Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, SansSouciFest.org
Morelia Program
Centro Histórico de la Escuela Popular de Bellas Artes
Gullermo Prieto 87 Centro, Morelia, Michoacán
Screening Pool for Monday - Thursday:

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Advance, 2010, USA, 3 min

Directed by Mitchell Rose
Produced by Jamey Hampton, Ashley Roland, Mitchell Rose
Choreography and dancing by Jamey Hampton, Ashley Roland
Featuring BodyVox
Music composed by William Goodrum
Filmmaker: Mitchell Rose
One dance. Two minutes. Fifty locations.
Frame from Almost Together

Almost Together, 2004, USA, 5 min

Directed by Elliot Caplan
Produced by Hamel Bloom
Choreography by Gabriel Masson
Dancing by Hamel Bloom & Darden Longenecker
Music composed by Brian Eno
Music performed by Arturo Stalteri
Cinematography by Elliot Caplan & Ana Baer-Carrillo
Edited by Hamel Bloom
A duet about the special relationship between and older man and a younger woman.
photo by Derek DiLuzio
photo by Derek DiLuzio

An After Dinner Drink, 2010, USA, 7 min

Directed by Carrie Noel Richer
Produced by Hole Dance Films
Choreography by Kate W. Kosharek
Featuring Hole Dance Films
Dancing by Kate W. Kosharek, Heidi Ramseur, Sarah Konrad, Margaret Rose Breffeilh, Erin Roy
Music composed by Mi Dolor & Gallo Ciego, written by Ricardo Güiraldes
Music performed by Exstasis
Cinematography by Derek DiLuzio
Edited by Carrie Noel Richer
Mystery dinner date by Brett Richer
Luke Fine, dinner date by Jeff Bratz
Dining can be a theatrical experience, no? The atmosphere - so rich and soothing - the dramatic presentation of edible art and the tastes, a sensory overload. Some could get carried away...
Frame from Beautiful Illusion

Beautiful Illusion, 2011, UK, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Jessica Taylor & Aaron Buckley
Choreography by Jessica Taylor & Aaron Buckley
Dancing by Olivia Ratcliffe
Music by Rebecca-Kate Leach
Edited by Jessica Taylor & Aaron Buckley
The beauty of a ballerina in an art gallery is contrasted with threatening red lights, which indicate her pain in executing the movement.
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Black Train is Coming, 2011, USA, 3 min

Produced and Directed by John T. Williams
Choreography and dancing by eNinja & Joyntz Scott
Music composed by Rev. J.M Gates
Cinematography by James Tucker
Edited by John T. Williams
Blending an old time sermon with modern day Flex/Turf dance style, this film is based on the 1926 exhortation, "Death's Black Train is Coming," by the prolific black preacher, Rev. J.M. Gates, many of whose sermons were strong warnings of the hellish punishments that awaited sinners.
Frame from Blumenzimmer / The Flower Room

Blumenzimmer / The Flower Room, 2009, Switzerland, 20 min

Directed by Sarah Derendinger
Dancing by Jeroen Mosselmann, Patricia Rotondaro
Music composed by Wolfgang Heininger
Music performed by Gianin Loeffler
Cinematography by Aladin Hasic
Edited by Katrin Oettli, Ruth Schlaepfer
Captured by a lonely man in an abandoned hotel, Maria, a doll-like little girl, is held in a small box. Amongst a flowered tapestry she dances day and night. Eventually a young man finds the hotel and discovers the little box with Maria in it. A love-story ensues.
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.
Frame from A Broken Puzzle

A Broken Puzzle, 2006, Australia, 5 min

Directed by Dianne Reid
Choreography by Dianne Reid
Featuring Weave Movement Theatre
Dancing by Rachael Ankers, Emily Ardley, Trevor Dunn, Janice Florence, Zoe Hunter, Sarah Mainwaring, Libby Maitland, Paul Matley, Ryan New, Noelle Rees-Hatton, Anthony Riddell, Ariel Verona
Music composed by Dianne Reid
Filmmaker: Dianne Reid

I am split by your scrutiny
Fractured by your fascination
Dismantled by your deliberations

I am this piece of blue sky, that dark corner,
a disembodied limb, an upturned cart,
   a winter branch,
pieces of possibility discarded by a sideways glance.

