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Drinks 'n' Dance Film: a Sans Souci Sampler

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Frame from How it Feels

How it Feels, 2019, United States, 30 min

Directed by Amy O'Neal, Kyle Seago
Produced by Amy O'Neal
Choreography by Amy O'Neal
Featuring Amy O'Neal
Dancing by Alfredo "Free" Vergara, Fever One, Mozes Lateef Saleem, Michael O'Neal Jr, Brysen "Just Be" Angeles, Robert Eyerman, Jenay Anolin
Music by Waylon Dungan aka WD4D
Filmmaker: Kyle Seago
This film follows the tour, evolution, and closing of of Amy O'Neal's eighth acclaimed evening length show, Opposing Forces, which explores fears of feminine qualities in our culture through the masculine dance form of Breaking with five world renowned Bboys from Seattle, WA.
Frame from Movement in Structure

Movement in Structure, 2018, United States, 4 min

Directed by Shaun Clarke
Choreography and dancing by John Lam
Music composed by Lucas Vida
Cinematography by Daniel Jacobs
Edited by Shaun Clarke & John Lam
A short dance film exploring the relationship between a dancer and the space he performs in.
Frame from Vestiges

Vestiges, 2019, United States, 7 min

Directed by Mary Fitzgerald, Eileen Standley
Produced by Dmitri Von Klein
Choreography by Mary Fitzgerald, Eileen Standley
Dancing by Taimy Miranda, Joan Rodriguez
Music by Casey Farina
Filmmaker: Dmitri von Klein
Vestiges is a collaborative dance/animation film that explores the multiple ways of imagining legacies of the moving body. The piece delves into questions about what the body leaves behind as it ages – metaphorically speaking, and in terms of the objects we create in the realm of dance and digital arts.
Frame from SOHAM - The Swan

SOHAM - The Swan, 2019, India, 6 min

Directed by Usha Rajeswari
Produced by Divya Devaguptapu
Choreography and dancing by Divya Devaguptapu
Featuring Divya Devaguptapu
Music composed by Ranjani Ramakrishnan
Music performed by Ranjani Ramakrishnan, Prithvi Chandrasekhar, Abhinandan Ramakrishnan, Sunil Kumar
Cinematography by Shiva GRN
Edited by Usha Rajeswari
In the West, Swan Song is an idiom often used to denote a final act or performance, in reference to the beautiful song the swan is believed to sing right before death. In contrast, the East perceives the Swan (Hamsa in Sanskrit) as a symbol of supreme consciousness – of life and freedom. The Swan is a homeless free wanderer, that swims on the surface of the water and soars into the air; at ease in both and not bound to either. In this film, the iconic ballet Dying Swan becomes a point of departure - compositionally, choreographically and metaphorically. SOHAM is the Immortal Swan Song of the East, performed in the movement language of Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance) and a soundscape of Carnatic Music (Indian Classical Music).
Frame from Bloom

Bloom, 2018, United States, 9 min

Produced and Directed by Yelena Konetchy
Choreography by Aurelio Planes and Inna Grudtcina
Dancing by AJ Garcia, Aurelio Planes, Inna Grudtcina, Jack Anthony Dunlap II
Music composed by Nathaniel Earl
Cinematography by Peter Klemek
Edited by Vanessa Pla, Thomas Knox, and Yelena Konetchy
In a modern, overly-trinketed living room, a child tinkers with her various excessive collections. The space is repositioning around her, sculpted by a task-consumed group of masked personas, intersecting each other’s pathways in perfect, non-colliding harmony. Several realities are existing in conjunction. The child is left to question which of these realities will ultimately serve her.
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 by Mike Wall
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.
Frame from Nela

Nela, 2018, United Kingdom, 3 min

Produced and Directed by Andrew Margetson
Choreography by Will Tucket
Featuring The Royal Ballet
Dancing by Marianela Nuñez
Music composed by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse
Music performed by Nina Simone
Cinematography by Federico Alfonzo
Edited by David Webb
A strikingly intimate study of the great classical ballerina Marianela Nuñez as she dances to Nina Simone, choreographed by Will Tuckett.

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