Two screendance cinema projections and a screendance exhibition to discover a selection of 24 dance films from around the world.
Excel Arts Centre, Cinema 2
Friday 11 October | 18.30
free entrance | 40 min.
Baptiste Rouveure | France
Altera, it’s the other. The other who would be a weight and that we reject. Then what remains to build our reference points, our identity and not to sink into the otherness of a life finding echo only in our own reflection ?
In a futuristic ship, deprived of contact, souls seek for sensations
Ireland's first ever vertical dance film
Máire Dee | Ireland
A statement on the psychological effects that harsh political borders have on people, and a window into the dancers’ internal worlds, where they go to escape from their bleak, oppressive reality. Gravity’s pull is constantly changing planes and they have the freedom to articulate their feelings through movement. As the distress and anxiety builds from external forces, their only way out is up the wall that both divides and supports them. With an army at their back and freedom in their hearts, the dancers struggle and fight to overcome the barriers in their way.
WALLS OF LIMERICK
Antti Ahokoivu | Finland
Organic elements in a concrete world.
Grigoris - G. Gaitanaros | Greece
WHEN ONE FACES TWO
Left or right? A break down by words and movements. The need to go on. The unknown. A cinematic approach of writing and choreographing towards the cutting moment of decision. When one tries to act with his mind and heart together.
Left or right? A break down by words and movements
Ali Kenner Brodsky | USA
Filmed on location on Cape Cod, between silences is a dance film based on Ali Kenner Brodsky’s solo the most depressing piece… Together with filmmaker Rich Ferri, Kenner Brodsky transforms her live solo into a raw, unfiltered cinematic experience portraying one woman’s journey through grief.
To love. To lose. To grieve. To find a way back
Excel Arts Centre, Cinema 2
SAT 12 October | 18.30
free entrance | 40 min.
Tango as a metaphor for life and its tempting interruptions
Lisa Le Lievre
SIRENS TANGO | USA
A series of men are lured to their destruction when they engage in a steamy tango with a seductive dance partner. With a lush musical score, Jazz Age costumes, and visually striking cinematography, this evocative short film uses the tango as a metaphor for life’s tempting interruptions. Featuring original choreography performed by principal dancers from the San Francisco Ballet.
You cannot be free, but…
Matthieu Maunier-Rossi | France
T.I.A. (THIS IS AFRICA)
Aïpeur Foundou is a congolese dancer and choreographer. Amidst some popular areas of Brazzaville, he shows us one possible way to freedom. This film was conceived, shot and recorded in 48 hours in Brazzaville (Congo). Aïpeur Foundou mixes contemporary dancing and traditional Congolese movements. The river in the film is the River Congo, and Kinshasa can be spotted in the distance on the other bank.
The crowd, and all the drunkenness it can inspire
Fu Le, Adrien Gontier | France
A 10 minutes single-sequence shot with 40 amateur dancers. Images of the crowd appear more and more often and symbolize the current upheavals all over the world, evoking alternately parties, migrations, manifestations, gatherings or just the daily life of big cities. The mass, with all the drunkenness it can inspire. We confront the individual with crowd movements, in order to observe how he resists or lets himself be immersed.
A storm warning for what lies ahead if the treatment of women doesn't change
Stephanie Patrick | USA
THEY GO WILD
Two dancers and a spoken word artist speak to female-geared emotional and physical abuse, and the cyclical experience of trauma. Structured as a public service announcement for natural disaster, this film parallels wild landscape with the reckless treatment of women, and what might happen when they will no longer endure.
07-12 October | 10.00 to 17.00
Launch event: Wed 09 October, 19.30
a poetic laboratory that visually symbolizes the unpredictable revealing of oneself
JOHN GRAHAM | Canada
This short experimental film of was created in collaboration with The Ziggurat Project, an interdisciplinary contemporary dance company based in Budapest. UNFOLD attempts to interrelate conscious awareness and the realm of the subconscious. I am inspired by the notion that dreams know the truth of the world. The experience of viewing UNFOLD is not intended to appease the conscious mind, but to challenge it.
A dive into time and space
JADI CARBONI | Germany
Strings of gravity vibrate at different frequencies. In history, the tragedy of our bodies, of lost human worth is revealed.
