Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, SansSouciFest.org
CU Presents: [Un] W.R.A.P.: Dance Cinema
Theatre and Dance Building, 1595 Pleasant St., University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA
Show times are listed below. There are two programs and each is presented twice.
Each of the two programs (A and B) include installations, film screenings, live multimedia performance, a discussion panel with dance filmmakers from the field. Each program is repeated twice. Arrive early to enjoy the installations.
Read the article, CU Theatre & Dance season opens with dance-themed film festival, in Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine, University of Colorado Boulder.
[Un] W.R.A.P.: Dance Cinema Programs

Friday Evening & Sunday Matinee Screenings (Program A)

Frame from Father’s Day/Free Land in KS

Father’s Day/Free Land in KS, 2017, USA, 5 min

Directed by Joy French
Choreography and dancing by Joy French
Sound Design by John Sporman
An interdisciplinary performance piece about the story of fading rural townships and misplaced family lore.

Wake, 2016, Canada, 6 min

Directed by Katherine Macnaughton
Produced by Emmanuel Hessler
Choreography by Ashley Werhun
Dancing by Ashley Werhun, Mark Caserta, Jeremy Coachman, Gemma Freitas, Kiera Hill
Music composed by De La Romance
Cinematography by Derek Branscombe
Edited by Katherine Macnaughton
Wake is a reflection on the isolation that technology can create. It is an invitation to reconnect and rebuild our relationships with the people and elements around us.
Frame from Separate Sentences

Separate Sentences, 2016, United States, 15 min

Produced and Directed by Amie Dowling, Austin Forbord
Choreography by Amy Dowling
Music composed by Albert Mathias
Music performed by Albert Mathais
Cinematography by Heath Orchard
Edited by Austin Forbord
Incarceration is not a single or discrete event, but a dynamic process that unfolds over time and affects families for generations. This dance/theater film draws upon individual experiences and physical memories of a cast comprised of Bay Area artists– some of whom are fathers or sons who have experienced incarceration.
Frame from re: to resolve

re: to resolve, 2017, United States, 4 min

Directed by Olivia Dwyer
Choreography and dancing by Olivia Dwyer
Music composed by Compiled by Olivia Dwyer
Cinematography by Satchel Spencer
Edited by Olivia Dwyer
Exploring fear, doubt, and hesitation through visceral imagery, flashes of light, and a quickening of tempo, this film attempts to unveil the reality of artistry, life, and lived memory. What is it like to live and be human? To be an artist? To live in a body?

Stopgap in Stop Motion, 2016, United Kingdom, 5 min

Produced and Directed by Stephen Featherstone
Choreography by Lucy Bennett
Featuring Stopgap Dance Company
Dancing by Amy Butler, Laura Jones, Nadenh Poan, Chris Pavia, Hannah Sampson, David Toole, David Willdridge, Tomos Young
Music by Dougie Evans
Filmmaker: Stephen Featherstone
Photographs of performers in a disabled and non-disabled dance company come to life in this promotional film for Stopgap Dance Company. The individual artists dance out of the photos and across table tops until the whole company meet and perform in unison.
Intermission

Intermission, 15 min

Snack Time. Enjoy the video installations in the theater and the lobby.
Panel Discussion
© marish fotosearch.com Stock Photography

Panel Discussion, 15 min

Panel discussion on dance cinema. Moderators and panelists to be announced.
Frame from SEE | OBEY

SEE | OBEY, 2015, Finland, 15 min

Directed by Jouka Valkama
Produced by Susanna Leinonen Company, Anniina Rantamäki
Choreography by Susanna Leinonen
Featuring Susanna Leinonen Company
Dancing by Pekka Louhio, Raija Ojala, Helga Valkama, Natasha Lommi, Eero Vesterinen, Sanni Giordani, Elina Häyrynen, Aksinja Lommi
Music by Kasperi Laine
Filmmaker: Jouka Valkama
Simultaneously, three different narratives about human emotions, every day events, and conflicts are portrayed by physical expression and movement. Time is manipulated by cinematic means, and the film uses several professional dancers as well as almost a hundred volunteers.
Frame from Women in Cities

