Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, SansSouciFest.org
Dairy Program, 2009
2590 Walnut Street • Boulder, CO, USA
Friday & Saturday, March 20 & 21, 2009
Tickets: $12 General Admission and $8 Students/Seniors   [ show / hide detail ]
Download the print version of this program (4.8 MB PDF).
Support: Sans Souci received support for this 2009 Festival in the form of a Neodata Grant and an Addison mini-Grant from Boulder Country Arts Alliance.
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Frame from "Helenka" (2008) by Karen Rose
Frame from "Helenka" (2008) by Karen Rose
Different programs at each screening:

Shorts screening & performance, Friday, March 20, 2009, 7:30 pm

Production photo for Live Cinematic Trans Flux

Live Cinematic Trans Flux, 2008, Finland, includes live performance, 25 min

Produced and Directed by Sini Haapalinna
Choreography and dancing by Sini Haapalinna
Music by Sini Haapalinna
Visual Programming by Markku Nousiainen
Continuously in a state of becoming, the energetic movement interacts with the flows and dynamics of the body, of space, and of image - being at once both factual and abstract. A plurality of events, the performance happening: in digital space, on laptop and camera, on miniatyre stage, via projected image, in performance space, with materials in and on the body of the performer as well as in the collective body and consiciousness of the audience, and in the nongravital wavy soundscape.
Grishka Caruge, Andrea Bescond & Stefanie Batten Bland; photo by Guillaume Le Grontec
Grishka Caruge, Andrea Bescond & Stefanie Batten Bland; photo by Guillaume Le Grontec

Shoplift, 2008, Paris, France, 3 min

Directed by Guillaume Le Grontec
Produced by Stefanie Batten Bland & Guillaume Le Grontec
Choreography by Stefanie Batten Bland
Dancing by Grishka Caruge, Andrea Bescond
Music composed by Mychael Danna
communication, a couple, an elevator
Frame from The Encounter

The Encounter, 2008, Spain, 3 min

Directed by Fátima Tocornal
Produced by ob-art produccions
Choreography by Maria Stoyanova & Fátima Tocornal
Dancing by Maria Stoyanova & Tania Atanassova
Music composed by Bizet, Carmen, (Maria Callas)
"The encounter" is a collaboration between Fátima Tocornal, Maria Stoyanova and her mother, Tania Atanassova as a plastic artist. The search for identity, the tension face to the imposed model, or the liberation are represented in the posing game, catching the shadow of the figure, or dancing in a bubble.
photo by Johan Candert
photo by Johan Candert

Homeward Bound, 2005, ÅKERSBERGA, Sweden, 9 min

Directed by Efva Lilja
Produced by Malcolm Dixelius
Choreography by Efva Lilja
Featuring E.L.D:
Dancing by Anna Koch, Helene Karabuda, Göran Blomqvist, Yvan Auzely
Music by Tommy Zwedberg
A film about a man and his journey through an outer landscape towards an inner one. Accompanying him on his journey are another man and two women. Together they move through a kind of dream-like state that only a floating life under water can create. There is space in water not only for pleasure and enjoyment but also for the desperate struggle, the resistance of the element, and the lack of oxygen it generates. Life and death. Good times and bad.
Frame from I Am

I am, 2008, USA, 5 min

Directed by Joy French
Choreography by Joy French with the help of her dancers
Dancing by Celine Cooper, Amy Dillahunty, Page Jenkins, Sarahbelle Marsh, Lyndia McGauhey, Cortney McGuire, Julie Murphy, Lauren Ponder, Katie Whalen
Music composed by Big Sam Thompson
Music performed by Chris Thile
"I am." explores a group of women and an object that brings them all together: the egg. It is about community. About women. And about meditating on our individual choices in the face of our future paths.
Frame from Night Practice

Night Practice, 2006, UK, 3 min

Directed by Susanna Wallin
Produced by Colin Bell
Choreography by Susanna Wallin
Featuring Kombat Breakers
Dancing by Kombat Breakers
Music composed by Mikkel H Eriksen
In Susanna Wallin's "Night Practice," the seven dancers from Coventry's Kombat Breakers are seen hanging out on a floodlit football pitch at night. There is no coach to be seen and the film explores the undirected energy that comes from being able to do whatever you want. Shot on a pitch in the middle of the night in Coventry, "Night Practice" combines the structure of meticulous training with simple magical wonder.

