Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema,

Black History Month
Virtual Screening

Available February 26 - 28, 2021
Sans Souci is pleased to announce our second annual Black History Month Screening, celebrating and featuring the work of Black directors as well as films that celebrate or examine the Black experience in the United States, including featuring extraordinary Black performers. Tentative program details below.

This FREE screening will be available on our new website during dates listed above.

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Frame from Searching for Wonder

Searching for Wonder, 2018, United States, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Greg Osei
Choreography and dancing by Abdiel Jacobsen
Featuring Abdiel Jacobsen Dance Collective
Music by Greg Osei
Edited by Leonardo Schober
Cinematography by Leonardo Schober
Searching for Wonder was inspired by conversations with fellow artists who have diverse relationships to the African Diaspora. These discussions highlighted how we all feel lost in different ways, because history, slavery, colonialism & fear have left many of us feeling disconnected, searching for something we can’t fully articulate. Searching for Wonder deals with the tremendous power we have to rediscover & reimagine ourselves through our ancestors, their gods, their cultures & our interconnectedness.

Double Up, 2017, United States, 15 min

Directed by Francesca N. Penzani
Produced by Francesca N. Penzani, Emily Drossner
Choreography by Francesca N. Penzani
Dancing by Kyreeana Alexander
Music by Nedra Wheeler
Cinematography by Vincent Wrenn, Aaron Marquette
Edited by Francesca N. Penzani
"My heart’s beating inside myself, inside yourself, the heart of the earth. I am here are you? Can you see me? Can you hear me?" Based on a dream to bring two women together to create a collaboration that celebrated the joy of being alive, “Double Up” is a powerful conversation, through music and dance: Nedra Wheeler on bass and voice, and tap dancer Kyreeana Breelin.
Frame from Sound and Sole

Sound and Sole, 2018, United States, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Cara Hagan
Choreography and dancing by Arthur Grimes
Music performed by Tray Wellington, Old Crow Medicine Show
Filmmaker: Robert Uehlin
Arthur Grimes was born and raised in the Appalachian mountains, and is the only professionally working African-American buck dancer in Boone, North Carolina. In this short documentary, Arthur recounts his dance journey from eager youth to professional master, gives us a glimpse into his performance experience, and demonstrates his deep love for Appalachian music, dance and history.

DYNAMITE, 2018, United States, 7 min

Directed by Leila Jarman
Choreography and dancing by Maceo Paisley
Music by Michael Sempert
Cinematography by Ariel Pomerantz
Edited by Leila Jarman
A short, poetic performance art/dance film that investigates gender and masculinity --more specifically the American black male experience-- through embodied inquiry to find spaces where identity exists between and in opposition to social constructs. This film guides us through narrative incorporating movement, spoken word, and chant, as it uncovers truths about race, gender, and success in an ever-changing social landscape.