SSF @ CU Boulder: Dancing on the Edge of Cinema

live multimedia performance, installations, and dance films curated by SSF and CU Dance faculty and alumni

Dancing on the Edge of Cinema

  • September 24 & 25, 2021
  • 7pm doors/installations, 7:30pm show
  • same program both evenings
  • tickets available through
    CU Presents

Once again we partner with our friends at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Theatre & Dance to highlight an eclectic selection of the season’s films from around the world. From the highly produced to the highly experimental, these screenings exude technical excellence, dazzling visuals and a stunning experience at the intersection of cinematography and choreography.

With films from nine countries, the screening and installations feature a plethora of dance forms, from contemporary, contact improvisation and tap to Native American Fancy and Jingle dances, pole, and breakin… even some underwater dancing! The show opens with a live multimedia performance, and installations will be looping in the lobby before and after the show and during intermission, for an immersive and refreshing experience.

University of Colorado
Charlotte York Irey Theatre (university theater building)
261 UCB
Boulder, CO 80302

Accessibility: handicap parking, wheelchair seating available upon request, theatre on the first floor with ramps to building, all installations accessible.

Presented in collaboration with
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live performance

several bodies wrapped in white fabric with images projected onto them


2021 / United States / 12 min

Directed by Ana Baer Carrillo
Choreography and Dancing by Michelle Nance, Nicole Wesley, and Brandon Gonzalez
Videography by Brandon Gonzalez and Ana Baer
Dramaturgy Kevin Byrne
Light/Scenic Design by Cheri Prough DeVol
Costume Design by Monica Pasut
Music Composed by Joaquin Lopez Chas

An interdisciplinary exploration of human connections set to specific environments. A kinesthetic visual and aural study on freedom, restraint, resistance, flexibility, adaptability and despair.

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


This screening runs approximately 80 minutes plus one 10-minute intermission. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early to engage with the installations; some installations will have head phones for a more up close and personal experience with the films. A strobe light is present in one film.

two Asian men and one white man blow bubblegum

The Bait

2020 / China / 6 min

Directed by Chenglong Tang
Produced by Chenglong Tang, Huang Jun, Siyang Fu, Anna Alexandre
Choreography by Chenglong Tang
Dancing by Shifei Chen, Zibo Geng, Théo Pendle
Music Composed by Xiaogang Zeng
Cinematography by Siyang Fu, Huang Jun
Edited by Xiaoxiu Guo, Shifei Chen
Sound Design by Qian Lei, Xiaogang Zeng
Color Correction by A Xing

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Three characters are carried away in a frantic race. They will fight to win… But for what? What if all this was just a decoy? This dance film transposes into our contemporary world the ancestral fable of Jiang Gong, humble fisherman and great strategist of the Zhou dynasty, whose catches were caught without bait. A universal story about the loss of identity, the abandonment of oneself and the renunciation of free will.

two women dancers in white jump suits in an abandoned factory, framed by a bright window

Entre Puerto Rico y Richmond: Women in Resistance Shall Not Be Moved

2020 / United States / 17 min

Directed by Alicia Diaz
Produced by David Riley
Choreography by Alicia Diaz, co-created with Christine Wyatt and Christina Leoni-Osion
Dancing by Christine Leoni-Osion, Christine Wyatt
Written by Patricia Herrera

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This dance film combines biography, poetry, and ritual with the energy of live performance to bridge stories of resistance and liberation between Puerto Rico and Richmond, VA, honoring Black women tobacco workers in Richmond and Puerto Rican tobacco factory readers and activists Dominga de La Cruz Becerril (1909-1981) and Luisa Capetillo (1879-1922).

twin dancers in tap boots and jeans sit side by side, with another man's face projected behind

Bad Hombre

2020 / United States / 3 min

Produced and Directed by Martin Lombard, Facundo Lombard
Choreography and Dancing by Martin Lombard, Facundo Lombard
Featuring Lombard Twins
Music by Antonio Sanchez
Cinematography by Andy Cao
Camera Operation by Andy Cao, Anai Garcia Medina

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.

a brown-skinned woman with a mask hangs on and looks through a fence

Dastak: Fire

2020 / United States / 7 min

Directed by Darren Johnson
Choreography by Ananya Chatterjea
Featuring Ananya Dance Theatre

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Filmed amidst ruins of the Minneapolis Uprising following the murder of George Floyd, Dastak: Fire, part 3 of a series created with Guggenheim Award winning choreographer Ananya Chatterjea and her company of fierce, BIPOC Women & Femmes, is a soul-stirring dance meditation tracing the knockings of disruption and injustice on our hearts and communities.

