an evening of dance films, documentaries, and music videos
If you’re new to dance film, this is the screening for you! In our first collaboration with Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, we’re highlighting selections from our 18th annual festival season. Featuring documentaries, music videos, and short dance films, this lineup hails from the U.S., Brazil, India, Ireland, France, Netherlands, and the U.K., and has a little something for everyone.
The program will include some styles you know and love — tap, ballet, and contemporary dance — and some styles you may not be as familiar with — Nangiarkoothu, traditional Irish dance, and so much more. With viewers who have never experienced a dance cinema screening in mind, we’ve curated this particular program with as much variety as possible, illustrating the diversity, depth, and artistry of the films in the genre.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd
Arvada, CO 80003
Accessibility: handicap parking, theatre on the first floor with ramps to building, wheelchair seating available upon request.
program of films
This screening runs approximately 75 minutes plus one 10-minute intermission. A strobe light is present in one film.
2021 / France / 5 min
The Gift is a dance performance to express the beauty inside all of us.
2020 / Netherlands / 6 min
Exhale starts in shock, when a traumatic event makes you aware of your vulnerability. Your reality has been affected. Can you trust your senses? Exhale evokes reflection, letting go of your anger and overcoming the feeling of powerlessness. And ultimately regaining confidence in your own instincts and body.
2020 / United Kingdom / 9 min
Like Water acknowledges the resilience of our ancestors, passed down from generation to generation. A world unkind to our people, yet somehow we survive. A world that that has conditioned us to not see the beauty of our skin, hair, culture and our people. But like water we flow, like water we change shape. We remain resilient.
2020 / United States / 3 min
A dancer is shot from 16 camera angles and edited at a disturbing rate. And then suddenly, nothing happens. Intrigued? Watch on.
2020 / United States / 3 min
Artists / performers Martin and Facundo Lombard and five-time Grammy-winning drummer / composer Antonio Sánchez, tell, through the language of music and dance, the story of a man who struggles to make his voice heard and what this can cause.
The Nangiarkoothu Artist
2020 / India/United States / 12 min
The Nangiarkoothu Artist is a portrait dance film that uses a multi-narrative approach of traditional storytelling and a staged dance performance to create a poetic profile of a young Nangiarkoothu artist, who practices and teaches a 2000 year old Sanskrit dance/theatre art form in Kerala, India. The audience is invited to become part of the dancer’s world and leave with a new awareness of an art form so ancient and yet little known to the larger world.
2021 / Brazil / 1 min
Kauã dances in the hill, like a bird of prey.
I Modh Rúin
2017 / Ireland / 11 min
What would compel you to go against the status quo and bring up your family as Irish speakers in English-speaking Ireland of the 1950s to 1980s? In I Modh Rúin (in secret), Ríonach Ní Néill blends film, dance, interviews and music to tell the story of five women who did just that.
2019 / United States / 4 min
The music and dance video Swarm Raid is a surreal trip to the grocery store inspired by an army ant swarm raid.
2021 / United States / 4 min
Flood is a depiction of time and its build in spacial dynamics. Showing moments of interaction that dwell in surreal forms of suspension.
2020 / France / 2 min
The “axis mundi” is a connection between heaven and earth, between the divine and the material. With this gravity-defying choreography, imagined and performed at the top of a mountain and on the verticality of a pole dance bar, I wanted to deliver my own vision of this “axis mundi.” Two bodies merge and evolve precisely between earth and sky, in a quest for physical and spiritual elevation along this invisible thread.
The Air Before Me
2021 / United States / 5 min
The Air Before Me is a short dance film that connects ethereal space and light with human agency in a continual affirmation of the present’s power.
2020 / United States / 7 min
An abstracted film to contribute to the fight against racism. As an immigrant, I have experienced it first hand. This film showcases the beauty and richness of humanity. Nine cultures unite to make art. The dancers will tell you what brings humanity together. We must come together. This project was funded by the Utah Film Commission, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and BYU Arts Partnership.