SSF 20th Anniversary Installation
Family: Portrait, 2005, USA
Choreography by Gabriel Masson
Dancing by Hamel Bloom, Toby Hankin, Bill Manka
Music composed by Graham Fitkin
Music performed by Piano Circus
In There, 2005, USA, 7 min
Directed by Michael Theodore / Michelle Ellsworth
Produced by Prarie Dog Mothers
Choreography and dancing by Michelle Ellsworth
Music by Michael Theodore
This film definitively answers the question, "What is she doing in there?"
Bleu, 2006, USA, 4 min
Produced and Directed by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Choreography and dancing by Cari Ann Shim Sham*
Featuring Shim Sham Productions
Music composed by Low in the Sky
Music performed by Are you for real?!
"Bleu" exposes the naked moving body as an art form, as post-it notes fly onto the dancer's body to cover her up and comment on the politics of the heavy American workload. Surprise Ending.
Dancer Meaghan McHenry
Dance Like Your Old Man, 2006, Australia, 10 min
Directed by Gideon Obarzanek & Edwina Throsby
Produced by Chunky Move in association with Chequerboard Productions
Featuring Chunky Move
Dancing by Meaghan McHenry, Sara Black, Alexandra Dillon, Bec Reid, Penelope Bartiau & Ros Warby
Music by various artists
Cinematography by Cordelia Beresford
Editing by Simon Njoo
Six unseen fathers come to life through their dances as imitated and reflected on by their daughters.
Animalz, 2006, UK, 3 min
Directed by Sergio Cruz
Produced by Ed Cooper
Choreography by JP Omari
Featuring B3 Brighton BBoys
Dancing by B3 Brighton BBoys
Music composed by Sergio Cruz, Filipe Galante, Christos Fanaras
Cinematography by Martin Gajewski
Sergio Cruz's film "Animalz" takes the urban B-Boy Skills of Brighton and Hove's B3 Boys into the city's surrounding natural landscapes. Co-choreographed by BBC Strictly Dance Fever's JP Omari, the sixteen 8-14 year-old dancers were encouraged to bring out the animal in themsleves. Shot on location in Brighton at Stanmer Park, Devil's Dyke and Telscombe Beach.
OF THE HEART, 2007, USA, 6 min
Directed by Douglas Rosenberg and Allen Kaeja
Produced by Douglas Rosenberg
Choreography and dancing by David Dorfman and Lisa Race
Music composed by Arvo Part
"Of The Heart" is a tender and moving duet for the camera that slowly unfolds in a windblown field in late fall. The film speaks of longing and desire and is a richly metaphoric movement portrait. The performance by Dorfman and Race is heartfelt and honest, stripped to its emotional core.
Off Ground, 2013, The Netherlands, 12 min
Directed by Boudewijn Koole
Produced by Iris Lammertsma
Choreography by Jakop Ahlbom
Featuring Jakop Ahlbom
Dancing by Louise Lecavalier, Antoine Masson
Music composed by Alex Simu
Cinematography by Melle van Essen
Edited by Boudewijn Koole
Woman and boy, table and chair, wall and water - a simple, powerful duet.
Elon + Emmanuelle, 2012, USA, 7 min
Directed by Natalie Galazka
Produced by Natalie Galazka & Melissa C. O'Brien
Choreography and dancing by Elon Höglund & Emmanuelle Lê Phan
Music by Garth Stevenson
Cinematography by Melissa C. O'Brien
Edited by Ross Baldisserotto
Charmed dancers observe their own duet in a magical street art fantasy.
Outside in, 2011, Sweden, 10 min
Directed by Tove Skeidsvoll & Petrus Sjövik
Produced by Annelie Gardell
Choreography and dancing by Tover Skeidsvoll
Music by Johannes Burström
Cinematography by Petrus Sjövik
Edited by Nils Moström
Introspectively filmed by an intrusive crew, Cecilia dances inside a forest inside a studio.
ME - Story of a Performance, 2013, Finland / Japan / Estonia, 7 min
Directed by Jopsu Ramu
Produced by Juha-Matti Nieminen (Directors Guild) & Timo Ramu (MUSUTA)
Choreography and dancing by Johanna Nuutinen
Music by Jukka Backlund
Cinematography by Mark Stubbs
Edited by Antony Bentley
Script by Jopsu Ramu, Timo Ramu
Styling by Minttu Vesala
An artfully rendered cinematic exploration of a dance performance.
