The Birch Grove, Short Film

The Birch Grove is a short narrative dance film by the critically acclaimed choreographer and award winning filmmaker Gabrielle Lansner. Caught between love and death, two brothers wrestle with their past in a dance towards reconciliation. A poetic film about the power of family ties, inspired by the novella of the same name by the Polish author, Iwaszkiewicz. The story of the film is told through dance, realistic vignettes and a sparse narration. Featuring, Lonnie Poupard Jr., Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves. Choreographer by Gabrielle Lansner & Company.

The program includes four short narrative films.

F R E E film screening presented by Destiny Arts

Destiny Arts Dance is thrilled to announce the Oakland premiere of F R E E, the award-winning documentary that journeys behind the curtain to spotlight the intimate stories of five teenagers in the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company. Filmed by Academy Award-nominated director David Collier and Suzanne Lafetra, F R E E captures the raw beauty and powerful grace of a dance/theater company for East Bay youth. This uplifting documentary showcases art’s ability to transform violence and isolation.

Join us for this special premiere on March 19th, 7:00 pm at the Grand Lake Theater. You’ll be treated to a short company performance and a lively discussion with the film’s directors, Suzanne La Fetra and David Collier.

Screening tickets can be purchased for $7 at the Grand Lake Theater box office or online through Brown Paper Tickets where you can view the movie trailer, too.

P.S. Screening attendees will receive a discount code for our upcoming show WARRIOR.

dance anywhere® photo exhibit

dance anywhere® is a San Francisco based annual, participatory, public art project created by artist Beth Fein in 2005. This exhibition is a small sampling of local dancers and photographers selected from the hundreds of photographs submitted during the first 10 years – collected from 7 continents, over 65 countries and more than 650 cities. On March 10th will be a special video screening and expanded photo slide show. Come share your story about dance anywhere or about site specific performance.

Dancers, students, seniors, artists, business people and dreamers alike step out of their daily routine and unleash their inner dancer in museums, parks, sidewalks, office buildings, schools anywhere their dancing bodies will fit. Every year thousands of people from San Francisco to Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Estonia, and around the world participate.

On March 27, 2015, dance anywhere® will celebrate the 10th anniversary and invites you to join in: as dancers come together with family members, friends, colleagues or strangers on the street. Wherever you are, at work, at the post office, on Muni or BART, walking in the park or just looking at the view, you are encouraged to stop and dance. The magic happens because anyone, anywhere in the world can jump in and be a part of dance anywhere® – a combination public art and community activism.

dance anywhere® videos from around the world will be on view during the reception on March 10th from 5:30 – 8 pm or online at