San Francisco Dance Film Festival presents the SF Premiere Screening of
July 29 7pm
After 21 years, THE DANCER will have its San Francisco Premiere at the Brava Theater Center. The 1994 film follows the young and gifted Katja Björner through years of intensive training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School as she develops into an international ballet star. Filmed with an eye toward conveying the physical aspects of dancing — the pain, sweat, and tears, as well as the exquisite beauty — THE DANCER captures the fierce determination and struggle that goes into the desire to dance at the highest level.
“Anyone interested in ballet will want to see The Dancer.”
—Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times | READ FILM REVIEW
What is it like to pursue a dream to be a professional dancer? What sacrifices are made, and what role does a mentor play in helping a young student become a professional dancer? SFDFF’s screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Katja Björner — who retired from the Royal Swedish Ballet in May 2015 and is now a resident of San Francisco — and moderator Claire Sheridan, who is on the faculty of St. Mary’s College. Ms. Björner’s new role to help inspire, teach and mentor a new generation of dancers will also be explored. Joining them in conversation will be dancer Max Cauthorn who recently joined the company at San Francisco Ballet after intensive training at the San Francisco Ballet School.