Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema,

Sans Souci at Arvada Center 2021
Arvada Center Black Box

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Frame from The Gift

The Gift, 2021, France, 5 min

Directed by Paul Mignot
Produced by Jeanne Gay
Choreography by Lisa Deckert
Dancing by Lisa Deckert, Laura Arned, Lorenzo Finocchi
Cinematography by Paul Mignot
"The Gift" is a dance performance to express the beauty inside all of us.

Exhale, 2020, Netherlands, 6 min

Directed by Moniek Van der Kallen
Produced by Lazlo Tonk, Dylan Tonk
Choreography by Moniek van der Kallen, Alicia Verdú Macián
Dancing by Alicia Verdú Macián
Cinematography by Erwan Van Buuren
Edited by Danjel Van den Hoogen
"Exhale" starts in shock, when a traumatic event makes you aware of your vulnerability. Your reality has been affected. Can you trust your senses? "Exhale" evokes reflection, letting go of your anger and overcoming the feeling of powerlessness. And ultimately regaining confidence in your own instincts and body.

Like Water, 2020, United Kingdom, 9 min

Directed by Mthuthuzeli November
Produced by Richard Bolton
Choreography by Mthuthuzeli November
Dancing by José Alves, Isabela Coracy, Alexander Fadayiro, Marie Astrid Mence, Ebony Thomas
Music composed by Georgina Lloyd-Owen
Cinematography by Nauris Buksevics
Artistic Direction by Cassa Pancho MBE
Written by Asisipho Malunga
"Like Water" acknowledges the resilience of our ancestors, passed down from generation to generation. A world unkind to our people, yet somehow we survive. A world that that has conditioned us to not see the beauty of our skin, hair, culture and our people. But like water we flow, like water we change shape. We remain resilient.
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Attention Span, 2020, United States, 3 min

Produced and Directed by Mitchell Rose
Choreography and dancing by Emily Arden Jones
Camera by Mitchell Rose, Coal Rietenbach
A dancer is shot from 16 camera angles and edited at a disturbing rate. And then suddenly, nothing happens. Intrigued? Watch on.
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Bad Hombre, 2020, United States, 3 min

Produced and Directed by Martin Lombard, Facundo Lombard
Choreography and dancing by Martin Lombard, Facundo Lombard
Featuring Lombard Twins
Music by Antonio Sanchez
Cinematography by Andy Cao
Camera Operation by Andy Cao, Anai Garcia Medina
Artists / performers Martin and Facundo Lombard and five-time Grammy-winning drummer / composer Antonio Sánchez, tell, through the language of music and dance, the story of a man who struggles to make his voice heard and what this can cause.
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The Nangiarkoothu Artist, 2020, India/USA, 12 min

Produced and Directed by Deepa Nair
Featuring Dr Aparna Nangiar
The Nangiarkoothu Artist is a portrait dance film that uses a multi-narrative approach of traditional storytelling and a staged dance performance to create a poetic profile of a young Nangiarkoothu artist, who practices and teaches a 2000 year old Sanskrit dance/theatre art form in Kerala, India. The audience is invited to become part of the dancer’s world and leave with a new awareness of an art form so ancient and yet little known to the larger world.
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Erêkauã, 2021, Brazil, 1 min

Directed by Paulo Accioly
Produced by Estranha Força
Choreography by Ernane Ferreira
Dancing by Kauã
OST by Igor Peixoto
Kauã dances in the hill, like a bird of prey.
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I Modh Rúin, 2017, Ireland, 11 min

Directed by Ríonach Ní Néill
Produced by Ciotóg
Choreography by Ríonach Ní Néill
Dancing by Sibéal Davitt, Ciara Nic Einrí, Máire Nic Fhinn, Emma Fitzgerald, Máire Uí Fhlatharta, Úna Ní Fhlatharta, Proinsias Uí Ógartaigh, Emma Verling
Filmmaker: Luca Trufarelli
What would compel you to go against the status quo and bring up your family as Irish speakers in English-speaking Ireland of the 1950s to 1980s? In "I Modh Rúin" ("In Secret"), Ríonach Ní Néill blends film, dance, interviews and music to tell the story of five women who did just that.
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Swarm Raid, 2019, United States, 4 min

Directed by Anna Lindemann, Ryan Glista
Choreography by Felice Lesser, Ryan Glista, Anna Lindemann
Dancing by Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Anna Lindemann, Elizabeth Barbeau, Felicia Famularo, Maddie Gidman, Lenore Grunko, Allie Leonard, Rachel Surridge, Stephan Vazquez, Paige Woods
Music composed by Anna Lindemann
Music performed by Lucy Fitz Gibbon
Cinematography by Alex Rouleau
Edited by Ryan Glista
Lyrics by Emma Komlos-Hrobsky
Camera by Alex Rouleau, Charlie Gorski, Evan Olson
The music and dance video "Swarm Raid" is a surreal trip to the grocery store inspired by an army ant swarm raid.
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Flood, 2021, United States, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Mike Esperanza
Choreography by Mike Esperanza
Featuring BARE Dance Company
Dancing by Mike Esperanza, Leann Alduenda
Music composed by Mike Esperanza
“Flood" is a depiction of time and its build in spacial dynamics, showing moments of interaction that dwell in surreal forms of suspension.
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Axis Mundi, 2020, France, 2 min

Directed by Patrick Foch
Choreography by Celine Garbay, Loriana Lorenzon
Featuring Céline Garbay, Loriana Lorenzon
Cinematography by Benjamin Ziegler
The "axis mundi" is a connection between heaven and earth, between the divine and the material. With this gravity-defying choreography, imagined and performed at the top of a mountain and on the verticality of a pole dance bar, I wanted to deliver my own vision of this "axis mundi." Two bodies merge and evolve precisely between earth and sky, in a quest for physical and spiritual elevation along this invisible thread.
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The Air Before Me, 2021, United States, 5 min

Directed by Shaun Clarke
Produced by Shaun Clarke, John Lam, Helen Pickett
Choreography by Helen Pickett
Dancing by John Lam
Music composed by Peter Salem
Edited by Shaun Clarke
Director of Photography by Daniel Jacobs
"The Air Before Me" is a short dance film that connects ethereal space and light with human agency in a continual affirmation of the present’s power.
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Samskara, 2020, United States, 7 min

Directed by Angela Rosales Challis
Produced by Chelsea Alley, Heather Francis
Dancing by Joseph Run Through, Delfine Uwimbabazi, Jyothsna Sainath, Jamaika, Sebastian Forbes, Akiko Kaneshiro, Joshua Perkins, Presley Fewkes, Sheyenne Utai
Written by Angela Rosales Challis, Conor Long
Cinematography by Walter Mirkss
An abstracted film to contribute to the fight against racism. As an immigrant, I have experienced it first hand. This film showcases the beauty and richness of humanity. Nine cultures unite to make art. The dancers will tell you what brings humanity together. We must come together. This project was funded by the Utah Film Commission, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and BYU Arts Partnership.