If the Dancer Dances

1 Hr. 23 Min.

Screening format: DCP
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Sponsored by: David and Madeleine Lubar

Choreographer Stephen Petronio leads a dance group in re-creating the late Merce Cunningham’s groundbreaking 1968 modern dance piece "RainForest" in this immersive dance documentary. A beautiful and intimate film, If the Dancer Dances explores the world of dance, as well as how art is learned and taught and how educators translate artistic knowledge, resulting in a piece that illuminates the intense work dancers do to create their work which appears so seamless.


"...dance nerds and visual art obsessives will find much to appreciate."
- Chicago Reader
"Modern dance devotees and fans of legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham will find much to appreciate in the lovingly crafted documentary If the Dancer Dances."
- Los Angeles Times
"...a good viewing experience for artists of any discipline."
- Film Threat



Community Partners: Wild Space Dance Company, Danceworks, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts


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Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to building a robust, community-based film culture in the Greater Milwaukee Area. We seek to support and foster local filmmakers, the local filmmaking industry, and a vibrant community of film fans, audiences, and patrons. In our wildest sunshine daydreams, Milwaukee will become a global center of film culture in which film and shared cinematic experiences are used as tools for entertainment, education, engagement, and community building.

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