10-minute intermission

a nude dance pressed against a brick wall grabs her ribcage

Losing Touch

2021 / Greece / 1 min

Directed by Mavra Peponis
Choreography by Mavra Peponis
Music Composed by Nicoleta Chatzopoulou

A cat in spring quarantine.

five dark skinned dancers stand in the sand at the beach with eyes closed

Like Water

2020 / United Kingdom / 9 min

Directed by Mthuthuzeli November
Produced by Richard Bolton
Choreography by Mthuthuzeli November
Dancing by José Alves, Isabela Coracy, Alexander Fadayiro, Marie Astrid Mence, Ebony Thomas
Music composed by Georgina Lloyd-Owen
Cinematography by Nauris Buksevics
Artistic Direction by Cassa Pancho MBE
Written by Asisipho Malunga

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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.

one dancer holds a hand, leaning away from the group

Los Perros del Barrio Colosal

2021 / United States / 12 min

Directed by Omar Román De Jesús
Choreography by Omar Román De Jesús
Dancing by Rafael Cañals, Carlos Falú Sanchez, Rachel Seacrest, Ian Spring, Christian Warner, Spencer Weidie
Cinematography by Drew L. Brown
Costumes by Omar Román De Jesús

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Through the exaggerated mannerisms of daytime television, the six characters of Los Perros del Barrio Colosal take us on a wild romp through the challenges of creative decision making. Diving dramatically into the adventure of an imagination yet to be physicalized, they ask us to consider the far side of the moments when our ideas threaten, with disjointed urgency, to swallow us whole.

several Native American dancers raise a hand holding a red flag

Ozhigaabawi (One Stands Ready)

2021 / United States / 7 min

Directed by Jamie Kalama Wood
Produced by Scott Cook, Jamie Kalama Wood
Featuring BYU Living Legends
Jingle Choreography by Tyra Tsosie, Mari Tsosie
Fancy Choreography by Naakaii Tsosie, Patrick Willie, Naataanii Tsosie

Female Jingle Dancers and Male Fancy Dancers offer a combined piece in honor and recognition of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (specifically amongst Native American and Alaskan Native women). “Ozhigaabawi” means “One Stands Ready.” As a group of indigenous dancers, we feel it is important that we not only represent the beauty of our communities, but also the realities of our people. It was important to me to create a work that empowers both our female and male dancers to show that they stand ready to make a change for the better. Traditionally, Jingle is a dance of healing and strength. Men’s Fancy is a dance of agility and strength. Our hope is that by putting them together, we offer strength and healing to those who have been harmed by sexual and physical violence–not just the individuals but also the families and communities at large.

a brown-skinned woman leans back on a tree beside a lake

Listening Tree

2020 / United States / 1 min

Directed by Darren Johnson
Choreography and Dancing by Ananya Chatterjea
Cinematography by Darren Johnson

A tree on the banks of the Mississippi: What stories does it hold? Multiple branches embedded in our environment, Listening Tree affirms our relationality with life-forces of our world.

one dancer in the foreground and two in the background with buckets on their heads


2020 / Ireland / 6 min

Directed by Laura Murphy
Choreography by Laura Murphy
Dancing by Marion Cronin, Sarah Ryan, Kevin Coquelard
Music Composed by Melanie
Cinematography by Luca Truffarelli

Tide contrasts the pace of industry with human movement, and the soft yielding nature of the body with the hard edges of manmade objects.

a cutout photograph of a boy dancing, superimposed on a dumpster in front of a mountain city landscape


2021 / Brazil / 1 min

Directed by Paulo Accioly
Produced by Estranha Força
Choreography by Ernane Ferreira
Dancing by Kauã

Kauã dances in the hill, like a bird of prey.

a dancer balances precariously on her shoulder, with her feet toward the sky


2020 / Netherlands / 6 min

Directed by Moniek Van der Kallen
Produced by Lazlo Tonk, Dylan Tonk
Choreography by Moniek van der Kallen, Alicia Verdú Macián
Dancing by Alicia Verdú Macián
Cinematography by Erwan Van Buuren
Edited by Danjel Van den Hoogen

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.

two dancers on a pole reach high and wide, set against a mountain backdrop

Axis Mundi

2020 / France / 2 min

Directed by Patrick Foch
Choreography by Deborah Torres Garguilo
Featuring Céline Garbay, Loriana Lorenzon
Cinematography by Benjamin Ziegler

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.

