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A documentary about the collaboration between dance company Pilobolus and Maurice Sendak, who together created a dance-theater piece about the Holocaust. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Robby Barnett ... Himself

Maurice Sendak ... Himself
Michael Tracy ... Himself
Jonathan Wolken ... Himself
Arthur Yorinks ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rebecca Anderson ... Herself
Otis Cook ... Himself
Josie Coyoc ... Herself
Gaspard Louis ... Himself
Benjamin Pring ... Himself

Cyrus Samson ... Himself (as Matt Kent)

Directed by
Mirra Bank 
Produced by
Mirra Bank .... producer
Richard Brockman .... co-executive producer
Melva Bucksbaum .... executive producer
Vic Losick .... producer
Mike Peters .... co-executive producer
Nancy Rosenthal .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Vic Losick 
Film Editing by
Mirra Bank 
Axuve Espinosa 
Costume Design by
Maurice Sendak 
Production Management
Axuve Espinosa .... post-production supervisor
Dan Feith .... director of production
Susan Mandler .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Makario Sarsozo .... assistant director
Art Department
Michael Hagen .... scenic painter
Maurice Sendak .... set designer
Sound Department
Jared Abramson .... additional sound
Bob Bielecki .... sound designer
Bob Bryan .... additional sound
Gautam Choudhury .... additional sound
Axuve Espinosa .... additional sound
Geoff Freeman .... sound engineer
Joe Guest .... additional sound
Chat Gunter .... additional sound
Lawrence Loewinger .... location sound (as Larry Loewinger)
Bill Markle .... sound designer
John McCormick .... additional sound
Paul Michael .... sound re-recording mixer
John Murphy .... additional sound
Makario Sarsozo .... sound recordist
John Tipton .... additional sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelly Atallah .... electrician
Marc Gamboa .... additional cinematographer (as Mark Gamboa)
Roger Grange .... additional cinematographer
Kyle Hagen .... electrician
Tom Hurwitz .... additional cinematographer
Zachary Levy .... additional cinematographer
Gail Marks .... photographer: location
John Murphy .... additional cinematographer
Jack Reichert .... additional cinematographer
Jonathan Smith .... additional cinematographer
Mark Stanley .... lighting technician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gail Fresia .... costume construction
Editorial Department
John Dowdell .... color correction (as John Dowdell III)
Pedro Guillermo .... assistant editor
Greg Smith .... on-line editor
Music Department
Si-Jing Huang .... musician: violin
Sato Knudsen .... musician: cello
Ronan Lefkowitz .... musician: violin
Mark Ludwig .... musical director
Mark Ludwig .... musician: viola
Other crew
Natalie Bentley .... production assistant
Alice Bertoni .... production assistant
Shauna Bittle .... production assistant
Doug Burack .... production accountant
Robert Conkey .... chief financial officer
Martha Cooper .... senior director of marketing
Timothy J. DeBaets .... legal counsel
Kathleen Dyer .... house manager
Susan Ericson .... liaison
Lori Flammer .... production assistant
Leon Friedman .... legal services (as Leon Friedman Esq.)
Kim Hall .... production assistant
James Irvine .... technical director
Richard Koch .... director of the production
Owen Marshall .... technician
Adrienne Morris .... director of development
Tim Plummer .... production assistant
Eugenia Schraa .... production assistant
Alison Schwartz .... production stage manager
Robin Search .... production assistant
Linda Shelton .... executive director: Joyce Theater
Martin Wechsler .... director of programming
Kristin Yorke .... production assistant
Cheryl Zoeller .... production assistant
Iris Cahn .... special thanks
Paul Colin .... special thanks: Cezanne Studio
Helen Haje .... special thanks
Peter Haje .... special thanks
Joy Javits .... special thanks
Zuzana Justman .... special thanks
Leo Lowy .... special thanks
Mark Polyocon .... special thanks
Marcie Setlow .... special thanks
Tim Spitzer .... special thanks
Michele Stolls .... special thanks
Anita Tarsi .... special thanks
Terry Teachout .... special thanks
Ela Weissberger .... special thanks


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84 min
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A Dance Collaboration, 3 October 2013
Author: atlasmb from United States

Last Dance tells the story of how an artistic work was created by two distinctly different artists. One was Pilobolus, the dance troupe who has thrilled us for decades with their imaginative, athletic and acrobatic pieces. The other was Maurice Sendak, author and artist best known for his children's books.

The film is actually an exploration of creativity (which both parties have in spades) and collaboration. Since Pilobolus is a group, its members don't always agree. The "problem" was to find a process that allowed the multi-faceted Pilobolus and Maurice, the storyteller, to find harmony in their divergent creative processes.

Maurice provided the backstory for the dance--the true tales of the Holocaust and the horrible stories of death and inhumanity that, as a Jew, meant so much to him. Beyond that, everything was up for grabs. Pilobolus was used to first creating movements, then finding a story. Maurice was used to starting with a story, then finding ways of expressing it. At times, it looked as if the collaboration would fail, mostly because Maurice was seeking agreement, but Pilobolus saw conflict as part of the process.

And so the film's story is about collaboration. When two parties come together with different points of view, different styles, or different agendas, synthesis can be difficult.

At some point, Maurice contributes his graphic representations of costumes and the set. This helps to shape the characters of the dance. He also introduces the group to the music of Hans Krasa, himself a victim of the Holocaust. We follow the development of the dance from its first steps to its New York debut at The Joyce Theater.

I found it interesting that archival footage of the Holocaust gave the film (not the dance) more impact, as if we could better see the mental images that haunted Maurice.

In the end, neither of the two parties got exactly what they wanted. But the resulting piece definitely a synthesis of their talents and viewpoints--a passionate portrayal of individuals' emotions and the inhumanities of men.

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