Women in Cities, 2017, United States, 2 min

Choreography by Rosie Trump
Featuring Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance
Dancing by Christina Carter, Abrie Parrish, Shelby Wilburn
Music composed by Kosta T
Cinematography by Trisha French
Edited by Rosie Trump
Three women navigate internal and external pressures in this a short stop motion dance film which assembles over two thousand still images. Kinetic snapshots of twisting, hinging, and flinging are interrupted by micro-arrests generating a passive tension between the women. Referencing visual artist Robert Longo’s Men in Cities series, and manifesting the implied movement in its images.
Frame from Chimera

Chimera, 2016, France, 2 min

Directed by Steven Briand
Produced by Vast Be Mess
Choreography by Cathy Ematchoua
Featuring Cathy Ematchoua
Dancing by Aliaska HILSUM, Leonore ZURFLUH, Hajiba FAHMY, Dalila Cortes.
Music by Phazz
Cinematography by Kaname Onoyama
Edited by Nadir Cassim
Inspired by Greek mythology, the Chimera features acrobatic dance performances and highly aesthetic kaleidoscopic movements.
Frame from COLD STORAGE

COLD STORAGE, 2016, Finland, 9 min

Directed by Thomas Freundlich
Produced by Lumikinos Production Oy
Choreography by Thomas Freundlich
Dancing by Valtteri Raekallio, Eero Vesterinen
Music by Kimmo Pohjonen
Cinematography by Thomas Freundlich
Edited by Jukka Nykänen
Cold Storage is a short dance film that pays homage to the virtuosic physical performances and melancholy comedy of the classic silent screen. On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice, and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother.

Saturday Matinee & Evening Screenings (Program B)

photo by Jessica Beer
photo by Jessica Beer

Wild-er-ness, 2017, United States, 10 min

Directed by Ana Baer, Heike Salzer
Produced by WECreateProductions
Choreography by Heike Salzer, Michelle Nance
Featuring WECreateProductions
Dancing by Heike Salzer/Michelle Nance
Music by Richard Hall
Cinematography by Ana Baer
Edited by Ana Baer, Heike Salzer
Inspired by the lushness of the North Yorkshire Moors, "Wild-er-ness” is a blend of site specific and site adaptive material, intimately woven into a multidisciplinary performance in the intersection of dance, video, music and fashion design.
Frame from Dear Good Son

Dear Good Son, 2017, Israel, 4 min

Directed by Or Meir Schraiebr, Omri Drumlevich
Produced by Achsheli Productions
Choreography by Or Schraiber & Mario Bermudez-Gil
Featuring Dancers from the Bat-Sheva Dance Company
Dancing by Or Schraiber, Mario Bermudez-Gil
Music composed by Danny Sanderson, Yonatan Daskal & Nimrod Bar.
Music performed by 'Kaveret', Yonatan Daskal and Nimrod Bar
Cinematography by Omri Drumlevich
Edited by Achsheli Productions
In a small house in an unknown forest sleeps a lonely lady, shut up in her room....

SONDER, 2016, Romania, 12 min

Directed by Simona Deaconescu
Produced by Anamaria Antoci
Choreography by Simona Deaconescu
Featuring Tangaj Dance
Dancing by Diana Spiridon, Galea Bobeicu, Răzvan Stoian, Simona Dabija, Denis Bolborea
Cinematography by Tudor Panduru
Edited by Alex Gheorghe
A visual abstract poetry of the human being confronted with nature, the machine and himself.
photo by John Hunter
photo by John Hunter

