Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, SansSouciFest.org
BMoCA Program, 2008
1750 13th Street • Boulder, CO, USA
Different programs at each screening:

Shorts screenings, Friday, April 4, 2008, 8 pm

Multiframe from Phrase
Multiframe from Phrase

Phrase, 2007, 8 min

Produced and Directed by Robert Schaller
Choreography and dancing by Michelle Ellsworth
Camera Design/Cinematography by Robert Schaller
A body tries to explain itself to a viewer who can't see very well; she tries to get her point across several times, but her attempts become more elusive to grasp, perhaps even to herself. Finally, she can only shake her head... Phrase was filmed with a handmade 16mm pinhole camera. (Ward, CO, USA)
Frame from The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water, 2007, 14 min

Directed by Cordella Beresford
Produced by Brook Wilson
Choreography by Narelle Benjamin
Featuring The Sydney Dance Company
Dancing by soloist, Alexa Heckmann
Music composed by Huey Benjamin
"The Shape of Water" is a sensory journey revolving around the idea of the mind and its inner workings, flowing back and forth like the sea, explores the symbolic connection between water and the human psyche. (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Frame from Ritual

Ritual, 2007, 1 min

Choreography by Joy French (Dance Improvisation)
Camera & Editing by Jessica Damon
Music Composition, Additional Editing & Concept by Patrick Maxwell
The anticipation and anxiety inspired by a familiar morning ritual. (Boulder, CO, USA)
photo by Karn Junkinsmith
photo by Karn Junkinsmith

'Bus Stop' / 'Arret D' Autobus', 2007, 8 min

Directed by Karn Junkinsmith
Produced by Popjunk Productions (kj)
Choreography by Karn Junkinsmith
Dancing by Cara Brooke, Yvonne Croteau, Michael De Smet, Francis Goritsand, Courtney Ryan, Marsha Threlkeld
Music composed by Jeff Junkinsmith
Music performed by Jeff Junkinsmith, Sound Engineer: Ian Lesage
Cinematography by Angela Esposito
Editing by Sean Donavan
Citizens at a rainy bus stop discover a shared passion for public dancing. When one falls, the resulting mild head injury prompts a daydream and calls out the muses. Shot on dreamy super 8 black and white with a rocking piano score played by Jeff Junkinsmith. (Shoreline, WA, USA)
Meaghan McHenry dancing like her old man.
Dancer Meaghan McHenry

Dance Like Your Old Man, 2006, 10 min

Directed by Gideon Obarzanek & Edwina Throsby
Produced by Chunky Move in association with Chequerboard Productions
Featuring Chunky Move
Dancing by Meaghan McHenry, Sara Black, Alexandra Dillon, Bec Reid, Penelope Bartiau & Ros Warby
Music by various artists
Cinematography by Cordelia Beresford
Editing by Simon Njoo
Six women imitate their dads' dancing in a film about fathers as seen through the eyes of their daughters. These unseen men come to life through the dances and reflections of their children. (Australia)
Frame from Unspoken Letter

Unspoken Letter, 2008, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Michael Richman
Choreography and dancing by Michael Richman
Music composed by J.S. Bach
Music performed by Yo-Yo Ma
Cinematography by Heather Gray
"Unspoken Letter" is essentially what the title suggests. The piece abstactly represents the things we wish to say to our family but cannot because of issues of respect and generational differences. (Westminster, CO, USA)
Frame from the film part of Azalea

Azalea, 2007, includes live performance, 8 min

Directed by Lynda White
Produced by To & Fro Productions
Choreography by Lynda White
Featuring To & Fro Productions
Dancing by Lynda White and Jen Jones
Music composed by Greg Harris
Music performed by Greg Harris, Jeremy Averitt, Matt Fuller, Megan Tipton, Casey Sidwell
This live multi-layered multimedia performance explores modes of expression and identification through a peeling away of layers and identities.  Dancers and musicians explore ways of transforming themselves and mirroring each other - thus transforming the stage into a world that allows one to reflect on the beauty of change. (Broomfield, CO, USA)
Frame from Goon in Bunny Water

