Mission and Vision

Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema was established in 2003
in Boulder, Colorado (USA).

Our Mission

The Sans Souci mission is two-fold:

  • To provide a space for the community to share an experience of dance cinema
  • To elevate the ever-changing nature, culture, and field of dance cinema

We seek to fulfill our mission in these ways:

  • enacting policies that move toward a more racially just and socially equitable landscape for dance cinema, and holding ourselves accountable to those standards
  • making dance cinema accessible to more audiences, to educate, to entertain, to provoke, to inspire, to develop appreciation and appetite for the work
  • giving exposure to artists from all walks of life who are making work within this field
  • instigating transnational connection between artists, and between artists and audiences
  • encouraging an expansive definition of dance and an appreciation for experimental interdisciplinary forms, including mixed-media works and a variety of film, video, and live performance possibilities
  • fostering a forum for the evolving conversation between dance and cinema – celebrating both and their potential to cross-pollinate
  • providing a quality, professional presentation setting, and taking meticulous care in exhibiting our artists’ work
  • bringing the work of international artists to Boulder, Colorado, USA, and sharing the work of our contributing artists, including local Colorado artists, with a wider national and international audience
  • providing support and feedback to our applicants, and ongoing opportunities to dance filmmakers
  • actively programming and promoting diversity – of race, ethnicity, gender, ability, age, geography, economic status, experience level, dance forms, film styles and more – among our audiences, artists, and boards, and among the films we screen
  • snacking together – we promise to have treats to share at our screenings whenever possible

Our Vision

We are working toward a world:

  • that enables interconnectedness of local, national, and international arts communities
  • where all communities have equitable access to dance cinema, and are exposed to a full spectrum of technology and performance possibilities
  • in which artists have access to a scaffold of support: relevant education, professional development, networking and funding opportunities
  • that promotes disruption, wonder, provocation, inspiration in its artists and audiences
  • where facilitators lead with unpretentious compassion
  • where, by understanding community needs and serving as a gathering place, Sans Souci continues to build audiences and their appreciation of dance cinema

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.