Living Stars
Free w/ RSVP

Saturday Jun 25, 2016
8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMDance party presented by lululemon athletica, hosted by Kristin Sudeikis
9:15PMFilm Begins - Dancing Along encouraged!
10:15PMDJ plays

VENUE
Solar One
On the pier along the water
Kips Bay
24-20 FDR Drive, Service Road East at 23rd Street and the East River, New York, NY 10010
R/6 to 23rd St., walk all the way east.

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This Show Presented in Partnership With
Lululemon Athletica
This event is free with an RSVP

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


“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

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