Goon in Bunny Water, 2007, 7 min

Produced and Directed by Angie Nina Yeowell Blue
Choreography and dancing by Angie Nina Yeowell Blue
Featuring Ballerina Eight Laboratories
Music by Angie Yeowell / Robin Chestnut = SolarTinkle
A music video. (USA)
Frame from Diva

Diva, 2007, 4 min

Directed by Liz Aggiss
Choreography and dancing by Liz Aggiss
Featuring Liz Aggiss
Music composed by Chopin & Schumann
Music performed by J.D. Andrews & Rachel Fryer
Funding by University of Brighton
Craving attention, a dance diva performs a reconstruction from 1927. Nobody gives a fig. She then performs a dance raspberry, Ranki Panki circa 2007. "Diva" is where fact and fiction collide, where archive and reportage rupture. (Brighton, East Sussex, UK)
Frame from Thaw

Thaw, 2007, 7 min

Directed by Marta Renzi
Produced by And Dancers, Inc.
Choreography by Marta Renzi
Dancing by Kimberly Liu and Caitlin Roben-Looker
Music composed by Johannes Brahms
In this visual poem alternating superimposed images of water, women, and swans move in a winter landscape which gradually thaws. (Nyack, NY, USA)

Documentary screening, Saturday, April 5, 2008, 5 pm

photo by Chris Van der Burght
photo by Chris Van der Burght

VSPRS Show and Tell, 2007, 72 min

Directed by Sophie Fiennes
Produced by Les Ballets C. de la B.
Choreography by Alain Platel
Dancing by Quan Bui Ngoc, Mathieu Desseigne Ravel, Lisi Estaràs, Emile Josse, Iona Kewney, Mélanie Lomoff, Ross Mc Cormack,
Music composed by Fabrizio Cassol after the 'Maria Vespers'-Monteverdi
Editing by Ethel Shepherd and Marek Kralovsky
"VSPRS" is Platel's most outrageous dance work yet, one critic calling it "the weirdest, most shocking and provocative dance performance you will ever see." The artists trained by immersing themselves in images of psychiatric distress, and together carve an extremely physical and graphic performance immersed in religious and sexual imagery. In Sophie Fiennes' mesmerizing documentary, the dimensions of ecstasy and trauma that form the core of the performance are masterfully captured, whilst interviews with Platel and the dancers themselves add an extra layer of insight. (Ghent, Belgium)

Shorts screenings, Saturday, April 5, 2008, 8 pm

On the set of Morning. Photo by Alec Spangler.
On the set of Morning
photo by Alec Spangler

Morning, 2007, 7 min

Directed by Bat-Sheva Guez
Produced by Bat-Sheva Guez & Chioke Nassor
Choreography by Bat-Sheva Guez with Donnell Oakley & David Schmidt of everything smaller
Featuring everything smaller
Dancing by Donnell Oakley and David Schmidt
Music composed by Kyp Malone
Music performed by Kyp Malone, Chris Asta, Bat-Sheva Guez
Experimenting with the use of texture on screen, this film tells the tale of a young couple who would rather sleep in. (Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Frame from Falling Upright Into Place

Falling Upright Into Place, 2007, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Stephanie Kobes
Choreography and dancing by Stephanie Kobes
Music performed by Arvo Part
This short film explores how one sometimes struggles and fights against gravity and oneself to find the place where she belongs. On this explorative journey, many also travel with bottled-up emotions that may be kept hidden and never shared, but which very much influence the way one lives her life. It is making a way in this world ... it is finding a way to survive, it is finding a way to be free ... it is "Falling Upright Into Place." (Lonetree, Colorado, USA)
Frame from By the Grace

