Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, SansSouciFest.org
Festival Program, Atlas 2012

Atlas Center for Media, Arts and Performance directions
University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA

Friday & Saturday, August 31 & September 1, 2012
7:00 PM: Video installation opens • 7:30 PM: Film shorts & live dance performance
FREE Admission. Come a little early to get a good seat and enjoy the installation videos in the lobby.
Different program each evening:

Friday Evening Screening, August 31 at 7:30 PM

photo by Heather Gray
photo by Heather Gray

Excerpt from Authentic Re-Production, 2012, USA, includes live performance, 5 min

Produced and Directed by Katie Elliott and Jim LaVita
Dancing by Mason Lawrence Taylor
Music composed by Peter Gregson
Digital media art by Darwin Grosse
Authentic Re-Production, a paradoxical concept, draws on noteworthy oppositions in our daily cultural life. In this excerpt the focus is on the contrast of the live body against the projected image. Each is dependent on the other: interaction occurs between dancer, videographer, and media artist in real time.
Frame from Folded

Folded, 2012, USA, 9 min

Produced and Directed by Lisa Race and Shawn Hove
Choreography by Lisa Race
Dancing by Raja Feather Kelly and Kaitlin Morse
Music by Michael Wall
Filmmaker: Shawn Hove
Dancers communicate via an exchange of folded handwritten notes - the movement vocabulary exposing a deep bond, as well as a schism, between them.
photo by Jia Wu
photo by Jia Wu

Chicken Boy, 2012, USA / China, 6 min

Directed by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Produced by Jia Wu
Choreography by Jia Wu
Featuring Jia Wu Dance Theater
Dancing by Jerry Lin, Hailey E. Yaffee, Marissa Pfaff, Vera Schwegler, Jacki Angelo, and Harmony Negrin
Music composed by Henrik Jakobsson
Cinematography by Kyle Ruddick and Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Edited by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
A journey of the lonely self to find peace with identity, the film references many historic dance film moments and includes an accordion player, a masked man, and four dancing chickens.
Frame from Dancing in Paris

Dancing in Paris, 2012, France, 7 min

Directed by Fred Demont
Produced by AD Compagnie
Choreography and dancing by Marie Agnes Dru
Featuring AD Compagnie
Music composed by Prince
Music performed by Purple Rise
Cinematography by Fred Demont and François Mallet
Edited by AD Compagnie
When alone, you step into a new room.
Discover the room and, by the way, yourself.
Alone, looking for eyes?
Frame from PAINTED

PAINTED, 2011, Canada, 5 min

Directed by Duncan McDowall
Produced by Sach Baylin-Stern
Choreography and dancing by Dorotea Saykaly
Music by Simon Marcheterre
Cinematography by Christophe Collette
Edited by Sebastien Delporte
Costume Design by Carla Romagnoli
This choreographic portrayal of a building's decay as a "de-crescendo" illustrates the building's retreat from the physical world, and Nature's advance.
Frame from Transit

Transit, 2012, USA, 5 min

Directed by Jeff Curtis
Produced by Jeff Curtis and Greg Catellier
Choreography by Greg Catellier and Kristen O'Neal
Dancing by Greg Catellier, Kristen O'Neal
Music composed by Kendall Simpson
Filmmaker: Jeff Curtis
Based on the concept of astronomical and star transit, this dance film plays with space, distance and relationships between three bodies--two dancers and a camera--in motion.
Frame from American Overture

American Overture, 2012, USA, 6 min

Produced and Directed by John T. Williams
Choreography by Shannon Roberts
Dancing by Shannon Roberts, Luke Willis, and Nutnaree Pipit-Suksun
Music composed by Maurice Ravel
Cinematography by James Tucker
Edited by John T. Williams
Visual Effects by John T. Williams
Set in a collage of iconic surreal imagery, "American Overture" celebrates American diversity, culture, freedom, art, innovation and equality.

