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Keith Glassman- "Why American Men Dance"

Excerpts from the feature length film currently in post-production, Why American Men Dance. An assemblage of interviews with an inter-generational cast of 44 men who have devoted their lives to concert dance, exploring the factors that led to the artists’ commitment to this ephemeral art form and some of the challenges they experienced. The film is followed by three male themed dances.


This screening includes excerpts from the  feature length film currently in post-production, Why American Men Dance. The selection presents some of the artists' earliest memories of dance and what keeps them intimately connected to it over a lifetime. An assemblage of interviews with an inter-generational cast of men from diverse backgrounds, the film answers the title’s existential question and provides an inside look at the late 20th century American-born male dancer. It explores the kinds of support they did/didn't get as they pursued their interest and any connections to race, class, religion or sexuality that impacted their decision to dance. Shot in homes, studios, offices and occasional theaters, Why American Men Dance also includes archival footage of the artist on stage and current moments in the studio and on the street.

The dancers/choreographers/teachers included in this short composite currently live in New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. They include Kyle Abraham, Peter Boal, Donald Byrd, Sean Curran, Jacques D'Amboise, Vernon Gallegos, Lawrence Goldhuber, Arturo Hernandez, Antoine Hunter, Keith Johnson, Lorin Johnson, Bill T. Jones, C. Derrick Jones, Lar Lubovitch, Wade Madsen, Donald McKayle, John Pennington, Stephen Petronio, David Rousseve, Matthew Rushing, Craig Salstein, Jim Self, Frank Shawl, Gus Solomons, Jr., Jock Soto, David Thomson and Edward Villella. The film's proposed premiere date is in early 2018.


Thursday, April 20. 7:30 pm

Tickets: $20

Buy a festival pass. Full access to ALL performances: $120

All tickets will be held at Will Call.


Also check out "CINEMA AT THE BALBOA" by San Diego Theatres, as they present "GENE KELLY: THE LEGACY" with special introductions by Patricia Ward Kelly, his wife and biographer. Singin' in the Rain and American in Paris will screen on Sunday, April 2.