• If the Dancer Dances (2019)

If the Dancer Dances

Release Date: April 26th, 2019

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 23 min

Plot Summary

Stephen Petronio, one of today's leading dance-makers, is determined to help his dancers breathe new life into "RainForest," an iconic 1968 work by choreographer Merce Cunningham. With help from three members of the former Cunningham company, Petronio's dancers strive to restage this work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance -- and a legacy -- alive.

Director: Maia Wechsler

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Creative, 2010s, New York City, Inspiring, Quest, Cool, Intense

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger MooreMovie Nation

    A revealing documentary. show more

  • 50
    Wes GreeneSlant Magazine

    It's less of an insightful backstage documentary than a gushing, sycophantic love letter to the late Merce Cunningham. show more

  • 60
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    Although repetitive at times and, like so many show business documentaries, displaying a tendency toward self-congratulation, the film will prove fascinating for dance buffs. show more

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