SSF @ Arvada Center: The World is Our Stage

an evening of dance films from around the world

The world is our stage

  • November 19, 2022
  • 7pm doors, 7:30pm show
  • limited seating – pre-order recommended (when available)

two dancers in white perform suspended by ropes along vertical rock cliffs


Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities logo
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.

in a dance studio, a woman places her hand on the upper back of a man with a mustache

Blue Monday

2019 / Spain / 6 min

Directed by Andrew Margetson
Choreography and Dancing by Agnes Sales Martin and Hector Plaza Hernandez

Synopsis coming soon.

a man stands at a table, leaning heavily toward a woman who smiles in amusement

Guest

2021 / Czech Republic / 10 min

Directed by Regina Hofmanova
Produced by Regina Hofmanova, Barbora Červenková
Choreography by Regina Hofmanova
Featuring I -dancer, – dancer
Dancing by Ivona Szantova, Daniele Iemolo

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When a guest is enthusiastically welcomed into her hosts’ immaculate home, she is inspired to reciprocate with an unexpected introduction to her own world. The result is a surreal and often absurd navigation through familiarity and estrangement, observed through mannerisms and habits, which serve as a metaphor for the fabric connecting and dividing individuals.

a man looks into the camera intensely while he holds an intricate clay sculpture of a face

A Lucky Generation

2020 / Nigeria / 4 min

Directed by Oluwaseun Godwin Usman
Featuring Busayo Olowu

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A Lucky Generation is a dance expression that highlights the effects of change, modernization and identity crisis within the Nigerian society, with Lagos as a visual reference point. It starts with a brief narrative extracted from A Lucky Generation in the book, “There was a Country” by Chinua Achebe. Afterwards, we see our Subject interact with various environments within Lagos state, Nigeria. Our Subject’s face is barely visible from the beginning. The mask and skeletal costume are all symbols representing mystery, conflict (internal and external) and eventually, rediscovery and renewal. The film ends with the Subject revealing his face, suggesting that he has found himself, but yet isn’t satisfied with the results. It now poses a question as to whether he embarks on another journey to understand this Self or he allows the society dictate for him.

a dancer in a feathery dress looks pensively at the floor

The Swan at the Mouth of the River

2021 / Israel / 21 min

Produced and Directed by Daphna Mero
Choreography and Dancing by Bernd R Burgmaier

At the age of 41, Bernd Burgmaier wears his pointe shoes to dance his favorite female role, “The Dying Swan” one last time. After a fulfilling dancing career in Les Ballets Trockadero, he leaves the stage, finds love, and settles in Tel-Aviv. A docu-dance that challenges the binary perceptions of life and gender.

a shirtless man performs on a tall metal pole as seen from a camera positioned at its base

Inexistent Word

2021 / Russian Federation / 7 min

Produced and Directed by Vera Kachinskaya
Choreography and Dancing by Vera Kachinskaya

A lonely naked man is fast asleep, surrounded by the sounds of his dreams. The protagonist wakes up in an unfamiliar area, there is no one around. The Voice appeals to him, it’s a mother’s voice, which accompanies him and brings him to conversation. When the man is ready to answer, the Voice breaks off. The dance sets in.

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Do You Mind Can I Ask What Happened (To Your Legs?)

2022 / United Kingdom / 16 min

Directed by Simon Fildes, Abby Warrilow, Lewis Gourlay
Produced by Victoria Watson, Carys Evans
Choreography by Abby Warrilow
Dancing by Calum Barbour, Tess Letham
Writer by Simon Fildes

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Do you mind can I ask happened (to your legs?) is a semi-narrative moving image work that reflects on what it’s like to experience having a progressive degenerative condition and is the late Simon Fildes’ most tender and compelling work. The film is a love story with a twist, set in the beautiful landscape surrounding the Scottish highland Village of Achiltibuie. Part drama, part screendance, the film draws upon the filmmakers’ deep rooted passion for movement both physically and in-camera.

a face, upside down in the foreground, and a male dancer in black in the background

Sound of Movement

2021 / Germany / 3 min

Produced and Directed by Daniela Meise
Choreography by Minh-Thu Nguyen

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Synopsis coming soon.

two dancers in white perform suspended by ropes along vertical rock cliffs

The Wilyabrup Project

2021 / Australia / 6 min

Directed by Brenna Day, Steven Aliyan
Produced by Brenna Day
Featuring Brenna Day and Bonnie Blewitt

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Above the waves, beneath the sky, against the rock. Moving against a staggering vertical cliff face, suspended above wild crashing ocean, two artists dance with the roaring wind and each-other in a celebration of human connection, our experience of nature and the vast wilderness that is the Wilyabrup sea cliffs. A choreographed performance of two bodies in gravity-defying motion tethered to the rockface, this vertical dance frames the artform against truly wild nature that shows the beauty, fragility and resilience of the human body and the environment. Filmed on Wadandi land in the south west of Western Australia.