SSF @ Museum of Boulder: Festival Premiere 2022

an evening of dance cinema installation, performance, and films screening on the museum rooftop

19th annual festival season premiere

  • September 2-4, 2022
  • installations, screening, and live performance
  • 6:45pm doors/installations, 7:30pm show
  • screening on the rooftop patio!
  • food provided by T/ACO (must pre-purchased along with your ticket)
  • beverages available for purchase onsite

dozens of people watch a dance film on an rooftop at dusk with mountains in the background

Join Sans Souci for a night to remember as we return to The Museum of Boulder to celebrate the opening of our 19th season!

You’ll enter like a star through a VIP red carpet photo area…it is a film festival, after all! Grab a local brew or glass of wine, and check out video installations looping throughout the Museum before the screening for an intimate experience with select films. Take a peek at the Museum’s open exhibits, and delight in the surprise of live dance performance around every corner on your way to pick up your pre-purchased burrito bowls on the rooftop patio.

The main event will begin at 7:30pm as we embark on screening of our new season’s top scoring dance films. As always, our selections are submitted from around the world and curated by a panel of professional dance filmmakers to bring you the most cutting edge work in the realm where dance and cinema collide. All these films are making their SSF debut, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Museum of Boulder
2205 Broadway St
Boulder, CO 80302

Accessibility: handicap parking, wheelchair seating available upon request, elevator to roof, all installations accessible.

With support from
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Sponsored by
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This screening runs approximately 67 minutes. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early to engage with the installations, shown below.

a man does a headstand on a small cluster of rocks near the ocean shore, head obscured

Amser / Time

2022 / United Kingdom / 6 min

Directed by Deborah Light
Produced by Laura Drane
Choreography by Light Ladd Emberton
Featuring Light Ladd Emberton

Moving through time along Bae Ceredigion/Cardigan Bay, we arrive at today’s climate crisis. Sarn Gynfelyn is revealed every low tide and looks like a road into the sea. In fact, it is a glacial moraine laid down 20,000 years ago when ice sheets melted, and it marks the beginning of the global conditions that have enabled human expansion. At Borth, a 6,000 year old forest flourished for a few thousand years. Submerged by the sea, it has since been re-exposed in recent storms. Sarn Gynfelyn and Borth’s forest are both cited as supporting the Cantre’r Gwaelod legend of lost fertile lands in Cardigan Bay, but the geology tells a different story. Moving forwards, we arrive at Fairbourne, a seaside town built on saltmarsh and English industrial wealth. It is now set to become the first UK town to be decommissioned due to sea level rise. It will be demolished and returned to salt marsh and will have existed for less than 200 years. In the intertidal zone, between land and sea, three people move, with arresting visual imagery through these three remarkable sites.

a light skinned woman with dark hair leans back gently, hand to forehead, with a sheer rock cliffside in the background


2021 / United Kingdom / 4 min

Produced and Directed by Katie Beard, Naomi Turner
Choreography by Liv Lockwood

watch the trailer

Scapelands is a short dance film that explores our primal connections with nature and the effect of urban living on the human mind. With countries in lockdown due to the current global pandemic, the psychological impact of our physical environments is being felt more significantly across the world than ever before. Scapelands was commissioned by BBC Arts and Arts Council England as part of the New Creatives scheme.

two dancers with square cardboard masks over their heads extend their arms out in a graceful, birdlike manner

La Fuga dei Cervelli

2022 / France / 5 min

Directed by Mathieu Mondoulet, Thibaut Eiferman
Produced by Thibaut Eiferman
Choreography by Thibaut Eiferman
Featuring Company Entity
Dancing by Thibaut Eiferman, Chiara Corbetta

We all walk according to who we are socially. The body is a receptacle for everything we have experienced. Our identities are boxes filled with ideas imposed upon us according to the norms of the world we live in. Since childhood, we are trained in a way that dictates who we will be and perhaps takes away the awareness of choosing or the freedom to choose ourselves. Do we have the capacity to reinvent ourselves? What tools can we put in place to return to a state of awareness of who we are without external influence? Who would we be if we could see into our learned habits? “Brain drain” is an expression that designates a gradual exhaustion or flight of youth by emigration to a more favorable place according to its qualities. This expression, often used in a political or economic context (it would be, for example, often used to speak about the Italian youth who leave their country for fear of not finding a job in a situation favorable to the desires of their generation), in this video finds another meaning. Here, this flight will be deployed by those who wish to find a meaning to their life, towards nature and towards their nature. “Favorable” becomes the opposite of what it was. Instead of a flight to pursue over-individualization, the “favorable” place is one of collective effort to return to the essence of things.

a woman with close shaved hair gives an expressionless look with eyes closed and head tilted


2022 / United States / 5 min

Directed by Lane Michael Stanley
Produced by Lowell Blank, Sarah Jack, Lane Michael Stanley
Choreography by Sarah Jack
Dancing by Erica EG Gionfriddo, Thomas Sommo

An experimental dance film about grief, substance abuse, and recovery.

two dancers on tap boards and three percussionists perform in a grassy field in bright dayligh

Ghostly Labor: A Dance Film

2022 / United States / 13 min

Directed by John Jota Leaños, Vanessa Sanchez
Produced by Harry Gregory
Featuring Vanessa Sanchez & La Mezcla

Ghostly Labor: A Dance Film explores the history of labor in the US–Mexico borderlands through Tap Dance, Mexican Zapateado, Son Jarocho, Afro Caribbean movement, and live music. This work brings together polyrhythmic movement and an original score to look at the (ongoing) years of systemic exploitation of labor while highlighting the power and joy of collective resistance. Based on farmworker interviews in California, this excerpt honors the sacred hands that feed us and was filmed on a farm with support from Ayudando Latinos a Soñar (ALAS), a non-profit advocacy organization for farmworkers in Half Moon Bay, CA. A full-length dance theater production of Ghostly Labor will premiere in 2023.