By The Grace, 2007, 6 min

Directed by Lynda White
Produced by To & Fro Productions
Choreography and dancing by Lynda White
Featuring To & Fro Productions
Music composed by Greg Harris
Music performed by Greg Harris, Jeremy Averitt, Matt Fuller, Megan Tipton, Hugh Ragin, Casey Sidwell, Tyler Gilmore
A futuristic look at the world of fashion and beauty in the genre of a contemporary music video, this film is influenced by readings and movies in science fiction as well as by current MTV videos. (Broomfield, CO, USA)
Frame from Duet with Doubt

Duet With Doubt, 2007, 2 min

Produced and Directed by Elena TaJo
Choreography and dancing by Elena TaJo
Featuring Elena TaJo
Music by Elena TaJo
A woman confronts her shadow. Reading her mother's poem, "On Doubt," the woman engages with the unsavory presence and discovers how to start working. (New York City, NY, USA)
Frame from plug-play, one of the 4 clips pour aufnahmen by Nicole Seiler
Frame from plug-play

4 clips pour aufnahmen, 2006, 8 min

Directed by Nicole Seiler
Produced by Cie Nicole Seiler
Choreography by Nicole Seiler
Featuring Cie Nicole Seiler
Dancing by Célina Chaulvin, Kylie Walters, Florent Ottello, Alexandre Tissot
Music composed by Martin A.P. Gantenbein
In these 4 very short dance films moving bodies and body parts have been projected onto specific surfaces and change their original character. In uno-duo bodies overlap bodies, in hülle-fülle legs and arms tremble in the wind, in devant-avant a dancing couple appears on smoke and in plug-play a Barbie doll becomes alive. (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Frame from the film part of Azalea

Azalea, 2007, includes live performance, 8 min

Directed by Lynda White
Produced by To & Fro Productions
Choreography by Lynda White
Featuring To & Fro Productions
Dancing by Lynda White and Jen Jones
Music composed by Greg Harris
Music performed by Greg Harris, Jeremy Averitt, Matt Fuller, Megan Tipton, Casey Sidwell
This live multi-layered multimedia performance explores modes of expression and identification through a peeling away of layers and identities.  Dancers and musicians explore ways of transforming themselves and mirroring each other - thus transforming the stage into a world that allows one to reflect on the beauty of change. (Broomfield, CO, USA)
Frame from Sobre Mesa
photo by Karl Moller

Sobre Mesa, 2007, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Ana Baer
Featuring Giessen Dance-Theater
Dancing by Melodie Lasselin and Paul Zeplichal
Music composed by Ojos de Brujo
Music performed by Accion Reaccion
Set Improv by Director and dancers
A busy street in downtown Giessen, Germany witnesses a relationship unfolding. (Venice, CA, USA)
Frame from Raw

Raw, 2007, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Hamel Bloom
Choreography and dancing by Angie Yeowell
Music composed by Arvo Part
In this experiment, the eleven members of the audience, each with his or her own camera, filmed a dance in the round - with leaves flying, mud packing, and stone mason setting. (Boulder, CO, USA)
Frame from Viril, © Damien Manivel / Le Fresnoy
© Damien Manivel / Le Fresnoy

Viril, 2007, 3 min

Directed by Damien Manivel
Produced by Le Fresnoy, National Studio of Contemporary Arts
Choreography by Damien Manivel
Featuring Annee
Dancing by Damien Fournier, Mattila Maliarakis, Sylvain Decure, Alexandre Morand, Erwan Larcher, Remi Esterle, Laurent Chanel
Music composed by Absinthe (provisoire), Atlantide
A danced role-play for men about shame, modesty and lust for power. Without words and without music, the choreography says everything about male behaviour and mutual relationships. (Tourcoing, France)
Frame from Moonplay