We Shall Trip The Light Fantastic, 2017, Not Specified, 3 min

Directed by Lucy Cash
Choreography by Florence Peake
Dancing by Daliah Toure
Music composed by Fraya Thomsen
Music performed by Rob Szeliga, Cameron Maxwell
Cinematography by Ole Bratt Birkeland
Edited by Lucy Cash
The film appropriates choreographic elements from nine decades of popular dance to form and collage them onto a single body in visceral and unexpected ways.
Frame from TAKE YOUR TIME

TAKE YOUR TIME, 2017, United States, 5 min

Directed by Max Sachar, Natasha Adorlee Johnson
Choreography by Natasha Adorlee Johnson
Featuring Concept o4
Dancing by Natasha Adorlee Johnson and Dalmacio Payomo
Music by Lender
Filmmaker: Max Sachar
Obstacles can sometimes pull us apart, but they can also create a force that binds us. This is the framework for this dream-like collaboration between Bay Area based indie rock band Lender, director/choreographer Natasha Adorlee Johnson, Concept o4 dancers, and Max Sachar, a feature film animation manager at Pixar. A single 5-minute choreographed shot, played backwards, follows a duet as they navigate complex obstacles and spaces.
Intermission

Intermission, 15 min

Snack Time. Enjoy the video installations in the theater and the lobby.
Panel Discussion
© marish fotosearch.com Stock Photography

Panel Discussion, 15 min

Panel discussion on dance cinema. Moderators and panelists to be announced.
Frame from GIMP GAIT

GIMP GAIT, 2016, United States, 5 min

Directed by Pioneer Winter, Tabatha Mudra
Produced by Pioneer Winter
Choreography by Pioneer Winter
Featuring Pioneer Winter Collective
Dancing by Marjorie Burnett and Pioneer Winter
Music composed by soundForMovement, Abi-Li-ty, the performers
Cinematography by Tabatha Mudra and Jacqueline Romano
Edited by Jacqueline Romano
A solo for two - surrogates to one another - that explores of the subjects' private and public lives - how the perspective of the viewer may attempt to control or shape another. The title of this work discloses its origin: 'gimp,' a slur meant to mark a weak or handicapped person and 'gait,' the manner or style of a person's walk. The subjects do not hide these from you - do you have a good view? Can you notice every part of their bodies - both the similarities and differences? This is Marjorie, and she wants you to witness her. This is Pioneer, and he is performing Marjorie's power.
Frame from Beloved

Beloved, 2016, United States, 9 min

Directed by Joy French
Produced by Bare Bait Dance
Choreography by Nicole Bradley Browning
Featuring Bare Bait Dance
Dancing by Joy French
Music composed by John Sporman
Music performed by Lee Rizzo
Cinematography by Kier Atherton
Edited by Joy French
The path one woman takes to find her power.
Frame from Amuse

Amuse, 2016, Netherlands, 6 min

Directed by Ivo van Aart
Produced by Rob IJpelaar
Choreography by Jonne Covers
Dancing by Inbal Abir, Yeli Beurskens, Anna Fransen, Nina Funk, Julia Heider, Sophie Jetten, Minke Tettero & Heleen van der West
Music composed by Jeffrey van Rossum
Cinematography by Floris Verweij
Edited by Ivo van Aart
A large restaurant, full of people who are having a good time. They're chatting and paying attention to each other. At least, that's what it seems...
Frame from JONAH

JONAH, 2016, United States, 5 min

Directed by Andrew Michael Ellis
Produced by Andrew Michael Ellis, Ernest Felton Baker
Choreography and dancing by Ernest Felton Baker
Featuring Ernest Felton Baker
Music by Christopher Marianetti
Cinematography by Andrew Michael Ellis
Edited by Ben Stamper
JONAH is a meditative documentary using dance to explore and personify a curious interview with a former African American slave. Interpreting a historical interview through a modern exploratory dance, the documentary asks questions about the inheritance of trauma, and our capacity to regenerate.
Frame from COLD STORAGE

COLD STORAGE, 2016, Finland, 9 min

Directed by Thomas Freundlich
Produced by Lumikinos Production Oy
Choreography by Thomas Freundlich
Dancing by Valtteri Raekallio, Eero Vesterinen
Music by Kimmo Pohjonen
Cinematography by Thomas Freundlich
Edited by Jukka Nykänen
Cold Storage is a short dance film that pays homage to the virtuosic physical performances and melancholy comedy of the classic silent screen. On a desolate arctic shore, a lonely fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the ice, and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother.

