Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema,

Sans Souci at Dairy Arts Center 2023
Boedecker Cinema at Dairy Arts Center
Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema is one of Boulder’s longstanding favorite arts organizations, and we’re so happy to return to one of our most beloved venues, the Boedecker Cinema at Dairy Arts Center for two separate programs during late summer and early fall — Dancing on the Planet and Dancing as Ourselves.
Dancing on the Planet is a curated dance film screening featuring shorts from the U.K., Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, and China, and it will remind you just how small you are, and how big this world can be. This collection of site-specific dance films repositions the viewer in relationship to the Earth, and connects our bodies to the places we call home, near and far. Through a multitude of contemporary dance forms, this screening illustrates that the range of humanity’s expression is as vast as the range of environments on the planet.
Dancing as Ourselves features shorts from the U.K., the U.S., France, Greece, Australia, Nigeria, and China will remind you how similar we all are as humans across the globe, yet how different we can be. This collection explores the various aspects of personhood as reflected by the body and movement. Through a multitude of contemporary dance forms, this screening illustrates that the range of humanity’s expression is as vast as the range of bodies we inhabit.

I: Dancing on the Planet - Sept 24 at 4pm & Sept 27 at 7pm

Adumu, 2022, Ireland/Kenya, 29 min

Directed by Steve Woods
Choreography by Fernando Anuag'A
Dancing by Fernando Anuang'A
"Adumu" is the story of the struggle of an African choreographer to achieve his dream of fusing his contemporary dance with Maasai traditional dance in performance in Nairobi. The Maasai are happy to oblige but Kenyan society and Covid put obstacles in his way.

Raven, 2022, France, 3 min

Produced and Directed by Julienne Doko
Choreography and Dancing by Julienne Doko
Cinematography by Linus Dahomé Mørk
Edited by Sara Jordan, Julienne Doko
Costume by Paulette Roulon-Doko
This video leans on the recent recomposition of a Danish medieval ballad fragment “Raven Leads Runes.” The Nordic Raven symbol is an expression of land connectedness and part of a transcultural field of Raven totemism in order to renew modes of community that are less destructive to the world. In “Raven” I explore my own understanding of this symbol, I strive to give it form and narrate it through movement. Trying to create transcultural bounds through shared symbols like the Raven can be a way of building communities. For me it’s about going back to what I know from my native Central African culture but that I have grown up away from. In order to interpret the figure of the Raven in the Nordic symbolism, I deliberately chose a Wax fabric, a typically African cultural feature, that illustrates nature to establish a transcultural connection, thus emphasizing the fundamental power of Nature. The choreography, which is built both around grounding and upward impulse aims at placing the body firmly rooted into the earth, while reaching for new horizons.

HinterTerra, 2023, United States, 5 min

Directed by Ana Baer, Heike Salzer
Produced by WE Create Productions
Choreography by Florinda Camilleri, Michelle Nance, Heike Salzer
Music Composed by Jack Laidlaw
Cinematography by Ana Baer, Heike Salzer
Edited by Ana Baer
Costume by Robert Burton
Sound Design and Mixing by RIchard D. Hall
Developed on journeys through the streets and paths of Malta, a group of women, the local, the nomad, and the visitor, experience sites through the perspective of the other. The resident local provides depth and authenticity and vice versa, placing a stranger into a familiar environment highlights the features that have forgotten to be seen. The editing intensifies the opposing features of historic architecture and the sounds of construction sites, illuminating themes of heritage and development, and frictions between community and commerce.

Intermission, 2000, USA, 15 min

Enjoy the video installations. Stretch, snack, and mingle!
Frame from Intermission

Intermission, 2000, USA, 15 min

Enjoy the video installations. Stretch, snack, and mingle!

iuSui, 2022, Luxembourg, 9 min

Directed by Maria Salgado Llopis
Choreography by Aleth Berenice
"iuSui" is an ode to the visceral power of beauty, nature, freedom, and the vulnerability of the human psyche. You will be taken on an aesthetic and kinaesthetic voyage to what might be a very tangible place on earth or the most hidden site within the mind. From dark underwater depths to soaring above the clouds of Sweden, our female protagonist explores what it means to be human.

Entangled, 2023, United Kingdom, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Kaja Grujic
Choreography by Giulia Angelini & Maria Santos
Dancing by Maria Santos, Giulia Angelini
Cinematography by Pascal Reinmann
Assisstant Camera by Mathilde Longoni
Stylist by Lia Leiva
"Entangled" is a hypnotic dance film exploring how we can radically change our relationship with nature.