Intermission, 15 min

Snack Time. Enjoy the video installations in the lobby.
Frame from Intermission

Intermission, 15 min

Snack Time. Enjoy the video installations in the lobby.
Frame from Madam & Evening: A hundred moments

Madam & Evening: A hundred moments, 2012, USA, 9 min

Produced and Directed by Patrizia Herminjard
Choreography by Adam Dickerson and Dolo McComb
Dancing by Mallory Berge, Adam Dickerson, and Dolo McComb
Music by Adam Stone
Filmmaker: Patrizia Herminjard
Dreamt realities of unique aesthetic possibilities combine with visually compelling moments from a performance installation and a modern interpretation of Adam and Eve.
Frame from Reins

Reins, 2012, USA, 6 min

Directed by Geoffrey Ehrlich
Produced by Kelly Bartnik and Geoffrey Ehrlich
Choreography and dancing by Kelly Bartnik
Music composed by Will Gilfillan
Cinematography by Deborah Lohse
Edited by Geoffrey Ehrlich
Costumes by Colleen Ehrlich
Lighting by Amanda K. Ringger
Commissioned by Dances Made to Order
rein - noun ˈrān - usually used in plural • 1 : a strap fastened to a bit by which a rider or driver controls an animal; 2: a : a restraining influence : check; b : controlling or guiding power.
Frame from Yo Creyera para no Creer (I Would Believe So As Not To Believe)

Yo Creyera para no Creer (I Would Believe So As Not To Believe), 2011, Spain, 9 min

Directed by Chevi Muraday and Javier Cardenete
Produced by Corda Foundation, Juan Manuel Peña, Gachi Pisani, Lola Ortiz, Losdedae, and Filmo
Choreography by Chevi Muraday
Featuring Losdedae
Dancing by Carmen Ruiz, Chevi Muraday, Paloma Sáinz-Aja, Maximiliano Monte, and Sara Manzanos
Music by David Rosenmann-Taub
Cinematography by Javier Cardenete and Roberto San Eugenio
Edited by Javier Cardenete
Is life the cause of death or death the cause of life? The music and poetry of David Rosenmann-Taub guide the dancer's exploration of this issue.
Frame from Contact

Contact, 2012, USA, 3 min

Directed by Mitchell Rose
Produced by Ashley Roland, Jamey Hampton, and Mitchell Rose
Choreography by Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland
Featuring BodyVox
Dancing by Jamey Hampton
Music composed by William Goodrum
Filmmaker: Mitchell Rose
A dancer is confronted by an onslaught of attackers, illustrating that our days are battles from which we find respite in simple human contact.
Frame from Return to the World of Dance

Return to the World of Dance, 2011, USA, 7 min

Produced and Directed by Dan Boord, Marilyn Marloff, and Luis Valdovino
Choreography by Marilyn Marloff
Dancing by Michelle Ellsworth, Marilyn Marloff, and Stephanie Tuley
Music composed by Tom Wells and Francis Poulenc
Music performed by Tom Wells
Filmmaker: Dan Boord and Luis Valdovino
Narration by Amma Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin
Created for lovers of dance, Jane Fonda Workout videos, and the Twister game, this video provides self-help for those who are without the means to produce a full-scale "Le Sacre du Printemps."
photo by Filip O. Misiak
photo by Filip O. Misiak

Tickle Me to Death, 2010, Denmark, 8 min

Produced and Directed by Maia Elisabeth Sørensen
Choreography by Maia Elisabeth Sørensen
Dancing by Maia Elisabeth Sørensen and Kasper Jensen
Music by David Sannella
Cinematography by Alberto Balazs
Edited by Nicolas Servide Staffolani
Sound by Hamid Hagh
Paying homage to vintage silent films, the cobblestoned streets and mournful string soundtrack create a melancholy mood. Yet, the dance finds space for playfulness.

Saturday Evening Screening, September 1 at 7:30 PM

photo by Heather Gray
photo by Heather Gray

Excerpt from Authentic Re-Production, 2012, USA, includes live performance, 5 min

Produced and Directed by Katie Elliott and Jim LaVita
Dancing by Mason Lawrence Taylor
Music composed by Peter Gregson
Digital media art by Darwin Grosse
Authentic Re-Production, a paradoxical concept, draws on noteworthy oppositions in our daily cultural life. In this excerpt the focus is on the contrast of the live body against the projected image. Each is dependent on the other: interaction occurs between dancer, videographer, and media artist in real time.
Frame from Queens Dream

Queens Dream, 2012, USA, 15 min

Produced and Directed by Mark Freeman
Choreography by Yolande Snaith
Dancing by Alicia Peterson Baskel, Anya Cloud, Paul Laurey, Darcy Naganuma, Gina Bolles Sorensen, and J. Kyle Sorensen
Music by Jason Payne
Cinematography by Rich Underwood
Edited by Mark Freeman
Location by Niki de Saint Phalle: Queen Qalifia
Dancers are reflected in the mirrors of the maze. Portholes and archways open to hidden worlds. Trance, ritual, and repetition combine to evoke a magical world of unconscious dreams.
photo by  Kevin Clifford
photo by Kevin Clifford

