Short Film: THE SHE-WOLF, 10min., France, Dance

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Marion mysteriously appears in a clearing populated by marauding wolves. Attracted by the melody of a cello, a strange dream brings her to the heart of a wonderful forest. But as she tries to get closer to the cello, their bodies gradually cover themselves with a strange bark-colored skin.

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Short Film: BRUTE, 4min., Australia, Dance

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‘Brute’ is about duality – how we try to restrain the untameable beast within us, and how this in turn contorts and mystifies our consciousness.

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Short Film: INCLINATIONS, 5min., France, Dance

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Choreographed, directed and shot from disability perspectives, this dance-on-video short contrasts the playful connections when disability aesthetics, community and a ramp meet the institutional histories and discordant inclinations that can lurk just below the surface.

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Short Film: KADDUME, 3min., Canada, Dance

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“Kaddume” is an expedition that recognizes San Basilio de Palenque’s past and future relationships. It’s a look to and from the body, the land they live in and the voice of their female ancestors. The same ones that opened new paths in search of freedom. This dance is a new approach through rhythm and movement, to that strength and wisdom. It is an homage of these girls, not professional dancers, to that empowered walk of freedom that still lives in their bodies.

Short Film: ANIMAL, 7min., France, Dance

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This short film is an adaption of the performance Animale (choreography by Lisie Philip, music by Laurent Tamagno). It was produced for an event in the MAMAC (the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Nice) called “la Nuit des Musées” in 2017. I perceived the show as a celebration of the vitality of the body which is hunted and cornered but also resistant and pugnacious. The ardour and youthness of the tense muscles reminded me of creepers around a tree. I admired the transcendental beauty of the protean animality, oscillating between a quadruped, a reptile and a bird. I wanted to confront, as a last hunt, this body to young to die to the cold beauty of the cutting room of the old slaughterhouse of Nice.

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Short Film: ABSOLUTION, 7min, USA, Dance

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The House of the Rising Sun is a place of transition in music and folklore. It’s a purgatory where travelers, vagabonds, and lost souls cross paths before continuing toward their life after. Absolution is a snapshot of that purgatory, that waiting room, where souls must accept the regrets and disappointments in their lives before they can cross over. Personal struggles are highlighted in duets and solos throughout the piece. Some remorse is too difficult to let go, though, and while many find reprieve from their sins and escape the cycle of self-recrimination, others are doomed to stay and repeat it.

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Short Film: EMERGENCE, 5min., USA, Dance

Directed and Conceived by Klaus Hoch, “Emergence” is dance music video shot as a single, continuous drone take. “Emergence” features live music composed and performed by Peter Manning Robinson playing his Refractor Piano™, with choreography by Emilio Dosal.

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