Music & Dance Shorts (A)

  • Directed by Charlie Luccini

1. FEELINGS (France, 2:44) – Director Charlie Luccini

SYNOPSIS: Going through a romantic breakup, a girl sets up a studio in her apartment to shoot a revenge video.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Charlie Liuccine is a director and fashion photographer from Kinshasa (Democratic republic of Congo). He started his career in the music industry as a composer/songwriter for Warner/Chapell, then for Sony Music/ATV in France, agter graduating from “ARSCIPRO” film school in Paris. For 8 seasons, he was the host and artistic director on “Talents” TV show in France. In 2009, his passion for Street dancing got him to open the dance school “Misfits Academy” in Nantes (France) where he created the world champion dance team “The Rookies”. In 2013 he became Branding Manager at “World of Dance” (Los Angeles), and directed his first Sci-Fi short movie “Alternatum” two years later. His online dance videos garners millions of views on Youtube and Facebook and features worldwide famous dancers.

2. INVISIBLE THREADS PART 1 (UK, 4:02) – Directors Rick Guest & Kate Dawkins

SYNOPSIS: Exploring the conflicting emotions of desire and fear, the subconscious need to be heard and the quest for self expression, this film poignantly mirrors this turbulent time of enforced isolation and its impact on the creative mind and spirit, through the medium of dance and cutting edge motion graphic design.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: INVISIBLE THREADS is a new film from Director and Photographer Rick Guest and double BAFTA winning Designer and Creative Director Kate Dawkins, featuring former Studio Wayne McGregor dancer James Pett and the music of Mura Masa.

3. DE-ESCHATOLOGY (USA, 5:00) – Directors Charly & Eriel Santagado TRAILER

SYNOPSIS: De-Eschatology is a physical manifestation of the claustrophobic conditions created by the COVID-19 crisis and the yearning to break free from them.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Charly and Eriel Santagado founded ~mignolo dance~ in 2017. They have been dancing and creating together for more than ten years and use this experience to continue to collaborate with each other and other dancers and artists to create new work that explores elements of various artistic mediums through movement. The company has had work produced at many festivals including KoDaFe, Dumbo Dance Festival, Triskelion’s SummerFest, Waxworks, Peridance’s APEX, and Koresh’s Come Together Dance Festival.

4. DESABITAR (Portugal, 5:12) – Director Diana Antunes

SYNOPSIS: Unlocking the door to our past can transport us through time. “Desabitar” invites us to follow our own memories and to explore their effect. It asks: ‘is it possible to be free when part of ourselves lives trapped in the past?’

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Diana Antunes is a dancer, which led her to cultivate a strong passion for visual aesthetics and the exploration of the human body through representation, movement and film. She graduated in Cinema, Video and Multimedia Communication at the Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies, in Lisbon, and later directed projects that were exhibited in London at Somerset House and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Today she is based in Lisbon as an art director.

5. AUTONOME – MADA MADA (Canada, 5:14) – Director Alexandre Richard TRAILER

SYNOPSIS: Montreal, 1954. An exiled author is thrown into a dance with his inner demons. Shaken by the unwavering tides of his life, a gentle touch comes to mind. The filmmaker highly recommends wearing headphones for a greater experience.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Alexandre Richard carries in him an insatiable thirst to showcase the human condition in unique and contemplative ways. His marriage of style and substance makes for thought-provoking storytelling that has garnered this self-taught filmmaker critical international acclaim, with 30+ awards and nominations to his name to date. This includes the “Coup de coeur” at the Fantasia International Film Festival, “Best Canadian Film” at the Vancouver Independent Film Festival and Montreal Independent Film Festival.

6. MY OWN WORST ENEMY (Netherlands, 6:12) – Directors Harrie Verbeek & Jelena Kostić

SYNOPSIS: On your way to reaching a goal you are often battling against yourself. You take various steps, but it is the most unpredictable move that defeats your own worst enemy.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: After Interlude (2016) and the grand Going Home (2019), MY OWN WORST ENEMY is the third joint film project by choreographer Jelena Kostić and film director Harrie Verbeek. In this film, they explore the psychological processes involved in reaching your goals. Dancer Noëmie Wagner portrays the struggling protagonist in various symbolic situations.

