Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema,

Sans Souci at the Dairy Drive-In 2020
NIGHT ADDED! Join us as SSF returns to the Dairy for yet another exciting season, sure to entertain, intrigue, and challenge viewers. This curated selection features 11 films is about 75 minutes long and from the U.S., Australia, Belgium, France, and Italy. Beginning at sunset, this ripe selection of some of this season's new films will screen at the Dairy's new outdoor Drive-In Cinema.
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Sedimented Here, 2020, United States, 7 min

Directed by Rachel Barker
Choreography by Rachel Barker
Dancing by McCall McClellan, Jared McClure, Abby Trinca
Music composed by Michael Wall and Troy Sales
Cinematography by Ellen Maynard
This short dance film shot in Moab, Utah (United States), explores relationship between the moving body and outdoor environment, asking, "What movement belongs here?" The dancers immerse themselves in the red rock, water, and sand as the perspective shifts from intimate close-ups to grandiose panoramas, bringing the viewer into this physical desert world.
Frame from Life: Plastic Wrapped

Life: Plastic Wrapped, 2020, United States, 3 min

Directed by Sasha Chudacoff
Choreography and dancing by Sasha Chudacoff
Featuring The Dancing Sisters
Music composed by Steven Seder and Haley White
Music performed by Steven Seder
Cinematography by Trevor Main

Canis Major, 2019, United States, 10 min

Directed by Charli Brissey
Choreography and dancing by Charli Brissey
Featuring Charli Brissey
Music composed by Charli Brissey and Lavender Hex
Cinematography by Charli Brissey
Gender-bending cyborg sci-fi meets experimental choreography as an artist works through severe writer's block with the imaginative help of their dog. Based on many true stories, this video-animation hybrid ruminates on care and concern at the "end of the world."
Frame from Claim

Claim, 2020, United States, 4 min

Directed by Keely Song
Choreography by Keely Song
Music composed by Stephen Taylor
Music performed by Claudine Bigelow
Cinematography by Angela Rosalis Challis
A dance film featuring seven pregnant women.
Frame from T.I.A. (THIS is Africa)

T.I.A. (THIS is Africa), 2015, France, 7 min

Produced and Directed by Matthieu Maunier-Rossi
Choreography and dancing by Aïpeur Foundou
Music composed by Jon Hopkins
Cinematography by Matthieu Maunier-Rossi
Aïpeur Foundou is a Congolese dancer and choreographer. Amidst some popular areas of Brazzaville, he shows us one possible way to freedom.

FÖLD - Sculpted in the Wind, 2019, Italy, 12 min

Directed by Marzio Mirabella
Produced by Balàzs Berzsenyi, Marzio Mirabella
Choreography and dancing by Cristiano Fabbri
Music composed by Matteo Nahum
Cinematography by Marzio Mirabella
The sculptor falls into a creative spiral, following the geography of the places he’s lived, raises from the folds of material, confused as in an embrace a vision takes shape, through the wind of creation.
Frame from Ladies in Waiting

Ladies in Waiting, 2020, United States, 4 min

Directed by Michelle Bernier
Choreography and dancing by Jessica Riggs
Cinematography by Michelle Bernier, Tyler Stocker, Adam Riggs
Filmed on location in and around the City Hall of Nevadaville, Colorado, a gold mining town established in 1859 which is now a ghost town, this short lays out an abstract narrative around a woman's wedding, homemaking, and eventual decay, reflecting on the performance of happiness, isolation, and abandonment, and the potentially oppressive conditions of marriage.
Frame from World of Forms

World of Forms, 2020, United States, 5 min

Directed by Andrea Ward
Choreography by Andrea Ward
Dancing by Tyler Renfroe, Andrea Ward
Music composed by Giles Corey
Cinematography by Rich Denmark
“World of Forms” is a dance short captured underwater. Based on Plato’s “Theory of Forms,” two people move through a world unbound by physical material, where all ideas exist in a fluid and open state. When a woman is left to question how real a physical object is, versus her pool of ideas, she works to lead a younger boy onto a path of truth.
Frame from 4040 HOME

4040 HOME, 2020, Australia, 7 min

Directed by Zoee Marsh
Produced by Fiona Luca
Choreography by Zoee Marsh
Featuring BIND Productions
Dancing by Jayden Wall, Melissa Pham, Tayla Gartner, Cosima Ivy, India Thomas & Amelie Piccinin
Music composed by The CB3
Cinematography by Daniel Bolt
Art is community, and a community with expression, collaboration and conversation can action positive changes for the generations to come.
Frame from In Wake of the Crashing Dawn

In Wake of the Crashing Dawn, 2020, United States, 5 min

Directed by Bruce Tetsuya
Choreography by Bruce Tetsuya, Han Andrew
Dancing by Han Andrew, Verut Mean, Aretha Chui
Music composed by Astre
Cinematography by Jacob Glazier
A young Japanese-American man seeks guidance from the past in order to overcome his modern identity crisis. Meanwhile in 1942, his great grandfather escapes an incarceration camp.

Making Men, 2019, Belgium, 10 min

Directed by Antoine Panier
Produced by Dunia Dance Theatre
Choreography by Harold George
Featuring Dunia Dance Theatre
Music composed by Glen Velez, Murcof, Vivaldi, Peter Broderick
Cinematography by Antoine Panier
Making Men examines the question of masculinity. This dance film zooms in on 4 individuals in the process of becoming men. As is expected, they proceed unquestioningly into manhood through various stages of their lives, adopting the clearly coded characteristics allowed by society. However, a feeling of unease, in the very depths of their being, oppresses them. They feel uncertainty but also something else, harder to define… Shot in the breathtaking landscape of Zimbabwe, the film features strong and rhythmical choreography but also a special camera work that intensifies emotions inspired by the movement.

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Did you know SSF has upcoming virtual screenings, and a series of live Artist Chats? Watch more films here:
Covid-19/Quarantine Challenge super-shorts screening on our website Sep 25 - Oct 2
Dancing on the Edge of Cinema Annual Premiere on CU Presents Digital Sep 25 - Oct 2