SSF @ Lafayette: Dance is Like a Fine Wine

three free screenings in Lafayette, Colorado

I. Dance is Like a Fine Wine

  • April 22, 2022 at The Collective in Lafayette, Colorado
  • 7pm

II. Kids + Dance + Film

  • July 9, 2022 at the Lafayette Public Library
  • 2pm

III. Dance is Like a Fine Wine

  • November 4, 2022 at The Collective in Lafayette, Colorado
  • 7pm

three young female dancers in fancy dresses examine an elaborate tiered cake

Back for a 5th season in Lafayette, SSF is proud to present a series of screenings that are free and open to the public. We began the year at treasured Lafayette art gallery, SSF @ The Collective with Dance is Like a Fine Wine, presenting films from our creative aging program where dancers all along the age spectrum are celebrated onscreen. In this special Earth Day edition, we also featured some films that call us to consider our relationship with the Earth in all her glory, as well as a Q&A discussion with local artists following the screening. We continue the series with our beloved family-friendly event “Kids+Dance+Film,” a charming romp through the world of dance cinema, specially curated for kids and families.

with support from
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I. Dance is Like a Fine Wine

April 22, 2022 at 7pm
free

a silhouette of a woman tap dancing on a bench; part of the Sans Souci logo

II. Kids + Dance + Film

July 9, 2022 at 2pm
free

a silhouette of a woman tap dancing on a bench; part of the Sans Souci logo

III. Dance is Like a Fine Wine

November 4, 2022 at 7pm
free

The Collective
201 N Public Rd
Lafayette, CO 80026

Accessibility: ADA accessible building, theatre on the first floor with ramp entrance on Geneseo St., wheelchair seating available upon request.

The screening runs approximately 72 minutes, followed by a Q&A with local artists.

a dancer wearing wings silhouetted in orange light

Unfurling the Wings Within

2022 / United States / 3 min

Choreography by Samuel Tomatz, Merlyn Holmes
Featuring Creativity Alive
Dancing by Merlyn Holmes, Kathryn Aronson, Chelsea Magyar
Music composed by Richard Turco

With all our natural, human desire to “fly” in all that metaphoric glory, it can be a mystery where and how we can access our wings to do so. Imagine your wings now (whether visible or not) and how it might feel to unfurl them, maybe as you squeeze your shoulder blades together. Where do the wings seem to come from? Is it the shoulder blade itself? Or is it maybe deeper within?

costumed dancers push an upright piano on wheels down a street while a woman in a yellow dress sits atop it

The Area

2014 / Ireland / 26 min

Directed by Ríonach Ní Néill & Joe Lee
Choreography by Ríonach Ní Néil
Featuring Ciotóg

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The Macushla Dance Club for the over-50s is a motley group of people from Dublin’s north inner city, with a common love of dancing. They’ve climbed out of bedroom windows, and sneaked in back doors, to dance. They’ve danced on pianos, in backyards, up stairs and in cellars — wherever and whenever they could. This is their story. Their lives are written on Dublin’s streets. They’ve seen buildings go up and fall down, but they’ve excavated their memories from under car-parks, tenements and half-built ruins, to share their lives, loves, losses, and most of all, their irrepressible joy for life.

a woman in a flowery scarf dances with a white painted chair

Imágenes de una Realidad (Images of a Reality)

2020 / Mexico / 4 min

Directed by Ana Baer, Cecilia Appleton
Produced by Baer Productions

An intimate view at an intergenerational family living in one of the largest cities in the world. Filmed on location in Mexico City.

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Sitting with Plastic

2021 / United States / 9 min

Directed by Shawn Hove
Choreography by Lisa Race
Featuring Race Dance & shove gently dance/theater

In Sitting with Plastic, collaborators Lisa Race and Shawn Hove interrogate Race’s reckoning with an aging dancing body. Through Hove’s questioning and set, and Race’s alternately tense gripping, then airily floating movement, the film exposes a disconnect between an external view of oneself increasingly not matching the internal view we sometimes carry of ourselves as we age.

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Back Home

2020 / Italy / 1 min

Directed by Luca Di Bartolo
Choreography by Giorgia Damasco

How big is our vital space? What shapes, sounds and colors can it acquire? Through a constant search for opposites (light / dark, full / empty, sleep / wakefulness), Back Home looks at emotional perception as a vital parameter, admitting its subjectivity of manifestations in relation to the present.

a split frame with tree branch silhouettes on the left and a woman with long grey hair dressed in dark colors on the right

Hiraeth

2022 / United Kingdom / 6 min

Choreography by Jayne Lee
Edited by Amanda Kapp

Hiraeth is a Welsh noun which means “a spiritual longing for a home that perhaps never was.” Nostalgia for ancient places to which we cannot return. It is the echo of the lost places of our soul’s past and a grief for them. It is in the wind, the trees, the clouds, the rocks and the waves. It is nowhere it is everywhere. Filmed by dancer, choreographer, Jayne Lee during the pandemic mostly in 2020.

several young people look skyward, left arms raised tall

In Pursuit of Joy: A Screendance BBQ

2019 / United Kingdom / 9 min

Directed by Omari Carter
Produced by The Motion Dance Collective
Choreography by Omari ‘Motion’ Carter

This film has been developed through the exploration of the cultural, universal and individual joy of each performer. Inviting the viewer to experience an embodied feeling of joy through dance, home-movie inspired cinematography and montage editing. Resulting in the presentation of a new harmonic, between a naturally occurring and performed expressions of joy.

three young female dancers in fancy dresses examine an elaborate tiered cake

Let Them Eat Cake!

2022 / United Kingdom / 10 min

Directed by Avatâra Ayuso
Produced by AWA DANCE
Choreography by Avatâra Ayuso

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Let Them Eat Cake! is a dance film on girl empowerment, where three teenagers rebel against how society dictates how they see themselves. In Let Them Eat Cake! the three characters transform from being “perfect girls” to agents of change by embracing who they really are.

a woman dressed in loose black clothing dances in a old room with two windows and peeling paint

正念 – Now

2021 / China / 4 min

Directed by Robin Mahieux
Produced by Jacob Jonas, Vany Sun, Somewhere Magazine
Choreography by Gypsy Snider
Featuring Jacob Jonas

A woman, who deeply sleeps inside the limbs of her past, amongst the rubble of a previous life. She awakens to the fullness of the present moment, stepping into now, forsaking the past, and mindfully moving into the future. 正念 – Now is a contemplation dancing piece that celebrates the spirit of living in the present, with mundane lives and destroyed places in Shanghai that many barely notice as the backdrops.