prog: 1788

Return of the ballroom (episode 1)

Urban rites around dance, new courtesy codes to be found, informal invitations, the body moving in a confined space, dialogue from hips to shoulders, seduction games and sexual parades, cockfights and collective rumba!

The century-old habit of gathering in a set place to meet through dance (in groups or couples) has been progressively devalued, neglected, or even cancelled from our social life. It’s a rather surprising phenomenon, because the urge to assemble and dance is something really common among human beings. Dance is a silent agreement between people, a universal need to mark the moments of passage, even simply those between one week and the next. At the beginning of this new century, the wish to feel the pleasure of dancing together is reappearing.
Joannah Pinxteren, dance anthropologist, will talk to us about the dance floor (or village square), where the meetings take place; the pleasure of dancing, with codes, forms of politeness, directions in space. The conference will be focused particularly on Afro-Cuban dances: mixed dances combining the legacy of slavery and European bourgeoisie. Joanna Pinxteren’s film Moi aussi je suis jeune and other extracts related to the Danzón will illustrate the conference, followed by an initiation to these dances.

+ African Nostalgia

To make you dance the rumba, a trio of talented, well-known musicians from the Belgian-Congolese scene will animate the ball: Dieudos (guitar and voice), Papa Boni (congas and voice), Jeanjou Kawend (guitar and voice) + Dj T 42, who will pull out of his boxes music from all times and places: calypso, mambo, samba, waltz, cumbia, tango, rumba, rock, swing, cha-cha-cha, Charleston, forro, etc.

25.05 > 20:00
Combi > 10€ / 7,5€

John Ford, 1948, US, 35mm, ov st fr & nl, 128'

John Ford introduces a ball scene in most of his great films. Without mentioning them all, we can remember The Searchers, My Darling Clementine and of course Grapes of Wrath, where it comes straight from Steinbeck’s novel. These scenes always play a key role in between tension and release, a climax where the director’s beloved community comes together and the relationships between characters take a turn.
In this case, Henry Fonda plays the stiff reactionary (echoing General Custer) whereas John Wayne is calm, subtle and moderate: a delightful role switch! Shirley Temple in the part of a mischievous adolescent and Victor McLaglen complete this impressive cast. Filmed in the Monument Valley, there are also many scenes set within the military camp, two of which are dancing ones: one at Fonda’s arrival at the camp and the other on the eve of the final battle, when conflicting characters are forced to dance together out of propriety. An invitation to “dance together” through the best of cinema…

02.06 > 18:00 + 07.06 > 21:00
5€ / 3,5€

Robert Wise, 1961, US, 35mm, ov st fr & nl, 155'

The ball scene in West Side Story is the heart of the musical. That’s where Sharks and Jets confront each other gently before the tragic battle and where Tony meets Maria, the final straw for the two rival gangs.
And yet the ball in the gym, organised by social workers and the police on purpose for the young to meet, was meant to solve the antagonism through dance. The local officer acting as oafish chaperon and John Astin (Gomez Addams in The Addams Family, Professor Gangreen in the Return of the Killer Tomatoes) as dumb MC, failing at mixing the two communities, are must sees!
In CinemaScope and Technicolor, blaze of glory of the studio era, West Side Story is a brave film, tackling contemporary social issues with charm and delicacy. Breath-taking New York exteriors frame a reconstruction of the West Side through stylized decors which, lit up in a theatrical and dreamlike way, serve a daring adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. Add Bernstein’s music… The antithesis of an auteur film… magical!

02.06 > 20:30 + 08.06 > 21:00
5€ / 3,5€

lang: en
id_rubrique: 1795
prog: 1788
pos: aval