Dancing Without Steps: The Art of Improvisation with Margaret Beals

  • Film Festival - Documentary
  • 2023
  • 25 Mins

"Dancing Without Steps" profiles acclaimed dance innovator Margaret Beals’ 50-year exploration of improvisational performance. Among the first solo dancers in 1960s Greenwich Village cabarets to create concerts without choreography, Ms. Beals added improvised spoken word shows to her dancing. With an insightful introduction by award-winning composer/singer/filmmaker Meredith Monk, this film offers rare footage from Ms. Beals’ career demonstrating the power and authenticity of improvisation as a tool of discovery for any creative endeavor including examples of Keith Jarrett, Jackson Pollock, Martha Graham and others. This documentary inspires a new generation of performers to “meet the moment” in their work.

  • Actor :Margaret Beals, Meredith Monk, the artistic works of Jackson Pollock, Keith Jarrett, Franz Kline, Martha Graham, Impulses Dance Theatre Arts musicians, the music of Liz Story, Frédéric Chopin and others.
  • Director :Co-Directors: Adriana Davis & Margaret Beals
  • Producer :Adriana Davis