The En Route Dance film Festival will be online, everywhere starting from December 7 at 5:00 pm PDT though December 14 at midnight ONLY. Your $20 ticket gives you temporary, 24-hour access to our program from December 7 -14 which includes beautiful and thought-provoking films from all over the world. For tickets visit: http://dancesmade.com/enroute/
If you’ve already purchased a ticket. you will receive an email on Dec 7 at 5:00 pm PDT when we are “live” that will include instructions on how to log in and view the program.
En Route is curated by champions of Art and dance film: award-winning filmmaker, Cari Ann Shim Sham*; videomaker and screendance Festival Director of Agite y Sirva Ximena Monroy, Onur Topal-Sümer, dance filmmaker, director and curator of Dance Camera Istanbul and Kingsley Irons and Bryan Koch, founders of Dances Made and the En Route Dance Film Festival. Learn more about our curators here: http://bit.ly/1bQVuZP.
Steadfast Body, Marshmallow Heart directed by Erin Malley
Steadfast Body, Marshmallow Heart follows an armless, legless mannequin as she pursues her dreams at dance class.
The Time It Takes directed by Simon Fildes and Katrina McPherson
the time it takes to arrive, to live, to make a land, to find, to fall, to settle in, to work, to build, to seize the day, to journey, to be happy, to make a story, to dance, to pick up the pieces, to laugh, to sing a song, to love, to grow, to bury the dead, to lose, to uncover the past, to walk, to imagine the future, to leave, to return
Thank you to Ellen Bomberg who recommended this film to us.
Concert for Shadows directed by Alessandro Amaducci
A meta-choreographic duet between artificial and natural dimensions
Thank you to Jeff Curtis with Greg Catellier for Dance 4 Reel for helping us find this film.
Turn Around Tango directed by Marites Carino
In this inventive choreography, two dancers turn the tango on its head, and back-to-back becomes the new cheek-to-cheek. After making contact, the duo intertwines in a backward, yet elegant, elastic embrace and feels each other out. In this awkward, yet sexy dance, their hope builds until their eyes meet for the first time. Could this be ‘the one’?
Je Ne Sais Plus Qui a Fait Quoi (I don’t know who did what any more) directed by Antoine Renouard
Women and Men,
Fates, united, go forward.
To each their difference, to each their truth.
The stronger truth is always best.
All This Can Happen directed by Siobhan Davies and David Hinton
A flickering dance of intriguing imagery brings to light the possibilities of ordinary movements from the everyday which appear, evolve and freeze before your eyes. Made entirely from archive photographs and footage from the earliest days of moving image, All This Can Happen (2012) follows the footsteps of the protagonist from the short story ‘The Walk’ by writer Robert Walser. Juxtapositions, different speeds and split frame techniques convey the walker’s state of mind as he encounters a world of hilarity, despair and ceaseless variety.
Thank you to Simon Fildes for recommeding this film to us.
Ondek directed by Louis-Martin Charest
A merchant sailor decides to leave behind a life at sea. After months spent onboard a ship, he orchestrates what is to be his last night in the company of his crewmates. A celebration ensues, in which reality seems to sway towards the euphoric. Dancing becomes the means to imprint this momentous time forever. Set to “We Are Young” by the musical group FUN., the film unexpectedly uses hip hop and jazz dance as the medium to convey the narrative in our hero’s story.
Los Hombres Lapida (The Gravestone Men) directed by Eduardo Esquivel
Some tasks feel impossible.
Tournée Cadenza directed by Carlos Dittborn
Through the poetics of the body in motion, Tournée Cadenza embarks on an unknown journey into the abstract and recondite emotional state of vulnerability and the strength demanded to face each new experience. The temporal state of each moment suggests a voyage convening at the meeting of the power of a body in action and the delicacy of its motion, with admiration for the ethereal beauty of its convergent flow.
Break Adventure directed by Igor Krasik
Photography is related to the theater. The stage is the frame. The freezing dance pose is similar to photo deduction. The abstraction, paper handling and synthesis of sound and movement is the essence of the piece. It’s about the visual in the music
Melting Justice directed by Petna Ndaliko Katondolo
Melting Justice a film from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a mediation on agency vs voyourism that simultaniously captures instances of embodied critique while confronting the viewer with challenging questions about the passive consumption of spectacle that fuels a global concensus of silence.
Thank you to Screendance Africa for helping us find this gem.
Blowing Up of the Meridian directed by Catherin Meyburgh
Blowing up of the Meridian is part of a bigger installation of 5 projections which was first exhibited at dOCUMENTA13 in 2013. The resistance to accepting the concept of time in all it’s forms was the inspiration for this work. It was inspired by the anarchist Martial Bourdin who decided to attack the observatory in Greewich representing a neutrality of time. So with the resistance to the imposition by the colonial European’s need to ‘order’ the world in time zones, comes the ‘Blowing up of the Meridian’ as the metaphor.
Thank you to Screendance Africa for helping us find this gem.
Reflections directed by Lenora Lee and Olivia Ting
Reflections addresses the struggle for dominance and survival. Traditionally, Chinese lion dances at festival bring good luck and drive away misfortune, However, in this short film, the lions represent dual roles of heroism and inner demons for a man coming to terms with his identity in a land that may never embrace him. The lion mask, for him, embodies a false sense of defiance, of power. Ultimately, when the mask is stripped of its outer skin, he is left unadorned to face his truths.
Pas directed by Courtney Harris and Charli Brissey
Pas, a satirical paraody, extends upon ballet’s tendency to embody animal qualities. Subverting Western ideologies of grace and beauty, Brissey and Harris incorporate untraditional and comedic animal imagery, while also destabilizing ballet’s heteronormative structure through queer suggestion.
Thank you to Hamel Bloom, Executive Director of the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema for helping us find this film.
moverevermore directed by Oleg Stepanov and Alexey Torgunakov
One mover to another mover
Two movers in one mover
One mover in two movers
Two movers move for every mover
Panspermia created by the Axolotl Collective
A short journey in a vast territory where two aliens perpetuate a cosmic lineage
Woodbleed directed by Mauricio Ascencio
The Wood Bleed project forms part of a series of video-portraits. These portratis offer a possible visual moments, macro-visions of the individual from my own perception of the subject. Materializationd and externalizing of the subjective, is revealed through detailed and minimal exploration of these moments.
Art of Defining Me directed by Seeta Patel & Kamala Devam
In a tick box society where identity has become a commodity, directors /choreographers Seeta Patel and Kamala Devam join Director of Photography Maria Åkesson to create a short film which takes a humorous look at how we as humans are influenced by the expectations and definitions placed upon us. Not a simple retaliation, the work observes and comments upon how we embody these expectations to find a certain safety and solace in them, almost enjoying them. But who puts us in these boxes – society, institutions, individuals or ourselves?
Thank you to Gitta Wigro who introduced us to to Kamala and Seeta’s work.
Cinética created by La Ignorancia Dance Film Music Collective
A moment in time of the life of four women. This dance film shows through the body the ambiguity of a real and imaginary world where a woman searches, dances, fights or plays without separating what is lived and what is dreamed.
Thank you to Dances Made and En Route alumna Tori Lawrence for helping us find this film.
We would like to acknowledge the Awesome Foundation for providing the funding to make this online festival possible.