Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, SansSouciFest.org

SSF @ Roehampton - 2022
Cohosted by Centre of Research in Arts and Creative Exchange, University of Roehampton (UK).


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photo by stills from film sent by Charlotte Gregory
photo by stills from film sent by Charlotte Gregory

Nu Body, 2016, United Kingdom, 9 min

Directed by Sonia Sabri
Produced by Charlotte Gregory
Choreography by Sonia Sabri
Featuring Sonia Sabri Company
Dancing by Sonia Sabri - Dancer/Choreographer/Artistic Director
Music by Sarvar Sabri
Filmmaker: Mat Beckett - River Rea Films
Director of Photography by Mat Beckett
A dynamic and compelling exploration of female experience across boundaries of cultures and time, representing the ongoing search for female emancipation. The film questions what the symbols and traditions of female life, from Eastern cultures in particular, mean in the modern day. The female experience is brought from the shadows to centre stage in a journey of self-discovery, exploring the light vs dark and the real vs fairytale versions of female existence. Sabri’s unique ‘Urban Kathak’ language looks at female body image -- and in particular women’s complex relationships with their own bodies -- teasing the audience with perceptions and misconceptions of the female.
Frame from Migrante

Migrant Gaze (Olhar Migrante), 2020, USA and Brazil, 3 min

Directed by Ana Baer, Julia Ziviani
Produced by Bruno Harlyson
Dancing by Ayumi Hanada, Casemiro de Paula Barsalini, Cléo de Paula, Fernando Vitor, Flávia Pinheiro, Júlia Ferreira, Lais Taufic, Robson Lourenço, Victoria Travitzki
Music composed by Joaquin Lopez Chas
Filmmaker: Ana Baer
Cia Eclipse Cultura e Arte Direction by Ricardo Cardoso (Kiko Brown) e Ana Cristina Ribeiro
Groupo Dançaberta Direction by Julia Ziviani
An intimate look at the Immigrant experience focusing on issues of identity, belongingness and displacement through the language of dance. Shot in Campinas, Brazil in collaboration with Dançaberta and Eclipse Cultura e Arte.
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.

Jah Intervention (Intervenção Jah), 2019, Brazil, 15 min

Directed by Welket Bungué, Daniel Santos
Produced by Welket Bungué
Choreography and dancing by Welket Bungué
Music by Walter Reis, Rádio Escada
Cinematography by Daniel Santos
The intervention is a symbolic walk to exhaustion. The intervention proposes the preliminary warm-up that precedes a fight of titans in a boxing ring. The intervention consists of the movement of the performer sensing the sudden fall when affected by perforations by bullets of semi-automatic weapons. Black people in Brazil are still more than half of the population of the country. Between 2005 and 2015 the number of black people murdered increased by 18% and this also made us the majority of homicide victims, accounting for 71% of all registered bodies. - Brazilian Forum of Public Security (2017)