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


5 b-boys in headstands form a circle


2020 / France / 22 min

Directed by Antoine Billet
Choreography, Costumes, and Set Design by Jann Gallois
Dancing by Mickael Alberi, Romain Boutet, Hugo De Vathaire, Geoffroy Durochat, Razy Essid
Featuring BurnOut
Cinematography and Editing by Antoine Billet
Camera Operation by Pascal Sentenac
Sound Design by Christophe Zurfluh
Light Design by Cyril Mulon
Costumes by Hitomi Tsuchida, Claude Murgia

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A veritable physical and technical performance, Jann Gallois upends the senses and solicits five B-boys to not take their head off the ground. How can one find meaning in a topsy-turvy world like the one today, where we seem to be walking more and more on our heads? Jann Gallois develops a choreographic language from different hip hop figures that she trained in, such as the Reverse, the Head Spin, and the Chair Freeze. From these figures, there is a whole range and variation of movements with the head constantly on the floor. Choreographed to the smallest detail, Reverse evokes the man-machine caught in the cogs of a complex and ordered system and evolves finally to leave space for a circular composition that softens the angles and progressively allows a collective osmosis to emerge.

dozens of bodies clad in black from head to toe speckle a rooftop


2017 / Iran / 15 min

Directed by Alireza Keymanesh, Amir Pousti
Produced by 33 Projects
Choreography by Alireza Keymanesh
Music Composed by Peter Pir Hoseinlou
Cinematography by Peyman Kermani, Kasra Bordbar
Camera Operation by Amir Pousti

Flatland has been made based on a book of the same name written by Edwin Abbott in 1884, which describes a two-dimensional world occupied by geometric figures. The narrator is a square named A Square, a member of the caste of gentlemen and professionals, who guides the readers through some of the implications of life in two dimensions. On New Year’s Eve he visited by a three-dimensional sphere named A Sphere, which he cannot comprehend until he sees Space land (a tridimensional world) for himself. This experimental short film has come out of a group exhibition under the collective title Flatland, curated by Ms. Golbarg Barzin. The exhibition comprised works by seven other artists in various fields of art, such as sculpture, painting and visual art.

a woman swims underwater toward surface light, oriented sideways


2020 / United States / 8 min

Directed by Jennifer Akalina Petuch, Annali Rose
Choreography and Dancing by Annali Rose
Music Composed by Lincoln Sandham
Cinematography by Jennifer Akalina Petuch
Costume Design by Annali Rose

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Liminality is inspired by reimagining what Odette may have experienced upon plunging to her death in the lake from the classical ballet “Swan Lake.” It is a moment of suspended reality and a story of disenchantment, self-discovery and transformation. In our modern world we know that “happily ever after” is a journey and we have the ability to exercise our own agency to create our experience. In our story, the heroine is exploring the space in between life and death. She is coming to terms with the end of her world as she knew it and finding the strength and courage to move into a new existence.

an older white woman in a chair closing her eyes, with a younger black woman touching her face

The Window Kind of Opens by Itself

2019 / United States / 11 min

Directed by Anya Cloud, Rebecca Salzer
Choreography by Anya Cloud
Dancing by Ishmael Houston-Jones, Sara Shelton Mann, taisha paggett, Kristianne Salcines

An impressionistic screendance poem constructed from 3 days of improvised duets, The Window Kind of Opens by Itself is an intergenerational dance film that centers the embodied intersection of four important experimental dance artists of this time. It explores radical expressions of self within duet form to reveal intimate and epic portals of connection, divergence, and aliveness. The work is a ritual and a reckoning, Through immediacy, touch, sweat, laughter, and exquisite composition this dance film ignites the imagination and activates spaces for transformation.

a dark haired person lays on their side atop old plywood next to a pond

Outer Rim: Attending to the Edges

2020 / United States / 6 min

Directed by Madison Palffy
Choreography by Madison Palffy
Dancing by Molly McBride and Madison Palffy
Music Composed by Marc Candilore

Outer Rim: Attending to the Edges works improvisationally and ecologically, asking us to consider the margins and edges of our lives. How do I feel the edges of my body? Of my self? How do I locate myself in a location, a history?

comic book style image of a dancer crouching with hands open

Stamping Ground

2021 / United Kingdom / 1 min

Directed by Thomasin Gülgeç
Choreography and Dancing by Thomasin Gülgeç

Dry white and wintry black. Outlines of a movement practice.