Please, 2008, USA, includes live performance, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Tara Rynders
Choreography and dancing by Tara Rynders
Music composed by Explosions in the Sky
Film by Heather Gray
This dance for camera piece is about two people having a conversation over and over again in multiple locations. The conversation also takes place live while the film is being shown.
Frame from Expressive Processing

Expressive Processing, 2007, Porto, Portugal, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Helena Figueiredo
Dancing by Catarina Costa e Silva
Music by Pedro Marques
A dancer controls a virtual character, displacing her senses to her shadow. The event is registered by seven video cameras and the gesture, movement and articulation captured in those images are input to a music generation algorithm.
Partial frame from I Want You Back

I Want You Back, 2008, USA, 11 min

Produced and Directed by Gaelen Hanson
Choreography and dancing by Gaelen Hanson
Editing by Gaelen Hanson
"I Want You Back" is the latest video work by choreographer and media artist Gaelen Hanson. In her quest to transcend heartbreak, Gaelen employs technical wizardry to solicit the help and advice of two of her alter egos; Betty and Dr. Faker. In "I Want You Back," droll theatricality gives way to the potential of the camera and fervent dancing ensues.
Frame from ROOPER

ROOPER, 2008, USA, 2 min

Produced and Directed by Kim Arrow
Choreography by Kim Arrow
Featuring Ponto Facto
Dancing by Kim Arrow
Music composed by Tara Tucker & Arnie Amura
Music performed by Tara Tucker & Arnie Amura: Mikanji: The Meeting Place
Using power-stilts, a man fails to hop with a mob of kangaroo but succeeds in making a dance
Frame from Helenka

Helenka, 2008, Canada, 12 min

Directed by Karen Rose
Produced by Karen Rose/Ed Video Media Arts Centre
Choreography by Karen Rose
Featuring Company Karen Rose
Dancing by Ali English, Yvette Bon, Kelly Steadmen, Stephanie Toohill, Karen Rose
Music composed by Karl Snyder
Music performed by Karl Snyder, Dan Forsey
Cinematography by Dan Evans
Helenka is a unique and powerful dance film that follows the physical and emotional journeys of five women during a time of Nazi Regime. Their journeys are driven by emotion that is inextricably bound to the physical choreographic language. It is a testament to their solidarity, strength, and resilience. A viseral form of remembering.
Frame from Head2Head

Head2Head, 2008, Hoboken, NJ, USA, 12 min

Produced and Directed by David Mathias
Choreography by Christina Towle
Dancing by Philippe Lbehar and Christina Towle
Music composed by David Mathias
With our sensory organs we hone in on those who surround us, like a camera zooming in on its subject; from the blur of anonymous faces emerges the physical and personal allure of certain individuals. Through these antennas we contact one another, choosing either to create a rapport of intimacy, or to separate ourselves as though within a bubble that surrounds and protects us. The duet, "Head2Head," is inspired by this moment of choice.
Frame from Beatrice

Beatrice, 2009, USA, 5 min

Produced and Directed by Lynda White
Choreography by Lynda White
Featuring Elgy
Dancing by Wess Statts
Music by Greg T. Harris
A woman struggles to survive her own damnation and dreams of heaven.
Frame from Considering

CONSIDERING AN EXHIBITION, 2008, USA, 5 min

Directed by Marta Renzi
Produced by And Dancers, Inc.
Choreography by Marta Renzi
Dancing by David Thomson
Music by William Finn
Cinematography by Jake Goldwasser
Photos by Patricia Aridjis, Francisco Matas Rosa, Saiya Miller
A photographer wrestles with his conscience in a small attic studio at night. In a crisis of faith, he keeps returning to his black and white images for proof that what he does matters. After a bath, image and reality merge into a new beginning.
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.

Self Portrait, 2008, USA, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Ana Baer
Choreography and dancing by Kim Olson
Editing by Caren Mc Caleb
An exploration of Self within dance and video.

Shorts screening & performance, Saturday, March 21, 2009, 7:30 pm

Production photo for Live Cinematic Trans Flux

Live Cinematic Trans Flux, 2008, Finland, includes live performance, 25 min

Produced and Directed by Sini Haapalinna
Choreography and dancing by Sini Haapalinna
Music by Sini Haapalinna
Visual Programming by Markku Nousiainen
Continuously in a state of becoming, the energetic movement interacts with the flows and dynamics of the body, of space, and of image - being at once both factual and abstract. A plurality of events, the performance happening: in digital space, on laptop and camera, on miniatyre stage, via projected image, in performance space, with materials in and on the body of the performer as well as in the collective body and consiciousness of the audience, and in the nongravital wavy soundscape.
photo by Matt Beahm
photo by Matt Beahm

The Toothbrush Tango, 2008, USA, 4 min

Directed by Erika Randall
Produced by Daniel Beahm
Choreography by Erika Randall
Featuring Leading Ladies, LLC
Dancing by Joy French & Christal Wagner
Music composed by Ole Guapa
Music performed by Alfred Hause Tango Orchestra
Assistant Choreography by Joy French
As two sisters go through their nightly bathroom routine, a tango of small details is revealed.
Frame from Moebius

