International Dance Festival

8-14 october

Edition #9


International Dance Festival

8-14     october

Edition #9

Two screendance cinema projections and a screen dance exhibition: a collection of dance films around the world





Excel Arts Centre, Cinema 2

Friday 12 October | 18.00

free entrance | 75 min.

Laura Zago, Giorgio Tollot, Italy

production: Korarte


Journey on fleeting borders. Wild nature and un-defined freedom. Hybrid souls in search of the limit. Bipolar "vis ».

Hybrid souls in search of the limit


12 Oct


One day, they lose their love…

Tomer Zirkilevich, Germany

production: Tomer Zirkilevich, ronja Häring

Objective romance

Same old me, lying down, trying to get up. I can’t. Too heavy. I want to crash, I want to suffer. I need to fall to be able to continue. It’s a game, so play it! Throw yourself! I can control it but I don’t know how. That’s funny...

Felipe Lira, Chile

production: Fundación Incluir

If we travel we changed

The journey begins and will lead us to invisible stops, to loving couples who care for themselves, adults looking for independence, will take us on paths suspended by waiting, crosses where the dance shows their cunning and stops where humanity is in doubt.

From poetics to inclusion. Poetic-political gesture in action

Martin Pizarro Veglia, Chile

production: Martin Pizarro Veglia

My Dance

A tourist accidentally finds an old film material: the first images filmed in history, titled: "My Dance". 

A tourist accidentally finds an old film material

How does it feel being an islander

Derek Pedros, Spain

Production: Carlos Pedrós, Omar Caballero


Being an islander is more than a sense of belonging. It is a mark that lives and accompanies you all your life, wherever you go. It is feeling complete in a place where others feel isolated. Free, where others feel limited. This dancefilm is about what we share, we who have grown up with the rumor of the waves marking incessant pulse. About those of us who have grown up in a place where we have the opportunity to meet who we really are.

Tereza Sikorova, Martin Salanda

Michal Kaminski

production:  DeColt Film, Czech Republic


What is coexistence with a parasite? It is everyday addiction. A film Parasite is an physical guide of a presence and relations. Movement can happen in the viewer's mind. Moving is happening in his perception and participation.

What is coexistence with a parasite?

John Degois, France

production: John Degois

Bob, is that you?

"Bob, is that you?" Is from a sequence in Richard Quine's musical film 1955 My sister Eileen. This sequence is a duet danced by Tommy Roll and Bob Fosse, who is also the choreographer, in which they compete. For me it is one of the most beautiful dance scenes of the genre.

A dance meeting for a singular tribute to Bob Fosse.

A homage to German dance expressionism

Gustavo Lopes Barros Gomes, Germany

production: Melanie Pollman and Susanne Bonne


CRVS HUM is a dance film based on the song Crows and Locust by Brooke Fraser and the German film Nosferatu (1922) by F.W. Murnau. A homage to German dance expressionism.

A visual love letter to the city of Dublin

Howard Jones, Ireland

production: Howard Jones

Ballet Atha Cliath

Shot over the course of one day in August 2016, Ballet Átha Cliath creates a narrative around the way in which the city of Dublin has existed, collapsed and evolved over time. The film takes place in three locations, each illuminating the manner in which Dublin has been a city in flux. The iconic Poolbeg Chimneys: representing heritage. Grangegorman, a derelict site, previously home to one of the largest functioning squats in Europe; and finally, Dublin Quays.

A melancholy ode to an endangered species

Dagmar Dachauer, Austria

production: Dagmar Dachauer

Competing for Sunlight: Ash

Starting in the early nineties in Eastern Europe, an Asian fungus has gradually conquered the European continent, infecting almost all ash trees, and lead to the death of most trees. It is assumed that the ash tree in Europe will soon be close to extinct. Choreographer and dancer Dagmar Dachauer was inspired by this sad faith, and linked it to personal loss in her own life. Finis est cinis: Ash is what remains. Ash is a eulogy for the ash tree and for Prasthan Dachauer, who passed away in 2016.

Camiel Zwart, Netherlands

production: Blackframe

Platform 13

Platform 13 tells the tragicomic story of a Japanese railway conductor. With his equally strong as graceful movements he keeps the biggest crowds under control. But then he ends up in his biggest nightmare: a strange new world, in which he and his signals prove unnecessary.  

