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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.

Cast & Crew

Eric Phillips-Horst
Cinematographer
Alex Rappoport
Cinematographer
Victoria Sendra
Cinematographer
Scott Sinkler
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Mary Manhardt
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Adam Zucker
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Paul Brill
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (1)

  • The film may not compare to seeing RainForest in its purest form, live and sans context, but no matter: dance nerds and visual art obsessives will find much to appreciate.

    August 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Modern dance devotees and fans of legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham will find much to appreciate in the lovingly crafted documentary "If the Dancer Dances."

    May 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • As Wechsler allows rehearsal scenes to play out at length, the perfectionism of dancer-to-dancer lessons becomes improbably poignant.

    April 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's less of an insightful backstage documentary than a gushing, sycophantic love letter to the late Merce Cunningham.

    April 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If the Dancer Dances is reminiscent of witnessing a philologist or literary translator at play, trying to get into the mindset of someone who works in a different language.

    February 25, 2020 | Full Review…

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