A Postcard from Filmmaker Marie Brodeur About "A Man of Dance" at Dance on Camera Festival
Published on July 19, 2018 Photo: Donald Labelle
A Film About the Late Vincent Warren
I am looking forward to my trip to New York and the showing of the film that I wrote and directed: A Man of Dance (Un Homme de Danse), about Vincent Warren, a celebrated figure in the dance world of Canada. A native of Florida, Warren danced with a few U.S. companies, including the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, before joining Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, where he had a brilliant career as a principal dancer. After Warren's retirement from the stage, he became widely known and respected as a teacher, historian and archivist until his passing in 2017. The film also affords viewers the opportunity to see Warren performing with many major dancers from around the world in ballets as diverse as Anton Dolin's Giselleto the smash hit Tommyset to the rock opera by The Who.
From dancing under the baton of Igor Stravinsky, having a passionate love affair with famed poet Frank O'Hara, and appearing as lead dancer in the masterpiece Pas de Deux by the great Filmmaker Norman McLaren, Warren touched hands with history. His is a tale worth telling: the story of a man and the road he traveled, recounted in this documentary that by extension celebrates important and compelling moments of our recent history.
Marie Brodeur; Photo: Alain Theriault
The evening starts with a 10-minute film, Scalamare with choreography by Jiri Kylian, followed by A Man of Dance. I will then be on hand for a Q&A session after the movie, and am looking forward to meeting the audience, hearing their reaction, and answering any questions they may pose to me.
The showing is presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association, Sunday July 22 at 8:30 PM at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65 Street. Tickets are $15; $12 for students, seniors and persons with disabilities. For information: www.dancefilms.org