Dance Film Salon: Another Telepathic Thing

Mar 20, 2016

(Jonathan Demme, United States, 2015)

Work-in-progress screening at 3:30, film screening at 4:30, followed by happy hour


Local choreographer and director Dayna Hanson hosts a salon for local dance film works-in-progress, followed by rarely screened titles from the world dance film canon. 

Bring your dance film work in progress to watch on the big screen, and gather feedback from your peers. Films are shown on a first-come, first-served basis.

File Requirements for open screening:

Under 1GB

Under 10 mins

Quicktime h.264

Playable with VLC media player (test your own files in advance)

Clearly labeled on a USB thumb drive (will be returned)

Film file in an easily accessed folder (/NWFF)

Another Telepathic Thing

Inspired by Mark Twain's morality tale “The Mysterious Stranger,” Another Telepathic Thing is a prismatic and complex dance-theater parable. At once cynical and spiritual, the work centers on a charismatic stranger whose visit shatters the peace of a mythic hamlet. The medieval setting is echoed by a contemporary Hollywood reality, with a script that braids Twain’s sublime writing with “found” text from years of auditions. It culminates in a subtle and startling exploration of the fragility of our human condition.

Big Dance Theater’s performance of Another Telepathic Thing was filmed by Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married) in February 2000 at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC. It features performers Tymberly Canale, Stacy Dawson, Molly Hickok, Cynthia Hopkins, Paul Lazar, and David Neumann, with text supervision by Scott Renderer, music by Cynthia Hopkins, set by Joanne Howard, lights by Jay Ryan, and sound by Jane Shaw.


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