SSF @ Age Well Center: Dance is Like a Fine Wine

Dance is Like a Fine Wine

claymation dancer in a white tutu with a coffee cup

Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema is offering a series of new programs designed to introduce viewers to dance film, connect artists with audiences, and encourage movement and artistic expression in the community. Each in-person event will consist of a dance class designed for movers of all mobility levels and types, a dance film screening, and a discussion with a local filmmaker. Films shown will be screendances (an artistic medium that fuses choreography and cinematography) as well as dance documentaries, and the lineups will feature dancers from around the world with a focus on dancers across the age spectrum. Michelle Bernier, Co-Director of the Festival, will facilitate discussions with featured local artists, and dance teachers will rotate monthly. No dance experience necessary, come as you are, leave when you want!

West Age Well Center
909 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

Accessibility: ADA accessible building, screening on the first floor, wheelchair seating available upon request.

with support from
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May 9, 2022 from 12-2pm

low-mobility-friendly dance class, dance film screening, and discussion with a local artist
free to the public age 60 and better

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

June 13, 2022 from 12-2pm

low-mobility-friendly dance class, dance film screening, and discussion with a local artist
free to the public age 60 and better (register here)

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Coil & Web

2020 / United States / 9 min

Directed by Gretchen LaBorwit
Produced by Evolving Doors Dance
Dancing by Erika Curry-Elrod, Hanna Ghadessi, Gretchen LaBorwit, Samantha Lewis, Kat Kalamaras, Angie Simmons, Alfred Smith, Victoria Stone
Music composed by High Fiction
Movement Invention by Angie Simmons
Music Direction & Editing by Amy Shelley

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Bodies swirl and shift through Coil & Web, navigating natural elements and internal landscapes, contemplating the accelerating disconnect and the unseen entanglement of life forces on our planet. At the core of our being lies a code that defines us, a script that writes our story and interweaves our lives with others, making it evident that, even at our basic genetic level, we are 99.9% alike…more alike than we are different. This internal connection expands from living being to living being, creating an invisible web that is imperceptible to measure, yet omnipresent. Coil & Web journeys to a place where pushing past the noise and tuning in to a deeper connection aligns us on the same frequency, spiraling towards oneness and turning away from division.

a woman in Hindi clothing, jewelry and makeup smiles, while extended in a deep lunge toward the camera

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).

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Unspoken Spoken

2018 / United Kingdom / 18 min

Directed by Fin Walker, Ross McGibbon
Produced by Candoco Dance, The Space
Choreography by Fin Walker
Featuring Candoco
Dancing by Tomas Gulgec, Roberta Pitre, Jess Dowsewell, Dan Daw, Jemima Hoadley, Julie Cleves
Music composed by Ben Park
Music performed by Ben Park, Rebecca Jordan, Buffy Rowe, James Taylor, Geriel, Suzuki Destanika
Cinematography by Ross McGibbon
Edited by Josh Levinsky

Breaking down the rules that restrict us, those that lie within and those that lie without.

claymation dancer in a white tutu with a coffee cup

Groggy Grugg

2018 / United States / 4 min

Produced and Directed by Conor C. Long
Choreography by Brianna Lopez
Featuring University of Utah Screendance
Dancing by Grugg
Music by William Cannon
Cinematography by Conor C. Long

A claymation screendance short film about that terrible every day struggle to get out of bed for that first delicious cup of coffee.

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

July 11 2022 from 12-2pm

low-mobility-friendly dance class, dance film screening, and discussion with a local artist
free to the public age 60 and better

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

August 8 2022 from 12-2pm

low-mobility-friendly dance class, dance film screening, and discussion with a local artist
free to the public age 60 and better