Beyond The Surface, 2011, UK, 8 min

Directed by Marie-Louise Flexen and Kevin Clifford
Produced by Gloucestershire Dance
Choreography by Marie-Louise Flexen
Featuring Velcro Dance Company (a professional company of disabled and non disabled dancers)
Dancing by Hannah de Cancho, Stephanie Holt, Frank McDaniels, Oliver Ellis, Kimberley Noble, and Jack Mullins
Music by Steve Skinley
Filmmaker: Kevin Clifford
Project Management by Helen Crocker
Project Coordination by Laura Simpson
A fisherman is seduced into the water by underwater dancers; his friend tries to rescue him but also succumbs. Eventually they are returned to their boat exhausted.
Frame from KNEAD

KNEAD, 2012, Denmark / Sweden, 9 min

Directed by Disa Krosness and Carl Olsson
Produced by Disa Krosness
Choreography by Disa Krosness
Dancing by Malin Sandberg and Anton Wretling
Filmmaker: Carl Olsson
Sound Design by Andreas Lundmark
The sound of flour on skin, the echo of dripping water, the kneading of flesh. KNEAD is derived from intuition and with a wish to convey bodily experience, liberated from analysis and story-telling.
Frame from Errances

Errances, 2012, Canada, 3 min

Directed by Ky Vy Le Duc
Produced by Audrey Bergeron and The Broke Lab
Choreography by Audrey Bergeron
Dancing by Merryn Kritzinger, Roxane Duchesne-Roy, and Susan Paulson
Music by Antoine Berthiaume
Cinematography by Ky Vy Le Duc
Edited by Ky Vy le Duc
Lighting by Mathieu Marcil
Make-up by Katérie Portelance
An impressionist research between sensibility and physical performance - three lost women: one who has forgotten, one who is in control, and one who just has fun.

Intermission, 15 min

Snack Time. Enjoy the video installations in the lobby.
Frame from Intermission

Intermission, 15 min

Snack Time. Enjoy the video installations in the lobby.
Frame from Away From Here

Away From Here, 2011, Scotland, 13 min

Directed by Katrina McPhesron
Produced by plan B
Choreography by Frank McConnell
Featuring plan B
Dancing by Julia McGhee, Robbie Synge, Juta Campbell, Mekbul Jemal Tahir, and Anne-Gaelle Thiriot
Music composed by Luke Sutherland
Cinematography by Jono Smith
Edited by Simon Fildes
Set in the dramatic West Highlands of Scotland, "Away From Here" examines a fleeting sense of place and belonging - the incongruity of our relationship to an ancient landscape.
Frame from strönd/beach

strönd/beach, 2010, Iceland / Denmark / UK, 1 min

Produced and Directed by Ingi Jensson and Heike Salzer
Choreography by Heike Salzer
Featuring Salts
Dancing by Saga Sigurðardóttir and Søren Linding Urup
Music composed by Michael Greig
Cinematography by Sigurður Þorfinnur Einarsson
Edited by Heike Salzer
Dance Improvisation by Saga Sigurðardóttir and Søren Linding Urup
Tall grasses form the common mise-en-scène for dancers on separate beaches, one in Iceland and one in Denmark. The two dances are edited into a single piece.
Frame from skógur/forest

skógur/forest, 2010, Iceland / Denmark / UK, 2 min

Produced and Directed by Ingi Jensson and Heike Salzer
Choreography by Heike Salzer
Featuring Salts
Dancing by Søren Linding Urup
Music composed by Heike Salzer with special thanks to Gjöll and INRI
Cinematography by Sigurður Þorfinnur Einarsson
Edited by Heike Salzer
Dance Improvisation by Søren Linding Urup
Devised at a site north of Copenhagen, the choreography and filming is influenced by the associations the makers experience in relation to the place.
Frame from höfn/harbor

höfn/harbor, 2010, Iceland / UK, 2 min

Produced and Directed by Ingi Jensson and Heike Salzer
Choreography by Heike Salzer
Featuring Salts
Dancing by Saga Sigurðardóttir
Music composed by Bjarni Guðmundsson
Cinematography by Sigurður Þorfinnur Einarsson
Edited by Heike Salzer
Dance Improvisation by Saga Sigurðardóttir
Anything can be turned into a duet partner - even this yellow structure at Reykjavik's harbor.
Frame from Desatada