Moebius, 2007, London, UK, 8 min

Directed by Claudia Kappenberg
Produced by Andrew Downs
Choreography and dancing by Claudia Kappenberg
Music composed by Paul Schütze
"Moebius" combines virtual images and physical reality, the past and the present. The starting point for this piece is archive footage of children playing with a giant ball, whereby the ball causes the children to move while the children move the ball. The archive footage is projected onto a body to replay the dynamic of the game; the projected ball becomes the impulse for the body to move, while the body makes visible the images of the past. In this work the body is a kind of moebius strip, an infinite loop of self and other, past and present.
Stefanie Batten Bland; photo by Guillaume Le Grontec
Stefanie Batten Bland; photo by Guillaume Le Grontec

Playground Love, 2006, Paris, France, 4 min

Directed by Guillaume Le Grontec
Produced by Stefanie Batten Bland & Guillaume Le Grontec
Choreography by Stefanie Batten Bland
Dancing by Ayo Janeen Jackson, Desmond Richardson, Julie Bour, Stefanie Batten Bland
Music composed by AIR
The four elements
Frame from The Things Noticed

The Things Noticed, 2008, USA, 5 min

Produced and Directed by Stephanie Kobes
Choreography by Stephanie Kobes
Dancing by Sherenne Simon
Music by Cars & Trains
Sound Score Edited by Stephanie Kobes
"The Things Noticed" takes a look at an ordinary day in the city and the hundreds or perhaps thousands of people you come into contact with in 24 hours. . .What is it that you remember? What details did you see? What did you hear? What is it that you missed? What conversations did you share? And how have all of these things impacted your day, or perhaps your life?
Frame from Behind the Window

Behind the Window, 2007, Hoboken, NJ, USA, 7 min

Produced and Directed by David Mathias
Choreography and dancing by Christina Towle
Music composed by David Mathias
Voice by Jonathan Towle
Behind the Window is about man's desire to defy himself and resist the force of gravity.
Frame from Light Spirited Laundry

Light Spirited Laundry, 2008, USA, 3 min

Directed by Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow
Produced by Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow and Gustavo Garcia
Choreography by Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow and Tobin Shelton
Dancing by Tobin Shelton
Music by Tobin Shelton
Camera & Editing by Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow and Gustavo Garcia
How one man finds the passion to do his laundry through the allure of Flamenco.

Please, 2008, USA, includes live performance, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Tara Rynders
Choreography and dancing by Tara Rynders
Music composed by Explosions in the Sky
Film by Heather Gray
This dance for camera piece is about two people having a conversation over and over again in multiple locations. The conversation also takes place live while the film is being shown.
photo by Hanna Korhonen
photo by Hanna Korhonen

Animalz, 2006, UK, 3 min

Directed by Sergio Cruz
Produced by Ed Cooper
Choreography by JP Omari
Featuring B3 Brighton BBoys
Dancing by B3 Brighton BBoys
Music composed by Sergio Cruz, Filipe Galante, Christos Fanaras
Cinematography by Martin Gajewski
Sergio Cruz's film "Animalz" takes the urban B-Boy Skills of Brighton and Hove's B3 Boys into the city's surrounding natural landscapes. Co-choreographed by BBC Strictly Dance Fever's JP Omari, the sixteen 8-14 year-old dancers were encouraged to bring out the animal in themsleves. Shot on location in Brighton at Stanmer Park, Devil's Dyke and Telscombe Beach.

OF THE HEART, 2007, USA, 6 min

Produced by Douglas Rosenberg
Choreography and dancing by David Dorfman and Lisa Race
Music composed by Arvo Part
"Of The Heart" is a tender and moving duet for the camera that slowly unfolds in a windblown field in late fall. The film speaks of longing and desire and is a richly metaphoric movement portrait. The performance by Dorfman and Race is heartfelt and honest, stripped to its emotional core.
Frame from Dcandanze

Dcandanze, 2008, Spain, 6 min

Directed by Pixel in Fact (Carlos Villar)
Choreography and dancing by Lakriado
Music composed by Alberto Perezsan, Ivàn Ruiz-Alejos, Carlos Villar & Munchausen
Video Editing by Marta GarcÌa Aguado
Sound Editing by Ivan Ruiz-Alejos & Alejandro Escutia
Dcandanze, a play on words between "can," "dance," and "decadence," reflects through the dance the spirit, the energy of an emblematic space, full of history and work. A space with its own life.
Frame from Vector Paths

