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Momentos Madrileños Online Premiere

Momentos Madrileños Online Premiere


Momentos Madrileños Online Premiere


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Saturday, May 2, 2020 - 1:00pm



Momentos Madrileños Online Premiere

Madrid has been hit terribly by the Covid-19 crisis. In a special effort to honor the city on Madrid Day, The Dance Enthusiast is presenting the online premiere of Momentos Madrileños (Moments from Madrid), a short dance film by Stacey Menchel Kussell. 

Momentos Madrileños is a tribute to Madrid and a celebration of the city’s artistic spirit.
The film profiles Marcat dance, founded by choreographer Mario Bermudez Gil – an alumnus of the Batsheva Dance Company – and his partner Catherine Coury.

A native of Andalusia, Gil began his choreographic career in Israel, but for the last three years has been creating dance in his native Spain fusing the Israeli Gaga style with folkloric Spanish influences.
The footage showcases the company in the dance studio during a residency at Centro Danza Canal, and in site-specific choreography in the city’s iconic locales including Plaza Mayor, La Latina, and Casa de Velázquez.
The score is a pan-Mediterranean mix of classical Spanish music from Francisco Tárrega and Manuel de Falla combined with guitar selections from Israeli musician David Broza.

Momentos Madrileños is an homage to love and dance in the ever-inspiring Spanish capital. 

Featured Filmmaker: 
Stacey Menchel Kussell
Stacey Menchel Kussell is a New York-based filmmaker working at the intersection of dance and popular culture. Her recent works have examined themes of cultural identity, sustainability, and motherhood. She is currently working on several projects in New York, the Bay Area, Barcelona, and Tokyo.

Her films have screened at Lincoln Center's Dance on Camera Film Festival, The San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Dance Camera West, and as part of the Jewish Film Institute's Monthly Shorts Series.  

An established arts journalist, Stacey contributes regularly to The Dance Enthusiast and Tablet Magazine. Her articles have also appeared in Dance Magazine, The Jerusalem Post, and The Forward. 

Stacey received her M.A. from New York University in European and Mediterranean History, and her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Emory University.  Before becoming a filmmaker, Stacey performed professionally with contemporary dance companies in New York and Europe.

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