Pick Your Favorite Dance Performance and We'll Match It With a Fall-Themed Movie

October 5, 2021

If you’re completely over warm weather—and ready to trade flip-flops for boots and lemonade for pumpkin-spice everything—this is the list for you. Pick your favorite iconic dance performance and Dance Spirit will recommend a cozy fall movie for you to enjoy.

Pepperland, by Mark Morris—It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

If you picked Mark Morris’ Beatles tribute Pepperland, you must love the ’60s. The music, the color palette, the vibes—what’s not to enjoy? The quintessential fall film of the ’60s is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. You’ll have to decide which giant of the ’60s is more iconic: the Beatles or the Great Pumpkin?

Ghost Dances, by Christopher Bruce—Coco

Christopher Bruce’s 1981 work Ghost Dances features skeletal dancers mingling among the living, much like how Coco tells the story of a boy who crosses into the land of the dead. Both are inspired by the Latin American holiday Dia de los Muertos.

How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run, by Merce Cunningham—Knives Out

Much like Merce Cunningham’s How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run, the 2019 whodunnit Knives Out is enthralling in a way that will keep you guessing until the very end—plus, both performances understand the power of a crew-neck sweater.

The Seasons’ Canon, by Crystal Pite—You’ve Got Mail

While You’ve Got Mail doesn’t exclusively take place during the fall, enough of its scenes show the main characters interacting in New York City’s beautiful autumn scenery for it to earn a spot on this list. And like Crystal Pite’s The Seasons’ Canon, You’ve Got Mail highlights the beauty of the fall through the hustle and bustle of many bodies moving through space, either onstage or on the streets of New York.

Cats: The Musical—Fantastic Mr. Fox

It takes a certain kind of person to choose Cats off this list. Whimsical, quirky, even. If that’s you, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect fall film for you. Both feature anthropomorphic animals and are based on published works. Sit back and enjoy the autumnal vibes and lighthearted animal hijinks.

 The Nutcracker—The Nightmare Before Christmas

If The Nutcracker is your favorite dance performance, you simply love Christmas. You’re the reason why Christmas decorations hit store shelves before Halloween, and by the time the first leaves turn, you’re already blasting Christmas music. So here, enjoy The Nightmare Before Christmas: a fall movie that also is arguably a Christmas movie.