Dance is transformation. 37,000 year ago, humans danced dressed as animals, to summon success in the hunt. And it wasn't until the founders of Rome danced with the god Mars that the latter morphed into the infamous god of war. In the Middle Ages, things got more profane, it's true, as gleemen and troubadours entertained audiences with dances on their travels, though here too dance pointed to an otherworld. In the 1920s, dance became ecstatic and carried a heavy sexual connotation, a tendency later extended with rock 'n roll and the fever of a long Saturday night. Dance is a rite of passage, cultural identity and an expression of humans' relationship to their surroundings and their own embeddedness in the world.
Hugo Arcier // France // 2020 // 09:04 min
Using motion-capture technology, Hugo Arcier sheds the solid bodies of three dancers performing on stage at Palais Garnier, in order to make only the intertwined movements of the atoms visible. The result is a hypnotising dance in the futuristic backstage space of the Paris Opera.
Garry Stewart // Australia // 2019 // 16:11 min
The stage work "The Beginning of the Nature" from the Australian Dance Theatre is set in the landscape of Southern Australia. The piece examines and interprets the morphology, biological rhythm and behaviour of animals.
Sophie Le Hire // France, Senegal // 2019 // 06:40 min
Animation, Documentary, Experimental
Road workers’ monotonous movements morph through rhythmic krumping into a symbol of the daily struggle for survival in Dakar, a city that devours the bodies of those that exhaust themselves within.
Michael Fetter Nathansky // Germany // 2021 // 10:00 min
Experimental, Live Action
A fictitious dance film that relates how the dead are conveyed to the hereafter. Spanish flamenco dance is performed in an old East German ship lift, generating an atmosphere of awakening, between movement and quietude, farewell and eternity.
Jessica Wright / Morgann Runacre-Temple // Scotland // 2019 // 04:31 min
An abstract dining hall is the backdrop for this film from the Scottish Ballet. Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple teamed up to choreograph and stage Anna Meredith's "Nautilus", featuring 26 dancers.