Virtual Screenings 2021

series of three virtual screenings available for free on our website

I. Making Things Differently

  • September 9-18, 2021

II. Nurturing Our Roots

  • October 14-23, 2021

III. Shifting the Perspective

  • November 4-13, 2021

an Asian woman and a black boy dance with hands in a maze of string

Given the times we’re living in, we’re delighted to once again be able to offer online screening options for those who may not want or be able to attend in-person events. These films will become available on this page during the screening window, free of charge for the public around the world, except where noted otherwise (some films are geographically restricted).

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

I. Making Things Differently

September 9-18, 2021

Featuring films from the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., and France, this screening might give you something to think about. This screening was specially curated around a theme: making things differently. Films on this program have stepped outside the proverbial box, whether it’s in terms of the process of shooting or editing, theory or approach, or even subject matter. Departing from the norm is the norm and the departure point for this screening. Note: The film They Dance With Their Heads is only available for residents of the USA.

This screening runs approximately 100 minutes. A strobe light is present in one film; please contact us with questions.

three frames, a contorted dancer in the center, and nature scenes on the two sides

Tri-Alogue #4

2020 / United States / 3 min

Directed by Caryn Cline, Linda Fenstermaker, Reed O’Beirne
Choreography and Dancing by Emily Durand
Music composed by Rachael Cohen, Andrea Di Biase

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The subtle movement of a dancer’s arms invites three panels of film into one frame in this micro-symphony of sounds and images in which the changing light evokes the passing of times. Human and non-human, interior and exterior co-exist in this highly improvisational yet serendipitous portrait of a changing Seattle in late August under a fire-choked sun. Co-authored by Caryn Cline, Linda Fenstermaker and Reed O’Beirne on the same Bolex 16mm camera with a lens masked to subdivide the frame of the film roll into thirds. Collaborating to subdivide a 16mm film frame into thirds, the three filmmakers present their separately-shot-segments simultaneously within one spatial plane. From the interplay of these three points of view, emerges a cinematic conversation based on a horizontal compositional logic within the shared frame. This combined connotative-relationship between the subframes evokes a spectacle of fractured spatial and temporal perspective. Emily Durand’s choreography is designed to accommodate her performance for a
film that’s edited entirely in-camera.

broken pieces of a mirror reveal a dancer's hands above

Gestures That Bind

2020 / Canada / 5 min

Directed by Isabela Motta Cardoso
Produced by Isabela Motta Cardoso, Les Films de l’Autre
Choreography by Isabela Motta Cardoso
Dancing by Aurélie Oren A., Emmenlyne Pornillos
Written by Isabela Motta Cardoso

In a feeling of communion with nature, an herbalist ruminates about the practice of braiding strings from vegetable fibers. She connects with her ancestors through her gestures, experiencing the body and nature in a deeply connected relationship.

a light skinned dancer closes her eyes and raises a shoulder

Pretty Little Dance

2020 / United States / 5 min

Directed by Victoria Marks, Heather Coker Hawkins
Choreography by Victoria Marks
Dancing by Alexx Shilling
Edited by Heather Coker Hawkins, William L. Hawkins

What if every time you do something, you have to do it again? And what if someone is looking?

an animated duet of dancers in an awkward embrace

They Dance With Their Heads

2021 / Canada / 8 min

Directed by Thomas Corriveau
Choreography by Thomas Corriveau & Marie Mougeolle
Music composed by Guido del Fabbro
Cinematography by Thomas Corriveau
Sound by Olivier Calvert
“The Choreographer” played by Marc Béland

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This film is restricted to viewers in the USA

The severed head of a choreographer is held captive by an eagle on a desert island. With a dazzling mastery of drawing and painting, this animated short unexpectedly takes us into the sensitive world of an artist madly in love with dance.

a dancer with dark skin and an earring stands in an empty pool


2020 / Canada / 8 min

Directed by Siam Obregon, Kyana Lyne
Produced by Siam Obregon, Kyana Lyne, Festival Quartier Danses
Choreography by Kyana Lyne
Dancing by Jontae McCrory
Cinematography by Steven Turcotte

Faced by the global pandemic and reawakening of racism, a performer dedicates a moment for personal catharsis through movement.

