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Get Down! Dance on Film @ GOMA

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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
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There'll be dancing in the aisles
When I was a kid, growing up in the '70s, Grease was the word. I knew all the song lyrics, listening to my older sister's LP. It wasn't until many years later, as an adult, I finally watched the movie, which still stands the test of time today.


The Gallery of Modern Art celebrates Grease the movie, along with other dance films from the seventies to the naughties, when it presents Get Down! Dance on Film Since the 1970's. Showing at GOMA's cinema from November 9 to December 5, 2012, older generations can relive their youth while younger audiences will be introduced to classics like Cabaret (1972), Saturday Night Fever (1977), and Grease (1978).

Featuring forty films from musicals to cult classics, Get Down showcases dance across three strands: Let's Dance, Dance Cultures, and Dance Makers.

Dance Cultures features a selection of documentaries about contemporary dance cultures, from ballroom dancing in Mad Hot Ballroom to breakdancing in Planet B-Boy.

Dance Makers profiles key figures in the world of dance, including choreographers and dancers such as Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch.


Let's Dance is the highlight of this film festival though; dance movies that made the audience want to get up and, well, dance. I wouldn't call myself a fan of dance movies but after perusing the list of films on offer, I was surprised at how many I have seen and loved: Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Billy Elliot (2000) to name a couple. There are some I haven't seen but want to, Black Swan (2010) and Chicago (2002), and some I have seen but never want to watch again, like Xanadu (1980).


Flicks rounding out the festival include Fame (1980), Flashdance (1983), Footloose (1984), Dirty Dancing (1987), and more. Click here for the full listing of movies and documentaries.

Tickets cost $9 each or you can buy a five-film pass for $36
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Why? Cult classics like Grease
When: November 9 to December 5, 2012
Phone: 3840 7303
Where: Stanley Place, South Bank
Cost: $9 or five-film pass $36
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Dirty Dancing on the big screen, love it!!!!
by Where I Holiday (score: 2|338) 2627 days ago
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