Virtual Screenings

three virtual screenings available for free on our website

I. Hispanic Heritage Month

  • September 15-25, 2022

II. Shifting the Perspective

  • October 20-31, 2022

III. Nurturing Our Roots

  • November 5-15, 2022

a ballet dancer leaps acrobatically at a subway stop while other passengers go about their business

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.

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I. Hispanic Heritage Month Screening

September 15-25, 2022

As part of our efforts to move toward a more racially just and socially equitable landscape for dance cinema, SSF has celebrated heritage months for the last few years with screenings highlighting artists from communities underrepresented in the field, and from marginalized communities. These screenings have always been free of charge to our local community in Boulder, Colorado, USA, but since the pandemic began, we’ve taken them online to share with the wider dance cinema community. Sans Souci presents our first annual Hispanic Heritage Month Screening, a curated selection of films by Hispanic creators from 3 continents, and films celebrating the richness and diversity of Hispanic heritage through dance cinema.

a ballet dancer leaps acrobatically at a subway stop while other passengers go about their business

Moving Barcelona

2021 / United Kingdom / 6 min

Directed by Jevan Chowdhury
Choreography by Alex Ekman, Catherine Allard, Jevan Chowdhury
Featuring IT Dansa

Moving Barcelona is a magical realist dance story about the Catalonian capital, an autonomous region in the Spanish State contending with an identity crisis. A city with everything going for it is still haunted by the ghosts of its past and despite much progress, it finds itself unearthing old wounds. Narrated by celebrated actor, Pep Munné, who appeals for calm, there is a sense of reassurance that all is okay. The movement of the city however tells a different story, and he is resigned to the fact that things inevitably, are the way they are. Barcelonians, in pursuit of happiness, find themselves on a treadmill  to nowhere in a tale of modern day life. Moving Barcelona is the eighth film in an award-winning collection of works by the London-based film-maker, Jevan Chowdhury to capture the world as a stage. Life on the street in London, Paris, Brussels, Dallas, Prague, Yerevan and Athens have all been recorded in this growing canon.

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Ixchel

2021 / Mexico / 8 min

Produced and Directed by Ana Baer, Rocio Luna
Dancing by Rocio Luna
Music Composed by Joaquin Lopez Chas
Dramaturgy by Claudia Fragoso

Mother moon, liquid Nahuatl, salty skin…Among the steam your presence vanishes and clings to the roots. You embody the navel of the world, where life sprouts and ends…In an environment of surreal nature, an archetypal figure is revealed though a lyrical, visual painting in motion. Crafted by the superposition of opposites: water-land, dryness-blooming, grounded-volatile, IXCHEL invites the audience on a mysterious journey loaded with visual creativity and a sensual cinematic construction.

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Mascara

2022 / Argentina / 3 min

Produced and Directed by Luli Brindisi, Alesso
Featuring Luli Brindisi

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A woman rebelling against her seemingly perfect life. An urgent need to escape. A transformation led by her alter egos: those women who co-exist inside of her and who guide her along a path of liberation.

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A Body Is

2021 / Spain / 4 min

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

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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.

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What If?

2022 / Mexico / 1 min

Directed by Ana Karen Retes
Produced by León Muñoz
Choreography by Ana Karen Retes

It is a piece that arises from the bodily sensations that can generate anxiety in the human being. Anxiety to live, a failed love, a loss or everyday stress. The title of the work evokes finding multiple solutions to this condition that has manifested itself at least once in all of us.

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Ghostly Labor: A Dance Film

2022 / United States / 13 min

Directed by John Jota Leaños, Vanessa Sanchez
Produced by Harry Gregory

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.

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

II. Shifting the Perspective

October 20-31, 2022

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Trax

2022 / Canada / 40 min

Directed by Lisa La Touche
Featuring Lisa La Touche, Mpoe Mogale, Cheryl Foggo
Cinematography by Joel Varjassy
Sound Design by Joel Varjassy

A Tap Dancer returns from Harlem to her home province of Alberta, Canada and discovers unknown Tap Dance ancestors which sends her on a journey exploring the borderless Black History unimaginable right underneath her feet.

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

III. Nurturing Our Roots

November 5-15, 2022

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A Body in Tokyo

2021 / Japan / 36 min

Directed by Eiko Otake
Produced by Toshio Mizohata
Edited by Eiko Otake with Takuya Isomura
Featuring Eiko Otake
Created for the occasion of Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL Special13 TOKYO REAL UNDERGROUND

Eiko Otake, based in the United States since 1976, is a highly regarded artist who has performed in many countries as part of the performance duo Eiko & Koma. Her solo project “A Body in Places” has attracted much attention since it began in 2014, and she now performs it for the first time in Japan. 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, Eiko places herself in different spaces around the Ueno area in Tokyo (Ueno Station, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Nakacho Shopping Street, etc.) and in the underground spaces of the former Hakubutsukan Dobutsuen Station and Shibuya River culvert, layering projected images of Fukushima onto the surrounding buildings and herself. These images are part of “A Body in Fukushima,” Eiko’s collaboration with photographer William Johnston.

a dancer in a wheelchair with arms in a V next to a dancer in a lunge reaching back in a lunge with the same arm formation

Roots Above Ground

2021 / United States / 51 min

Concept and Direction by Marc Brew
Choreography by Marc Brew in collaboration with the Dancers
Dancing by DeMarco Sleeper, Erik Debono, JanpiStar, Louisa Mann, Sonsherée Giles, Yuko Monden Juma
Music composed by Miles Lassi
Additional Music “Carry Me Home” by The Sweeplings
Videography and Editing by Rapt Productions
Set & Costume Design by Emma Kingsbury
Lighting Design / Production Management Walter Holden
Visual Projection Design by Jaco Strydom
Deaf / ASL Consultants Antoine Hunter, Zahna Simon
Community Partner East Bay Sanctuary Covenant

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This physically integrated performance is a personal work that explores the multiple meanings of home. Using his own journey as an immigrant, disabled gay man and dancer as a base from which to work, former Artistic Director Marc Brew intends to peel back the layers to get at this universal human need to belong.