Desatada, 2011, Cuba, 5 min

Directed by Adolfo Izquierdo Mesa
Produced by Luminante Films
Choreography and dancing by Gabriela Burdsall
Music by Isadora Cruz
Filmmaker: Adolfo Izquierdo Mesa
Violin by Jenny Leyva
Underwater Camera by Carlos Otero Blanco
A woman in a wheelchair finds freedom in the water. Or is it someone else's dream?
photo Kyle Powderly (c) Physical TV
photo Kyle Powderly
(c) Physical TV

Monk: Reloaded, 2011, Australia, 3 min

Directed by Richard James Allen
Produced by Richard James Allen and Karen Pearlman
Choreography and dancing by Richard James Allen
Featuring The Physical TV Company
Music composed by Sound Design: William Lawlor
Interactive Sound Design: Daniel Portelli
Music performed by Richard James Allen
Cinematography by Devris Hasan and David Doyle
Edited by Karen Pearlman
Interactive Scenography/Lighting by Chris Ziegler
Colour Grading by Heather Hay
"Monk: Reloaded" draws on real time interactive installation technology to create a cinematic experience of living in the moment in a scene defined by light alone.
Frame from Brother's Keeper

Brother's Keeper, 2012, USA, 7 min

Directed by Marta Renzi
Produced by And Dancers, Inc.
Choreography by Marta Renzi
Dancing by Andy Chapman, Carlos Gonzalez, Amos Wolff
Music composed by F. Mendelsohnn Bartholdy; arr. by Martin Neary
Music performed by The Choirboys
Cinematography by Shige Moriya
Edited by Marta Renzi
In a moody space, three young men explore their social, physical, and animal natures. They gradually disrobe, shake off the gaze of the spectator, and emerge as angelic, solitary, and impassioned individuals.
Frame from self defense

self defense, 2012, USA, 7 min

Produced and Directed by Erika Randall and Daniel Beahm
Choreography by Erika Randall
Dancing by Jadd Tank
Music composed by Daniel Beahm
Cinematography by Daniel Beahm
Edited by Jonas Bendsen
"Sometimes the hardest person to keep safe from is your self." Distinct locations express the dancer's interior landscapes, revealing the secrets he trys so hard to protect.
Frame from brighter from below

brighter from below, 2010, USA, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Tara Rynders
Choreography and dancing by Tara Rynders
Music composed by The Bins
Filmmaker: Tara Rynders
shifting our perspective to see the beauty, the good, and the ability to move through life in freedom, in glory, and in praise.

Installations, Atlas Black Box Lobby, Fri & Sat, 7:00 - 9:30 PM

Frame from The Metaphysical Paintngs

The Metaphysical Paintings, 2011, USA, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Kathy Rose
Choreography by Kathy Rose
Dancing by Kathy Rose, Chika Kosugi, Chi Kit Tso, and Nhuit Le
Music composed by Kathy Rose
Filmmaker: Kathy Rose
An exploration of Japanese supernatural and goddess imagery as a rich kinetic painting portraying a mesmerizing world of the interior, of thought, and of meditation.
Frame from Barely

Barely, 2012, USA, 4 min

Directed by Natalie Metzger
Choreography by Colin Connor
Dancing by Melissa Bourkas
Music composed by Robert Allaire
Filmmaker: Natalie Metzger
A motion poem exploring memory and isolation.
Frame from Green and Blue

Green and Blue, 2012, USA, 5 min

Directed by Mimi Garrard
Produced by Mimi Garrard Dance Company
Choreography by Mimi Garrard
Featuring Mimi Garrard Dance Company
Dancing by Dai Jian
Music by Mimi Garrard
Filmmaker: Mimi Garrard
An abstract video-dance explores the effects of eastern sensibility on western sensibility.
Frame from With Love

With Love, 2011, USA, 5 min

Produced and Directed by Stephanie Kobes
Choreography by Stephanie Kobes in collaboration with Stephen Newcomb
Dancing by Stephanie Kobes and Stephen Newcomb
Music performed by Eva Cassidy and Bill Withers
Filmmaker: Stephanie Kobes
...to have and to hold...for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health...