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'Last Dance'
Wed/13 and Fri/15-Tues/19, Roxie Cinema

COLLABORATION IN THE arts is much in vogue. And while it may help safeguard against individual ego trips and assure a multiplicity of voices, if you have any romantic notions about the collaborative process, take in Mirra Bank's no-holds-barred Last Dance, a gorgeously produced documentary about the making of the 1999 dance work A Selection, a meditation on the fate of children during the Holocaust that uses the music of Czech composers Hans Krasa and Pavel Haas. The project brought together two most unlikely associates: children's book author Maurice Sendak and the body-morphing Pilobolus Dance Theatre. Bank follows the project from its early inchoate experiments, through painful disagreements and ego-busting confrontations, to the final product, which is shown in excerpts. The film, a mix of cinéma vérité, commentary, and dance photography, also judiciously includes dreadful Nazi propaganda clips, and ultimately, it beautifully traces the birth of what may be Pilobolus's strongest work in years. Last Dance also shows that making art is incredibly hard – particularly if its makers care as much about the product as the combative Sendak and Pilobolus evidently did. See Rep Clock for show times. (Rita Felciano)