The Art of Dance: Work-in-Progress Fundraiser Screening

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Wednesday, June 12 for a special work-in-progress screening and fundraiser for the upcoming new documentary, THE ART OF DANCE: A JOURNEY INTO THE POWER OF MOVEMENT. Filmmakers will be on-hand to discuss their upcoming effort, and the screening will be followed by a community networking and mingling session featuring DJ Organic and Vynil Richie.

THE ART OF DANCE: A JOURNEY INTO THE POWER OF MOVEMENT is an unprecedented immersive cinematic experience about the evolution of dance! It dares us to come alive by tracing the Indigenous and African origins of poetic movement, music, community, and culture. Innovative and immersive, this theatrical feature film, premium documentary series, and LIVE Experience awakens our souls through the beauty and courage of some of the world’s most celebrated dancers on a journey of connection, bridging, creating change and empowering lives.

Shot in immersive widescreen cinematic 6K RAW on ARRI and Red Cameras by a collective of emerging Indigenous, Black, Latinix, and disabled filmmakers from underrepresented, marginalized, and equity-seeking communities.

Watch the Trailer HERE

Think: the  “Baraka” meets “Chef’s Table”

Wednesday, June 12
Doors 9:00 pm | Event 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $18+ s/c HERE | $23 at the door

DANCE CASTING PARTY post-screening (come down for your chance to be in the film) with DJ Ire

Partial proceeds from this work-in-progress screening will go directly towards financing the film’s post-production.

Produced by the Academy®, Emmy®, Grammy®, and Tony® Award-Winning team of:

Shad (Netflix: Hip Hop Evolution, CBC’s Black Life: Untold Stories)
Aloe Blacc (IMAX: America’s Musical Journey and “I Need a Dollar”)
Charles Officer R.I.P. (CBC’s: The Porter, Nurse Fighter Boy, Mighty Jerome)
Doug Pray (HBO Max: Love Lizzo, Defiant Ones; Netflix’s: Arnold, and Scratch)
Anand Ramayya (Netflix: Donkeyhead, From The Shadows, Who Killed Gandhi)
Lindsay MacAdam  (NBC: Reginald the Vampire, Highway Thru Hell, Hard Core Logo)
Maija Garcia (Spike Lee’s Choreographer: She’s Gotta Have It, Chiraq, and BlacKkKlansman)
Youree Henley (Priscilla, Aziz Ansari, The Lighthouse, The Beguiled, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood)

Narrated by Bill T. Jones

Featuring: James Brown, Michael Jackson, Maurice Hines, The Rock Steady Crew, Ken Swift, Storm, CreeAsian, Archie Burnet, Lady C, Moncell Durden, B-Boy Neguin, Tight Eyez, Phil Whizard, Don Campbellock, MC Estea Elements, DJ K-Rec and B-Bots B-Boy Crew

Produced and directed by:
Kevin John Fitzgerald (MTV’s: Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme)

Musical Score by The Cinematic Orchestra

Additional Music by: J-Dilla, Madlib, Kid Koala, Ozomatli, Flying Lotus, Antibalas, Scratch Bastid, Skeem Richards, Breakestra, Cut Chemist, Pete Rock, A Tribe Called Red (Hallucination), and DJ Numark.

Production Partners: Bell Media Studios, Crave-TV, Telefilm Canada, Creative BC,

Canada Media Fund, Rogers Telefund, Black Screen Office, and Indigenous Screen Office.

Distributed for Theatrical release by Level-Film in Canada, and Greenwich Entertainment (Free Solo) in the US.


*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
*Sorry, Rio Theatre Groupons and passes n/a for this event.
*We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance at www.riotheatretickets.ca. If a screening or live event is not sold out, the remaining tickets will be available for in-person purchase at the Rio Theatre’s Box Office prior to showtime on the day of the event (subject to availability).
*Our box office is typically open 30 minutes before showtime.
*All seating is General Admission; please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to showtime to ensure great seats, and time for treats at concession.

*All Rio Theatre tickets are final sale.


About The Rio

Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.

1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Phone: 604.879.3456

Info Line: 604.878.3456

Email: [email protected]

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