New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2023

Healing Waters Film and Dancing Without Steps: The Art of Improvisation with Margaret Beals – Online for 24 Hours and In-Person at 5PM!

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Dancing Without Steps: The Art of Improvisation with Margaret Beals – Adriana Davis (New York, New York)

Join acclaimed dance innovator, Margaret Beals, in her exploration of the art of improvisation. In this short documentary, Ms. Beals demonstrates the power and authenticity of improvisation as performance and also as a tool of discovery for any creative endeavor. Throughout Dancing Without Steps, audiences are offered glimpses of Ms. Beals’ extensive career in improvisational dance. One of the first solo dancers to perform whole concerts without steps, she started her early career in the free-wheeling atmosphere of the 1960's club and cabaret scene and continued her pioneering journey through five more decades. In this film, Ms. Beals draws from various artists to give fuller context to her thoughts on improvisation. Keith Jarrett, renowned jazz pianist, reveals insights into his own creative process. The action paintings of Jackson Pollock and the powerful black and white abstractions of Franz Kline are used to further illustrate Ms. Beals’ ideas and techniques. Also included are brief excerpts from the works of the great modern dance choreographer Martha Graham and the celebrated dance/theatre choreographer Valerie Bettis. Meredith Monk, award-winning composer, singer and creator of music-theater-film works, gives an insightful introduction to this latest documentary from Impulses Dance Theatre Arts, Inc. The company's previous award-winning film, Impulses (1974) gave audiences their first experience of a collaborative concert featuring improvisational artists from the different fields of music, dance and theatre. Dancing Without Steps expresses the principles that animate Ms. Beals’ art while offering her experiences of improvisation to a new generation of dancers and artists from all disciplines. 2022; 25 min.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    25 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Adriana Davis, Margaret Beals
  • Producer
    Adriana Davis, Kathleen Drinane Davis
  • Cast
    Margaret Beals, Meredith Monk
  • Editor
    Adriana Davis
  • Sound Design
    Roger Phoenix