Ever since Thomas Edison hand-tinted the swirling skirts of modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller in the film version of the 1905, Danse Serpentine, there’s been an interest in capturing this most ethereal art form on celluloid. Flash forward, then, to 2024 and the 22nd iteration of Dance Camera West (DCW), the annual festival dedicated to the intersection of cinematography and choreography.
Founded in 2002 by Lynette Kessler and Kelly Hargraves, with Hargraves, after leaving for a few years in 2009, again helming DCW since 2018—but solo—this year’s festival takes place January 25 through January 28 at Barnsdall Art Park’s Gallery Theatre in Hollywood, a Unesco Heritage site. (Past festivals partnered with other prominent L.A. venues, including the Music Center, the Hammer Museum and BroadStage.)
At 82, Twyla Tharp shows no signs of slowing down. She brought two world premieres and an all-star revival to the Joyce this week. The newest dances made it clear that although she’s still a dynamo, aging is very much on her mind. She is exploring wistful terrain these days, but she is doing it with her characteristic humor and high step count.Continue Reading