Weave Movement Theatre is differently-abled company.
photo by gerald VIOSSAT
photo by gerald VIOSSAT

CAVALIER, 2011, France, 5 min

Directed by axelle gonay
Choreography by emilie camacho
Featuring rabbit research collective
Dancing by Laure MASSIAS, Annette LABRY, Matthieu SPARMA. Charles PIETRI
Music by HiFI Monsters
A marathon until the accident - an accident - or maybe the possibility to realize that we can slow down, enjoy, touch, and share a wide look between men and women. A time to understand our real reason of living. Based on Horace McCoy's novel "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?".
Frame from Crystalline & Amorphous

Crystalline & Amorphous, 2010, Spain, 7 min

Directed by Ellinor Ljungkvist & Bruno Peláez
Produced by in the playground of schmiede.ca
Choreography and dancing by Ellinor Ljungkvist
Music composed by Minuit De Lacroix
Filmmaker: Bruno Peláez
Directorial assistance by Elena Hoffman
Photographic assistance by Ross Patterson & Minuit De Lacroi
An experimental dance explores spaces with opposite qualities; the softness of a dune of salt contrasts with the hardness of concrete in both mise-en-scène and movement. Sounds created especially for each movement help the audience follow the continuity of choreography as the dancer responds to each environment.
Frame from Dancing virgin / Guovssahasa nieida

Dancing virgin / Guovssahasa nieida, 2010, Norway, 15 min

Produced and Directed by Anstein Mikkelsen
Choreography and dancing by Sunniva Huglen
Music by Anstein Mikkelsen
Filmmaker: Anstein Mikkelsen
Sami man by Per Inge Guttrom Johansen
Inspired by an old story that names The Northern Lights as the souls of dead virgins dancing through the sky, this experimental film features a dancer, the Aurora Borealis, and a herd of Sami reindeer. It was developed by collaborative improvisations of filmmaker and dancer - and the sound track is based on recordings of ice needles moving in the wind on Arctic lakes in the spring.
Frame from The Dual

The Dual, 2010, USA, 3 min

Directed by Mara Tasker, Nathan Minatta and Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow
Produced by Mara Tasker and Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow
Choreography and dancing by Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow and Jadd Tank
Music composed by Ryan Wurst
Filmmaker: Mara Tasker and Nathan Minatta
Focused on the tension and unpredictable dynamics created by a male/female relationship, the dissonance in the music echoes the fragmentation created by the changing shutter speed of the camera.
Frame from Fao

Fao, 2010, Spain, 7 min

Directed by Aitor Echeverria
Produced by Mireia Ibars
Choreography by Carolina Alejos
Dancing by Nora Chipaumire
Music composed by Omar Sosa
Cinematography by Aitor Echeverria
Edited by Sergi Dies
Hunger, loneliness and the will to survive push Fao to embark on a journey that will bring her face to face with her fears... (Filmed in Senegal.)
photo by Robert Allaire
photo by Robert Allaire

For Water, 2010, Tarzana, CA, USA, 7 min

Produced and Directed by Natalie Metzger
Choreography by Natalie Metzger
Dancing by Lisa Long, Anne Moore, Dewi Nurnaeny, Cherise Richards, Helda Yossiana
Music composed by Robert Allaire
Music performed by Derek Stein
Cinematography by Robert Allaire
Edited by Natalie Metzger
A collaboration between dancers from Indonesia and America, "For Water" is inspired by the importance of water to the islands of Indonesia and to water-starved California. The film follows a pilgrimage of five spirits to a sacred place to perform their centurial ritual for water.
Frame from Fragility

Fragility, 2009, USA, 6 min

Directed by ana baer
Produced by ana baer carrillo
Choreography by kim olson
Featuring sweet edge
Dancing by kim olson, patrick mueller
Music composed by barry adamson
Filmmaker: ana baer carrillo
A couple grasps for intimacy in a bleak urban landscape, emerging from and collapsing into codependency.
Frame from I know not what ripening others may take

I know not what ripening others may take, 2011, USA, 4 min

Directed by Lindsay Pierce
Choreography and dancing by Lindsay Pierce
Music composed by Orla Wren
Cinematography by Lindsay Pierce and Brian Rogers
Edited by Lindsay Pierce
A restless dreamer finds herself transported.

