Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema,

Sans Souci at Dairy Arts Center 2021
Boedecker Cinema at Dairy Arts Center

I: Dancing on the Planet - Oct 27 at 7pm, Oct 31 at 1pm

Frame from Weight of the Moon

Weight of the Moon, 2021, United States, 10 min

Directed by Lindsay Gilmour
Choreography by Lindsay Gilmour
Featuring Pearson/Widrig Dance Theater
Dancing by Aliya Kerimujiang
Cinematography by Nathan Whitmont
10 minute dance film exploring the interconnected and reciprocal relationship between body and ocean; a conversation where we experience ourselves not as the center, but as a thread in a larger fabric of being.
Frame from ECCE

Ecce, 2021, France, 9 min

Directed by Fu Le
Produced by Tetrapode
Choreography by Fu Le
Dancing by Maya Eymeri, Rafael Cherkaski
Sound Design by Olivier Lasson
in girum imus nocte ecce et consumimur igni* *We spin around the night and are consumed by the fire.

Circumstance 2020, 2020, Australia, 23 min

Produced and Directed by Sue Healey
Choreography by Sue Healey and dancers
Featuring Allie Graham, Billy Keohavong
Dancing by 25 dancers from Sydney Dance Company's Pre Professional Year 2020
Music Composed by Fiona Hill
Cinematography by Ken Butti
Drone Operator by Lee Stevenson
Color by Nicholas Andrews
In reaction to the pandemic, 27 dancers defy the consequences of the lockdown - no work, no contact, no live performance - through the use of a drone to capture their dance from a distance. A study in isolation, connection and moving in precarious spaces.
Frame from The Air Before Me

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.

Kattam Katti, 2020, United Kingdom, 20 min

Directed by Omari 'Motion' Carter
Produced by Pagrav Dance Company
Choreography by Urja Desai Thakore
Dancing by Meera Patel, Mira Salat, Saloni Saraf, Subhash Viman Gorania, Gurdain Singh Rayatt, Hiren Chate, Kaviraj Singh, Praveen Pratap
Cinematography by James Williams
Concept, Artistic Direction by Urja Desai Thakore
Neo classicist dance with specially composed live music tells tales inspired by the colourful yet ruthlessly competitive Uttarayan kite festival, highlighting the parallels with today’s divided societies.
Frame from WECreate Spaces - Morelia

WECreate Spaces: Morelia, 2020, Mexico, 4 min

Directed by Ana Baer, Heike Salzer
Produced by WECreate Productions
Choreography by Rocio Luna, Heike Salzer
Featuring Rocio Luna, Heike Salzer
Music Composed by Christian Alexander Cruz Lineros
Filmmaker: Ana Baer
In "WECreate Spaces: Morelia" the artists explore the urban landscapes of Morelia, Mexico, a city that exemplifies the dichotomy found in colonial places featuring the eclectic richness of their architecture and the dilapidated parts of the town. Tuning into the environment through improvisation, the dancers, camera-person and musician create a collaborative knowledge that illuminates their multi-layered sensibility of understanding the world through the body. Generating affective spaces, highlighting the artist’s relations to environment, artist to artist and artist to locals. The serendipitous encounters with the passers-by add a flavour that transforms the usual into extraordinary, portraying the tonality, mood and atmosphere of this joyful and vibrant place.

Dear Tree, Please Don't Spill on Our Grave., 2021, Sweden, 15 min

Produced and Directed by Jonne Covers
Featuring Anna Fransen, Laurens van de Linde
Music Composed by Thomas Jaspers, Jort Terwijn
Cinematography by Floris Verweij
Written by Jonne Covers
Sound Design by Sam Huisman
"Dear Tree, Please Don't Spill on Our Grave." tells a short story about the history of humankind. In an attempt to make sense of it all, the film originates from a somewhat dry research to "How did we get here?" and "What is that 'here' anyway?" Of course this leads to nothing but more questions. So here is a clunky film about adventurous Anna, who lives in a toilet, and who accidentally throws herself a surprise party.

