Jinna Hwang presents LaaF11...
The Evolution of Dance Films And How to Appreciate Recent Ones
Sunday, March 29, 2009
ABSTRACT: From vaudeville to musicals to Gene Kelly dance movies, people used to have an appreciation and understanding for this joyous genre. But times have changed such that dance movies are now disdained as substandard cinematic fare. So what is it about today's dance movies that make it so difficult to watch? Despite some very interesting commonalities with our favorites of old, something about today's genre of dance movies seem different and almost painful to endure. How can we start to appreciate this new generation of films once again? What is it about dance that survives through all odds and, at least in film, even fights injustice? We will attempt to find answers to these questions as we explore a new appreciation of dance.
SPEAKER BIO: Born the eldest child of a former ballerina, Jinna Hwang appreciates dance-offs with the same fervor she reserves for geometry proofs and gripping calculus analogies. Something about the order of choreographed dance must trigger her intrinsic appreciation for finding order and structure in the world. In her spare time, Jinna fights for social justice, designs website (for examples, check out her exhuberant math website, http://sites.google.com/site/hwangclass, as well as her latest project, http://www.burbankbeautyworld.com), cleans her bathroom, and forces people to watch Step Up 1 and 2 in fast forward.
Film: Planet B-Boy (2007)
Food: Guest Chef, Julie Park
When: Sunday, March 29, 2009, 6pm
Where: Ji & Jinna's apt