AVIVA – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Writer-director Boaz Yakin’s boldly unconventional, often exhilarating exploration of modern love revolves around two dancers, Aviva and Eden, and their complicated evolving relationship. Dance is a vital part of their identities, which Aviva delves into intimately through the prism of gender fluidity that embraces the notion that strength and submission, sacrifice and selfishness aren’t inherently gendered or even necessarily opposites.

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CUNNINGHAM – Review by Martha K Baker

Merce Cunningham changed the face — and the feet and the feats — of dance. People who know next to nothing about dance have probably heard of him, but Alla Kovgan’s documentary will fill in the blanks of this choreographic force. The Russian director interfaces vintage film with recreated dances in inventive spaces.

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