Fragments and entrails of the body, victims of the ego's greed, in a circle of survival and survivors. The skin on the cold cement. The delicacy of the body, within the sharp lines of the architecture.
I look for voices and images to recall and dwell the injustices created by the power of trade, by the commodification of everything.
An abandoned limestone mill sets the stage for stone, steel, flesh and bone to become one
ELIZABETH SHEA | USA
BREATH | LIGHT | STONE
The grand architecture and dappled light of an abandoned limestone mill set the stage for stone and steel and flesh and bone to become one.
Breath|Light|Stone juxtaposes an abandoned mill's grand architecture against the curvilinear capabilities of the human body. The dancers' relationship to the site and each other, build and shape a non-linear narrative. As the sunlight streams in, then retreats and fades, breath, light, and stone merge.
KEELY SONG | USA
JACK BE NIMBLE
A dancing rendition of the beloved nursery rhyme "Jack Be Nimble ».
A struggle to find personal identity and balance within an ever-changing relational landscape
SARAH WILCOXON | USA
Sealegs is a dance film that explores personal identity within a state of negotiation. Two performers, seemingly trapped in a reactionary loop, grapple with finding balance in an ever-changing relational landscape. In this piece, the idea of finding one's "sea legs," the feeling of being destabilized by constant exposure to unsteady around, is a representation of the shifting rules present within the family structure of addiction.
KEELY SONG | USA
An environmental Dance Film advocating public transit for clean air.
ZORNITSA STOYANOVA | USA
A dream of being someone else, somewhere else… or do we exist in multiplicity of places at the same time?
Exploring ideas about (im)materiality - what do we leave behind?
Mary Fitzgerald & Eileen Stanley | USA
Dmitri von Klein, Casey Farina,Taimy Miranda, Joan Rodriguez
Vestiges is a collaborative project that uses dance, film and animation to map and transform the fleeting nature of movement. The piece abstractly delves into questions about the tangible and intangible legacies of dance - what do we leave behind as the body ages?
A dancer tells his story as an undocumented American
MANJULA VARGHESE | USA
Gabriel Mata came to the US as a child with his Mother. He shares with us his story of learning that he was undocumented and the fears that surrounded his status in this country. As a dancer, his art reflects on his status as an undocumented American and a DACA recipient.
A sanctuary under the rain
CHIEN JIEXIAO | Singapore
Made in a period of negotiating crossroads in his personal life, a dancer heads out for his favorite sanctuary whenever it pours. In spite of. In defiance of. In relish of. Indignance is part of a "Rain Series" of recorded solos.
Sebastián Labarone, Argentina
Emerging Woman explores a woman's relationship with the earth: its strength, displacements, tremors and eruptions that destroy and give life.
Being born from the earth
For a brief moment I feel awake from the nightmare of the mind
Hanna-Mari Ojala | Finland
This particular piece of work is dedicated to a daily meditation practice, of which I mark "a dot" in my calendar when completed. I often feel caught in the past, almost ghost-like, when drowning in thoughts, but during meditation I suddenly wake up to reality and for a brief moment I feel awake from the nightmare of the mind. The soundscape is a recording of a poem slowed down.
Twenty dancers interlocked with bare curved backs that sway, rise and fall
Abe Abraham | USA
Salt Water explores the contrast between the force of natural events and our own need and desire for stability. Beneath the abstract form, intimate human connections reside. The work’s challenge is to expose the humanity and complexity of the individual as she/he exists within the crowd.
A personal vision of femininity, and what it means to be a woman today
NO MORE BEAUTIFUL DANCES | USA
No More Beautiful Dances wrestles with the ideas of exploration, introspection and reframing a woman after becoming a mother, and being an inmigrant. Lenzu’s dance theater piece uses spoken word and drawings to tell a personal vision of femininity, and what it means to be a woman today.
An existential disaster comedy
RICHARD JAMES ALLEN | Australia
A witty and whimsical meditation on free will, identity and the afterlife. A narrative collision of unlikely elements: dance, digital code and Franz Liszt. It echoes playfully across the history of onscreen physical storytelling, paying homage to films like “Modern Times” and “The Red Shoes”.