Film Screenings. Dance Ireland Dublin


Dancefilm program curated by Núria Font/NU2s.  As part of Dublin Culture Night. Films projected:

Programme 1: Renewing moving imatges dramaturgy through dance and human body movement

  • Se Fondre. Antonin de Bemels. Belgium (2006). 25′

Piéton walks through the city, Pensée looses herself in her thoughts, Pantin slowly gets out of his immobility… A short film about how to deal with the reality that surrounds us. Some will work their way through it, some will merge into it, some will melt into thin air… Movement is the key.

Director and choreographer: Antonin de Bemels / Performers: Ugo Dehaes, Melanie Munt, Bruno Marin; Music: Aernoudt Jacobs, Antonin de Bemels, Rawakari

  • Midday. Margaret Williams. UK (2003). 5’40”

The short film Midday explores themes of desire, memory and loss. To quote Mal Pelo, This world then, is one inhabited by beings of flesh and blood, where reality and fiction are often confused – a unique meeting point between thought and imagination. Midday is the first collaboration between Maria Muñoz and Pep Ramis of Mal Pelo Company, and Margaret Williams. Midday was shot in Girona, Spain and was commissioned as part of the 2nd series of 4DANCE by Channel 4 Television.

Director: Margaret Williams / Choreographer and performance: Mal Pelo / Music: Steve Noble / Camera: Márten Nilsson

  • Rewind. Marten Nilsson. Sweden (2003). 5′

Exactly what happened that day, when Henry moved into his new house? One house, eight dancers, one camera.

Director: Mårten Nilsson / Choreographer:  Gunilla Hellborn / Dancers:  Helena Franzén, Anna Källblac, Sandra Medina, Tove Sahlin, Staffan Eek, Mats Garpendahl, Jukka Korpi, Henrik Vikman / Music: Kim Hiorthøy

  • Fisticuffs. Miranda Penell. UK (2004). 11′

A bloke walks into a pub… Six actors punch, kick and wrestle their way through the Wild West of an East London drinking establishment.   The ritual of the Western bar-brawl is re-located to a London working men’s’ club.   The violence appears to have no consequences, the actors’ bodies being as rubbery and invulnerable as those in the TV Westerns that inspired the film.

Director: Miranda Penell / Coreography: Miranda Penell & the Ensemble

  • Tauperlen. Gido Leytens. The Netherlands (2008). 12′

Tauperlen is a journey of undefined souls who live on the edge of heaven and hell. Anonymously, and with a loss of memory, they are looking for their right to exist, in limbo. Tauperlen is inspired by scenes of the performance iSA by dance company T.R.A.S.H.

Director: Gido Leytens / Choreographer: Kristel van Issum

Programme 2: Thinking choreographic movement for the camera

  • Break. Bill Cowie and Liz Agiss. UK (2005). 5′

In the wilderness of Dungeness, where the natural and the nuclear meet for small talk, Master Thomas is taking the air. As he rambles he spies something unusual and decides to investigate. Break (from the Middle English): 1, an interruption of continuity; 2, a short period of recreation or refreshment; 3, a tract of ground of distinct appearance; 4, an opportunity, a chance…

Directors/choreographers: Bill Cowie and Liz Agiss / Music: Billy Cowie

  • Animalz. Sergio Cruz. Portugal/UK (2006). 4′

Animalz is an exuberant fantasy in which boys emerge from the sea, like the original amphibians, and colonise a forest, marking out their territory in a break-dance celebration of Nature and her feral sons. The film takes the urban B-Boy skills of Brighton and Hove’s B3 Boys into the city’s surrounding natural landscapes, where sixteen 8-14 year-old dancers were encouraged to bring out the animal in themselves in their energetic performances.

Director: Sergio Cruz / Choreographers: JP Omari, Sergio Cruz

  • En cadena. Hammudi Al-Rahmoun. Spain (2008). 5′

A short, tender story in which lifeless beings come to life, connecting with themselves and with the person in front of them. Two dancers break the mechanised automation of a working group and manage to involve them all in group choreography and a strong communicative and human power. En cadena is the name of this evocative irruption of dance in a production line consisting of mentally handicapped workers.

Director: Hammudi Al-Rahmoun / Choreographer: Juan Carlos García

  • Deep End Dance. Conor Horgan. Ireland (2010). 6’8″

Mother and son, above and under water, dance the dance of their lives.

Director: Conor Horgan / Choreographer: David Bolger / Music: Michael Fleming

  • 12 Sketches on the Impossibility of Being Still. Magali Charrier. UK (2010). 9′

This film is a collection of experiments in animation and editing exploring the spaces where nothing happens: the liminal zone that exists between you and me, between here and there, sound and silence, movement and stillness.

Director and choreographer: Magali Charrier

  • Buail. Steve Woods. Ireland (2006). 6′

“Buail” can mean “to meet” or “to hit” depending on how it is used. This dichotomy is reflected in the dance, which is sometimes fluid, sometimes abrasive, and in the building it is shot in, which looks sometimes inviting and sometimes threatening.

Director: Steve Woods / Choreographer: John Scott / Music: Jürgen Simpson

Programme 3: Writing with new tooks, new practices with the medium

  • Body Electric 1#. David Pepe. Italy (2005). 4′

The retained power of a dance implodes in small motions, nervous gestures and flashes of the body’s primal energy.

Director and music: David Pepe / Choreographer and performer: Miriam King

  • Nascent. Gina Czarnecki. UK/Australia (2005). 10′

Nascent is a visual and visceral journey through and about being. Raw footage of improvised and choreographed performance by dancers from the Australia Dance Theatre is confronted with compositional post-production techniques. The images form a complex and dense rhythmic structure, stretching, smearing and distorting ‘real’ time. The dancers’ gestures and bodies, poised and isolated, gradually become indistinguishable and frenetic – turbulent, mutated fragments that form and reform. Ultimately the image remains recognizably human, but only just.

Director: Gina Czarnecki / Choreographer: Garry Stewart / Music: Fennesz

  • Quelo de Garatas. Beatriz Sánchez. Spain (2008). 5′

An electro-flamenco-buleria in an impossible setting; as the party warms up, the flamenco dancers discover a different, irrational dance that takes over when their dresses begin to possess them. The result is a Quelo De Garatas, a chaotic, gypsy dance.

Director and choreographer: Beatriz Sánchez / Music: Zasmomö


  • Ma mere l’oye. Thierry de Mey. Belgium (2004). 28′

The orchestral richness of Ravel is conveyed in episodes inspired by Charles Perrault’s famous fairy tales. The choreographic material was produced by choreographer-dancers invited to choose a character from the fairy tale and create a dance sequence in the unusual setting of a forest. The illustrative or narrative arguments are used in a very free way, more like poetical suggestions. The plant world acts as an agent provocateur that helps inspire an original quality of movement in front of the camera.

Director: Thierry de Mey / Music: Maurice Ravel (conductor Pierre Boulez)


More information about Dance Ireland Dublin

Event Details

  • Starting Date: 23-09-2011
  • Ending Date: 24-09-2011
  • Address: Dance Ireland, Foley Street, 1. Dublin (Ireland)