ALIVE AND KICKING
Fri, Sat – Sept 29-30 at 4:30
Sun – Oct 1 at 2:00, 4:30
Oct 2-4 at 7:00
Alive and Kicking gives the audience an intimate, insider’s view into the culture of the current swing dance world while shedding light on issues facing modern society. No matter what troubles they are facing in their lives, swing dancers are filled with joy, exhilaration, and even giddiness while they dance. Boiled down to its core, swing dancing is about the pursuit of happiness. Most people think of happiness as a passive emotion: if something good happens, I will be happy. But we all have the ability to feel joy despite the worst of circumstances once we realize that happiness exists inside of us. Not Rated(1 hr 38 min)
The Seattle Times
It’s impossible to watch this film without a tapping toe and a smile
The dancers in Alive and Kicking all share a rapturous expression, and Glatzer makes the case for this Depression-era diversion as a modern tonic for isolation
Los Angeles Times
There may be no fancy filmmaking steps in “Alive and Kicking,” but the jaw-dropping improvisations and physical intimacy of the dancers make it an action film par excellence — joy-fueled and gravity-defying.
The Hollywood Reporter
… the action Alive and Kicking captures is so transfixing, one marvels that dancers can keep it up for five years, much less five decades.