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Gotta Dance! Gotta Dance!

Posted on June 16, 2014

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the-red-shoes-4BFI Southbank has announced a season of dance on film, from Fred Astaire to Wim Wenders’ documentary Pina 3D. Running in July and August as part of Big Dance 2014, the season will include screenings, talks and events.

Gotta Dance! Gotta Dance! includes some of the world’s best loved dance movies, from Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Top Hat to Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom and Stephen Daldry’s Billy Elliot. Busby Berkeley’s Footlight Parade showcases his kaleidoscopic musical numbers with some superb dancing from James Cagney. The Red Shoes stars ballerina Moira Shearer (pictured) and extraordinary colour photography; Singin’ in the Rain has Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse and that iconic title number.

Documentaries in the season include Pina 3D, recording the work of Pina Bausch, and Routes, a road movie through the dances of the American Deep South. Events around the season include a nine-week film course, a free illustrated talk on The Nicholas Brothers and illustrated talks on dance scenes in non-dance movies and on dance musicals during the depression.

On July 24, the BFI will also screen Will You Dance With Me, footage shot by Derek Jarman in a gay London nightclub, with showstopping breakdance and energetic disco. See for details.

Photograph courtesy of the BFI

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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