Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema,

Sans Souci at Texas State University - 2022

March 21-26, 2022: Virtual Shorts Program Available and accompanying shorts
March 25: lecture by SSF ED Michelle Bernier, followed by feature documentary screening
March 29: Q&A with directors Ricardo Yahuaca Vázquez, Jazim Meza Beltrán

We’re thrilled to partner once again with one of our longest running screening partners, the Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance. Specially curated with Texas State students in mind, these two screenings represent the breadth and diversity of the screendance genre – from emerging artists to seasoned professionals.

The Infinite Ninth - In-person - March 25, 11am CST

The Infinite Ninth, 2021, Mexico, 61 min

Directed by Ricardo Yahuaca Vázquez, Jazim Meza Beltrán
Produced by Ricardo Yahuaca Vázquez
Choreography by Raúl Tamez
Featuring La Infinita Compañía
Cinematography by Juan Manuel, Yahuaca Vázquez
At the beginning of 2020, La Infinita Compañia finds itself working on La Novena Sinfonía Danza Contemporánea for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday, then the world stopped. Raúl Tamez the director and choreographer of this dance theater play, decides to move on with the project. This documentary shows a historic moment in the life of the dancers and creators that form part of this play based on the legendary masterpiece by Beethoven, during one of the major health crises of modern times. How do you create a dance play in México under these circumstances?

Virtual Shorts Program - available March 21-26

Frame from Persequi

Persequi, 2021, Argentina, 9 min

Produced and Directed by Cecilia Slongo
Choreography and dancing by Cecilia Slongo
“Persequi” investigates the non-linearity and reproduction of the collective memory and its residuality in the body. Inspired by historic events and their ongoing repercussions.

DYNAMITE, 2018, United States, 7 min

Directed by Leila Jarman
Choreography and dancing by Maceo Paisley
Music by Michael Sempert
Cinematography by Ariel Pomerantz
Edited by Leila Jarman
A short, poetic performance art/dance film that investigates gender and masculinity --more specifically the American black male experience-- through embodied inquiry to find spaces where identity exists between and in opposition to social constructs. This film guides us through narrative incorporating movement, spoken word, and chant, as it uncovers truths about race, gender, and success in an ever-changing social landscape.

Dolores, 2020, Brazil, 4 min

Produced and Directed by Loretta Pelosi
Choreography by Loretta Pelosi
Dancing by Loretta Pelosi
Music composed by Desasosiego
Music performed by Fátima Miranda
Cinematography by Moisés Costa
This piece is a study on being female, the pain and the beauty of being what you are. Nothing is certain. It is about putting yourself through a state of transformation.
Frame from Far-flung Dances – V (The Meadow)

Far-flung Dances: V (The Meadow), 2020, Ireland, 5 min

Directed by Mary Wycherley
Produced by Tipperary Dance Platform, Mary Wycherley
Choreography by Mary Wycherley
Dancing by Marion, Sarah Ryan, Éile Simpson
Music composed by Jürgen Simspon
Cinematography by Raja Nundlall
Color by John Talbot
A poignant and timely reflection through the eyes of a child on our human impact on the natural world. The legacy of our time is the challenge for generations to come. Understanding our human impact on the natural world and environment the film negotiates time, scale and innocence while reflecting on ways of seeing, belonging and connecting to our natural world.
Frame from Cygnus

Cygnus, 2018, United States, 6 min

Directed by Cara Hagan, Robert Uehlin
Choreography and dancing by Cara Hagan
Music by Mike Wall
Filmmaker: Robert Uehlin
A short screendance filmed on location on Battle Lake, MN. Cygnus invites us to revel in the beauty of the sunrise over calm waters as the moon slips behind the horizon. A celebration of the earth, the body, and their kinship.
Frame from Erêkauã

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.
Frame from Searching for Wonder

Searching for Wonder, 2018, United States, 6 min

Produced and Directed by Greg Osei
Choreography and dancing by Abdiel Jacobsen
Featuring Abdiel Jacobsen Dance Collective
Music by Greg Osei
Edited by Leonardo Schober
Cinematography by Leonardo Schober
Searching for Wonder was inspired by conversations with fellow artists who have diverse relationships to the African Diaspora. These discussions highlighted how we all feel lost in different ways, because history, slavery, colonialism & fear have left many of us feeling disconnected, searching for something we can’t fully articulate. Searching for Wonder deals with the tremendous power we have to rediscover & reimagine ourselves through our ancestors, their gods, their cultures & our interconnectedness.
Frame from Strings

Strings, 2020, United Kingdom, 12 min

Directed by Natasha Gilmore
Produced by Jo Walmsley
Choreography by Natasha Gilmore
Dancing by Aya Kobayashi, Vince Virr, Jo Pirrie, and Jade Adamson. Young cast from Isobel Mair School.
Music composed by Kim Moore
Edited by Blair Young
Set Design by Fred Pomerehn
Costume Design by Catherine Barthram
"Strings" explores the rich possibilities for connection, communication and creative expression through dance. Bringing together Barrowland Ballet’s dance artists and young people with complex needs, "Strings" celebrates children’s ability to take the lead and express themselves physically.
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.