Opening Night 2017: International Shorts I
The festival opens with a selection of dynamic international shorts, drawn from an exciting new crop of films that push the art form forward, redefining what is possible within the quickly evolving relationship between dance and the camera.
Films range from the provocative animated piece SAMT (Silence) about a fanatic dictatorship where dance is the secret code of silent resistance, to Take Your Time, by Bay Area artists Natasha Adorlee Johnson (ODC/Dance, Concept 04), and filmmaker Max Sachar (Pixar), with their music video for the band Lender, which was choreographed backward and filmed in a single shot. Includes live performance.
Co-presented by the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco
Thursday, October 19 | 7:30 pm
Single Ticket: $25 (Students/Members: $21 ID required) : BUY TICKETS
Admission includes a prosecco welcome during intermission
Dancin’ the Camera(Netherlands, 2015) 8:48
Director: Pieter-Rim de KroonA tap dancer’s adventure in the mechanical world of black-and-white film shot on an original 35mm camera made in the 1920s, the era when tap was all the rage. As well as being the lens into this world the camera is the set and a character, joining with a pianist to entice the dancer into a duet.
Blown Away(United States, 2017) 2:24
Director: David Masters
Choreographer: Dion Pratt
View TrailerFrom the firing of the first electrons to the cosmic journey across space. Blown Away traces the genesis and impact of sound waves on a waiting listener.
Juliet, Juliet & Juliet(Sweden, 2017) 8:41
Director: Giovanni Bucchieri
Choreographer: Giovanni BucchieriDance super star Ana Laguna and acting legend Stina Ekblad meet with dancer, choreographer and director Giovanni Bucchieri in this expressive story about an unexpected meeting.
Cold Storage(Finland, 2016) 8:46
Director: Thomas Freundlich
Choreographer: Valtteri Raekallio
View TrailerOn a desolate arctic shore, a lonely ice fisherman discovers his prehistoric counterpart frozen in the sea ice, and thaws him out as his newfound soul brother. A wild all-night drinking and dancing party ensues.
The Spot(United States, 2017) 2:38
Director: Ted Ely
Choreographer: Karla Garcia
View TrailerA group of men and women from different walks of life meet up at The Spot, where they groove and let loose to release the stress and negativity of everyday life.
The First Date(United States, 2016) 5:26
Director: Mary John Frank
Choreographer: Mary John FrankDespite the awkward small talk, disagreements, and their own destructive tendencies, Natalie and David show up for their first date and discover that they actually make excellent partners in crime.
Take Your Time(United States, 2017) 4:49
Director: Max Sachar, Natasha Adorlee Johnson
Choreographer: Natasha Adorlee JohnsonTake Your Time is a raw and powerful performance art piece, that explores the concept of time & relationships by following a duet as they navigate complex obstacles and spaces.
Part 1 concludes with a live performance. Dalmacio Payomo and Natasha Adorlee Johnson, accompanied by members of the band Lender, will be performing the dance sequence from the film Take Your Time.
— INTERMISSION —
Persecuta(United States, 2017) 2:23
Director: Martin & Facundo Lombard
Choreographer: Martin & Facundo LombardA new powerful dance scene by the Lombard Twins.
Kick Jump Twist(United States, 2017) 4:29
Director: Mimi Cave
Choreographer: Danielle AgamiOfficial music video for Sylvan Esso’s ‘Kick Jump Twist’ starring Gary Reagan of Ate9 Dance Company.
In Essential Drop(Italy, 2016) 1:02
Director: Gabriele RizziIt is from an “Essential Drop” that something unique and original can emerge. The drop as source of life that changes its shape and a show that celebrates the art of essence.
Lovebytes(United Kingdom, 2014) 3:13
Director: Jasper Valentine
Choreographer: Omari ‘Motion’ CarterA short screendance film which uses British Sign Language influences, combined with dance and music, to show one man’s walk of lamentation, illustrating a journey of growth from a moment of heartbreak.
You(United Kingdom, 2015) 5:55
Director: Graham Clayton-Chance
Choreographer: Nigel Charnock
View TrailerA dance monologue. Verbal and physical slapstick reveals darker truths about love, sex and relationships. Taken from the archive of the late Nigel Charnock, one in a series of films celebrating his work in new films of classic performance pieces.
SAMT (silence)(Lebanon, 2016) 15:00
Director: Aoun Chadi
Choreographer: Aoun Chadi
View TrailerIn a fanatic dictatorship, dance is the secret code of the silent resistance. At out-of-the-way places, young people celebrate the hidden joy of life with their bodies and cope with the terror they experienced.
Move(Canada, 2016) 3:45
Director: Marlene Millar
Choreographer: Sandy Silva
View TrailerGathered in a train car waiting on the tracks, destination unknown, nine dancers and singers perform a soulful rendition of the gospel song “You Gotta Move” accompanied by body percussion.
No Deal(United States, 2016) 5:29
Director: Devin Jamieson
Choreographer: Jillian Meyers, Jeff MortensenWashed up. Washed away. Inebriated negotiation. Gone astray. A void without reason. Reality unpeeled. Two strangers meeting, unsuccessfully. No deal.
Curing Albrecht(United Kingdom, 2016) 5:00
Director: Jessica Wright, Morgann Runacre-Temple
Choreographer: Jessica Wright, Morgann Runacre-TempleA young man checks into a bespoke institution, hoping to be cured of his inability to stop dancing.