A Japanese conductor loses himself in an abandoned world


Excel Arts Centre, Cinema 2

Saturday 13 October | 17.30

free entrance | 75 min.




A musical portrait: dreams, memory, and action painting

Kiira Benzing, USA

production: Kiira Benzing & Jonathan Gray


Movement and art blend in this film about dreams, memories, painting, and the imagining of a new dance in homage to esteemed painters.


13 Oct


Ireland's only all-boy contemporary dance group

Tess Motherway, Germany

production: Tess Motherway

Company B

In Ireland, boys have long been a minority in dance. As Ireland's only contemporary dance group for young males, Company B’s objective is to create a unique space for boys to express themselves through dance & movement. Speaking about the challenges they face as boys who dance in Ireland, members reveal the obstacles they confront, how it feels to dance & why they love it.

Jack Thomson, UK

production: Jack Thomson

Business is brutal

Opening with contextualising yet surreal snapshots of familiar office equipment reassigned new roles as weapons. We are introduced to a man wearing a red suit carrying a brief case in a lift, the ritualistic drumming of the soundscape suggests he should be, or is, prepared for conflict. 

Challenging the norms of business negotiations

Joseph Simon, Netherlands

production: Dansateliers Rotterdam

Le Faune

Le Faune is a fantasy world on film, based on the ballet L’après-midi d’un Faune by Vaslav Nijinski. Exploring the symbolic potential of legs through the eye of the lens, the movie reinterprets the original ballet and its topic of gaze and sexuality. 

Voyeurism, intimacy and sexuality

Florent Schwartz, France-Taiwan

production: Florent Schwartz


2-28 is a conceptual approach to the terrifying effects the cult of personality of general Chang had on the Taiwanese citizens after World War II, leading to a political schizophrenia that Taiwan faces even today.

The fall of a giant.

A place in which contraries coexist and interweave


production: Michele Manzini

In the House of Mantegna

A reality that always reveals itself as a contradiction, dismemberment, a place in which contraries coexist and interweave. A limit, a boundary. A prison, an earthy and opaque shell. This is the body Plato talks about in Phaedo, inaugurating philosophy as an act that ought to put the body to death by blocking the “barbaric mud” of the passions enclosed in it.  But such borders exist that are not, as Melville said, porous or frayed? A final border that we cannot cross?

In and around the city, the pedestrian rendered surreal

Allison Beda, Canada

production: A muse Production

All About You

This strange and joyful dance film by director Allison Beda, unleashes the work of choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and four of Canada’s most exciting dancers/performers (Kate Franklin, Josh Martin, Bevin Poole-Leinweber and Kim Stevenson) onto the streets of Vancouver with their weird and cool dance.

Time plays the bad guy

Gabriella Engdahl, Sweden

production: Gabrielle Engdahl

Do you know what time it is right now?

A combination of everyday movement and witty text examines how our brain wanders away to the future.  Are we ever present and not planning? In a fast paced society there is always something to do, see or not to miss. Kajsa is feeling haunted by time, by herself and by others. Her friend is her competition and her Needs for the future are more important than being happy right now.

Harm Weistra, Netherlands

production: Harm Weistra

Intrinsic Moral Evil

Intrinsic Moral Evil seems to be a tale of identity and coming of age. But above all, the three dancers play a game with the viewer’s perception and expectations: is it a memory, a dream, a search for identity ? The layered story gradually develops; revealing its last secrets just before the end credits start. Leaving the audience in confusion; inviting them to make their own interpretation.

What you see may not be what you get

Dasha Lavrennikov, Manon Duquesnay, Spain

production: Lucas Damiani

Inclinations and Ellipses

We explore our unstable existence, tuning and tightening our alliances, through confrontation and compassion. A recognition of existing together in uncertainty and becomings. Authentic decadence, fragile intensity, oscillating continuums.

Authentic decadence, fragile intensity, oscillating continuums

Relations of adversity in the context of a guerilla war

Tommy Pascal, France

production: 8.43 Productions, Tommy Pascal


Complex relations of adversity, expressed in the context of a guerilla war.

