Run Time: 57 mins

A collection of outstanding films that showcase the beauty and diversity of dance filmmaking from around the globe.

Dance for Change (UK) – 17:37
World Premiere
Documentary

Credits
Director – Lily Clare Colfox

Choreographer – Salam Africa
Producer – Clem Kwizombe, Spiwe Zulu, Jack Thompson Roylance

Cast
Toussaint Farini

In Dzaleka refugee camp, home to over 40, 000 people a dance scene is emerging. The community is using movement as a vehicle for change. This story follows the journey of four different dance crews, The Fighters, The Dreamers, The Vision Girls and Salama Africa   These crews encourage movement as a vehicle for rehabilitation. What started as one dance group has grown to inspire an entire generation at Dzaleka and beyond, leading to the emergence of more groups that share the same passion and enable young individuals to use dance as a tool to share their language and re-cultivate their identity.

Seek/After (USA) – 3:12
World Premiere
Queer Dance Film

Credits
Director & Choreographer – Sean Dorsey

Original Music – Frida Ibarra
Cinematography – Annalise Ophelian

Cast
Sean Dorsey, Nol Simonse, Raúl Torres-Bonilla, Will Woodward

Set in a dream-like rocky landscape, SEEK / AFTER is a short dance film directed by award-winning transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey.  SEEK/AFTER is part of a series of 6 dance films created for Sean Dorsey Dance’s multi-year project THE LOST ART OF DREAMING.  “Stunning…These films are exquisite, intimate, and radiate with Dorsey’s gesture-rich choreography.”  (Bay Times)  “Gorgeous”  (48 Hills)  THE LOST ART OF DREAMING project investigates and imagines expansive trans, gender-nonconforming and queer Futures.  This series of short films featuring choreography and performance by the groundbreaking all-LGBTQ Sean Dorsey Dance company — and is an invitation to reclaim, conjure, and manifest joy, pleasure, well-being, freedom, love, connection, and liberation.  

Look the Part (Australia) – 5:00
Disabled Dance Film

Credits
Director – Claire Fletcher

Choreographer – Renata Commisso
Concept – Claire Fletcher, Charlotte Juliana Ryan, Audrey O’Connor, Christine Blanch, Matilda Thompson, Michael Oblati, Ben Rowntree, Georgia Di Laudo, Daniel McGrath, Liam Peake, Rae Pastuszak, Oliver Williams, Ashley Kuhle, Ellen Maher
Producer – Kristen Hodges, Tracey Corbin-Matchett

Key Cast
Ellen Maher, Luke McCaul

Sam is a disabled cleaner working in a large theatre who has a passion to be a dancer, but she’s afraid to step into the light. When Peaches (her magical inner-diva-cum-drag queen) materialises at night, Sam’s creativity takes flight. She rips up a daring dance number, to the rhythm of The Cat Empire’s beats. Look The Part is the story of talent defying expectation, and magic transforming reality.

At Waters Edge (USA) – 3:31
Australian Premiere
Queer Dance Film

Credits
Director & Choreographer – Sean Dorsey

Original Music – Anomie Belle
Cinematography – Annalise Ophelian

Cast
Sean Dorsey, Nol Simonse

Featuring mesmerizing queer dance in watery coves and ocean edges, AT WATER’S EDGE is a short dance film by award-winning transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey.  AT WATER’S EDGE is part of a series of 6 dance films created for Sean Dorsey Dance’s multi-year project THE LOST ART OF DREAMING.

Renewable (UK) – 3:50
Australian Premiere
Disabled Dance Film

Credits
Director – Susan Hay

Choreographer – Marc Brew and Mariska Febriyani
Funders: Funded by British Council Connections through Culture, Creative Scotland
Producer – Susan Hay (Scotland), Mariska Febriyani (Indonesia)
Editor – Jamie Bradley-Hay
Music composer – Bagaskoro Putro Dewandoro
Access support – Melanie Wilson
Assistant producer (Indonesia) – Kevin Julianato
Camera operators – Susan Hay, Jamie Bradley-Hay, Reynold Setiadi, Faishal Ammar

Cast
Marc Brew, Mariska Febriyani

Inspired by the different landscapes and environments of Scotland and Indonesia and renewable energy sources, this screendance work was created through a digital art residency (Dance Dialogue) between Marc Brew (Marc Brew Company) and Mariska Febriyani (Ballet.id) exploring the concept of space and restrictions, (reflecting on the pandemic).

The Eagle Spirit (Sri Lanka) – 5:04
World Premiere
Art/Experimental Dance Film

Credits
Artistic Director & Choreographer – Akila Palipana

Music Artist – Ravibandu Vidyapathi
Editor & Assistant Artistic Director – Kishani Wijesinghe
Film Researcher & Special support – Maleesha Edirisingha
Videographers – Akila Palipana, Don Sachith Wijesinghe, Dulana Haseendra
Costume Production – Renuka Jayalath, Samurdhika Tharangani
Make up Artist – Dananjaya Wickramaarachchi
Special support – Harsha Perera, Kushan Tharuka

This film takes you through a journey of embodying the ‘Eagle Spirit’ into our lives, as dancers incarnate into the spirit of the eagle.  Rendering from the classical recital of the Ukusa (eagle) vannama1 and Sri Lankan folklore stories, we illustrate the Eagle’s life journey in a new dimension of reading with the use of Kandyan dance, oriental music and elements in nature. Through this experimental dance film, we endeavour to uplift and empower the contemporary audience by instilling the spirit of the eagle within them.

Vayu (Islamic Republic of Iran) – 8:00
World Premiere
Art/Experimental Dance Film

Credits
Producer & Director – Sina Mohammadi

Choreographer – Sina Mohammadi, Azin Hajimirzaee
Camera – Tina Fathiyounesi
Quadman – Mahan Moghadam
Edit – Sina Mohammadi

Cast
Azin Hajimirzaee, Anna Khosravi, Akram Mohammadi, Ayla Ebrahimi, Bita Mirani, Yalda Memari, Roshana Karimi, Pegah Bahmani

Vayu is a dual mythical being that gives life as a breeze and takes life away as a storm. In their mourning rituals, the people of South Kurdistan appeal to Vayu, who caused them suffering by taking away one of their great men, to bless them with another. In this ritual, women scratch their faces with their own hands, like ploughing a land , to be re-fertilized in the process and continue again.

*Contains sensual overtones

The Honeymoon Phase (Australia) – 8:38
Dance Short Film

Credits
Director – Stephanie Senior

Choreographer – Olivier Hendry
Producer – Kaela Halatau

A couple dances their way through the honeymoon phase of their relationship.