The Imp in the City: Part Deux!, 2010, France, 3 min

Produced and Directed by Dawn Westlake
Choreography and dancing by Marc Carrizo
Music by Gregory Johnson
Cinematography by Dawn Westlake
Edited by Gregory Johnson
Red Beret Girl by Lauren Pearson
Red Beret Boy by Sebastian Pearson
16-year-old Marc Carrizo reprises his role as the Dancing Imp, this time among the landmarks of Paris.
Frame from In There

In There, 2005, USA, 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?"
Frame from Laziness

Laziness, 2010, Spain, 5 min

Directed by Davinia Martínez
Produced by ob-art produccions, SL & Camaradeojo Producciones
Choreography and dancing by Virginia Caballero Guerro
Music composed by David Torres & Pau Encinas
Cinematography by Davinia Martínez
Delay in the actions or movements.
Frame from The Lesbian Dancer

The Lesbian Dancer, 2003, USA, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Michelle Ellsworth & Michael Theodore
Choreography and dancing by Michelle Ellsworth
Music by Michael Theodore
Cinematography by Michael Theodore
Edited by Michelle Ellsworth & Michael Theodore
Special Effects by Michael Theodore
A woman's comedic struggle with sexual identity.
photo by Margaret Williams
photo by Margaret Williams

Life Study: Number 1, 2010, USA, 7 min

Directed by Margaret Williams
Produced by Victoria Marks
Choreography by Victoria Marks
Featuring Victoria Marks Performance
Dancing by Maria Gillespie and Michel Kouakou
Music by Jeremy Cox
Filmmaker: Margaret Williams
Two dancers relish motion, push off and fall into a patch of grass. Occasionally, gravity loosens its hold on them, and they float away. Meanwhile, there is considerable concern about running out of time.
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.

MELT, 2010, USA, 10 min

Directed by Noémie Lafrance
Produced by Natalie Galazka
Choreography by Noémie Lafrance
Featuring Sens Production
Dancing by Elizabeth Wilkinson, Mare Hieronimus, Teresa Kochis, Celeste Hastings, Adi Kfir, Meghan Merrill, Marcy Schlissel, Sarah Donnelly
Music composed by Erin McGonigle
Music performed by Brooks Williams
Cinematography by Bryan Newman
Edited by Brad Turner
Beeswax Costumes by Noémie Lafrance
Rigging Design by Spencer Evans
Costumes slowly melt away from dancers precariously perched and wrapped in sculptural beeswax and lanolin. Inspired by the Melt live performance work, "Melt" depicts a delicate, sensual, and dramatic experience of the physical body in exile and surrender.

Minatures, Net, Brick, and Burnt, 2011, USA, 16 min

Directed by Mimi Garrard
Produced by Mimi Garrard Dance Company
Choreography by Mimi Garrard
Dancing by Marlena Wolfe
Music composed by Mimi Garrard (sound)
Filmmaker: Mimi Garrard
"Minatures, Net, Brick, and Burnt" is a series of six dances created for video featuring dancer Marlena Wolfe.
Frame from MONITOR

MONITOR, 2008, Ireland, 7 min

Directed by Luke McManus
Produced by Eadaoin Patton
Choreography by Katarina Mojzisova, Nick Bryson, & Sascha Perfect
Dancing by Kerrie Harris, Stacey Grimes, NIck Bryson, & Sascha Perfect
Music composed by Michael Fleming
Edited by Bob Caldwell
Two teen girls take a trip to their local 24hr garage, an early morning commuter is late for work and abandons his car, and a mysterious woman has an emotional encounter with a bottle of perfume. These three stories are tied together by their presence on a wall of CCTV screens, which are observed by two security guards who dispassionately monitor events that unfold throughout the day.

New London Calling, 2010, USA, 10 min

Directed by Alla Kovgan
Produced by Robert Richter
Choreography by Alissa Cardone and Ingrid Schatz
Featuring Kinodance
Dancing by Children of the Dual Language Middle School in New London, CT
Music by P. Andrew Willis and Ken Winokur
Cinematography by Mkrtich Malkhasyan
Edited by Alla Kovgan
An unsupervised tribe of 75 children take over the entire city of New London, creating rites and rituals through street games. Their vibrant spirit evokes hopes for the future but also melancholy for the glorious past of children's culture which is disappearing from the streets of American cities.
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 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 Passing Through

Passing Through, 2009, USA, 4 min

Produced by Michelle Ellsworth
Choreography by Toby Hankin
Dancing by Kelsey Chilton, Esmeralda Kundanis-Grow, Joy French, Cortney McGuire, Michael Richman and Stephanie Kobes
Cinematography by Robert Schaller
Edited by Hamel Bloom
Humans passing through each others' lives is portrayed with movement and overlay.
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R.E.M., 2010, USA, 3 min

