Five Dances (2013)

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The coming of age tale of an extraordinarily gifted young dancer recently arrived in New York City, Five Dances is a visually sensual glimpse of life and first love in the downtown contemporary dance world. Shooting mostly in and around a Soho dance studio, with original dance by the internationally renowned choreographer Jonah Bokaer, writer/director Alan Brown (Private Romeo, Superheroes, Book of Love) and his cast of five of New York's most talented dancers capture the emotional turbulence and creative excitement of a small dance company during the process of creation. Introducing Ryan Steele (Newsies, West Side Story) in an exciting film debut. (c)Paladin
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NR
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Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Cast

Kimiye Corwin
as Cynthia
Luke Murphy
as Anthony
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Critic Reviews for Five Dances

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

A lovingly shot valentine to work and body and art, and a generous, ultimately happy little story of a lost boy finding a community and a kindred soul.

Full Review… | June 24, 2014
NPR
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Five Dances should well impress dance aficionados even if its skimpy narrative proves less than inspired.

Full Review… | June 24, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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Rather than adapting the pieces to conform to his paper-thin narrative, Brown explores the tensions and contortions of dancers expressing fresh emotion through a pre-existing art form.

Full Review… | June 24, 2014
Variety
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Just when the plotting had me sighing with impatience, Brown would get back into showing us rehearsal and things would liven up again. It's in the recording of dance that this movie comes alive.

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
RogerEbert.com
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There's an interesting vibe there, but it's not enough to save what seems like a failed experiment.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
New York Times
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Though the film's untested cast struggles with the drama, and the sketched-out story is often banal (there are several amateurish calls-to-mom scenes), the presentation of a specific city subculture is etched from the heart.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Five Dances

½

Though the film's untested cast struggles with the drama, and the sketched-out story is often banal (there are several amateurish calls-to-mom scenes), the presentation of a specific city subculture is etched from the heart.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

I'm one faithful fan of melancholic (Attention: NOT melodrama!!) mood drama. Gay movies love melancholy. And it is the best part of this feature from its dryness, norms out of the same genre; as well as not so convincing 'professional' choreography inside.

WS Wu
WS Wu
½

I saw this film at the Dance on Camera festival in New York. It was quite good. Though the acting was a little stilted, the dance scenes were quite amazing and edited really beautifully. The music is great and infectious, I left the cinema humming one of them for the rest of the week! I thought that Ryan Steele put in a good performance and he has an amazing dancers body.

James Questa
James Questa

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