Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, SansSouciFest.org
Giessen Germany, 2009
In the exterior walls of the new Town Hall
Sans Souci was invited by Tarek Assam, Artistic Director of Stadttheater Giessen.
Works are listed in alphabetical order; each was screened two or more times.

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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 are you for real?

are you for real?, 2006, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Cari Ann Shim Sham* and Kyle Ruddick
Choreography and dancing by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Music by Low in the Sky
"are you for real?" explores the politics of a workingwoman through surrealistic imagery and organic movement. The film exposes the naked body as a moving art form. The film addresses how the heavy American workload and pace of life can literally affect, take over, and cover the physical being. (Topanga, CA, USA)
Frame from Bleu

Bleu, 2006, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Choreography and dancing by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Featuring Shim Sham Productions
Music composed by Low in the Sky
Music performed by "Are you for real?!"
"Bleu" explores the politics of a working class woman through surrealistic imagery and organic movement. The film exposes the naked moving body as an art form, post-it notes fly onto the dancers body to cover her up. Surprise Ending. (Topanga, CA, USA)
Frame from CEA

CEA, 2006, 4 min

Directed by Robert Prowse
Produced by Dominique Keller & Andrea Pass
Choreography by Andrea Pass
Dancing by Jocelyn Hebert, Carrie Innes, Tina Kettyle, Joanna Norris, Kate Pakarnyk, Andrea Pass, Beryl Tsai Poon
Music by Cedric Blary & Colin Maier
Cinematography by Lisa Fryklund
Picture Edited by Erik King Smith
"<a href="http://www.ceafilm.com/">CEA</a>" a film without words draws us into a captivating sensory experience. The slow, melodic rhythms and quiet energy of this film offer a powerful dichotomy to the frenetic pace of today's dominant urban culture. The movement flows with the grace of poetry, to an original score that takes us back, through our collective rural history. (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)
Frame from Hell in a Handbasket

Hell in a Handbasket, 2008, 2 min

Produced and Directed by M.Caren McCaleb
Choreography and dancing by M.Caren McCaleb
What's it all for? (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Partial frame from I Want You Back

I Want You Back, 2008, 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. (Orange, CT, USA)
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In There, 2005, 7 min

Directed by Michael Theodore / Michelle Ellsworth
Produced by Prarie Dog Mothers
Choreography and dancing by Michelle Ellsworth
Music by Michael Theodore
This film definitively answers the question, "What is she doing in there?" (Boulder, CO, USA)
Frame from Self Portrait

Self Portrait, 2008, 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. (Venice, CA, 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 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 Story of Apples

Story of Apples, 2006, 6 min

Produced by Hamel Bloom
Choreography by Gabriel Masson
Dancing by David Capps & Toby Hankin
Music composed by Giovanni Sollima
Dancers pale before an animated cyc. (Boulder, CO, USA)
Frame from The Things Noticed

The Things Noticed, 2008, 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? (Lonetree, Colorado, 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)