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.

New Work (May 2)

Return on Night Two: New Work for 8 brand-new films and videos at the forefront of Canadian and international dance on camera. We’re excited to share spectacular, cutting-edge works that look at what’s ahead from a steadily growing group of dance filmmakers.

Film Lineup

  • METHOD OF LOCI
  • WASHED
  • YOU CAN TAKE THE STREETS AND RULE THEM BECAUSE WE ARE OF THE SKY
  • PERCEPTION
  • LE CERF, OU MOI QUI CÈDE À L'ESPACE
  • ORA
  • JARDINS CATASTROPHES
  • SNAP INTO IT

Method of loci

RAY DEMSKI & AUDREY BERGERON | CANADA/GERMANY | 3 MINS

A man walks through his own mental landscape as a means to order and recollect. A poetic visualisation of a technique long used by memorists, which relies on association with spatial relationships to establish, order, and recollect.

- Official Selection (2014): Agite y Sirva (Mexico), Vod'art InShadow Festival (Portugal), Third Coast Dance Film Festival (Houston), DMJ Dance Film Fest (Tokyo)
- Official Selection (2015): Athens Video Dance Project (Athens)

Direction: Ray Demski & Audrey Bergeron
Choreography: Audrey Bergeron
Dancers: Michael Demski, Jasmine Ellis, Merryn Kritzinger, Daniel McArthur, Brodie Stevenson
Director of Photography: Ray Demski
Editor: Jasmine Ellis, Ray Demksi, Mary Gerretsen
Music: "Loo" Rodéoscopique
Second Camera: Kris Belchevski
Camera Assistant: Jeff Alderson
Productions Support: Larissa Taurins

WASHED

DAPHNA MERO | USA/ISRAEL | 13 MINS

A Film by Daphna Mero (Canada/Israel)

A recounting of violent event through the integration of narrative film and dance: A female laundry worker desperately attempts to abort the fruit of a violent encounter. When the consequences of her action are revealed, the memories she has repressed re-emerge.

  • Best Experimental Film Award, The 7th International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Jury Prize, Dances with camera, Short Waves Festival, Poznan, Poland.

Cinematography: Yair Halper
Editing, Post Production and Special Objects Design: Tomer Rubens
Music: Binya Reches
Choreography: Daphna Mero
Assistant Director: Maya Zaydman
Producer: Yitzchak Jaffe, Miri Chen & Zeev Shalev

YOU CAN TAKE THE STREETS AND RULE THEM BECAUSE WE ARE OF THE SKY

PATRICK LLOYD BRENNAN & EDUARDO MENZ | CANADA | 13 MINS

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“If I can’t dance, I do not want to be part of your revolution”, Emma Goldman’s 1931 radical statement silently hovers over these streets as nameless revolutions stir. A dancer’s interpretation and ode to the several civilian uprisings of recent years past.

  • Presented Choix du Chef Programme at Les Rendez-vous du Cinema Quebecois

Direction and Production: Eduardo Menz
Choreographic Direction: Patrick Lloyd Brennan
Sound and Mixing: Rene-Pierre T. Guerin
Performance: Kerwin Barrington, Eugenie Khoury, Louis-Elyan Martin, Lucy May, Abram Moore, Milan Panet-Gigon, Andrea Pena, Maxine Segalowitz

PERCEPTION

LABOFORTIER | CANADA/FRANCE | 5 MINS

Rehearsing in Montreal, Simon Courchel takes a quick breather and then begins to improvise, moving freely through the studio, disappearing into the dark shadows of the room and then reappearing. In addition to the distinctive elegance and agility of Simon Courchel, the characteristic gestures and body language of Paul-André Fortier are clearly apparent. This choreographic language is intentionally universal and is a perfect fit for the two markedly different soundtracks — one piece by Moby and another by Kevin McLeod — yet our perception of the performance may be radically altered and our feelings about the two identical choreographies may be poles apart. 

