For the first time, Dancemakers is launching its inaugural DanceFilm at Dancemakers. Taking place over two nights, the Classics (May 1) and New Work (May 2) will showcase the best of local and international dance for the camera.

Classics (May 1)

Haven’t seen a whole lot of dance film? Or maybe you’re a dance on screen heavyweight, feeling a bit nostalgic for your favourites (and surprisingly can’t find them on Netflix?) Wherever you stand, join us as we take you through our pick of must-see masterpieces from Canada and abroad. (Re)introduce yourself to the vibrant field of dance for the camera.

FILM LINEUP

  • TARI RICKSHAW
  • LODELA
  • THE GOLDEN CITY
  • WILL TIME TELL?
  • ...AND 3 MORE!

TARI RICKSHAW

NICK DE PENCIER & PETER CHIN | CANADA | 5 MINS

On Toronto’s garish main drag, and end-of-day commuter is trying unsuccessfully to hail a cab on a rainy night. An ornate rickshaw materializes  out of the crush of traffic and an eager driver in non-traditional garb waits for the hesitant and confused suit to climb in. As the denizens of the neon metropolis flow by, our hero is transformed in gesture and movement, infected by the spirit of his transportation.

  • Winner, 1998 Moving Pictures Cinedance Award for Best Direction of a New Canadian Dancefilm.

Direction & Production: Nick de Pencier
Choreographer & Performer: Peter Chin
Music: Peter Chin

LODELA

PHILLIPE BAYLAUCQ | CANADA | 27 MINS

Inspired by the myths of the afterlife, this allegorical dance piece illuminates the soul's quest by exploring movement and the human body in new and astonishing ways. An evocation of the origins of the world. A hymn to the beauty of the human form. A celebration of movement. A metaphor for life and death. A film without words.

Director & Script: Philippe Baylaucq
Producer: Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol
Photography: Jean-Pierre Lachapelle, Phillipe Baylaucq
Editing: Roch La Salle
Sound Editing: Marie-Claude Gagné
Choreography: José Navas
Rerecording: Serge Boivin
Music: Eric Longsworth
Cast: José Navas, Chi Long

THE GOLDEN CITY

MOZE MOSSANEN | CANADA | 7 MINS

Choreographer/performer José Navas luxuriates in the beauties of both lush forest and urban jungle.

Director: Moze Mossanen
Dancer & Choreographer: José Navas
Composer: Johann van Weerst
Producers: Laura Taler, Mark Hammond, the taler group
Funders: TFO, CTCPF, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council, Toronto Arts Council, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Laidlaw Foundation, Bravo!FACT

will time tell?

SUE HEALEY | AUSTRALIA/JAPAN | 12 MINS

While travelling, one's sense of time is invariably altered. This is a short story of an Australian in Japan. Each frame is choreographed with tempo and duration in mind. Will time ever tell her what she needs to know?

  • Finalist Dance on Camera Festival New York 2007
  • VideoDansa Barcelona 2007
  • VideoDance 2007 Greece
  • Cinedans Amsterdam 2007
  • Dance Camera West Festival USA

Performers: Shona Erskine, Norikazu Maeda, Yuka Kobayashi, Ryuichi Fujimura, Mina Kawai, Makiko Izu
Cinematography: Mark Pugh
Music: Ben Walsh
Post Production Support: The LAB
Funded by Asialink and The Australia Council

Tickets

DanceFilm at Dancemakers: Classics (May 1)
16.00

(Re)introduce yourself to the vibrant field of dance for the camera as Dancemakers takes you through our pick of must-see masterpieces from Canada and beyond.

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Duration

90 minutes

DATE & TIME

Friday, May 1 | 8 pm

VENUE 

Dancemakers, Main Stage 313
9 Trinity Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
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