Short Film: ROCK COUNTRY, 7min., Spain, Dance

 

441ee8dca7 posterThe aesthetics and spectacular nature of vertical dance, set in a quarry, a place destroyed by humankind. The beauty of dance substitutes the crudeness of the rock. Attention is focused upon the figure of a woman, demanding a leading role –as is happening in today’s society–. Women that dance, women that climb, women that even lift rocks, as if they were heaving high a country. Harria is the rock, Herria the country.

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Short Film: AGON, 4min., Brazil, Dance

 

B2df54c5bb posterA short dance film shot from distance during quarantine.

Nothing here has been done for us. The human being lives an illusion of protagonism in relation to existence, a narcissistic process of thinking that everything is done for the human being. People are at home, struggling in a dispute for protagonism. Wanting to negotiate with a force still unknown to the human being, which is nature, to exist and to deal with the fall of everything that was believed to be right. This “not being”, this negotiation, this dispute for is represented in a film, with 18 dancers who created their interpretations on the theme, printing their style and voice over a choreographic base created by @marcel.anselme and filming themselves in their own homes, during the quarantine, with the that was available, alone or with the help of their partners.

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Short Film: LIMINALITY, 8min,. USA, Dance

 

B0d5e2413a posterLiminality is inspired by reimagining what Odette may have experienced upon plunging to her death in the lake from the classical ballet “Swan Lake”. It is a moment of suspended reality and a story of disenchantment, self-discovery and transformation. In our modern world we know that “happily ever after” is a journey and we have the ability to exercise our own agency to create our experience. In our story, the heroine is exploring the space in between life and death. She is coming to terms with the end of her world as she knew it and finding the strength and courage to move into a new existence.

We see this story as a metaphor for what many ballet dancers experience upon the imminent journey of their retirement from professional careers. On stage there is always a happy ending. For example, Seigfried in “Swan Lake” immediately realizes his mistake in being seduced by another woman, seeks forgiveness from Odette, and follows her off the cliff to his death so they can be reunited in the afterlife. But what is the reality for the dancers who play these characters? When the fairytale is over, what happens next?

The dancer and choreographer of Liminality, Annali Rose, is searching to answer that question for herself. She is using her heart as a guide to follow what brings her joy. As someone who is new to choreography, she wanted to begin this journey in the only place she had felt inspired to play with choreography in her past—underwater. The water is symbolic of the feeling of drowning and the death of her identity as a professional dancer. But it also envelops her, providing safety, support, and the spark of joy that is the magical seed of regeneration.

The cinematography was captured by artist and digital choreographer, Jennifer Akalina Petuch, at the Madison Blue Spring State Park in Lee County Florida during January 2020. Having a sharp eye for 2-D composition in Dance and a steady hand, Petuch used her skills of swimming, experience as a professional dancer, and a simple GoPro to film and then create the underwater work.

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Short Film: FLOOR FALLS, 3min., UK, Dance

 

32fc3e565d posterA women stands, takes a breath, and moves. Arching back extending further than seems possible, she steps forward, rising up onto the tip of her toe and over the threshold. We see blackness then she appears. Rotating and twisting, the camera and her dance around each other. She suspends, or has the floor fallen?
We focus in on her as she walks in air, gravity free, not knowing where we are, what is up and what is down. Spinning through the space, gradually we see her disappearing, focus fading and she is gone.

Floor Falls is a collaboration between award winning film makers Lewis Gourlay and Abby Warrilow of Cagoule and aerial dance choreographer Jennifer Paterson of All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre, featuring dancer Freya Jeffs.
This short dance for screen brings together aerial harness techniques with dance for camera.

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Short Film: COLD STORAGE, 9min., Finland, Dance

 

11be55a244 posterCold Storage is a short dance film that pays homage to the virtuosic physical performances and melancholy comedy of the classic silent screen. On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice, and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother.

Short Film: WAKE, 8min., UK, Dance

 

473bef9f68 posterWAKE is a short dance film which explores and responds to modern attitudes around loss and grief, taking inspiration from different rituals and funeral traditions from around the world. Filmed on the stark and shifting terrain of Dartmoor, WAKE steers us through one’s woman’s journey of grief.

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Short Film: THE CIRCADIAN CYCLE, 16min., Australia, Dance

A251532ba6 posterThe Circadian Cycle is a short film conceived and directed by Garry Stewart, with cinematography from renowned director and film maker Cordelia Beresford.
Filmed within the stunning South Australian landscape, The Circadian Cycle draws upon choreography from Australian Dance Theatre’s award winning mainstage work The Beginning of Nature.
Using the dancing body as a metaphor, The Circadian Cycle examines morphology, biological rhythm and animal behaviour. The film charts a day from sunrise to evening, moving through cycles of nature, from nascence and awakening to predation and death.
The film was shot in stunning locations across South Australia including: Flinders Chase National Park, Lake Bumbunga, Lake Gairdner, Maslin Beach, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and Mount Remarkable National Park.

Short Film: THROUGH THESE EYES, 3min., USA, Dance

 

A6eda08793 posterThis video expresses the emotions and frustrations of individuals regarding the recent events. Events like the protests/rioting, police related killings/deaths, racial related killing/deaths, and the justice that has not been served for those who have lost their lives. Through this video we hope to open the eyes of every person that watches it and encourage them to contribute to the change we want to see.

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Short Film: BONDIARIES, 3min., Germany, Dance

 

Bd19c47d9a posterLuxembourgish dancer & photographer Jill Bettendorff and french dancer Wilfried Ebongue fell in love in the german capital 5 years ago. Coming from different social, cultural & artistic backgrounds, it has been their challenge ever since to find a common & new ground, whether it was on a private or professional level. They never let their differences define them so they´ve been striving to find their own boundaries, limitation, comfort & discomfort zones, to who they are as a couple, personally & artistically.

They teamed up with german videographer Torben Loth to create a video where they explore different constellations that can happen within a relationship, based on the three words: dependence, independence & interdependence.
The video shows a conceptual performance that moves through those different stages.

Starting with dependence, a space where one is guided by the other regardless of one person’s needs. Moving through independence where we move on our own without needing the support of the other to finally arrive in a space of interdependence where we give ourselves the freedom to be ourselves & equally support each other.

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Short Film: BEEHIVE, 2min., Italy, Dance

 

C2ec8fc6e9 posterBeehive aims at focusing on the critical part bees plays in the biosphere as a deeply interconnected system. As pollinators, the bees make every sort of flowers and trees grow. Without them we are all lost.
In a rocky and steep beehive two worker bees do not dance their lives away; quite the opposite, their hectic buzz raises cries – and moves – of alarm. The dancer bodies, transfigured into alien though intimate creatures of our imagination, dialogue in flying, express power, vital energy, inscrutable beauty and rage against human blindness. Eventually they scatter pollen as if they’d scatter seeds of life and conscience regeneration.
It is sharp and insightful visual suggestion, bursting with energy and hope for a better future, accompanied by the razor-sharp use of natural and artificial lights and a soundtrack that gives rhythm to the bee-dancer bodies as the very beating heart of our fragile world.

 

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