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Flatlands Dance Film Festival: Bella

Part of the Flatlands Dance Film Festival

Bella is a documentary about the life, influence, and impact of California-based artist and activist Bella Lewitzky. Described as " of the greatest American dancers of our age" by Walter Terry, Bella Lewitzky was a talented, strong, outspoken artist who dedicated her creative life to protect the rights of every American citizen. Based in Los Angeles in the 1930s and 40s, Lewitzky was the primary developer of the Horton technique, a technique taught worldwide. Lewitzky became the star of the Lester Horton Dance Group, the first American inter-racial dance company. Q & A will follow the screening with Associate Producer, University of Illinois alum, and long-time Lewitzky dancer, Walter Kennedy (MFA '99).

This event is part of the Flatlands Dance Film Festival is dedicated to supporting and presenting Dance Cinema, a medium which explores and innovates the intersections between filmmaking and dance making. The festival builds educational platforms, encourages dialogue and promotes a diverse range of cultural perspectives from around the globe.

This event is organized by Dance at Illinois.

To learn more about the Flatlands Dance Film Festival (external link), visit Dance at Illinois (external link). The Festival Curator is Laura Chiaramonte (.)

Seating is limited.

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