Dancing in the Dark: Michael van den Bos on the Movies' Greatest Dance Numbers

(80 mins, DCP)
FEATURING: Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Ginger Rogers, Gwen Verdon, Ann Reinking, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai


Free all ages event, membership not required.
First come first served (group reservations by request, please email info@viff.org)

To mark International Dance Day, VIFF and the Dance Centre present a special movie medley, featuring the greatest dance numbers ever committed to celluloid.

Curated and presented by film scholar Michael van den Bos, this will be an exhilarating waltz through the history of movie musicals, celebrating the interplay between choreography and camera moves by such deft directors of dance delirium as Busby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen, Charles Walters, Bob Fosse, Herbert Ross and Baz Lurhmann.

Your dance program features legendary legwork by Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, the Nicholas Brothers, Eleanor Powell, Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Gwen Verdon, Dick Van Dyke, Ann Reinking, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, and even Laurel & Hardy. The terpsichorean treats include clips from a long chorus line of musical movies, including Gold Diggers of 1935, Swing Time, Broadway Melody of 1936, Summer Stock, Singin’ in the Rain, The Band Wagon, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, All That Jazz, Pennies from Heaven, Moulin Rouge, plus a spicy taste of Bollywood.  

Free all ages event.