SSF @ Colorado College

A curated selection of dance films from around the world.

Virtual screening April 29 – May 1, 2021

Q&A April 30 – 1pm

  • a select audience will be invited to a private Q&A with Colorado filmmaker Bruce Tetsuya

a single male dancer looking up and throwing his arms up at a blue sky

Colorado College
14 E, W. Cache la Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Sans Souci is pleased to announce our newest screening partner: Colorado College. This one hour program of films features a diverse set of dancers and dance styles from six countries, specially curated for CC students.

A strobe lighting effect is present in one film.

program of films

T.I.A. (THIS is Africa)

2015 / France / 7 min

Produced and Directed by Matthieu Maunier-Rossi
Choreography and dancing by Aïpeur Foundou
Music composed by Jon Hopkins
Cinematography by Matthieu Maunier-Rossi

Aïpeur Foundou is a Congolese dancer and choreographer. Amidst some popular areas of Brazzaville, he shows us one possible way to freedom.

The Wayward Wind

2017 / United States / 4 min

Directed by Steve Delahoyde, Monica Thomas
Produced by Steve Delahoyde
Choreography by Monica Thomas
Featuring montom arts
Dancing by Angela Luem, Danielle Gilmore, Michael O’Niell
Music by Carl Sondrol
Filmmaker: Steve Delahoyde

With music by Carl Sondrol, The Wayward Wind uses movement and humor to turn the idea of the “rambling man” on its head.

Migrant Gaze (Olhar Migrante)

2020 / USA & Brazil / 3 min

Directed by Ana Baer, Julia Ziviani
Produced by Bruno Harlyson
Dancing by Ayumi Hanada, Casemiro de Paula Barsalini, Cléo de Paula, Fernando Vitor, Flávia Pinheiro, Júlia Ferreira, Lais Taufic, Robson Lourenço, Victoria Travitzki
Music composed by Joaquin Lopez Chas
Filmmaker: Ana Baer
Cia Eclipse Cultura e Arte Direction by Ricardo Cardoso (Kiko Brown) e Ana Cristina Ribeiro
Groupo Dançaberta Direction by Julia Ziviani

An intimate look at the Immigrant experience focusing on issues of identity, belongingness and displacement through the language of dance. Shot in Campinas, Brazil in collaboration with Dançaberta and Eclipse Cultura e Arte.

Mine

2018 / USA / 8 min

Directed by Sasha Chudacoff
Produced by Sasha Chudacoff, Ian Curry
Choreography by Sasha Chudacoff
Featuring The Dancing Sisters
Dancing by Sasha Chudacoff, Sophia Chudacoff
Music by Sophia Chudacoff
Filmmaker: Ian Curry and Sasha Chudacoff

Sisters Sasha Chudacoff (developing gestures and movement using body-based dance research) and Sophia Chudacoff (creating lyrics and music) collected stories and myths on Peanut and Pershing Mines from elders in Crested Butte, CO. Filmed at a coal mining site from the 1920’s where an iconic structure called the Gronk still stands, the beautiful and popular tourist sites are, sadly, still toxic. After land violence, how is spirit of place honored?

Making Men

2019 / Belgium / 10 min

Directed by Antoine Panier
Produced by Dunia Dance Theatre
Choreography by Harold George
Featuring Dunia Dance Theatre
Music composed by Glen Velez, Murcof, Vivaldi, Peter Broderick
Cinematography by Antoine Panier

Examining the question of masculinity, this dance film zooms in on 4 individuals in the process of becoming men. As is expected, they proceed unquestioningly into manhood through various stages of their lives, adopting the clearly coded characteristics allowed by society.
However, a feeling of unease, in the very depths of their being, oppresses them. They feel uncertainty but also something else, harder to define…
Shot in the breathtaking landscape of Zimbabwe, the film features strong and rhythmical choreography but also a special camera work that intensifies emotions inspired by the movement.

Otherland

2018 / Netherlands / 13 min

Directed by Jan Pieter Tuinstra
Produced by Sanne Cousijn, Camiel Zwart
Choreography by Keren Levi
Dancing by Elvin Elejandro Martinez, Xavier Barthelemi, Zelda Dapaah, Joby Shayron Tremus, Guilliano Pinas, Marvin Oliveira, Cyril Adaine, Mattia Palumbo, Amber Vineyard, Naimah Janse, Debbie Ruijter, Natascha Ruimwij, and more
Music by Hexenschuss
Cinematography by Jan Pieter Tuinstra
Edited by Patrick Janssens

Based on the biographical story of Elvin Elejandro Martinez and narrated by him, ‘Otherland’ is a juxtaposition of two narratives that evoke new associations for viewers: Martinez’s coming of age in Sint Maarten, and his character’s Vogue performance at the Voodoo Carnival Ball. While the visual story of the Ball is fictional, the film is based on in-depth research into the Dutch ballroom community, and all the characters and dancers are part of the European ballroom/vogue community.

In Wake of the Crashing Dawn

2020 / USA / 5 min

Directed by Bruce Tetsuya
Choreography by Bruce Tetsuya, Han Andrew
Dancing by Han Andrew, Verut Mean, Aretha Chui
Music composed by Astre
Cinematography by Jacob Glazier

A young Japanese-American man seeks guidance from the past in order to overcome his modern identity crisis. Meanwhile in 1942, his great grandfather escapes an incarceration camp.

Moving Yerevan

2014 / Armenia / 8 min

Directed by Jevan Chowdhury
Produced by Nare Aghababyan
Choreography by Jevan Chowdhury
Featuring National State Ensemble & independent artists
Music by Danny Odom
Filmmaker: Jevan Chowdhury

This short marries the people of Yerevan — the capital of Armenia and one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities — with the modern day metropolis. Created in public spaces in 3 days and 3 nights.