Choreography: Paul-André Fortier
Director: Xavier Cumillon
Performer: Simon Courchel
Music: Moby - Pale Horses (Apparat Remix)/ Kevin MacLeod - Drone in D

Le Cerf, ou moi qui cède à l'espace

JE SUIS JULIO | CANADA | 17 MINS

I am an animal. My border with the other is my skin, bringing the depth of my relationships. Nudity is my light and shadow. My loneliness is a noisy plain, a snow field to brave alone or a black box lights of a Christmas past. The landscapes of my privacy are hot and cold, full and empty, light and dark. All these contrasts, vectors of my identity sensation, are rooted in the slow contemplation of a hammering emergency run to the horizon. In this woman's body exposed: the voice of middle age, and that of a child of the snow and electricity.

A Film by Je Suis Julio
Original Concept and Artistic Direction: Ariane Boulet
Director of Photography: Andrea de Keijzer

Sound Design, Music & Guitar: Gabriel Vignola
Editing and Dramaturgy: Eddie Rodgers
Performers: Ariane Boulet and Frédéric Wiper
Rehearsal Director: Joannie Douville
Voice: Dominique Quesnel
Text: Ariane Boulet
Text Consultant: Clémence Dumas-Côté
Piano: Mehrshid Afrakhteh
Original Concept for solo lumières de Noël: Geneviève C Ferron
Audio Technician: Richard Addison, Trillium Sound

ORA

PHILLIPE BAYLAUCQ | CANADA | 15 MINS

ORA is a stunning meeting between the artistic worlds of choreographer José Navas and filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq. It is the first film to use 3D thermal imaging, producing visuals like none that have ever been seen before: the luminous variations of body heat seen on skin, bodies emitting a multitude of colours, a space filled with movement that transforms itself. 

Researcher, Writer and Director: Phillipe Baylaucq
Choreography: José Navas
Digital Imaging Specialist: Pierre Plouffe
Director of Photography: Sébastien Gros
Artistic Director: Gilles Aird
Costumes: Atelier de couture, Sonya B.
Editing: Alain Baril
SANDDE Animation: Munro Ferguson
Digital Imaging Specialist: Susan Gourley
Sound Design: Benoit Dame
Sound Effects: Gaudry Normand, Pauline Normand, Jonathan Voyer, Guillaume Garant-Rousseau
Music: Robert M. Lepage
Recording: Geoffrey Mitchell
Re-recording: Serge Boivin, Jean Paul Vialard

Executive Producer and Producer: René Chénier

JARDINS CATASTROPHES

ALAN LAKE | CANADA | 17 MINS

Eager for everlasting embraces, drinking life through volcanic eruptions, a group of beings is, at once, gracefully mutated by nature and estranged by a fierce but beautiful force, in an improbable land at a crossroads between a flourishing garden and a disused factory.

Direction and Choreography: Alan Lake
Camera: Francois Gamache
Music: Simon Elmaleh
Editing: Jason Arbour

Snap Into It

DEVIN JAMIESON & JILLIAN MEYERS | USA | 3 MINS

A gleeful digression from anticipated outcome, in favour of savouring the pursuit of whim. Following a renegade train of thought with dimension, texture, and amplitude. A staccato attempt to trace the digressions from an iconic Langston Hughes poem.

  • Best Short: Dance Camera West
  • Winner: Cinedans Jury Award

Director of Photography: Devin Jamieson
Choreographed, Danced and Spoken by: Jillian Meyers
Composed by: Matt Cady
Gaffer/Key Grip: Bryan Marsh
First Assistant Camera: Pete Francis
Second Assistant Camera: Shannon Holtzapffel
On-Set Photographer: Brandon "BMT" Turner
Excerpts from: "Stayin' Alive" performed by The Bee Gees
"Doug" theme song from the animated series created by Jim Jinkins

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Dancemakers showcases 8 new, spectacular, and cutting-edge works at the forefront of Canadian and international dance on camera. Get an exciting glimpse at what’s ahead from a steadily growing group of dance filmmakers.

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DURATION

95 minutes

DATE & TIME

Saturday, May 2 | 8 pm

VENUE 

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