You are what you eat

Sharon Leahy, Chuck Good, Rick Good, USA

production: Sharon Leahy, Chuck Good, Rick Good

Ground fine

Ground Fine is a short screen dance looking at our complicated relationship with food as evidence of a life out of balance. Drawn to what cannot possibly nourish us, we struggle with the attraction to quick, processed, sweetened "food" regardless of it's effect.


South Tipperary Arts Centre

10-14 October | 10.00 to 17.00

free entrance




Laura Vanhulle, UK

production: Charlotte Gregory

Anlges in life

Set in the gritty, urban environment of Birmingham, Angles In Life questions how our life experiences and expectations affect our perspective on life. The two dancers combine highly technical contemporary dance with a looser urban style to create a physically and emotionally powerful whole.

How does individual experience affect perspective on life 


10-14 Oct


An assay on the drowning body

Andrea Kaštelan, Eleonora M. Vrdoljak



production: Marin Leo Janković, Croatia


Drowning manifests itself by a person reflexly stopping to breathe to prevent the liquid to enter the lungs. It is followed by the lack of consciousness due to hypoxia. In the next phase breathing renews followed by massive penetration of water into the lungs. After that the breathing defintely stops and death occurs. Short experimental film "Eluvies" thematises the drowning body by putting it in relation to the water as a dominant element.

Layered movements, a cascading performance of light

Marta Di Francesco, UK

production: Marta Di Francesco 

Crystal Delays

In Crystal Delays, time delays are explored by slowing down the video, multiplying the single frames that compose the image, to break down individual body movements, and recreate multiple frames, all slightly delayed from each other. The piece is an homage to Norman McLaren “Pas de deux” (1968).

When contemporary dance meets ice-skating

Alexandre Hamel, UK

production: Le Patin Libre


Five strong troupe Le Patin Libre use the ice in daring and dazzling ways to present a completely new perspective.  In 10-minute film Vertical, commissioned by The Space, director Eddie Frost brings us thrillingly up close to the action as he captures the performers slashing and slicing the ice at top speed in one half of their award-winning double-bill Vertical Influences.

Or Schraiber, ISRAEL

production: Achsheli Production


Shivta is a short dance film telling a cinematic and kinetic exploration of two lost desert wanderers.

In a form of Fata-Morgana, a doubtful portal appears in the distance. 

Curiosity takes over and the two, as the narrative rolls forward, find themselves bewitched and possessed by a celestial fortune teller.

Two lost desert wanderers

Chris Tourlakis, Fenia Apostolou, Greece

production: Lydia Lithos Dancetheatre


A marionette escapes in full control and she dances in a remote and abandoned industrial space about the fall and the restart, two fundamental movement forms that describe adequately the modern dance and life, in general.

Fall and restart

Florent Schwartz, France-Taiwan

production: Florent Schwartz


Blackfish is a tryptic video made in Taiwan, which deals with maritime pollution. The video comes in a series of ritual lamentations, in response to a dry world where a black tide is slowly spreading.

The black tide is slowly spreading

Maïté Jeannolin, Charlotte Marchal, Belgium

production: M. Jeannolin & C. Marchal

Tableaux, paysages premiers

Inspired by a mystical ceremony, this movie mainly shot in Morocco is a contemporary reappropriation of a rite of passage, a symbolical journey through the colors of a trance night. If the body is a vehicle that moves, it’s to move its environment, to embody the landscape.

A symbolical journey through the colors of a trance night

Anna Galinova, Russia

production: Anna Galinova

I could have…

This is a story about failed act. When one has many plans or solutions in his mind to a solve particular problem but he does not do anything when it actually comes to it. Our version is told through relationship between a man and a woman.

One moment. Would he retain her or let go

Choreographic and visual art at the Nice prison

Eric Oberdorff, France

production: Compagnie Humaine

Sur ma peau

Sur ma peau is a photography and video dance project made in prison. It is part of a choreographic and plastic arts workshops conducted with female inmates in the Prison of Nice. The film and the photographs constitute the memory of the research process engaged with the prisoners to nourish the inside / outside dialogue. Sur ma peau is part of ‘TRACES’, a creation cycle imagined by choreographer Éric Oberdor, which explores traces, memories, and their impacts on our identity and our path. 

Ingrid Nachstern, Ireland

production: Night Star Dance Company

Freedom to go!

Freedom to go! is a commentary on present day America,in verse form.It deals with celebrity culture,pornography,child beauty pageants and the Iraq war.