Friday Evening & Sunday Matinee Installations (Program A)

Frame from Since The Silence

Since The Silence, 2016, Canada, 10 min

Directed by Thomas Corriveau
Choreography and dancing by Sophie Corriveau
Featuring Danse-Cité
Music by Michel F Côté
Cinematography by Thomas Corriveau
Edited by Catherine Béliveau
In 2011, Sophie Corriveau, contemporary dancer for more than twenty-five years, created a solo performance at the Agora de La Dance (Montreal) entitled "Jusqu’au silence," and iterating her commitment to find her own voice through gesture, form and construction. As part of this collaborative project, her brother, Thomas Corriveau, a well-known multidisciplinary contemporary artist, created animated images that were projected during the performance, like infinite reflections of Sophie’s virtual self. Five years later, Thomas Corriveau now combines some of his own animation with footage from the original show to create a singular film, Depuis le silence, a continuation of the initial performance with a new fragmented storyline. The film is part of the artist’s pictorial research, which focuses on deconstructing images, multiplying points of view, and jostling perceptual habits in an effort to reiterate the fundamental role time and movement play into our concept of vision.
Frame from Some Stories Are True That Never Happened

Some Stories Are True That Never Happened, 2016, United States, 6 min

Directed by Renata Sheppard
Produced by Cristiana Candellero & Lucia Carolina De Rienzo
Choreography by Renata Sheppard
Featuring Experimental Film Virginia, Coordinamento di Danza Piemonte, Casa Marziano
Dancing by Gabrielle Agretti, young boy and over 30 guest appearances of professional dancers and leaders in the community of Torino, Italy
Music composed by Vivaldi
Music performed by Gabrielle Agretti
Cinematography by Dario Orlando, Dario Armao
Edited by Paolo Favaro
Inspired by historical accounts of magic in the city of Turin, Italy, this short film plays inside abandoned spaces, dreams and possible futures imagined by a young boy. Invited by the distant sound of a cello, he navigates a series of rooms, meeting iconic figures and everyday people. His connection to the characters and spaces is both a puzzle, and the point.

WOMB, 2016, Switzerland, 32 min

Directed by Gilles Jobin
Produced by Cie Gilles Jobin
Choreography by Gilles Jobin
Featuring Cie Gilles Jobin - Geneva
Dancing by Susana Panadés Diaz, Martin Roehrich, Gilles Jobin
Music by Franz Treichler
Cinematography by Patrick Tresch
Edited by Viktor Cette
Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin invited a number of leading contemporary artists to join him on this innovative adventure: Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury, the Belgian costume designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard, and Franz Treichler, frontman of the internationally acclaimed Swiss rock band The Young Gods. WOMB is a short film which marries stereoscopic images, dance, visual art and music, and features only one perspective: an existential tracking shot, an abstract analogy of life’s journey that draws on the depth of space and the volume of bodies to trigger a contemplative and emotional response. The project is supported by Pro Helvetia as part of its “Digital Culture” programme.

may I ? remix#, 2017, Portugal, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Vasco Diogo
Choreography and dancing by vasco diogo
Music by vasco diogo
Filmmaker: vasco diogo
may I ? remix# is the second version of may I dance ?, a video performance/video dance work based on the digital manipulation of non choreographic movements by the performer. Vasco Diogo works on the fragmentaion of the body in its relation to screen space and performance space. An audio-tactile and synaesthetic experience is created for the viewer, shifting emotional responses through a sense of presence that blurs a video art installation pace with cinematic experimental tecnhiques. Hip-hop, noise, pop and orchestral highlights are used to increase both a humorous and a melodramatic approach.
photo by stills from film sent by Charlotte Gregory
photo by stills from film sent by Charlotte Gregory

