The Dance • CIFF 2022

The Dance

Sunday, March 6 • 3:05 PM

In this revealing documentary about the creation of a new dance work, director Pat Collins (SONG OF GRANITE, Ireland's 2017 Oscar® submission) again explores the relationships between tradition and innovation, place and productivity, articulacy and artistry. Ten weeks before "Mám" premieres in Dublin, acclaimed choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan brings a dozen international dancers, a European classical-contemporary music ensemble and concertina virtuoso Cormac Begley to the Dingle Peninsula for conversation, improvisation and rehearsal. Keegan-Dolan's methods may initially seem haphazard for translating near-abstract ideas into movement and music, but Collins' characteristically imaginative, illuminating use of a patient, carefully placed camera and deft, elegant editing catches how, slowly but surely, tentative experiments produce something structured, expressive… and exhilarating.

(Note adapted from BFI London Film Festival.) 

Credits: DIR/PROD Pat Collins; PROD Tina O'Reilly. Ireland, 2021, color, 87 min. In English. NOT RATED

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