Commentary on present day America in verse form

Nobuyuki Arai, Japan

production: Nobuyuki Arai

Wheelchair dancer

This video is a profile of Kenta Kambara from Japan. He dances with a wheelchair. He made the headlines in Rio 2016 Paralympic Handover Ceremony.

Disability is no barrier to dance

Dagmar Dachauer, Austria

production: Dagmar Dachauer

Competing for sunlight: Oak

‘Competing for Sunlight’ is a Short Dance Film Series, featuring protagonists of a range of different tree species and Dance, telling individual short stories. ‘Oak’ is a contemporary take on the ancient human understanding of the Oak tree as a gateway into other realities.

The Oak tree as a gateway into other realities

Memory and identity in relation to ancestry, nature and site

Carolyn Pavlik, USA

production: Carolyn Pavlik

Birds in warped time

The decaying attic and roof space of a dilapidated farmhouse in Texas sets the stage for a hauntingly revealing exploration of memory and identity in relation to ancestry, nature and site. The house as palimpsest is etched with memories and enlivened with new life – human and bird, mother and child.

Allison Beda, Canada

production: Allison Beda

Emotional Houdini

A comedic experimental dance film about aging, memory loss and the difficulties of communicating with your dad.

Aging, memory loss and communication with your dad

Evrim Özsoy, Turkey

production: Evrim Özsoy

No Exit

Sometimes we cannot find an exit. We try. We lose time when we try. We still try.

There is no exit

Women moving in a sacro-idyllic setting

Scott F. Hall, McClaine Timmerman, Darci Ricciardi, Ashley Kroft, and Kaley Suero, USA

The crossing (hourglass)

“The Crossing (Hourglass)” features four dancers posing and moving in a sacro-idyllic setting that appears to be the crossing and altar of a roofless church. The effect of ritual is enhanced by the precision of their movements, their classicizing attire, their solemn expressions, and the stark feeling of high contrast black and white stop-motion photography. These combine to reveal the poignancy of the dance as it unfolds.

Seth Thompson, Hannah Sullivan, USA

production: S. Thompson, H. Sullivan


Filmmaker Seth Thompson & choreographer/performer Hannah Sullivan play with familiar imagery from Rauschenberg’s Combine “Monogram”. This film imagery parallels narrative elements from the #metoo movement, and the courage of survivors to stand up, speak out, and cut the cord.

Stand up, speak out, cut the cord

Photographs of performers come to life

Stephen Featherstone, UK

production: Stephen Featherstone

Stopgap in stop motion

Combining live action, cut out and stop motion animation techniques, “Stopgap in Stop Motion” celebrates the harmony that emerges from a chaotic creative process and the individuality of the dancers. Photographs of a dance rehearsal are strewn across the tables and desktops of the company’s production office. The individual artists, released from the photographs, dance across table tops until the whole company meet and perform in unison. 

Faces. Faces alive. Faces dancing. Just faces

Victoria Donnet, UK

production: SLYKS

I am fine

A short film revealing the expression of our inner life in such a simple way, our facial expressions. Just by looking at someone's face with attention, you can discover his or her inner world. These facial dances are telling us how much we can handle deep inside. Despite all the waves that I am facing here and now, I am fine. What are we telling behind this sentence ”I am fine”? Maybe nothing but I am alive…

Aliina Lindroos, Ireland

production: Aliina Lindroos

The last visit

The Last Visit depicts a melancholic woman's mysterious existence. Her catatonic presence is transformed when she is visited by a haunting but beautiful being. Desperately sought relief comes to her as she falls under a spell of the dark angel

Encounter between a sorrowful woman and a bewitching spirit

Shon Kim, USA

production: Shon Kim

Bookanima: Dance

Bookanima, a compound word of ‘Book’ and ‘Anima’, is Experimental Animation to give book new cinematic life. It aims ‘Watching Book’ in the third scope between Book and Cinema through Locomotion based on Chronophotography. It consists of 4 chapters, Martial Arts, Dance, Ball Games, Leports. <BOOKANIMA: Dance> is the second chapter for dance locomotion.

Experimental Animation gives books a new cinematic life

Giorgos Efthimiou, Greece

production: Anosia


It is what it is. It doesn't know how to be something else. Neither wishes it.

It is what it is. It doesn't know how to be something else

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