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  • Actors: Ryan Steele, Reed Luplau, Luke Murphy, Catherine Miller, Kimiye Corwin
  • Directors: Alan Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JV0543I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The classic tale of finding success and romance in the big city is given a contemporary, and unconventional, spin in Alan Brown s new film, Five Dances. Collaborating with internationally renowned choreographer Jonah Bokaer, writer-director Brown has taken five gifted New York dancers, and fashioned a story about Chip (Ryan Steele in his first film role), an extraordinarily talented 18 year-old recently arrived from Kansas who joins a small downtown modern dance company. In his first weeks of rehearsal, Chip is initiated into the rites of passage of a New York dancer s life, where discipline and endless hard work, camaraderie and competitiveness, the fear of not being good enough, and the joy of getting it just right, inform every minute of every day. Shooting in and around a Soho dance studio, Brown and his longtime cinematographer Derek McKane capture the exhilaration and emotional turmoil of a small dance company, and all of Chip s poignant firsts the forging of friendships, being chosen for the important solo, his first ever love affair with the intimacy and immediacy of a documentary. The result, Five Dances, is Brown s most dynamic film.

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The sensual movement of bodies through space creates a visual language whose infinite variations seduce and fascinate. --Variety

Filmed with rare sensuality. A beautiful voyage! --Premiere

Customer Reviews

The dancing, acting and story were very well done.
evadingreality
Gives real insight into the new and emerging love between two human beings.
Melissa R.
This is a beautiful, subtle and somber dance film.
Sammie

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leeboy452 on July 28, 2014
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Most enjoyable movie of, about, and by dance. Modern interpretive dance has always interested me and this was done well. Alan Brown did a bit of experimenting with Private Romeo that I thought was a beautiful gamble as well as with this. The Reviewer who said that this is not for everyone was right, however, it was well thought out and although a little slow had a lot of hidden meaning. The characters were great both in their acting and the positively beautiful dancing. The expressions Ryan Steele showed on his face were priceless and made me want to fall in love with him. The romance in this was very realistic and I felt satisfied when the movie ended. I will be buying the dvd on this movie, It is a fine item for my collection. Highly recommended, if you like modern dance, gay storyline (to a degree), and give it a chance it is a little slow. 5.0 Stars 07282014
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craig Haynes on July 27, 2014
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If you love modern dance and like romantic backstories, this may fill the bill for an evening well-spent with a cuddly partner or bottle! Not a lot of new ground here. Newcomer, Ryan Steele is a talented dancer and whether by training or instinct, a good actor, at least in this role. He effectively communicates the anxiety, uncertainty and youthful, unconscious risk-taking of an 18 year-old breaking-into the hustle, bustle and pace of the big city as an artist in the uber-competitive world of dance. We feel for this character and we want him to succeed. Steele successfully portrays all the awkwardness and social immaturity of his character's age, but exudes a talent that betrays all of that. His dancing, and that of his co-stars, is interesting to watch not only because they are good, but having been taken behind the scenes into each dancer's 'struggle', we are in awe of just how they are even able to to do it. Performing artists are, for that reason, highly entertaining and curious, i.e., despite personal, known demons of internal and external origin, they are able to find that place within--again and again--of grace, purity and innocence and without any obvious constraints, give it up (in public performances, anyway) for the world to wonder, explore, discover and appreciate. I like that and I am forever fascinated by it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Drew Odom on September 11, 2014
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All dance pays homage to Eros. There are other gods it may invoke. But no art is as carnal as dance. Its meanings, no matter how abstract, must be incarnate. And they must be musical,at the very least rhythmic, responsive to the human pulse, just as the measures of poetry are.

Five Dances is an original, innovative, beautiful, and above all lyric film. At its heart is its invocation to love through the body's movement, if by 'love' is meant many things in addition to the sexual: for example, the carefulness of touch, the suggestions of glance, the movements of arms and legs, and so on, in response to others' movements and touches and looks. It is lyric because as much of the story is told through those movements, through dance, as by words. In fact, the fundamental narrative of the film is in its choreography. I don't mean just the five dances isolated by the number titles, but throughout the movie as the choreography is tested, rehearsed, changed, prepared for performance.

It is therefore a mistake to separate the "plot" of the film from the dance. Rather, they weave in and out of one another, as the dancers do so often in their dancing. How the dancers dance is affected by what has just happened or is about to happen in their lives. Their lives are part of the continuity of the dance. In the dance numbered three, for example, Chip is most isolated; he dances his solo. In the one numbered five, Chip and Theo dance together and how they dance is now transformed by their having been together in other ways shortly before.

This way of living in and through dance is true for all four dancers, five if one counts the choreographer Anthony who is also part of his piece.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike on August 19, 2014
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Awesome! I absolutely love this movie. And to know that the two male dancers are actually a couple in real life is pretty awesome. It adds to the passion behind the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Patrick Baugh on August 2, 2014
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Beautiful dancing, wonderfully touching story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wayne bentley on July 18, 2014
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The naturalness of the performers and their amazing physicality work in combination with the minimalist dialog to keep Five Dances intriguing and worthy of the close attention required. It also shows the dedication to craft and serves as a paen to the work ethic required of dancers. 
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gaby on August 14, 2014
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Excellent movie about love and dancing. The actors are good dancers, and perform a beautiful dancing during the movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By evadingreality on July 28, 2014
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Beautiful film. The dancing, acting and story were very well done.
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