The Oklahoma Dance Film Festival is one of my favorite events of the year. It puts some of the most innovative original dance from around the world in front of Tulsa’s eyes in the form of short films, documentaries, features, and interactive workshops. Curated by the University of Tulsa’s Jessica Vokoun, the festival, now in its sixth year, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get inside an art form that can seem “elite” or mysterious.
This year’s festival, which kicked off last weekend at Living Arts, features some very special presentations, notably An Evening with Crystal Pite on Tuesday evening and Prima (a documentary about Russian ballerina Larissa Ponomarenko, who did a short stint as a principal dancer at Tulsa Ballet before beginning a long career at Boston Ballet) on Wednesday. Thursday brings Carmen G. Is a Girl from Mexico, about the first Mexican dancer in the Ballet Russes and on Broadway, and Saturday’s matinee features Creative Domain: Paul Taylor at Work, a rare inside look at the modern dance legend’s creative process. The short films programs on Saturday and Sunday are packed with luscious cinematography and gorgeous movement from across the globe.
I was privileged to help choose the short films for this year, and they are utterly delectable. The OK Dance Film Festival will take you by surprise — come on down and let your mind be brightened. The full schedule is at the link above. See you there!