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Free screening of award-winning documentary, ‘Enter the Faun,’ on Sept. 7

August 23, 2016

When New York based choreographer Tamar Rogoff saw actor Gregg Mozgala perform in “Romeo and Juliet,” Rogoff knew she wanted to cast him in an upcoming dance performance.

Mozgala accepted the part despite the fact that he had never danced before … and had cerebral palsy.

What happened next was transformative. Over the course of several months, Mozgala went through a physical metamorphosis that changed his body, gait and balance. And Rogoff found new meaning in her own body as well. The story of their work together was captured in the award-winning documentary, “Enter the Faun.”

Enter the Faun posterRogoff and Mozgala will be in Madison on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery for a free public screening of the movie, followed by a question-and-answer session, and an optional workshop.

“Enter the Faun” has made Mozgala, who was born with cerebral palsy, an inspiration for physicians, rehabilitation specialists, actors, dancers and people with disabilities -- as well as those who love to see the impossible become possible. Rogoff, whose work with Mozgala was made possible by a Guggenheim Fellowship, has taught many of the techniques she learned throughout North America as well as Europe

In addition to the free public film screening and workshop on Sept. 7, Rogoff and Mazgala will facilitate workshops on the UW-Madison campus for students and faculty, and for actors at American Players Theater in Spring Green. The two will be visiting the Department of Kinesiology’s Adaptive Fitness program on Thursday, Sept. 8, to address classes.

“This film is exceptionally inspirational and I highly recommend it for those studying in the health, rehabilitation and medical fields,” says Tim Gattenby, the coordinator of adaptive fitness and personal training with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.

The free screening of "Enter the Faun" is open the public and will take place in the main auditorium at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. For more information, visit this web page.

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