On the Trail of Ruth St. Denis: India 1926
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On the Trail of Ruth St. Denis is a historical dance documentary that re-creates, in the present day, the extraordinary journey through India in 1926 of the great American interpretive dancer Ruth St. Denis.  In the film, the camera follows British-Australian dance artist Liz Lea as she follows in the footsteps of one of the 20th century’s greatest artistic innovators – a woman who could count amongst her students the silent film star Louise Brooks and the legendary dance choreographer Martha Graham.  Trekking across modern day India, self proclaimed “dance detective” Liz Lea attempts to uncover the long lost trail of Ruth St. Denis and, along the way, recreates some of the dances which brought St. Denis notoriety and fame so many years before…

Film facts:

Genre: DOCUMENTARY (Biography – History – Arts & Culture – Dance)
Shooting Format: HDV 1080i - 16:9 - Color
Duration: 52 mins.
Executive Producers: Nick Wright, Talal Al-Muhanna
Producer/Director/Co-writer: Talal Al-Muhanna
Presenter/Narrator: Liz Lea
Director of Photography: Lakshya Kataria
Editor: Krishna Francis
Choreography & Dance: Liz Lea
Music: Nick Parkin

Production companies: Linked Productions
Lea Dance, Leeds Metropolitan University
Status: post-production WORK-IN-PROGRESS

Texts @ 2011 Talal Al-Muhanna & Liz Lea