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Arts and Entertainment Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 8 years ago

TWIS Talks RIAF: RIAF Festival Films Create Moving Cinematic Experience

by: Jessi Smith

Anticipation is building rapidly in the final days leading up to the fourth annual Ringling International Arts Festival, which kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 10 and continues through the weekend in venues throughout the John and Mable Ringling Estate. The first-time inclusion of film to RIAF’s lineup ensures that this year’s festival will be more exciting and accessible than ever before, and with tickets to film screenings priced at just $10, seats are filling up quickly.

In previous years, film was excluded from the festival, which focused solely on the performing arts of dance, music and theatre. This year, however, RIAF will bridge the gap between the stage and the screen by featuring four films — three of which are thematically centered on the art of dance.

Park Avenue Armory Event: A Merce Cunningham Dance Co. Film is one of the three documentary films featured at this year’s festival. The 90-minute film showcases the historic final performances from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Legacy Tour, a year-long international tour that celebrated the vibrant life and work of the late choreographer from whom the company derives its name.

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