This event is presented by TAPS/Dance and the San Francisco Dance Film Festival in association with Dance for PD and Mark Morris Dance Group. It is also made possible by the generous support of SAI, Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford Live, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford Program in Bioethics and Film, Stanford Medical Humanities, Medicine & the Muse, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences.
“A must-see” -- The Washington Post
“Another documentary that’s landing on our must-see list” -- San Jose Mercury News
The award-winning film Capturing Grace tells the story of what happens when the legendary Mark Morris Dance Group joins forces with people with Parkinson’s disease to stage a unique performance. A film about rediscovery-- the rediscovery of a lighter step and the sweetness of motion-- it’s a story about a remarkable community of dancers--some professional, some not--but all coming together to move in space...and in doing so, rediscovering grace.
The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Dave Iverson; Director of Stanford Movement Disorders Center Dr. Helen Bronte Stewart, celebrated dancer and program director of Dance for PD David Levanthal; and Dr. Maren Grainger-Monsen , Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.
Dave Iverson (Stanford ’71), is an independent filmmaker and broadcast journalist who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004. He’s also contributing editor at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Dr. Bronte-Stewart is the Director of the Stanford Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center, the Co-Director of the Stanford Balance Center, and the Division Chief of Movement Disorders in the department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences. She also directs the Stanford Human Motor Control and Balance Laboratory.
David Leventhal is a former principal dancer with the Mark Morris Dance Group, who now leads the company’s Dance for PD® program which offers classes in over 100 cities and 11 different countries.
Maren Grainger-Monsen is a physician, filmmaker-in-residence and director of the Program in Bioethics and Film at the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics. Her films include the National Emmy Award nominated The Revolutionary Optimists, coproduced and directed with Nicole Newnham.
Another screening of Capturing Grace takes place on Saturday, April 18th at 1:30PM at Cemex Auditorium.
This event is in conjunction with the Dance for PD masterclass and "Intersection of Dance and Parkinson's Disease" presentation. More information about these events can be found here.