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.

a woman does a backbend, touching only her toes, right hand, and the crown of her head to the ground


2021 / Sweden / 8 min

Directed by Emil Dam Seidel
Produced by Emil Dam Seidel, Dorotea Saykaly
Choreography by Dorotea Saykaly

watch the trailer

Caught in a room, the protagonist, Clarice, unfolds a vision of her own identity through a mirror interrogator. She is a cinematic adaptation of a solo dance performance with the same name. The original performance work was created and performed by Dorotea Saykaly and premiered at 5éme Salle at Place des Arts in Montréal, Quebec in 2019. Inspired by The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector, the solo revolved around identity and doubt. Manifested through movement, distortion and an interview with a phantom interrogator, the original work proposed looking at a questioning body through a female lens. The cinematic adaptation of the original performance work arose during the first COVID lockdown in 2020 as a collaboration between Dorotea Saykaly and film director Emil Dam Seidel.

a group of dances clusters together tightly with arms outstretched

A Body Is

2021 / Spain / 4 min

Produced and Directed by Jaime Dezcallar
Choreography by Marco Flores
Featuring Cia Marco Flores

Antonio José Martínez Palacios was going to be the biggest Spanish musician of the 20th Century. Unfortunately, he was incarcerated and executed without a trial at the age of 33, at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

seven dancers gesticulate between two dead trees on a flat field of sand

A Perpetual State of What the F#@k!!??

2021 / Australia / 9 min

Directed by Mick Angus, Gavin Webber
Produced by Mick Angus, Gavin Webber, Grayson Millwood, Kate Harman
Featuring The Farm , Dance Theatre Company

Seen through the eyes of a child, this is a film made like a dream, but a dream we are all in. It’s a dream of our future, blurred and indistinct, seen through a glass windshield, windswept by sand, hidden beneath the waves. Two children scavenge the carcass of a world decimated by negligence and come across the leftovers of the past, buried in the sand but still moving towards an end that’s out of sight. Award winning companies Jerrycan Films and The Farm (dance theatre) bring a uniquely physical and visceral aesthetic to the screen in a work of sweeping imagery that asks all of us to remember what keeps us together when it all falls apart.

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

watch the trailer

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.

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


a closeup of a dancer's two wrists as their palms make contact with a dark, wet surface

High Winds & Slippery Surfaces

2021 / United Kingdom / 1 min

Directed by Pernille Spence, Corinne Jola, Zoë Irvine
Choreography by Corinne Jola

In High Winds & Slippery Surfaces a fleeting body fights to maintain control of their movement as they find themselves in an unstable and unpredictable environment. The film experiments with the friction between physical action, sound and space to awaken the kinaesthetic sense of the viewer. Repeated disruption in the flow of action and sound together with the abrupt changes between involuntary and choreographed movements creates a dark, unsettling viewing experience as the sonically immersive environment takes the viewer beyond the screen supporting a greater sense of awareness of the space surrounding them. High Winds & Slippery Surfaces was a ‘One Minute’ commission by GOAT media and

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2022 / Estonia / 2 min

Directed by Kadri Hansen
Featuring Kadri Hansen

The aftermath of being unexpectedly drowned.

a woman, partially obscured by shadow, dances while a shadow puppet in the foreground fills much of the frame


2021 / United States / 11 min

Directed by Rourou Ye
Featuring Rourou Ye

A lonely dancer finds herself trapped, facing a door. With no escape, she is confronted by multiple beings caught in an unexpected battle. Deeply personal and playful, DayDreaming speaks to the isolation and anxiety of our contemporary times, and the power of our imaginations to shed light where there is darkness.

five people in colorful suits and dresses sit in plastic chairs on a sandy beach

5 Stages of Drowning

2021 / United States / 8 min

Conceived and Directed by Marc Brew
Dancing by Sonsherée Giles, DeMarco Sleeper, Erik Debono, Louisa Mann, Yuko Moden Yuma
Choreography by Marc Brew in collaboration with the Dancers
Set & Costume Design by Emma Kingsbury
Videography & Editing by Rapt Productions
Deaf/ASL Consultation by Antoine Hunter, Zahna Simon
Audio Description Consultation by Jess Curtis for Gravity Access Services
Lighting Design & Production Management by Walter Holden
Music Composition by Miles Lassi
Additional Music by The Sweeplings
Visual Projection Design by Jaco Strydom

5 Stages of Drowning is a virtual reality experience that explores climate change and the climate gap in Miami through dance. Designed and choreographed on location in Little Haiti, East Little Havana/ Miami River and Virginia Key, 5 Stages of Drowning juxtaposes movement, performance, and climate change in a cohesive narrative that prompts audiences to question their relationship with the environment.

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

sneak peak installations

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Before We Turned to Stone

2022 / United States / 4 min

Directed by Claudia Anata Hubiak
Produced by Mark Ragan
Choreography by Claudia Anata Hubiak
Dancing by Carly Hambridge and Makaila Wallace

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2022 / United States / 3 min

Directed by Christiana Wheeler, Thomas Wingerd
Featuring Christiana Wheeler

A dance film about the ebb and flow of wind and the movement inspired by it.

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2021 / United Kingdom / 1 min

Directed by Bruce Tetsuya
Featuring Han Andrew, Abbey Eheart, Bruce Tetsuya

A dancer enters the caverns of her own mind, to find and bury someone from her past.