HOME ALONE, 2013, Israel, 2 min
Directed by Adi Halfin
Produced by Tamir Eting, Noam Eidelman, Adi Halfin
Featuring Batsheva Dance Company Ensemble
Dancing by Tamir Eting, Noam Eidelman, Rani Lebzelter, Shane Scopatz, Mario Bermudez Gil, Eduard Turull, Keren Lurie-Pardes, Shani Licht, Ayelet Nadav, Mariko Kakizaki, Oz Shoshan, Gil Shachar, Or Schraiber, Maya Tamir, Shaked Leibzirers, Ron Matalon, Ori Kroll
Music composed by Locust
Cinematography by Roman Linetsky
Edited by Shahar Amarilio
Combining choreography with improvisation, a company of young dancers creates an atmosphere of "parental absence" in an abandoned building.
Moving Yerevan, 2014, Armenia, 8 min
Directed by Jevan Chowdhury
Produced by Nare Aghababyan
Choreography by Jevan Chowdhury
Featuring National State Ensemble & independent artists
Music by Danny Odom
Filmmaker: Jevan Chowdhury
This short marries the people of Yerevan — the capital of Armenia and one of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities — with the modern day metropolis. Created in public spaces in 3 days and 3 nights.
Exquisite Corps, 2016, USA, 6 min
Produced and Directed by Mitchell Rose
Choreography by 42
Dancing by Bebe Miller, David Dorfman, Victoria Marks, Kyle Abraham, Andrea Miller, Joe Goode, Sara Pearson, Pavel Zuštiak, Doug Varone, Liz Lerman, David Rousseve, Kate Weare, Ann Carlson, Stephan Koplowitz, Larry Keigwin, Mark Dendy, Sidra Bell, Vicky Shick, Susan
Music composed by Robert Een
Music performed by Robert Een, Hearn Gadbois, Carter Burwell, Anne DeMarinis
Edited by Mitchell Rose
42 American contemporary choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance.
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
Performers in disabled and non-disabled dance company "Stopgap" move in and out of photos and across tabletops until the whole company meet and perform in unison.
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.
Groggy Grugg, 2018, United States, 4 min
Produced and Directed by Conor C. Long
Choreography by Brianna Lopez
Featuring University of Utah Screendance
Dancing by Grugg
Music by William Cannon
Filmmaker: Conor C. Long
A claymation screendance short film about that terrible every day struggle to get out of bed for that first delicious cup of coffee.
Never Standing Still: Hong Kong Ballet's 40th Anniversary, 2019, United States, 2 min
Directed by Dean Alexander
Produced by Mikyung Kim
Choreography by Septime Webre
Featuring Design Army
Dancing by Hong Kong Ballet
Music composed by Squeak E Clean Studios
Creative/Art Director by Pum Lefebure
Executive Producer by Jake Lefebure
After successfully redefining Hong Kong Ballet’s brand last year, our goal this year — their 40th anniversary — was to establish Hong Kong Ballet as an institution of national prestige and reach new audiences with the Ballet’s vision. the people of Hong Kong needed to see themselves reflected in the Ballet. Our strategy led us to blend traditional and pop-culture colors, tutus and street clothes, Chinese opera-inspired and contemporary makeup, and a backdrop of iconic Hong Kong landmarks to celebrate the Ballet’s heritage and its spirit of innovation. Hong Kong Ballet, like the city itself, is “Never Standing Still.” The film went viral and earned more than 2 million views.
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.
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.
Amser / Time, 2022, United Kingdom, 6 min
Directed by Deborah Light
Produced by Laura Drane
Choreography by Light Ladd Emberton
Featuring Light Ladd Emberton
Moving through time along Bae Ceredigion/Cardigan Bay, we arrive at today's climate crisis. Sarn Gynfelyn is revealed every low tide and looks like a road into the sea. In fact, it is a glacial moraine laid down 20,000 years ago when ice sheets melted, and it marks the beginning of the global conditions that have enabled human expansion. At Borth, a 6,000 year old forest flourished for a few thousand years. Submerged by the sea, it has since been re-exposed in recent storms. Sarn Gynfelyn and Borth’s forest are both cited as supporting the Cantre'r Gwaelod legend of lost fertile lands in Cardigan Bay, but the geology tells a different story. Moving forwards, we arrive at Fairbourne, a seaside town built on saltmarsh and English industrial wealth. It is now set to become the first UK town to be decommissioned due to sea level rise. It will be demolished and returned to salt marsh and will have existed for less than 200 years. In the intertidal zone, between land and sea, three people move, with arresting visual imagery through these three remarkable sites.