Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, SansSouciFest.org
Canyon Theater Program, 2011
1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80302, USA
No reservations needed.
Frame from "Of Bodies and Branches" (2011), Nicole Dagesse & Joy French
Screenings:
Moving Images,
Mondays, October 3 and October 10, 6:30 p.m.
Canyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
Co-sponsored by Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Boulder Arts Commission Dance Bridge, and Boulder Public Library Cinema Program.

Installations:
New & Other Worlds in Dance Cinema
Wednesdays, October 5 and October 12, 3:00 - 5:30 PM (Program repeats at 4:15.)
Pulse Point Media and Reading Center, Boulder Public Library
Co-sponsored by Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema and Boulder Arts Commission Dance Bridge.
Different programs at each screening:

Monday, October 3, 6:30 p.m.
Moving Images, BPL Cinema Program, Canyon Theater

photo by Michael Hart
photo by Michael Hart

Match Box Dances, 2011, Hudson, NY, USA, 22 min

Directed by Philippe Tremblay-Berberri
Produced by Roarke Menzies and Adam H Weinert for matchboxarts
Choreography by Adam H Weinert
Dancing by Charlotte Bydwell, Naomi Reid Davis, Carlye Eckert, Logan Frances Kruger, Adam H Weinert
Music by Roarke Menzies
Filmmaker: Philippe Tremblay-Berberri
Costume Design by Marion Talan
Production Assistance by Jonathan Mittiga
Shot on the streets, sidewalks and loading docks of DUMBO, one of New York's most quickly changing neighborhoods, this film explores the intersection of public, private and personal gestures with an immediacy similar to that of an instant Polaroid - content, creation and production are 'of-the-moment' - producing an artifact that is both art object and document.
photo by Gregg Schoenberg
photo by Gregg Schoenberg

The Nightingale, 2011, San Francisco, CA, USA, 21 min

Produced and Directed by Greta Schoenberg
Choreography by Greta Schoenberg
Dancing by Maria LaMance, Nol Simonse, Brandon "Private" Freeman, Greta Schoenberg
Music composed by Rob Reich
Music performed by Rob Reick, Gaucho, Nice Guy Trio
Cinematography by Ben Estabrook
Edited by Greta Schoenberg, Ben Estabrook
The story is told by the dance - in choreographic styles ranging from ballet to contemporary, ballroom to burlesque - in this "silent" film noir-based narrative. With an original "gypsy jazz" score and period lighting, "The Nightingale" is rich, sensual, and humorous.
Frame from Happy To Be So

Happy To Be So, 2010, USA, 45 min

Produced and Directed by Yelena Demikovsky
Choreography and dancing by Oleg Briansky
Cinematography by Yelena Demikovsky, Hassan Kamel
This documentary tells the story of Oleg Briansky and Mireille Briane, former principal dancers, renowned ballet teachers, and a dynamic duet for more than 50 years. Briansky, of White Russian descent, and Briane, a Parisian, met in Paris. He was hailed as "the most sought after male dancer in the world" in the 50s and she, "a born teacher." In 1963, Briansky's meteoric career was cut short by injuries. Soon thereafter, the couple relocated to New York and established the Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center, one of the most distinguished summer ballet academies in America and abroad.

Wednesday, October 12, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
New & Other Worlds in Dance Cinema, South Pulse Point

Frame from The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun, 2010, several, 74 min

Directed by Fabian Kimoto
Produced by Sascha Landis
Choreography by Benny Kimoto
Featuring Roc Kidz Crew
Music composed by Deinz Khan
Filmmaker: Fabian Kimoto
Dancing by Dergin Tokmak & Benny Kimoto
The Roc Kidz Crew, a group of young dancers began by breakdancing in the streets of European cities and has become one of the most well-known dance groups on the hip hop scene. This film conveys the viral enthusiasm and joie de vivre - transcending all classes, nationalities and skin colours - that these artists have been able to generate through their love for dance, music and freedom.

Wednesday, October 5, 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
New & Other Worlds in Dance Cinema, South Pulse Point

photo by Marvan Kwan
photo by Marvan Kwan

Boy Dancer, 2011, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 48 min

Produced and Directed by Dave Wilson
Featuring The Parahumans
Cinematography by Marvan Kwan
Edited by Ed Sinclair
In this documentary, four boys, aged 7 and 8 and beginners in dance, come together to learn hip-hop and freestyle in six sessions over a two week period. Through interviews and video diary entries they share thoughts and feelings about their personal experiences, working together, and being trained by four teachers from gym floor to stage, complete with costumes and lighting.
photo by Denise Johnson
photo by Denise Johnson

Against the Dark of Night, 2009, CA, USA, 15 min

Produced and Directed by Mariel McEwan
Choreography by Jia Wu
Featuring Jia Wu Dance Theater
Dancing by Jia Wu, Maya Gingery, Michen Liu, Rosemary Candelaria, Eva Aymami
Music composed by Derrick Spiva, Jr.
Cinematography by Daniel Brockett, Sergio Palermo
Edited by Mariel McEwan
"Against the Dark of Night" is a modern creation myth exploring themes of disaster, rebirth, hope, and determination. Three mysterious figures move against an alien landscape as the encroaching darkness threatens extinction. One generation gives way to the next in a ritual of awareness and reaction as ancient as the fear of the dark and the desire to triumph over adversity.
Frame from The Sanitastics

The Sanitastics, 2011, Canada, 8 min

Directed by Melanie Kloetzel
Produced by kloetzel&co.
Choreography by Melanie Kloetzel
Featuring kloetzel&co.
Dancing by Caileen Bennett, Naomi Brand, Chalie Livingston, Kirsten Wiren, and Deanna Witwer
Music composed by Sound selections from DJ DAVI, npotter, Jason Chatwin, saffronboy, hollywoodedge, dearnest, VTMProductions
Cinematography by Jennifer Mahood and Melanie Kloetzel
Edited by Jeff Curtis and Melanie Kloetzel
A sci-fi dance spoof on the security system of the Calgary Skyway, The Sanitastics scours the system, removing any oddities, invasive species, and problematic beings. With fantastic creatures and hygienic superheroes, The Sanitastics offers a site-specific adventure of the endlessly electrifying non-place.

Monday, October 10, 6:30 p.m.
Moving Images, BPL Cinema Program, Canyon Theater

Frame from Of Bodies and Branches

Of Bodies and Branches, 2011, USA, 4 min

Directed by Nicole Dagesse
Choreography by Nicole Dagesse
Dancing by Nicole Dagesse, Amy Dillahunty, Skye Hughes, Lyndia McGauhey, and Mollie Wolf
Music by Chris Thile
Filmmaker: Joy French
Live Ensemble by Psyche Dunkhase, Sam Gathman, and Nathan Wheeler
In this sensual exploration of the energetic and kinesthetic interaction of the human body and nature, dancers emerge from the landscape of Roosevelt National Forest, emphasizing the similarities of limbs while contrasting delicate skin against deeply creviced bark.
Frame from The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia

The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia, 2010, Armenia, 72 min

Directed by Arman Yeritsyan, Inna Sahakyan
Produced by Vardan Hovhannisyan
Dancing by Zhora Armenakyan, Knyaz Mheryan, Hovsep Beglaryan, Mamikon Papikkyan
Music composed by Davit Amalyan
Cinematography by Mkrtich Baroyan
Edited by Tigran Baghinyan
In this documentary, after the death of his teacher and adoptive father, 17 year-old Hovsep has to decide whether or not to accept the responsibility of being the last tightrope dancer in a society that has abandoned both him and that art.