Documentary and Discussion: "Noc na Tanečku" (Night at the Dance) followed by Q&A with Director, Annie Silverstein
Thu, April 19, 2012 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM • GAR 0.132
Noc na Tanečku (Night at the Dance) Director: Annie Silverstein
Thursday, April 19, 2012
3:30pm in GAR 0.132
Documentary director Annie Silverstein will show her short film “Night at the Dance” (12 minutes) and discuss the traditions and continuity of Czech dance halls in Texas.
Documentary Synopsis: In the late 1800’s, tens of thousands of Czech immigrants settled farmland in Central Texas. They brought with them the tradition of the community dance hall, building over 1,000 halls in little towns from Temple to Anhalt. Fewer than half remain open today. Noc na Tanečku (Night at the Dance) profiles Sefcik Hall, in Seaton, one of the last true Czech dance halls in Texas, and the elderly folk that still come there each Sunday to wax the floor and dance the polka, even as they struggle with old age, illness, and in some cases, death.
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