Dancing by Anna Mayer
Music performed by Camille
Filmmaker: Anna Mayer
A lighthearted look into the whimsy and beauty of our anything-is-possible dream-state, "R.E.M" (Rapid Eye Movement) focuses on the fragments of a lovely, half-forgotten dream - a collage of images that stay with us upon waking, and follow us through our lucid hours.
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.
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.
Frame from Self Portrait

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.
Frame from Sliding

Sliding, 2010, Spain, 2 min

Produced and Directed by Raimundo Morte
Choreography and dancing by Sau-Ching Wong
Music composed by Iván Pizarro
Cinematography by Susana Ojea
Script by Raimundo Morte
Distributed by ob-art produccions
With her improvised movement, Sau-Ching describes her inner nostalgic and absent world.
photo by agise & dancers
photo by agise & dancers

SNAP, 2010, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 4 min

Directed by Andrea Gise
Produced by agise & dancers
Choreography by Andrea Gise
Featuring agise & dancers
Dancing by Celia DeVoe, Kim Machaby
Music by Justin Levy
Filmmaker: Philip Knowlton
The dancers play with the camera and their environment in this fun and free-wheeling short film shot in gritty and colorful outdoor Brooklyn.
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Stranger Dances, 2011, USA, 5 min

Directed by Sabrina
Choreography by Boulder & Denver Community
Featuring Boulder & Denver Community
Music composed by Two Gutiars by 101 Strings Orchestra
Filmmaker: Sabrina Cavins
"Stranger Dances" explores the various way people can express themselves through movement and how those movements can affect first impressions. Shot on the streets of Boulder and Denver, Colorado, the filmmaker asks her subjects, "May I film you doing a dance move of your choice?"
Frame from Terrain

Terrain, 2010, St. Paul, MN, USA, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Becky Heist
Choreography by Becky Heist & The Dancers
Dancing by Brian Evans, Kaori Kenmotsu, Krista Langberg, Galen Treuer, Roxane Wallace
Music composed by The Orange Mighty Trio: Mike Vasich, Zach Kline, & Nick Gaudette
Filmmaker: Angus Kittler Reid
Grantor by Macalester College
A solo figure, a duet, a quintet: bodies in wind, water, ether, fire and earth. The camera captures the intricacies of skin and the metallic glow of moss growing on trees. A movement journey through reeds, river and burnt landscapes.
Frame from Training Session

Training Session, 2010, Canada, 6 min

Directed by Christian Lalumière
Produced by Émilie Heckmann
Choreography by Hélène Blackburn
Dancing by Roxane Duchesne-Roy, Daphnée Laurendeau, Pierre Lecours, Susan Paulson & Georges-Nicolas Tremblay
Music composed by Nicolas Bernier
Cinematography by Jonathan Decoste
Edited by Thiery Laberge
A simple workout routine is transformed into a ballet where the athletes fit together like the notes of a symphonic musical score and rhythmic repetition punctuates the resulting dance.
photo by Joul Ignicion
photo by Joul Ignicion

Vías de Vuelo, 2011, Mexico, 37 min

Directed by A. Salomón
Produced by Andrés Castañeda
Choreography by Gilberto González
Featuring Onírico
Dancing by Gilberto González, Juan Ramírez
Music by Pascal Comelade
Cinematography by Alejandro Coronado
Edited by A. Salomón & Andrés Castañeda
Sound design by Ricardo Cortés
Matte painting by Julio Fernández
Two brothers on a journey down the tracks of life portray the meaning of freedom in this humorous and epic tale.
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When she's gone..., 2010, USA, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Stephanie Kobes & Jeanine McCain
Choreography and dancing by Stephanie Kobes & Jeanine McCain
Music by Jeanine McCain
Filmmaker: Stephanie Kobes & Jeanine McCain
A tree of memories unfolds as two women recall lessons learned and precious times spent with their Grandmothers.
Frame from Year, Make & Model

Year, Make & Model, 2011, USA, 7 min

Directed by Marta Renzi
Produced by Rhode Island College
Choreography by Marta Renzi
Featuring students from the RIC Dance Company
Dancing by Jamie Arnold, James Burgis II, Naysh Fox, Lauren Huggon, Cassie Murdock, Tori Murno, Joey Nicastro
Music by Dion DiMucci
Cinematography by Kathryn Luckstone
Edited by Marta Renzi
"Hey, everybody, the party's on at the car repair shop! Work will go on in the shop as usual. The girls are bringing balloons, Joey says he'll drive Poppa. Bets are on about who drives Angela home this time!"