The Martha Graham Dance Company commissions famed choreographer Andonis Foniadakis to create a new piece. But when Andonis’s fluid, improvisational style collides with Graham’s traditional structure, drama ensues. An impossibly tight production schedule, injuries and artistic temperaments only add to the tension. Will the dance be ready in time for the world premiere? Crafting an Echo takes the audience behind the scenes to experience firsthand the challenges of the creative process and the beauty of dance.
Marco Williams is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and professor of film production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has been nominated three times for the Sundance Film Festival grand jury prize. Williams films Banished (’07) and Undocumented (’13), and Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt (’17) all screened at Cucalorus. His other films include Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (’17), Two Towns of Jasper (’02), In Search of Our Fathers (’92), and From Harlem to Harvard (’82).
Rain, Train, Mother, Son
Director: Gary Hawkins / 2:14
An experimental, structuralist film that finds its form in poetic, repeating loops, set atop a soundtrack of 13th century troubadour verse.