Living Stars
RSVP Closed

Saturday Jun 21, 2014
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music by Dilema Stronauta
9:00PMFilm Begins
10:30PMDance along to Living Stars at the after party featuring DJ Oscar (Papi Juice) and drinks sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits
No refunds. In the event of rain, show will go on indoors at the same location. Roof seating is first come, first served. No outside alcohol is permitted.

VENUE
Industry City
on the roof
Sunset Park
220 36th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11232
D, N, R to 36 St

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This Show Presented in Partnership With
Industry City
New Amsterdam
Remezcla
RSVPs are now closed. Stand-by tickets will be available at the door. Admission and roof seating will be first come, first served.

NY Premiere. No script, no plot, just music and gyrating bodies. Living Stars is a sixty-minute dance party and everyone’s invited! Co-presented by Remezcla.


“De los creadores de Televisión abierta, llega al cine Living Stars...”, un desfile hipnótico de jóvenes, niños y hasta jubilados que montan sus performances bailables en el set improvisado de su casa. Democratizadores empedernidos de la pantalla, Cohn y Duprat fijan la cámara en la cocina, el patio o la terraza y los dejan hacer, hasta que la serie se convierte en un venero de revelaciones para el curioso de vidas y la mirada atenta a los detalles. Jardincitos de Vicente López, garajes de San Justo o cocinas de Flores se despliegan junto con los cuadros vivos de familias en el fondo, por detrás de las estrellas fugaces que bailan. Y hay que estar atento. Muebles, adornos, plantas de interior, atuendos... todo habla. Mucho se ha dicho sobre el impacto modelizador de la cultura del espectáculo. De nada sirve cuando en Living Stars alguien se entrega al ritmo de la música y sólo cuentan la felicidad, la gracia y hasta cierta torpeza del que baila. Promediando el apoteótico desfile, sólo queda una certeza: el que no baila con Living Stars... es de otro planeta. Graciela Speranza


THE FILMS

Living Stars (Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat | Argentina | 60 min.)
No script, no plot, just music and gyrating bodies—from a precocious body popping prodigy to a cross-dressing pizza delivery guy and even a Spice Girls loving Gaucho—Living Stars is a sixty minute dance party and everyone’s invited! Traveling through Buenos Aires, directors Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat set out to capture real people, in everyday settings, dancing to their chosen pop songs. The result is a euphoria-inducing portrait of the city and its remarkably rhythmically-inclined inhabitants. Young and old, coordinated and not so, dancing to everything from hip-hop to swing Living Stars presents a cross-section of society, brought together by movement.

Made up entirely of a series of static wide shots in which an array the participants—identified solely by their name and occupation—are invited to dance; Living Stars is wonderfully simple in its essence, yet nevertheless manages to resonate beyond the rehearsed movements at its core. As each dancer executes their scene with varying levels of creativity and commitment (and, indeed, skill)—the backgrounds of each set-up become as much a part of the performance as the dancing itself. Real life carries on around, or just behind them, intermittently creeping in and disrupting their carefully choreographed movements. People nonchalantly play video-games, one girl’s middle-aged mother hijacks her Britney Spears’ routine—it is in these moments of unintentional spontaneity where Living Stars transcends the sum of its parts. While clearly taking its cues from the modern phenomenon of YouTube dance videos, Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat’s documentary attests to the ability of dance to bring people together and in doing so subtly counteracts the atomizing effects of the internet.

Following a riotous reception at Sundance, Rooftop Films is thrilled to present this wonderfully infectious and ridiculously fun documentary. Although chairs will be provided for the screening, and dancing is by no means mandatory, it will be very much encouraged and believe us, you’ll have a hard time resisting.

- Cressida Greening

MUSIC

Dilema Stronauta

Oscar Nñ
Oskar Nñ is resident DJ at PAPI JUICE, a monthly dance party and Kiki celebrating queer male identified people of color and the folx who love them! Ethnic rhythms will be playing, drinks will be following, queer bodies will be moving and the looks will be carrying!

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