. It is part of the 10th annual Iowa Dance Festival, celebrating National Dance Week.

International dance day

IOWA CITY — Area residents are invited to join hundreds of people and cities throughout the world in an international dance project.

Earlier this year, the Pina Bausch Foundation launched “The Nelken Line” project to encourage dance enthusiasts — and their willing friends, colleagues, students and family members — to start their own lines and share the videos of them.

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To participate, don your favorite fancy outfit and meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at FilmScene, 118 E. College St. PATV will record the public performances and create video clips that will be shared with the Iowa City community and posted internationally on the Pina Bausch Foundation website.

This project has been performed throughout the world, from Morocco to Chile, and Ireland to Romania performing in locations like soccer stadiums, a French nursery school and through the campus of Jacob’s Pillow.

FUNDRAISER

IOWA CITY — A fundraiser for the Iowa Dance Festival will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday (4/28), at 201 — The Penthouse Suites, 201 E. Washington St.

The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and a panoramic view while experiencing the talent of musicians, performers, choreographers, poets and some of the entries to the Iowa International ScreenDance Festival 2018. Visit with Marta Renzi, the guest of honor and keynote speaker for the Iowa ScreenDance Festival.

Tickets are $25 at the door, with proceeds going toward InterDance and the production of the festival.

IOWA DANCE FESTIVAL

CORALVILLE — InterDance presents Iowa Dance Festival’s 12th anniversary on May 12 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 Fifth St.

Master classes will be held during the day, focusing on circus hooping from 10:30 a.m. to noon; contemporary ballet, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., presented by Nimbus Dance Works from New Jersey; and hip-hop from 3 to 4:30 p.m. A dance concert featuring collaborative performances from local musicians, poets, choreographers and special guest artists from Nimbus begins at 7 p.m., with a preconcert talk by Nimbus from 6:15 to 6:45.

Tickets: Festival Package, priced at $27, allows admission to the classes and concert. Concert-only tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for students and ages 65 and over, and $7 for ages 12 and under. Purchase tickets at the venue box office, (319) 248-9370 or Coralvillearts.org

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Festival directors are Eloy and Sarah Barragan, and the event is produced by InterDance, Nora Garda, executive director.

INFORMATION

For more information on all of the related dance events, go to Iowadance.org

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