7 PM Saturday, June 24
1225 Elm St, Cincinnati, 45202
ALIVE AND KICKING – An exciting big-screen visit to the sensuous, high-energy culture of the swing dance world, in a documentary that celebrates music, improvisation, American history and human connection. It's all framed by glorious motion, swirling and twirling dancers infused with passion for music and dancing — what the L.A. Times describes as the "joy-fueled and gravity-defying improvisations and physical intimacy" of its participants.
Along with eye-popping swing dancing, this entertaining action film shares the personal stories of people of all ages who experience the joy of social and competitive dancing. And, it tracks the role this distinctively American music in our popular culture — from its birth in New Orleans, the Charleston, the Lindy Hop and Harlem Renaissance, big bands and WWII, up to its revival and explosive intergenerational popularity today.
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HOW IT WORKS The evening is all about sharing happiness and having fun. The film will get your blood flowing and toes tapping. Afterward, In the ballroom, the Cincinnati Lindy Society will lead a swing dance lesson showing newbies the basics, followed by a dance party for everyone with live music. Across the hall, visit the bar and relax in the Lindy Hop Lounge. From 18 to 88, you can dance at your pace, or watch the action, or both. Our guess is you'll take a turn on the dance floor, having a ball!
"The jaw-dropping improvisation and physical intimacy of the dancers make ALIVE AND KICKING an action film par excellence — joy-fueled and gravity-defying."
– Los Angeles Times
CityBeat Film Review
Rotten Tomatoes = Critics – 100% Fresh; Audience – 98% (4.9/5.0)
L.A. Times A&K Review
The history of Swing
Interview with director Susan Glatzer
Presented by Cincinnati World Cinema and WMKV Radio, 89.3 FM, the metro area's one-stop source for big-band, swing, jazz and the Golden Age of radio. Proceeds benefit CWC & WMKV.
Saturday, June 24, 7:00 PM, in the beautiful, newly renovated Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St, Cincinnati 45202. Map and Parking Info
Tickets for the entire evening (film, swing demo/lesson, dancing and lounge) are:
Adult general admission, $20 advance, $25 door.
Adult reserved boxes, $25 advance, $30 door.
Student/ArtsPass general admission, $15 advance, $20 door — must show valid ID upon arrival.
Tickets for the film only are:
Adult general admission, $10 advance, $15 door, no discounts.
All tickets available online and by phone, (859) 957-FILM. Advance $20 tix available at Coffee Emporium and Sitwell's.
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Seating Comfort — Some patrons at our February and March screenings found the wooden seats to be somewhat unforgiving over the span of two 90-minute film sessions. Although Alive and Kicking is only half as long, you may bring a cushion with you to the screening.
Special thanks to WMKV's Bob Hanneken for bringing in the swing band, the Ron Purdon Quintet, and Ryan Quatman with The Cincinnati Lindy Society for coordinating swing dance demo and lessons.
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