Discarded, 2023, United States, 8 min

Directed by Ilana Goldman
Choreography by Ilana Goldman
Music Composed by Patrick McKinney
Cinematography by Gabriel Williams
Edited by Ilana Goldman
Costume by Ilana Goldman
A solo dancer (wearing a dress made from the plastic trash she generated over four months) embodies simultaneously both a woman and planet Earth reckoning with the impact of humans on the environment. Through her dancing body, we see Earth’s resiliency and ability to adapt to accommodate outside forces, but also its vulnerability when fighting certain sustained assaults. Filmed on location at Glacier National Park as Artists-in-Residence.

Yn Y Golau (In Visible Light), 2023, United Kingdom, 12 min

Produced and Directed by Joanna Wright, Kate Lawrence
Choreography by Kate Lawrence
Featuring Vertical Dance Kate Lawrence
Dancing by Lisa Spaull, Angharad Price-Jones
Cinematography by Ed Edwards
Edited by Ariadna Fatjo Vilas, Mariko Montpetit
Sound by Alex Ashcroft
"Yn Y Golau (In Visible Light)" is an experimental vertical dance film, following two dancers on a journey through natural light phenomena.

II: Dancing as Ourselves - Oct 22 at 4pm & Oct 25 at 7pm

In Memoriam., 2023, United States, 30 min

Directed by S. Asher Gelman
Produced by Midnight Theatricals
Choreography by S. Asher Gelman
Dancing by Ashley Zimmerman
Music Composed by Ran Bagno
Music Performed by Ran Bagno, Galia Hai, Hila Karni
Filmmaker: Michael Giardino
Costumes by Fabian Aguilar
Hair and Makeup by Tim MacKay
Like rooms of a home, we live in rooms of our lives; trapping moments and memories to the subtle things surrounding us. In the home of our mind, we repeat the past to move on into the future. This 30 minute dance for film was shot in one take, to explore the memories sewing our rooms together and how we choose to step outside or stay recessed in our past.

Intermission, 2000, USA, 15 min

Enjoy the video installations. Stretch, snack, and mingle!
Frame from Intermission

Intermission, 2000, USA, 15 min

Enjoy the video installations. Stretch, snack, and mingle!

The Lines In Between, 2023, United States, 11 min

Directed by Georgia Usborne
Produced by Paul Rabinowitz, Georgia Usborne, Julia Discenza, Debora Domass
Choreography by Georgia Usborne
Dancing by Julia Discenza, Georgia Usborne
Music Composed by Miranda
Struggling with writer's block, a woman moves through surreal worlds to discover the ebbs and flows of creativity.

Pióra, 2022, United Kingdom, 8 min

Directed by Jay Gearing
Choreography by Kate Marsh, Dominika Feiglewicz, Patrycja Jarosińska
Music Composed by Ben Park
Dancers Dominika Feiglewicz & Patrycja Jarosińska focus on love letters to themselves and their bodies exploring female pressures, disability and expectations whilst coming together through friendship solidarity, and nature."Pióra" is a film created in collaboration with Metal, UK and The National Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw. Filmed on location in the UK and Poland.

What's Bred in the Blood and Bone, 2023, United States, 5 min

Directed by Robin M Gee
Produced by Steve Haines
Choreography by Robin Gee
Dancing by Elijah Motley, Maurice Watson, Clarice Young
Music Composed by Atiba Rorie
Cinematography by Kevin Wells
Edited by Hannah Fsicher
Assitant Direction by Michael Frierson
Sound Design by Jaylon Steverson
Inspired by the work of Ida Bell Wells, whose writing documented the episodic period of lynching’s in the 1890’s, "What’s Bred in the Blood and Bone" is a study of space and place, girded by the collective experiences of brown bodies. “Blood” explores “blood memory” as body memory and the ways in which our collective experiences bind and fortify us as African Americans.

Svitlo (The Light), 2022, Ukraine, 4 min

Directed by Yaroslav Korotkov
Produced by Eugene Kirey
Choreography and Dancing by Valeriya Koptseva
"I am a dancer from Ukraine. Right now I have to work on a volunteer kitchen as Russia started the War in my country. As well as all the team that gathered in a black room to film the feelings of all the Ukrainians these days – they also have been directors, screenwriters, cameraman etc before the 24.02.2022. Today it all became unimportant. This video is about darkness and light, life and death, struggle and peace… The war is not over. The war continues but always the light swallows the darkness."

Step by Step, 2022, United Kingdom, 5 min

Produced and Directed by Andrew Margetson
Choreography by Didy Veldman
Featuring The Royal Ballet
Dancing by Lauren Cuthbertson
Music Composed by Nemanja Mosurovic
A portrait of star ballerina, Lauren Cuthbertson, returning to dance after having a baby.

Sole, 2022, United States, 6 min

Directed by Irina Khokhlova
Dancing by Mizoho
"Sole" is a short dance film exploring themes of individual autonomy, coexistence within the group, celebration of individuality within a group.