7. SÉANCE, THE HOLDING ON AND THE LETTING GO (UK, 6:38) – Directors Rick Guest and Rob Rae

SYNOPSIS: An exquisite study of love and loss through the choreography of Jordan James Bridge, set to a haunting sonic landscape by Tom Ashbrook.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: This astonishing new film from Rick Guest & Rob Rae features the incredible talents of dancers Eileih Muir and Izzac Carroll, with stunning costumes by fashion editor Olivia Pomp.

8. LA VOIX HUMAINE (USA, 10:17) – Director Nanine Linning TRAILER

SYNOPSIS: Written by Jean Cocteau in 1928 and set to music by French composer Francis Poulenc in 1958, La Voix Humaine gives an insight into the heart and mind of a woman having a final phone conversation with her lover who is leaving her for someone else. In her isolation, solitude, desperation, and despair, she must deal with letting her beloved go and find a way to surrender into the big void. The film uses the original recording made in 1959 with soprano Denise Duval for whom Poulenc had written this one-act tragédie lyrique.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Nanine Linning is a multi award-winning Dutch choreographer. Her concepts explore human emotions as well as aspects of cultural history and social criticism, and her close collaborations with internationally known artists and scientists are reflected in the broad spectrum of her projects including European co-productions, exhibitions, and installations. From 2012–2018, she headed the newly established dance company Theater und Orchester Heidelberg where she created seven evening-length dance productions set to newly commissioned music and collaborated with the Symphonic Orchestra and Choir. May 2021 will mark her debut in the United States with LA VOIX HUMAINE, a dance film commissioned by Boston Ballet.

9. TOURNANT* (Netherlands, 11:16) – Director Gemma Rijnders

SYNOPSIS: When your passion defines you, it’s easy to lose sight of reality. Blinded by a love for your profession you can be pushed in any direction to reach perfection, even if that means trying to fit in a box that was never cut out for you. What happens when that box gets taken away? Tournant tells a story about losing touch with your passion, what effect the wrong and right influences can have on a person, and finding a place outside the box. *Emerging Talent

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Gemma Rijnders is an up-and-coming filmmaker from Amsterdam. She studied at the art academy in Utrecht (HKU) and debuted at the Netherlands Film Festival with her short graduation film Tournant. Most of her inspiration derives from her experiences as a dancer. She trained at the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam for eight years, after which she explored other dance styles. Gemma firmly believes that movement is one of the most powerful storytelling forms, which is visible in her work.

10. THE HOUSE* (Portugal, 15:00) – Director Olga Roriz

SYNOPSIS: A house needs bodies to occupy it, to turn it into a refuge and an extension of life. In this house, hostesses are waiting for their guests to arrive for a party. But the party is merely a distraction, a moment of fantasy, and a place for eroticism and seduction to take place. Each guest wants to see him or herself up close, and to let themselves be seen by others in order to feel alive. *15

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Olga Roriz has a multi award-winning artistic career that spans 45 years, and more than 100 productions created for Dance Companies, the Theatre, the Opera and Solo work. She began her studies in Lisbon at the School of the São Carlos National Opera House with Ana Ivanova. In 1993 and 1994, she was Artistic Director of the Lisbon Dance Company. Since 1995, she has been the Artistic Director and Choreographer of her own Dance Company – Companhia Olga Roriz and has directed 3 video dance works to date: 2006-Felicitações Madame, 2007-A Sesta and 2010-Interiores. THE HOUSE is her latest provocative production.

11. INITIATION (Poland, 18:00) –Director Iwona Pasińska TRAILER

SYNOPSIS: ‘Initiation’ is the musical and cinematic experiment directed by Iwona Pasińska, with the hypnotizing music composed by Jacek Sienkiewicz and Andrzej Grabowski’s ascetic scenography. Each black and white pop up sequence unfolds its own unique story and significance in a dreamlike fashion. These stories examine human habitats, toxic relationships, loneliness, untamed fears and inner demons that often characterise modern society. These stories are interpreted effortlessly by the physical expression of dancers from the Polish Dance Theatre company.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY: Iwona Pasińska is a choreographer, movement dramatist, theatre theorist, artistic director of the Movements Factory and co-founder of the Movements Factory Foundation, and the director of the Polish Dance Theatre company.

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