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
OST by Igor Peixoto

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

a light skinned man in a tee shirt holds yellow flowers

The Ocean on My Fourth Floor

2020 / United States / 4 min

Produced and Directed by Ori Flomin
Choreography and Dancing by Ori Flomin

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The Ocean on My Fourth Floor is a dance film about how I feel at home during this pandemic: protected, caught, transfixed, looking for acceptance of the situation, creating the peaceful moments I need.

an Asian woman and a black boy dance with hands in a maze of string


2020 / United Kingdom / 12 min

Directed by Natasha Gilmore
Produced by Jo Walmsley
Choreography by Natasha Gilmore
Featuring Young Cast from Isobel Mair School
Dancing by Aya Kobayashi, Vince Virr, Jo Pirrie, Jade Adamson
Edited by Blair Young
Set Design by Fred Pomerehn
Costume Design by Catherine Barthram

Strings explores the rich possibilities for connection, communication and creative expression through dance. Bringing together Barrowland Ballet’s dance artists and young people with complex needs, Strings celebrates children’s ability to take the lead and express themselves physically.

a man with dark skin and a beard leans his head against a wall, eyes closed

And After, It’s the Carnival (Et Après, C’est le Carnaval)

2020 / France / 52 min

Directed by Yaïr Barelli, Axelle Poisson
Dancing by inmates of Fleury-Mérogis Remand Center
Written by Yaïr Barelli

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A week at the Fleury-Mérogis Remand Center confronts us with the challenge of conceiving the condition of an inmate as a terrain of adventure. Combining bodily exercises, true and false stories, a confusion is created between the prison situation and a fiction imagined with the inmates. Out of step with the predominant machismo, using dance as a tool of inner escape, the prisoners gradually experience the pleasure of sensation. A trust is woven, a soft bond emerges.

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

II. Nurturing Our Roots

October 14-23, 2021

This screening features an opening short, followed by a feature length documentary. This screening was specially curated around a theme: nurturing our roots, as both films deal with the idea of the roots of a dance form, and how they continue to evolve in our world today. Note: The film Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance is only available for residents of Colorado, USA.

This screening runs approximately 105 minutes. Accessibility: some films available with closed captions and audio descriptions, when possible.

an Indian dancer emotes dramatically, reaching an arm toward the camera

The Nangiarkoothu Artist

2020 / India/United States / 12 min

Produced and Directed by Deepa Nair
Featuring Dr Aparna Nangiar

The Nangiarkoothu Artist is a portrait dance film that uses a multi-narrative approach of traditional storytelling and a staged dance performance to create a poetic profile of a young Nangiarkoothu artist, who practices and teaches a 2000 year old Sanskrit dance/theatre art form in Kerala, India. The audience is invited to become part of the dancer’s world and leave with a new awareness of an art form so ancient and yet little known to the larger world.

a dark skinned dancer in the foreground smiles into the camera, in step two dancers in the background, hips and elbows swinging

Uprooted – The Journey of Jazz Dance

2020 / United States / 95 min

Directed by Khadifa Wong
Produced by Lisa Donmall-Reeve
Dancing by Debbie Allen, Chita Rivera, Mandy Moore, Jason Samuels Smith, Camille A.Brown, George Faison, Joshua Bergasse, Al Blackstone, Andy Blankenbuehler, Melanie George

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This film is restricted to viewers in Colorado, USA

The history, lineage and future progressions of jazz dance. The story of Jazz Dance is a complex one, it goes to the very heart of humanity. It is a story of triumph over adversity, oppression and privilege as well as a celebration, because ultimately, what all people have in common is rhythm and a basic human need to get down.

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

III. Shifting the Perspective

November 4-13, 2021

Featuring films from the U.S., France, and Indonesia, this screening might change the way you look at things. This screening was specially curated around a theme: shifting the perspective. Films on this program reposition the viewer in relation to the work, the film in relation to dance cinema, and the artist in relation to the community. They tell stories, dialogue with landscapes, deglamorize dance, and bring us forward and backward in time.

This screening runs approximately 105 minutes. A strobe light is present in one film. Accessibility: some films available with closed captions and audio descriptions, when possible.

a light skinned woman carries a dark skinned man through a kitchen

Will You Be OK Without Me? (and other stories)

2021 / United States / 14 min

Directed by Jeff Kuperman
Produced by Jeff Kuperman, Rick Kuperman
Choreography by Jeff Kuperman + Cast
Written by Jeff Kuperman, Rick Kuperman

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A screendance anthology weaving together stories of 2020: A man waits out the pandemic and to be reunited with his wife. A rabid Karen terrorizes her community. Reality TV contestants quarantine together for a shot at love. A forbidden dinner party materializes spontaneously.

a light skinned dancer in a t-shirt in a bathtub flings water onto her face

Heritage Sites

2020 / United States / 13 min

Directed by Alexandra Bodnarchuk
Produced by Alexandra Bodnarchuk, Joe Crook
Choreography by Alexandra Bodnarchuk
Cinematography by Arlo Myren
Dancing by Alejandra Iannone, Alicia Hann, Camille Horstmann, Cullen Propp, Jessica Teska, Sara Karimi, Sarah McCullough
Photo by Alexis Lund

