Opening Night 2016: International Shorts I


An evocative and eclectic mix of short films from around the world opens the 2016 festival. The program takes us across the globe, from Tahiti and a joyful traditional dance in Ori Tahiti, to Glasgow and a labyrinthine foray through a mysterious empty swimming pool in Maze; onward to Finland for a humorous send-up of bureaucratic absurdities in Body Language Zone and further to a sobering depiction of the Syrian tragedy with Message To…. Evening begins at 6:30 with a prosecco welcome reception for all ticketholders.

Thursday, October 20 | 7:30 pm

Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
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Single Ticket: $20 (Students/Members: $17 ID required)
Admission includes a pre-screening prosecco welcome and post-screening reception

Eventbrite - Opening Night 2016: International Screendance Shorts 1

Opening Night 2016: International Shorts I, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, SparkSpark

(Germany, 2015) 2:58
Director: Boris Seewald
Choreographer: Simone Schmidt, Althea Corlett
An encounter between classical dance, geometry, and electronic music.

Opening Night 2016, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Body Language ZoneBody Language Zone

(Finland, 2015) 10:13
Director: Kim Saarinen
Choreographer: Johanna Keinänen
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In four episodes a humorous consultant gives expert advice on body language for the office environment.

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, ExposeExpose

(The Netherlands, 2015) 11:58
Director: Moniek van der Kallen
Choreographer: Moniek van der Kallen
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Through transparent curtains and glass ornaments a girl appears, dancing around her room carefree. Lightheartedly she moves across the floor. Until she realizes she is not alone.

2016 Films San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Abismo, Director: Pablo Diconca, Choreographer: Catherine GaudetAbismo

(Canada, 2016) 8:12
Director: Pablo Diconca
Choreographer: Catherine Gaudet
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A man and a woman, drifting on a raft, dance with their instincts by choosing the only possible escape…

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, MazeMaze

(UK, 2016) 6:02
Director: Eve McConnachie
Choreographer: Sophie Laplane
Two young people discover each other as they explore a labyrinthine and derelict Glasgow swimming pool.

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, Natalia & RobbyNatalia & Robby dance ‘Ori Tahiti

(French Polynesia, 2016) 2:36
Director: Marc E. Louvat
Choreographer: Natalia Louvat & Robby Ariiotima
Natalia Louvat & Robby Ariiotima are two ‘Ori Tahiti dancers. They won Best Duet prize in the Tahiti Nui Competition 2015. In Tahiti, on the edge of the road, they perform their music and dance.

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, InterludeInterlude

(The Netherlands, 2015) 9:56
Director: Harrie Verbeek
Choreographer: Jelena Kostić
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In a lonely fight for her identity, a woman finds power and acceptance through a bold and vulnerable dance.

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, Message To...Message To..

(France, 2016) 15:00
Director: Rami Hassoun
Choreographer: Rami Hassoun
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With reference to the Syrian conflict, this work reflects the exploitation of women—in other words, human beings—when economic greediness takes priority over political humanist engagement.

San Francisco Dance Film Festival Films 2016, Exquisite CorpsExquisite Corps

(USA, 2016) 5:49
Director: Mitchell Rose
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Forty-two American contemporary choreographers link together on a chain love letter to dance.

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