Rebirth, 2020, United States, 5 min

Directed by Łukasz Zięba, Andrzej Belina Brzozowski
Produced by ACE Dance Concept, Łukasz Zięba, Stypendium Twórcze Miasta Krakowa
Choreography and Dancing by Łukasz Zięba
Featuring Danica Paulos
Music Composed by Mateusz Bazgier, Nathan Prillaman
Cinematography by Andrzej Belina Brzozowski
Edited by Filip Kowalski
Drone and Underwater Camera by Marcin Zięba
Music Production by Nathan Prillaman
"Rebirth" takes us on one man's journey through the evolution of consciousness by connecting with the elements and Nature's metaphysical powers.

II: Dancing as Ourselves - Nov 17 at 7pm, Nov 21 at 1pm

Men in Charge, 2021, Canada, 37 min

Directed by Melanie Kloetzel, Linnea Swan
Produced by kloetzel&co., ReLoCate
Dancing by Jocelyn Hoover Leiver, Meghann Michalsky, Jennifer Dewolf, Janelle Schiffner, Brenna Goertson, Taylor Ritchie, Sylvie Moquin, Melanie Kloetzel
Tracking the antics of the performance group kloetzel&co., "Men in Charge" documents the development of the satirical dance theatre work "It began with watching." Through a physical and artistic representation of a sector enthralled by alternative facts, this film provokes audiences to reconsider the cunning, and sometimes comical, intersection of art and politics.
Frame from Ballerina Boys

Ballerina Boys, 2020, United States, 53 min

Produced and Directed by Chana Gazit, Martie Barylick
Dancing by Peter Anastos, Roy Fialkow, Natch Taylor, Tory Dobrin, Albie Pretto, Duane Gosa, Philip Martin Nielson
Music Composed by Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero
Cinematography by Claudia Raschke
Edited by E. Donna Shepherd
"Ballerina Boys" celebrates Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, whose male ballerinas have for 45 years taken great risks to practice their dazzling version of ballet parody. This is a beautiful, funny film, yet it asks viewers to face issues of gender, inclusion, and social justice. "Ballerina Boys" interweaves a tour of the Carolinas (center of efforts to walk back LGBTQ rights) with portraits of the dancers and the survival saga of the Company itself--a story that begins at the Stonewall Tavern in 1969 and culminates in "Stars and Stripes Forever" at the Stonewall 50th Anniversary Celebration where 15 drag queens, in red, white, and blue tutus, exult in a moment of unabashed patriotism. "Ballerina Boys" is intimate and panoramic, historical and immediate. Now the world can look up to heroes who actually DO wear tights!

III: Dancing through the Holidays - Dec 8 at 7pm, Dec 12 at 1pm

When Snow Falls, 2020, United States, 10 min

Directed by Anthony Morigerato
Produced by Anthony Morigerato, Jess Weiss
Choreography by Anthony Morigerato, Luke Hickey
Dancing by Barbara Duffy, Ted Louis Levy
Cinematography by Kurt Csolak
The best things happen while you're dancing! The holidays celebrated through music and dance!
Frame from RadioBody

RadioBody, 2021, United States, 13 min

Produced and Directed by Erinn Liebhard
Choreography by Erinn Liebhard
Dancing by Nieya Amezquita, Doug Hooker, Amy Jones, Sara Karimi, Erinn Liebhard, Kelli Miles Kathleen Pender
Cinematography by Cully Gallagher
Musical Arrangement by Mike Lauer
Drone and Additional Camera by TJ Tronson
RadioBody is a collaboration with composer Mike Lauer exploring the jazz sensibilities and human toil and triumph embedded in the work of pioneering alt-electronic band Radiohead.

The Secret Theatre, 2020, United Kingdom, 57 min

Directed by Jess & Morgs
Produced by Tony Currie, Beth Allan
Choreography by Christopher Hampson, Peter Darrell
Featuring Scottish Ballet
Dancing by Leo Tetteh, Alice Kawalek, Constance Devernay, Jerome Anthony Barnes, Bruno Micchiardi
Cinematography by Jess and Morgs
Written by Jess & Morgs
In a deserted city, a young boy stumbles into a theatre. He wanders through the auditorium, where rows of velvet chairs, draping curtains and chandeliers seem to lie in lonely wait for audiences to return. The theatre may be empty, but the show will go on... Starring characters from our most popular festive ballets, the worlds of the Snow Queen and the Sugar Plum Fairy collide when the theatre bursts into life. In this spectacular, feature-length film, you’ll be treated to an extraordinary show filled with acrobats, snowflakes, clowns, princes and – of course – beautiful ballerinas.