How to Do… Dance Camera West: Must-Sees at This Weekend’s Festival

The dance-themed festival celebrates its 13th anniversary with a takeover of downtown L.A.

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Nothing livens up a city like a summer festival. This weekend downtown Los Angeles will play home to Restructure, Dance Camera West’s 13th Dance Media Film Festival, which explores dance through films, live performances, and art. The program runs June 6-8 and again on June 13 in various venues: the Music Center, Grand Park, REDCAT, MOCA, and Union Station.

The opening weekend is a dance lover’s dream packed with tons of cool events. Here are few suggestions to whet your appetite. 

Option #1: Friday Night Fever
June 6: Catch a free, outdoor performance of BODYTRAFFIC/Gustavo Godoy Architectural Art, a holistic collaboration between local artist Gustavo Godoy, internationally acclaimed choreographer Victor Quijada, and L.A.-based dance company BODYTRAFFIC. It happens in the Music Center Plaza at 7:30 p.m. After, head inside for a program of international short films at 8 p.m. ($15). 

Option #2: Saturday In The Park
Saturday June 7: Gather in Grand Park as the sun sets at 7 p.m. for the site-specific adaptation of Contemporary Dance Company’s Prite Oef Stringh. The Hunger Games meets contemporary dance as 25 dancers reimagine Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring to a score by Austin Wintory. That’s followed at 8 p.m. by the Lester Horton Dance Awards, which celebrates Southern California’s dance community. Close the night at 8:30 p.m. with a free outdoor screening of Beneath Our Own Immensity (USA, 2013) and Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter (USA, 2014). The latter is a feature-length documentary on Martha Hill, the visionary who fought to make dance a legitimate art form in America. It’s all free, and there will be food trucks.

Option #3: Sunday Funday
Sunday, June 8: BODYTRAFFIC/Gustavo Godoy Architectural Art will stage a live performance in the Music Center Plaza at 2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. the afternoon program at the REDCAT will include a discussion with choreographers Vincent Patterson (Madonna, Michael Jackson) and Jon Chu (GI Joe, Step Up 2: The Streets) about the impact of YouTube. There will also be a screening of Entereas (Mexico, 2013) and Flying Bodies (Japan, 2013) as well as a behind the scenes documentary about the one night only performance of the Aomori Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Team at the Sochi Olympics ($15). A Q&A with the film’s director, Daniel Ezralow, will follow screening. 

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