Moonplay, 2005, 5 min

Directed by Shawn T Bible
Choreography by Shawn T Bible
Music composed by Mozart
"Moonplay" is a study in texture and gravitational pull utilizing simplistic choreographic structures and amorphous editing concepts. Anatomic reinterpretation through qualities of plasticity, morphing, and overlay creates an outer space realm for the solo figure. (Allendale, Mi, USA)
photo by Vicky MacArthur
photo by Vicky MacArthur

This Bird Has Flown, 2008, 16 min

Directed by Carrie Noel
Produced by keo Productions
Choreography by Rachael Lincoln
Dancing by Rachael Lincoln and Mark Stuver
Music composed by Cody Westheimer
Cinematography by Natalie Newman
Editing by Carlo Kamin Tatu
This fictional dance drama placed in the 1960s exposes the vulnerable yet quirky woman upon whom John Lennon based the ballad, "Norwegian Wood." The film is rich in surreal design and Beatles references and is topped off with exceptionally visceral choreography. (Jackson Hole, WY, USA)

Installation videos on view, Friday & Saturday, April 4 & 5, 2008, 7 pm - 8 pm

Frame from Spirit of the Pinnacles

Spirit of the Pinnacles: Journey of Waiting Souls, 2007, 22 min

Produced and Directed by Hyonok KIM
Choreography by Hyonok KIM
Featuring Hyonok KIM Dance Arts
Dancing by Jeni Sutton, Ellen McCarthy, Elli, Jessica Cook, Mipa Shin
Music composed by Arvo Part, Ligeti, Jongsil Choi
Cinematography by Jaehong Park
Editing by Joana Yuen
In the backdrop of the surreal Pinnacles, the limestone pillars that rise from the sand dunes, the film conveys wandering souls, the life of the Spirits in the vast desert, the drama of humanity, life and death, exploration, and facing challenges. It is a journey and adventure where dancers encounter Korean shamanistic ritual objects such as a vase, a bronze mirror, and a knife through which transcend the different realms. Dancers in red and in white are juxtaposed. (Daegu, South Korea)
Frame from The Window

The Window, 2007, 8 min

Produced and Directed by So Young Yang
Choreography and dancing by Julia Kathriner, Jungsun Kim, Sumi Jang
Featuring Amorphous Dance
Music composed by So Young Yang (sound)
A fleeting form of art, most dance choreography comes out of practices and rehearsals where many ideas and inspirations come and go, often being lost in the more structured stage presentations. "The Window" encapsulates these moments of experimentation that would have otherwise faded into the air, transforming them into a different kind of performance. Filmed in Berlin and assembled in New York, this is the second work by Amorphous Dance, created by So Youn Yang, a video maker. (New York City, NY, USA)
Frame from Pechitos Torneados

Pechitos Torneados (Small turned breasts), 2007, 7 min

Produced and Directed by Liz K. Penuela
Choreography and dancing by Liz K. Penuela
Music composed by ToTo la Momposina
Music performed by Liz K. Penuela
Voice Inspiration by Sully Morland
Love, desire, prejudices, and the forbidden are revealed through this reinterpretation of the Colombian folkloric dance, "the Cumbia," re-composed with only the phonetics of the song. (Barcelona, Spain)
Frame from Bounded Narcissus

Bounded Narcissus, 2007, 7 min

Produced and Directed by Ana Baer
Choreography and dancing by Nathan Montgomery
Featuring Syzygy Butoh
Music by sigur rós
Nathan's performance is an adaptation of his stage piece, I am Undone, 2004. His movement (found in the excavation of the body) is an exploration of the raw and immediate physical place from which Butoh springs. (Venice, CA, USA)
Frame from Velez October Circles

Velez October Circles, 2007, 18 min

Directed by Mimi Garrard
Choreography by Mimi Garrard
Featuring Mimi Garrard Dance Company
Dancing by Samuel Roberts
Music by Glen Velez
Velez October Circles, a suite of five short abstract dances created in the form of circles, features dancer Samuel Roberts and percussionist Glen Velez. (New York, NY, USA)