SSF @ Ursinus

part of the Ursinus Fringe Festival

VIRTUAL SCREENING

IN-PERSON SCREENING

  • September 10, 2021
  • 7:30pm screening in the Lenfest Theater

a dancer holds a leg above his head, looking down at a freeway

Sans Souci is teaming up with Ursinus College for our seventh annual collaboration! The films selected – listed below – represent the work of 11 choreographers from around the world, with styles ranging from contemporary to animation to nostalgic vintage. The films will become available on this page during the screening window September 9-11, free of charge for students and faculty of Ursinus College. This beginner-friendly program is a great first step into the world of dance cinema!

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Olin Auditorium at Olin Hall
601 E. Main St
Collegeville, PA 19426

program of films

This screening runs approximately 64 minutes.

a young boy holds a rock to his ear with eyes closed

The Last Children

2020 / France / 10 min

Directed by Fu LE
Produced by Martin Rivarel, Alexander Viollet
Choreography by Fu LE
Featuring Tetrapode
Dancing by Michel Galaret and Pupils of the school of Saint-Martin-Labouval
Music composed by Julien Langlois
Cinematography by Alexander Viollet

In 2019, 400 French schools were affected by a reform merging concentrated isolated primary schools in centralized educational institutes. The Last Children is a choreographic film made in single-shot with the children of a school on the eve of its closure. Through a metaphorical fable, it bears witness to the achievement of the desertification in the rural world and the death of its villages.

two women reach one arm forward and one arm up, separated by a brick archway and strikingly different lighting

컨트롤/Control

2019 / Republic of South Korea / 4 min

Directed by 곽새미/Saemi Kwak
Choreography by Yeom Jeongyeon
Featuring K’arts
Dancing by Yeom Jeongyeon, Im Yujeong
Music by Sin Yejun
Cinematography by Jeong Yonghyeon

To dance. To control another self-image of being lonely and vulnerable. But such a figure also comes to accept itself. To control oneself from time to time by dancing. Because human beings have this sense of solitude. And even this, I feel, is beautiful. Some of the things we’re most attracted to are us.

several young women stare seriously, closely embracing one another

Teorema

2019 / United States / 6 min

Directed by Massimiliano Bomba
Produced by Eric Nung, Julie Vergez
Choreography by Julie Bour
Featuring CalArts Dance
Dancing by Delisa Bass, Laura Davich, Justin Farmer, Alexandria Garland, Mia Givens, Shannon Hafez, Freeda ‘Electra’ Handelsman, Jinglin Liao, Madison Lynch, William Mallett, Taliha Scott, Skyler Spiegel
Music composed by Lucie Pedexez
Cinematography by Benjamin Cohenca

Teorema means Theorem, an ancient greek word that means “meditation.” Theorem also means “what you look at,” and it is precisely through the act of observing the history of art that twelve dancers from 18 to 24 years old have created an intimate relationship between them and the space in which they were immersed. We tried to represent the uniqueness and expressive strength of every dancer, each with his/her own stylistic and expressive identity.

a shirt with no body in it reaches toward a cloudy sky

Spectre

2020 / United States, Belgium / 2 min

Directed by Sebastien de Buyl
Choreography and dancing by Sebastien De Buyl
Featuring Terlingua
Music composed by Sacha Calousis / Gaël de Ville
Music performed by Gaël de Ville
Cinematography by Sebastien De Buyl

A mysterious light speaks to a spirit.

a woman's muscular back is washed with a pink light from the side

Exufrida

2019 / Brazil / 6 min

Directed by Cicero Fraga
Produced by Silvio Cohen
Choreography by Raquel Karro
Featuring Instrumento de Ver
Dancing by Beatrice Martins
Music composed by Luis Oliviéri
Cinematography by Alan Schvarsberg

In 1997 an out-of-control truck crashed into a bus that carried part of the Flamengos gymnastics team, the base of the Brazilian national team. Beatrice Martins fractured both feet. She can no longer compete, but she turned her recovery into a dance.

an aerial dancer suspended from a fabric sideways, with red misty clouds below

Eve

2019 / United States / 4 min

Directed by Jeff Consiglio
Produced by Jeff Consiglio, Alexandre Naufel
Choreography by Tania Holt – Aerial Coordinator
Dancing by J.B. Naufel
Music composed by Aaron Drake
Cinematography by Alexandre Naufel
Edited by Jeff Consiglio
Still Photo by madeinhollywoodusa

High wire artist Philippe Petit describes Eve in this way: “Fighting gravity and sharing with the winds the fabric of our dreams is as important in life as getting bread and water. Eve reminds us of that while inspiring us to grow wings and take off!”

a man with dark skin and dreadlocks in a collared shirt standing on a neighborhood street

The Wonder Years

2020 / United States / 10 min

Choreography by Elijah Motley, James Morrow
Featuring James Morrow/ THE MOVEMENT
Dancing by Elijah Motley
Cinematography by James Morrow

Set in the extraordinary years of the 2020s, The Wonder Years looks both back and forward through the eyes of Eli, the oldest of five children in the Motley family, on the tribulations and joys of growing up in the United States as a twenty something black male. With music by Laurence Hobgood, the low-fi anti-tech home movie style of the work is a nod to classic 80’s sitcoms with an open, unapologetic, and ultimately vulnerable journey filled with all the feels and even some much-needed levity.

a line drawing of a dancer in fifth position with angular arms, leaning to the side

Day 27

2020 / United States / 2 min

Directed by Charli Brissey
Choreography and dancing by Charli Brissey
Featuring Charli Brissey
Music composed by Swamp Dogg
Cinematography by Charli Brissey

A dancer grapples with quarantine through this super short video-animation hybrid.

a dancer holds a leg above his head, looking down at a freeway

Respite

2021 / France / 6 min

Directed by Anatole Chartier
Choreography and Dancing by Stanley Menthor
Cinematography by Maxime Bonan
Written by Anatole Chartier, Stanley Menthor
Sound Design by Théo Arramon

A young man, oppressed by the density of the city, decides to flee. He finds himself in a clear, calm space. He starts dancing, more and more intensely. Little by little, the sea will join the dance, sonically, accompanying his movements. After a crescendo ascent, close to trance, we will find him far away from urban buildings, in a clear, liberated aquatic setting.

a woman dressed in orange, in a teal colored bathroom, with orange rose petals covering the floor

Habitat

2019 / Spain / 14 min

Produced and Directed by Sheila Garcia & Inés Valderas
Choreography by Sheila Garcia & Inés Valderas
Dancing by Ángel Montes, Diana Wondy, Juan Carlos Toledo, Carlos Núñez, Inés Valderas, Sheila Garcia, Laura Martïn, Alex Chavarri
Music composed by Fernando Arias
Cinematography by Ramón Verdugo

Six rooms, six personalities, six stories that tell us the fear and insecurities of the human being. Different chapters all in the same house. All at once. All together. None at times. None unitedly. Synchronically? Simultaneously? Connected?