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. . . at least according to the New York Times, these are the must sees in art, dance, film, theater, and television.

New York Times 2011 Must Sees!

I am particularly excited for two items; both of which happen to be dance in film.

The first is The Adjustment Bureau. The film is not a ‘dance flick.’ However, one of it’s main characters, played by Emily Blunt, is a rising dancer with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. It’s an action film, so it will be interesting to see how much importance is placed on Blunt’s character as a dancer. Hopefully, it will provide some slightly more positive glimpses into the world of dance than Black Swan did. In these tough economic times, it would be nice for audience members to see, not only, the hard work and self-sacrifice which artists endure, but also the love and passion for the art form.

The movie will be released in theaters in March.

Another item, which sparked my interest, is Wim Wender‘s dance film Pina. It is a 3-D movie dedicated to the work of the late, great choreographer Pina Bausch, and will make it’s debut at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival. A dance film in 3-D! Why has this not been done before? I may have missed Ms. Bausch’s company at BAM back in the fall, but this I will not!  Wonderful to see that her innovation and creativeness will live on. Just watch the quick trailer. It looks amazing!

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.