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Set in an enigmatic space containing a bathtub, we initially see an interplay between the water and each dancer as they tentatively touch, experience, and immerse themselves in it. Filmed on location in a warehouse in St. Paul Minnesota, the dancers eventually transcend the confines of the tub to the floor of the space. Moving deftly between the pillars they jump, run, and sway. This work creates a world that is unfettered and unconcerned with glamourising dance. We see dirt on the dancer’s feet and underwear riding up, its presence grounding us in the moment on screen.

two dancers falling backward into a pool as waves ripple


2021 / United States / 4 min

Produced and Directed by Mike Esperanza
Choreography by Mike Esperanza
Featuring BARE Dance Company
Dancing by Mike Esperanza, Leann Alduenda
Music Composed by Mike Esperanza

Flood is a depiction of time and its build in spacial dynamics. Showing moments of interaction that dwell in surreal forms of suspension.

the silhouette of a dancer against a window in a dark room

Some Day

2020 / United States / 8 min

Directed by Shannon Stewart
Dancing by Shannon Stewart
Cinematography by Adam Sekuler
Music by Haley Fohr / Helen Gillet / Damon Locks

In lieu of an improvisation by three musicians and a dancer in front of a live audience, Some Day transpired in a New Orleans bar in September of 2020 to an audience of bottles, tables, and instruments.

a single person in the distance on the side of a hill, clouds swirling above

Impetueuse M.

2020 / France / 17 min

Directed by Elsa Decaudin, Quentin Guichard, Clément Decaudin
Produced by Elsa Decaudin
Choreography by Elsa Decaudin
Featuring PULX
Dancing by Christelle Larroque
Cinematography by Quentin Guichard
Edited by Heloise Pelloquet
General Management by Jean-Philippe Lambert

In the moorland, a young lady walks to the place where she can hide her secrets and face her phantoms.

several dancers reach their arms upward, filling a grocery store aisle

Swarm Raid

2019 / United States / 4 min

Directed by Anna Lindemann, Ryan Glista
Choreography by Felice Lesser, Ryan Glista, Anna Lindemann
Dancing by Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Anna Lindemann, Elizabeth Barbeau, Felicia Famularo, Maddie Gidman, Lenore Grunko, Allie Leonard, Rachel Surridge, Stephan Vazquez, Paige Woods
Music composed by Anna Lindemann
Music performed by Lucy Fitz Gibbon
Cinematography by Alex Rouleau
Edited by Ryan Glista
Lyrics by Emma Komlos-Hrobsky
Camera by Alex Rouleau, Charlie Gorski, Evan Olson

The music and dance video Swarm Raid is a surreal trip to the grocery store inspired by an army ant swarm raid.

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

The Wonder Years

2020 / United States / 9 min

Directed by James Morrow
Choreography and Dancing by Elijah Motley

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 light skinned dancer with blonde hair stares at the camera with arm and leg outstretched

Attention Span

2020 / United States / 3 min

Produced and Directed by Mitchell Rose
Choreography and Dancing by Emily Arden Jones

A dancer is shot from 16 camera angles and edited at a disturbing rate. And then suddenly, nothing happens. Intrigued? Watch on.

two dancers with faces covered by fabric sit on chairs interweaving their limbs

An Apology

2021 / United States / 18 min

Directed by Collin Del Cuore
Produced by Danielle Agami, Lorraine Evanoff, Cheryl Mann
Choreography by Danielle Agami
Music composed by Isaiah Gage
Cinematography by Christian Evans
Edited by Collin Del Cuore
Written by Collin Del Cuore, Danielle Agami

An Apology follows a man who has lost touch with what matters most – real human connection. As he goes through the motions of furniture shopping, we get a glimpse into his imagination, filled with movement and dance. Danielle Agami’s narration tackles emotions that stem from our collective isolation, what it means to be an immigrant artist in America, and highlights the spiritual sacrifices we make when we cling to damaging ideals dictated by modern society.

a man hyperextends his arms over his bowed head

Fallen Memories (Kenangan yang Berjatuhan)

2020 / Indonesia / 10 min

Directed by Keng U Lao
Produced by Elysa Wendi, Jeremy Chua
Choreography by Keng U Lao
Dancing by Abdi Karya
Cinematography by Keng U Lao

Waking up to an alternate reality, a man encounters an aged sewing machine and a batik left on the pedestal that arouses his desires. As he interacts with the batik, he struggles to break free from an invisible restraint and soon merges with its structure with graceful fluidity, finally free.

a line of feminine mannequins, one of which is replaced by an actual woman


2020 / United States / 9 min

Directed by Tuixén Benet
Choreography by Tuixén Benet
Featuring Alicia Maye
Dancing by Àngela Boix
Music composed by Judy Kim
Cinematography by Mavra Peponis
Color by Marc Martínez
Graphics by Lessa Millet

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Through a dialogue between movement and landscape, Lazarus reflects on the objectification of the woman body in film. The famous quote by Edgar Allan Poe “The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world” triggers a succession of falls and recoveries that escape the poetic by trying too hard to find it.