Vector Paths, 2008, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK, 2 min

Directed by Chirstinn Whyte / Jake Messenger
Produced by Shiftwork
Dancing by Chirstinn Whyte
Music composed by Chirstinn Whyte / Jake Messenger
A sequence of improvised movement is translated into vector paths constructed using the application Motion.
Frame from Song of the Manatee

Song of the Manatee, 2007, USA, 4 min

Produced by Jessica Damon
Moving through and in response to a natural landscape along the Gulf of Mexico - an impressionistic reflection of a journey towards place.
photo by Luke Rothschild
photo by Luke Rothschild

Grey Shanty, 2008, Venice, CA, USA, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Holly Rothschild
Choreography by Holly Rothschild
Dancing by Greg Barnett and Jeremy Hahn
Music composed by String Theory
Music performed by Stuart Johnson and Luke Rothschild
Shot & Edited by Hugh Swingle
Two lovers struggle with the impending end of their relationship.
photo by Karl Tebbe
photo by Karl Tebbe

Karaoke Show, 2007, Berlin, Germany, 4 min

Directed by Karl Tebbe
Produced by Marjorie Bendeck
Choreography and dancing by Karl Tebbe
Music by Henning Brand
Supporting Actor by Helmut Grau
A mix between disco and sauna.
Frame from Trolley Dances

Trolley Dances, 2008, San Diego, CA, USA, 27 min

Produced and Directed by Mark Freeman
Choreography by Jean Isaacs, Randé Dorn, John Diaz, Yolande Snaith & Kyle Abraham
Featuring Jean Isaacs Dance Theater and others
Cinematography by Drew Dorsey
More than a record of six original site-specific dance performances, this documentary takes a behind the scenes look at the months-long process of creation. The special energy of Trolley Dances comes from the interaction of artists immersed in the community - at the meeting of Art and "real-life."

Installation videos on view, Friday & Saturday, March 20 & 21, 2009, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

photo by Charles Woodman
photo by Charles Woodman

Spring, 2005, Cincinnati, OH, USA, 20 min

Produced and Directed by Charles Woodman
Choreography by Yee Jen Huang, Brooke Kidd, others
Dancing by Yee Jen Huang, Brooke Kidd
A dance cinema based in human movement, but encompassing images and motion which are ultimately cinematic and beyond the capacity of the human body.
photo by Mimi Garrard
photo by Mimi Garrard

Asklepios Transformations # 3, 2008, USA, 5 min

Directed by Mimi Garrard
Produced by Mimi Garrard Dance Company
Choreography by Mimi Garrard
Featuring Mimi Garrard Dance Company
Dancing by Samuel Roberts
Music by Glen Velez
Camera & Editing by Mimi Garrard
An abstract videodance that explores healing and transformation.
photo by Yvonne van den Akker
photo by Yvonne van den Akker

letters from brazil, 2008, Brazil & The Netherlands, 15 min

Produced by DOC
Choreography by Yvonne van den Akker
Dancing by Andriele da Cruz Atanasio, Gerlucia Maria da Cruz, Jennifer Siqueira Barbosa, Joyce de Oliveira Lira, Leticia Barros Alves Pereira, Yago Matheus Rangel da Silva
Music composed by Jeffrey van Haarlem
Cinematography by Ricardo d'Aguiar
Special Effects by Joram van Loenen, Felix van den Bergh
What began as a dance project with children from the slums of Rio de Janeiro became an interactive film on growing up in these violent surroundings; about the abilities of kids to be kids, to learn, to dance, and to be happy - even in these circumstances.
Frame from City of Lost Moons

City of Lost Moons, 2008, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 5 min

Produced and Directed by Kathy Rose
Choreography and dancing by Kathy Rose
Music composed by Kathy Rose
A poetic vision of the self and the moon, carpeted with voices; a ritual of the mind.
photo by Christopher Langer, Sirko Knüpfer
photo by Christopher Langer, Sirko Knüpfer

kunst.hand.werk. (hand.crafted.piece.), 2007, Germany, 6 min

Directed by Paula E. Paul, Christopher Langer, Sirko Knüpfer
Produced by paul langer productions
Choreography by Paula E. Paul
"kunst.hand.werk." (hand crafted piece), a choreographic installation of variable duration, focuses on the economic foundations of our work. Art doesn't come out of nowhere. In "kunst.hand.werk." we invite the public to become a co-producer of our work. In giving a sum of money – the amount freely determined – and in signing the co-production contract, the co-producer receives three items: 1) a custom hand choreography, performed live and visible for all on a monitor; 2) a limited edition card with an imprint of this choreography; and 3) of the choreography on the Internet, listed under the edition number and the name of the contracting co-producer.