Film Screenings. Dansens Hus Stockholm
Dancefilm program curated by Núria Font/NU2s showed in the framework of the International Day of Dance in Bio Rio, Stockholm. Films projected:
- 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
- While the Cat’s Away. Helena Jonsdottir/Unnur Osp Stefansdottir. Iceland (202). 5′
An old woman who lives in her daughter’s apartment with a terrible fear that she is imposing on her child’s otherwise independent and modern lifestyle. When the daughter goes to work, the old lady gets a chance to express herself and make herself feel comfortable in her restrictive surroundings.
Director and choreographer: Helena Jonsdottir and Unnur Osp Stefansdottir / Music: Hallur Ingolfsson
- 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
- 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
- Break. Billy Cowie and Liz Aggiss. 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 and choreographers: Billy Cowie, Liz Aggiss / Performers: Thomas Kampe / 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
- Horizon of Exile. Isabel Rocamora. UK/Chile (2007). 22′
Horizon of Exile follows the journey of exile of two women across timeless desert landscapes. Strongly referencing Middle Eastern culture, the film reflects on the female condition; self-image, belonging and effacement. Within a cinematic framework punctuated by voice testimonies of Iraqi exiles, Horizon employs choreographed gesture to consider issues of land and identity. Set to a soundtrack by Jivan Gasparyan the bodies betray a serene violence, travelling as though released from consciousness or gravity, falling and recuperating, haunted by an irrepressible past.
Director: Isabel Rocamora / Performers: Camila Valenzuela, Paulina Garrido / Music: Jivan Gasparyan
- A.P.A.A.I. Guillem Morales. Spain (2004). 10′
- Starting Date: 29-04-2012
- Ending Date: 29-04-2012
- Address: Dansens Hus, Barnhusgatan, 14. Stockholm (Sweden)