Dance films international selection
A programme of twelve shorts, ranging between 3 and 10 minutes:
1. Soul Washer
Grigoris Gaitanaros (Greece)
Production: Face the Fact
Taking a journey to catharsis, a dancer plays his luck upon the cards of a swindler. A gamble for love without reward or punishment.
more… | A story between fiction and documentary about two different worlds who meet in the ravages of time, where the only option is clearance. A dancer and a card dealer, who sough the language of love for life.
Tori Lawrence (United States)
Production: Tori Lawrence + Co.
Exploring how gestures become inscribed within the female body, this short film was created from restaging photographs of Midwestern pioneer women found in the Iowa Women’s Archives.
more… | The collective nineteenth century ‘she.’ How can we rewire into a new way of looking, to reveal how the female body has been inscribed – to show the traces of culture, ritual, and the dialogue between self and environment?
Sharon Mansur, dance artist & Brian Harris, videographer (United States)
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more… | INSERT [coda] HERE is a performative experiment in presence, featuring Sharon Mansur (concept/direction/performance), Tara Rodgers (music), and Brian Harris (photography, edit). ?IcH is one facet of the site-situated performance/installation project INSERT [ ] HERE, employing imaginative notions of insertion of via kinetic, spatial, aural and visual realms, co-created/directed by Nick Bryson (Ireland) and Sharon Mansur (USA).
Oihana Varela & thekrowfilms (Spain)
Production: Oihana Varela
Experiment the present creating your own way
more… | The present is the only way to experiment our life, sweety, with inocence, fragility…
Derek Pedros (Spain/Germany)
Production: Derek Pedros
Frenesi tells the construction of a style, from urban to contemporary art, from isolation to unity. The integration of a bipolar city in a way of life. It is about overcoming difficulties with the passion and hard work. This is a short film about the dance company Frantics from Berlin.
more… | ‘Frenesí’ is a spanish word that means ‘a violent exaltation of a feeling or a passion’.This short dancefilm tells the construction of a style, from the urban to the contemporary art, from the isolation to the unity.The integration of a bipolar city in a way of life.It is about overcoming difficulties with the passion and hard work.This is a short film about the dance company Frantics from Berlin.
Angie Smalis, Colin Gee, Jennifer Walshe (Ireland)
Based on an eighteen-century German poem, ‘Lenore’ interprets the Death and the Maiden tale as a person’s struggle with the hopes she invests in everyday objects.
more… | Based on a poem of the same title written in 1774 by Gottfried Bürger telling a Death and the Maiden tale, ‘Lenore’ (1774), uses dance, humor, narrative, and persona, to explore how objects related to our own impermanence and our struggle against change. Drawing from the seventeenth-century Dutch still life tradition of “Vanitas” it looks at how expectations are associated with everyday objects – each object proposes a future by representing something Lenore longs for.
7. If time pass
Teppei Kuroyanagi (Japan)
This work translates the distance between people and the complexity of human relations into color and dance.
more… | This work discusses the distance between people or complicated human relations, painted with ‘color and ‘dance’. It paints the relationship between a man and a woman (or two persons without distinction of sex) on the canvas, turning it into one abstract painting. By mixing colours, it suggests the encounter of man and woman and gropes the inside of emotional expressions, visualized by passing time.
Tori Lawrence (United States)
Production: Tori Lawrence + Co.
The film, set in the vast green hills and mystical sea caves of Western Ireland, closely follows the adventures of a young woman and her return to the sea.
more… | ‘Muirín’ is a short dance film that was created during a residency at Dance Ireland. The film, set in the vast green hills and mysticalsea caves of Western Ireland, closely follows the adventures of a young womanand her return to the sea.
Vilma Tihilä & Sami Hokkanen (Finland)
Production: Vilma Tihilä & Sami Hokkanen
Contiguity is a dream like movie about sincerity where a series of encounters influence a young man’s path, a dream awakens his deepest fears but in a moment of confusion he finds his courage to move on.
more… | Contiguity is a dream like movie about sincerity. A series of encounters influence a young man’s path, a dream awakens his deepest fears but in a moment of confusion he finds his courage to move on.
10. Werewolf Heart
Christian Weber (United States)
Production: Christian Weber Studio & arteNÓMADA
Werewolf is a performance that illustrates the inner conflict of the protagonist, Dalel. Her body movements are reflective of her inner voice and the conflict she is experiencing while batting personal demons.
11. We no longer wait for the barbarians
Alain El Sakhawi (Italy)
‘We no longer wait for the barbarians’ is an allegory on the myth of the original sin of Adam and Eve transposed to the contemporary world.
more… | They are already in us. They dress us, haunt and fascinate us. Even naked, as the very first morning of the world with free body and soul, would we give up the promethean dreams? Allegory on the myth of the original sin of Adam and Eve transposed to the contemporary world. In the poem of Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933) « En attendant les barbares » (« While waiting for the barbarians »), the Romans expect to be freed from their downfall by the invasion of the barbarians who would revive their civilization. Christian civilization does not have to wait for the barbarians, they are already in it. Now came a technical, machinist and transhumanist society, without spirituality and without God, it has “freed” itself from within.
Ondrej Krejci/Montserrat Gardó Castillo/Petr Hastik (Germany)
As Arnold Schwarzenegger once said: ‘Failure is not an option. Everyone has to succeed.’
more… | #BODY is the a music video from a song created for THE PUMPING PIECE. In both works we deal with the overextended tendency to the body cult and body obsession from our time being. Exercise, personality enhancement or healthy behaviour patterns have to be monitored through an exhibicionist visibility of the self, that will inevitably lead us to personal success. Feeling good is less an individual aspiration, than a cultural, and political obligation.This video wants to create an esthetic appropiation of visual languages from instagram, hip hop, dancehall and 80s music videos.
Selected through an international open call, the Tdp’17 screen dance films were selected for their original ability to merge the choreographic language with the syntax of cinema to create a new language.