A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

“From Knee to Heart” featuring Sol Picò / Photo by Johanna Tonini

In its 19th year, Los Angeles’ Dance Camera West presents its screening festival of 50-plus short, experimental and documentary films this Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9-11, at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) and Sunday, Jan. 12, at the Downtown Independent Cinema. Showcasing work from 40 nations across Asia, Europe and the Americas, the festival presents pieces chosen from a pool of 325 submissions. As described in promotional materials, the selections “expand the possibilities for movement composition by pushing the boundaries of dance beyond what is presentable on stage.”

Renowned Canadian choreographer Edouard Lock and Scottish dance/filmmaker Katrina McPherson will be honored at the Opening Night event. They will present some of their film work and answer questions. Also on the schedule is a full documentation of Sasha Waltz’s “Kreatur” on Saturday afternoon, and, later that day, curated selections from New York City’s Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival will be shown.

As always, the DCW Fest brings together a wide range of ideas of what dance is and where dance can take place. Some choices are labeled narrative; some are simply called experimental. Check out the full schedule here.

—Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA


REDCAT, 631 W. Second Street, LA 90012

Downtown Independent Cinema, 251 S. Main Street, LA 90012


free-$12 ($72 full festival pass) can be purchased at