Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, SansSouciFest.org
Dancing with Trees
part of the Tree of Life exhibit at Boulder Public Library's Canyon Gallery

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Frame from Falling Upright Into Place

Falling Upright Into Place, 2007, USA, 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."

Outside in, 2011, Sweden, 10 min

Directed by Tove Skeidsvoll & Petrus Sjövik
Produced by Annelie Gardell
Choreography and dancing by Tover Skeidsvoll
Music by Johannes Burström
Cinematography by Petrus Sjövik
Edited by Nils Moström
Introspectively filmed by an intrusive crew, Cecilia dances inside a forest inside a studio.
Frame from Fall Off the Bone

Fall Off the Bone, 2012, USA, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Patrizia Herminjard
Choreography and dancing by Adam Dickerson, Dolo McComb
Music by Adam Stone
Filmmaker: Patrizia Herminjard
Quirky and tense, this duet is filmed in the ashes of the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire.
Frame from ALONE

ALONE, 2008, USA, 5 min

Directed by Mary Wohl Haan & Leslie Merrill
Produced by HAAN Dances
Choreography and dancing by Mary Wohl Haan
Featuring HAAN Dances
Music composed by Highlights from Terracotta Warriors, A New Action-Musical, "Life is a Bewildering Journey"
Videography by Mary Wohl Haan & Leslie Merrill
A glimpse into the beauty and sense of aloneness we might see in the changing seasons of our lives.
Frame from Lost Ambulation

Lost Ambulation, 2012, USA, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Danielle Short
Choreography and dancing by Sarah Reynolds
Filmmaker: Danielle Short
Experimental cinematic elements create a choreographic flow that enhances the constrained human movement in this dreamscape.
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.
photo by José Figueroa
photo by José Figueroa

Arbor, 2013, Denmark / Sweden, 6 min

Directed by Virpi Pahkinen
Produced by Emelie Bergbohm
Choreography and dancing by Virpi Pahkinen
Featuring Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company
Music by Jonas Sjöblom
Cinematography by José Figueroa
Edited by Jonas Fogelström
A dancer passes through stages in the branches of a gigantic Thuja tree.
Frame from Circling

Circling, 2012, USA, 14 min

Produced and Directed by Douglas Rosenberg
Choreography and dancing by Sally Gross
Music by Weather Duo
Cinematography by Jason Bahling, Michael Eckblad
Edited by Jason Bahling
Featuring movement by renowned choreographer/dancer Sally Gross, this solo is a meditation on place, the passing of time, and the cyclical nature of life.