Last Dance

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Powerhouse creative forces unite, and sparks fly, in Mirra Bank's award-winning film that follows the dazzling Pilobolus Dance Theater and Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) as they collaborate on a dance-theater work honoring a Holocaust legacy.

Specifications

Studio First Run Features
SKU 40691974
UPC 720229911245
UPC 14 00720229911245
Format DVD
Keywords
Dancers
Death
Documentary
Holocaust
Jewish
Jewish Heritage
Performing Arts
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Mirra Bank directs this documentary about the making of "A Selection," a 2001 dance performance by the Pilobolus Dance Theater. A collaboration between the Pilobolus artistic directors, Robby Barnett, Michael Tracy, and Jonathan Wolken; and the artistic directors of The Night Kitchen, Arthur Yorinks and famous author-illustrator Maurice Sendak (WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE), sparks the creation of a fantastic story and a dynamic creative process, all of which is captured in Bank's film. Starting from scratch with Sendak's loose suggestion that the story should be about the Holocaust, the artistic directors and dancers go to work. Sendak throws out an idea, the dancers interpret it, the Pilobolus directors modify it. And thus, through trial and error, building and deconstructing, this feisty group of artistic minds and bodies pool their energies into one unique vision. They create a powerful performance, with Sendak's dark cartoonish sets and costumes, a dance that is full of eerie configurations and movements, all to the music of Czech composer Hans Krasa.^LAST DANCE is a captivating documentary. The energy and strength--both physical and emotional--of the Pilobolus dancers is infectious. And the collaboration between Sendak's Night Kitchen and the Pilobolus artistic directors is presented as an intense, often conflicted, rigorous process. Archival footage from the Holocaust communicates Sendak's commitment to remembering his lost ancestors. In the end, watching the dancers move through the piece brings climactic closure to the film.
Reviews
New York Times "...The movie provides an intimate glimpse of how sensibilities as compatible as oil and water forced themselves to blend and create a successful work despite their aesthetic differences..." 07/12/2002 p.E27
Directors
Mirra Bank
Actors
Name Sendak,Maurice
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Hans Krasa - Composer
Maurice Sendak - Featuring
Mirra Bank - Producer
Mirra Bank - Director
Vic Losick - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 911245D
UPC 00720229911245
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 84 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Sendak,Maurice
Label First Run Feature
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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