Nu Body, 2016, United Kingdom, 9 min

Directed by Sonia Sabri
Produced by Charlotte Gregory
Choreography by Sonia Sabri
Featuring Sonia Sabri Company
Dancing by Sonia Sabri - Dancer/Choreographer/Artistic Director
Music by Sarvar Sabri
Filmmaker: Mat Beckett - River Rea Films
Director of Photography by Mat Beckett
A dynamic and compelling exploration of female experience across boundaries of cultures and time, representing the ongoing search for female emancipation. The film questions what the symbols and traditions of female life, from Eastern cultures in particular, mean in the modern day. The female experience is brought from the shadows to centre stage in a journey of self-discovery, exploring the light vs dark and the real vs fairytale versions of female existence. Sabri’s unique ‘Urban Kathak’ language looks at female body image -- and in particular women’s complex relationships with their own bodies -- teasing the audience with perceptions and misconceptions of the female.
Frame from Enter Face

Enter Face, 2016, United States, 3 min

Directed by Clare Schweitzer
Choreography by Clare Schweitzer, Johanna Merceron
Featuring Clare Schweitzer/Lake Studios Berlin
Dancing by Johanna Merceron
Music by Clare Schweitzer
Filmmaker: Clare Schweitzer
This film is the product of research into the histories and constructions of the body as it goes further into an age where people willingly submit their lives to a network of screens. It aims to explore new conceptions of lived reality and altered means of communication that result.

Saturday Matinee & Evening Installations (Program B)

Plow Plant Reap, 2015, United States, 13 min

Directed by Marta Renzi
Produced by Slippery Rock University
Choreography by Marta Renzi
Featuring Marta Renzi & The Project Co.
Dancing by Kaila Belinda, Katelyn Hanes, Emilie Klinger, Maddison Manolis, Michelle Russ, Michelle Slavik, Chalice Streitman, Monica Traggiai, Samm Wesler
Music composed by Andy Teirstein; Dan Romer & Ben Zeitlen
Cinematography by Jennifer Keller
Edited by Marta Renzi
An all-female community comes together, joins in a baptism and a roundelay, all against a majestic landscape of rolling farmland. Arriving and leaving like sun and shadow, Plant Plow Reap celebrates the joy and order that culminate in harvest. With hints of Appalachian Spring and Amish custom, Plant Plow Reap is shot at the historic Miller Farm in Butler County, Pennsylvania and danced by eleven members of the Slippery Rock University dance department.

Syncretic Noise, 2016, United States, 4 min

Directed by Stephen Bullen
Choreography and dancing by Jeff Salisbury
Music by Stephen Bullen
Filmmaker: Stephen Bullen
Defying conventional logic and storytelling, layered soundscapes and symbolic visuals fuel the dark atmosphere as a man dances, secluded from a city at battle with itself. In a hyper society portrayed by time-lapses, the dancer's natural motion continues across cuts through discontinuities of space-- from forest landscapes to gritty urban life.
Frame from Black Out

Black Out, 2017, Switzerland, 17 min

Directed by Philippe Saire
Choreography by Philippe Saire
Featuring Cie Philippe Saire
Dancing by Philippe Chosson, Maëlle Desclaux, Benjamin Kahn
Music by Stéphane Vecchione
Cinematography by Philippe Saire
Edited by Bastien Genoux
Frame from Gaslight (Three sections)

Gaslight (Three sections), 1017, United States, 16 min

Directed by Mimi Garrard
Choreography by Mimi Garrard
Featuring Mimi Garrard Dance Co.
Dancing by Marcus Jarell Willis
Music by Jonathan Melville Pratt
Filmmaker: Mimi Garrard
"Gaslight" is a videodance in three sections, reflecting on the U.S. presidential election of 2016.