Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, SansSouciFest.org

Sans Souci in Lafayette, 2018
775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, CO, USA
Back for a 3rd season at Lafayette Public Library, SSFDC brings you an afternoon event for the whole family! We screen films featuring dance and dancers from around the world, brought right to your own backyard. Come help us celebrate our 15th Anniversary Season!
FREE Admission.

Recommended for kids age 6 and up. Red Vines movie snacks provided, as always! This event is brought to you by SSFDC with the support of the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission.

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Frame from Letter

Letter, 2017, Slovenia, 4 min

Produced and Directed by zeljko bozic
Choreography by zeljko bozic
Featuring kazina
Dancing by ANA KATANE, ANDRAŽ GRULJA, ANISA KETE, EVA MRHAR, HANA HUČ, JAKOB HORVAT, KAJA ELSNER, NIKA FUGINA, NIKA ZUPANČIČ, NINA ZABUKOVNIK, MATIC DOLINAR, MILJAN NOJIĆ, PETRA STAMENKOVIĆ, ŽELJKO BOŽIĆ
Music by zeljko bozic
Cinematography by saso stih
Edited by zeljko bozic, nikola janusic
Director of Photography by saso stih
"Letter" deals with issues of self-esteem and self worth. These insecurities are dealt with daily but often left unspoken, since they are widely considered a weakness. The author reveals his own doubts to point out that we are in this together.
Frame from Cubed

Cubed, 2017, United States, 3 min

Directed by Mitchell Rose
Produced by Mitchell Rose, Susan Van Pelt Petry, Shane Mecklenburger
Choreography and dancing by Ashley Roland & Jamey Hampton
Featuring BodyVox
Music by William Goodrum
Filmmaker: Mitchell Rose
This digital dance-film—a cubist reimagining of the body—explores metaphors for human boundaries and separation.

Akasha, 2017, Switzerland, 5 min

Directed by Sean Wirz
Produced by Hannah Rocchi, Sean Wirz
Choreography by Sean Wirz/Hannah Rocchi
Featuring none
Dancing by Jelena Pfister, Simon Progin, Annina Biesold, Nadir Josi
Music by edIT/The Glitch Mob (Los Angeles)
Cinematography by Sean Wirz/Jean-Christophe Dupasquier
Edited by Sean Wirz
"Akasha: the all-embracing fifth element. It moves effortlessly on the shores of the world. It overcomes gravity, explores the deepest of waters and fuels with its power the eternal flame of life. Akasha knows no space, no time, no fixed form. This high-tension dance short offers the viewer a surreal encounter with the sovereign of earth, air, water and fire. Akasha is embodied by four different performers who move to the futuristic song Ants by Los Angeles based musician edIT. His quintessential electronic music contrasts heavily with the metaphysical theme of the film. The result is a vibrant and ephemeral glimpse into the powers of the universe."
Frame from AMA

AMA, 2018, France, 7 min

Directed by Julie Gautier
Produced by Spark Seeker, Les Films Engloutis
Choreography by Ophélie Longuet
Dancing by Julie Gautier
Music composed by Ezio Bosso
Cinematography by Jacques Ballard
Edited by Jérôme Lozano
The rain falls like so many tears on a young woman dressed in a little black dress. We dive into her eyes as we dive into her soul drowned by sorrow. At the bottom of the water, the woman, lying on the floor, gently up and begins to dance.
Frame from Snow Melt

Snow Melt, 2018, United States, 4 min

Directed by Carrie Richer
Produced by Hole Dance Films
Choreography and dancing by Kate Kosharek
Featuring Hole Dance Films
Music by Scott Joplin
Filmmaker: Carrie Noel Richer
Winter is long in Wyoming and the Spring melt always takes a long time to come around. Sometimes, one has to take that melting process into one's own hands.
Frame from The Storm

The Storm, 2018, United States, 5 min

Directed by Chafic Saad
Choreography by Evie Ladin
Featuring MoToR/dance
Dancing by Nuria Bowart, Linda Carl, Tammy Chang, Alyssa De Caro, Valerie Gutwirth, Evie Ladin, Mira Manickam, Sandrine Monlezun, Diana Strong
Music composed by Lotus Dickey/arr. Evie Ladin
Music performed by MoToR/dance
Cinematography by Chafic Saad/KindMotion
Edited by Kris Lee/KindMotion
In these contentious and unstable times, with potential destruction seemingly so near, or unpredictable, we know that diverse perspectives, love, and community activism and connection is what gives us hope and perseverance. Using nothing but the sonic qualities of the human body moving in space, MoToR/dance body music choirographies emphasize what we have when we strip the world down to only ourselves, having to deal with each other, making our own soundtrack to our thoughts.
Frame from Movement Never Lies

Movement Never Lies, 2017, France, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Angèle Methangkool-Robert
Choreography and dancing by Angèle Methangkool-Robert
Music composed by J.S. Bach
Music performed by Ophélie Gaillard (Label Aparte Music)
Cinematography by Valentin Williet / Célestin Monteil / Hugo Camusso
Edited by Valentin Williet - Angèle Methangkool-Robert
A dance floor as a giant canvas and my own body as a paintbrush. With this project, I wanted to explore transdisciplinarity in art, by making a parallel between dance and calligraphy. In both domains, the movement is the most important. To draw a beautiful letter, the calligrapher must have a perfect hand gestural. More generally, gestural that we can see in any hand writing is telling something from the one who wrote it. Dancers are telling things with body, gestural, and movements. The way someone is moving tells a lot about him/her. To support this reflexion, I have decided to use a citation of the choreographer Martha Graham: "Movement Never Lies."
Frame from Freefall

Freefall, 2012, UK, 3 min

Directed by Sima Gonsai and Babis Alexiadis
Produced by Mencap
Choreography by Lee Fisher
Music composed by Richard Syner
Cinematography by Sima Gonsai and Babis Alexiadis
Edited by Sima Gonsai
Lovely, simple, and compelling, this film highlights the work of the disabled dance company Freefall.

Down for the Count, 2015, USA, 5 min

Directed by Erika Randall Beahm and Daniel Beahm
Produced by Teahm Beahm
Choreography by Teena Marie Custer
Dancing by Teena Marie
Music by Andy Hasenpflug
Cinematography by Daniel Beahm
Edited by Jonas Bendsen
Costume Design by Markas Henry
Script by Erika Randall Beahm
In this 70s flavored Hip Hop Dance Theatre piece, b-girl Teena Marie, chameleoned as four distinct characters, fights a battle of wills and skills against herself.
Frame from Cocoon

Cocoon, 2013, Finland, 3 min

Produced and Directed by Petri Ruikka
Choreography by Anni Alitalo, Heidi Karjalainen, Petri Ruikka
Dancing by Anni Alitalo, Heidi Karjalainen
Music composed by Markku Mäkelä
Cinematography by Tuukka Ylönen
Edited by Petri Ruikka
Costume Design by Kirsi Gum
Make-up by Elisa Uimonen
An aesthetic exploration of underwater movement in billowing costume.
Frame from Groggy Grugg

Groggy Grugg, 2018, United States, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Conor C. Long
Choreography by Brianna Lopez
Featuring University of Utah Screendance
Dancing by Grugg
Music by William Cannon
Filmmaker: Conor C. Long
A claymation screendance short film about that terrible every day struggle to get out of bed for that first delicious cup of coffee.

Supported by a grant from
Boulder County Arts Alliance