The Spirit Moves: Harlem Swings At Maysles Cinema In Harlem

May 1, 2015

p02k6mm6The Spirit Moves: Harlem Swings is a three part series looking at NYC popular dance in non-fiction film curated by Sophie Windsor Clive.

The first of the events took place on May 1st showing the Queen of Swing with John Biffar, Narrated by Bill Cobbs. Queen of Swing takes an inside look at Swing era dancer Norma Miller’s influence in the globalization of America’s jazz culture and her and her fellow artist’s role in racial integration. The documentary features interviews with Bill Cobbs, Frankie Manning, Phoebe Jacobs and Leonard Reed.

The film was followed by a discussion with a panel of special guests from the Savoy era along with clips from the The Spirit Moves, A History of Black Social Dance on Film, 1900-1986 by the director Mura Dehn.  We have been granted special permission by Eiko and Koma Otake to screen this incredible archive.

 The following moves in the series include:

Sunday, June 28th, 6:00pm

The Spirit Moves: Bronx Mambo

From Mambo to Hip Hop

Followed by Q&A with the director Henry Chalfant, and Mambo Dancing and B-boying and B-girling.

Friday, July 17th, 6:00pm

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The Spirit Moves: Brooklyn Flexes

Flex is Kings

Followed by Q&A with the director Michael Beach Nichols and dance performance by dancers from Battlefest and NYC street dance party.

Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Ave/Malcolm X Blvd., Harlem, New York,

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