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Jacobs Pillow at the Movies

Jacobs Pillow at the Movies
Christine Jowers

By Christine Jowers
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Published on May 17, 2012
Christopher Duggan

Ron Honsa, The Director of "Never Stand Still", stands still for a few minutes with The Dance Enthusiast.

Ron Honsa Answers The Dance Enthusiast's  New "Mercian" Questionnaire

(The Dance Enthusiast Asks questions on paper, puts them all  in our desk drawer, then we close our eyes and choose
allowing chance into the procedure in honor of Merce Cunningham and John Cage)

*the movie opens tomorrow at The Quad Cinema

with Christine Jowers, for The Dance Enthusiast -May 17, 2012

Ron Honsa, as a young filmmaker in New York City, was hired to film Lar Lubovitch's Company at Jacob's Pillow in the early 1980's. Says Honsa, " I was struck by the beauty and intelligence of the work taking place at this secluded dance festival."

After meeting Burton Mumaw, one of Jacobs Pillows' earliest pioneers, and former member of Ted Shawn's Company, he made the award winning film, The Men Who Danced- the story of Ted Shawn and the first all-male dance company in America.

"When I learned that the 75th Anniversary of Jacob’s Pillow was approaching, I was eager to return to the Pillow. Producer Nan Penman and I met with Ella Baff, Executive and Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow and this meeting began the journey of Never Stand Still. Filmed over several seasons, the documentary shows the passion, discipline and sense of whimsy that is demanded of those who choose a life in dance. Perhaps this love for dance can only be experienced in the body of a dancer. And yet, this film is a humble attempt to document what this art form demands. "
( the above material is excerpted from Ron Honsa's Directors Statement for Never Stand Still.)
 

Trialer for Ron Honsa's Never Stand Still.


The Mercian Questionnaire

Director,Ron Honsa In an Interview with Merce Cunningham, Photo Courtesy of The Director


I am a film-maker because...


Ron Honsa, Director of Never Stand Still:
It is what I know how to do


If I weren't a film maker I would be?

RH: A farmer in Maine


I am inspired by...

RH: My children


I could do without...

RH: War


My favorite part of this project was...

RH:Being around dancers and world renowned choreographers

 



Opening night of my movie is:

 

RH: Its NYC release is at the Quad Cinema on Friday, May 18th, 2012

 

The Movie is called Never Stand Still

RH: Because dance is always evolving.

 

What surprised or delighted you while in the process of creating "Never Stand Still"

RH:The generosity of all the dancers and people who supported this film

 

My favorite time at Jacob's Pillow was:

RH:Seeing the film being screened for the first time at the Ted Shawn Theatre where we filmed many of the performances.

 

Do you dance? If so what is your favorite kind of dancing ?

RH:I am not a dancer but I was taught to film dance by dancers.

 

Do you prefer to be behind the screen or would you like to be in front of it?

RH:I like to be in control, so behind the camera works for me


 

What Words Best Describe These Artists?

 

Bill Irwin-

Brilliant

Suzanne Farrell   

The Erica Essner Performance Co-Op  as seen in Never Stand Still ;Photo by Christopher Duggan

Soulful

Rasta Thomas

Bold

Bill T. Jones

Smart

Merce Cunningham

Wise

Mark Morris

Sassy



 

I am a dance enthusiast because

RH: I respect how talented and hard it is to be a dancer
 

Jacobs Pillow?

RH: Is magical
 

What did you learn during this project?

RH:The importance of community for artists
 

Why should non-dancers see your film?

RH: Because it is a unique and accessible window into an art form
 

Why should dancers see your film?

RH:Because it is an homage to them and their art form


My favorite thing to do in the world other than make films is... 

Kellye Saunders of the Collage Dance Collective performing Dying Swan as seen in Never Stand Still a
film by Ron Honsa. A First Run Features Release,- Photo by Christopher Duggan

RH: Dig in my garden
 

After the opening of this movie I am going to

RH:Continue working on my next project
 

My absolute favorite meal is:

RH:Lobster
 

I am enthusiastic about...

RH:Being able to film artists and the performing arts




 



 

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