Saturday, October 20, 7:30pm / Doors open @ 7:00
76 minutes of original, beautiful, and diverse dance for film from
2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
$12 online / $15 at the door
Le Choregrave / France – 4:27
At a Christmas diner where connections between people is impossible, Salla is trying to make them move.. In 2017 Jake Russell created the French project “Le Chorégrave”. With a team of artists he writes, directs and shoots short one shot films where the camera, dance and live music all combine to create an artistic performance that falls into no category. Each film is shot in carefully selected venues where sound is recorded live during each performance, with no cues to direct the dancers, and no editing after the shoot.
our last aria / US – 7:14
Filmed on location in the Eureka dunes of Death Valley California, “our last aria” follows the journey of two figures traversing a kinetic and emotional landscape in the heart of a desert wilderness.
Taste of Night / Russia – 7:47
‘Taste of Night’ is a dance short film in the style of ironic noir is the fantastic story that happened at the ball. No one knows what Fate has prepared for him, and how the day will end. A brilliant, handsome man meets a young girl at the party. He tries to seduce her. Is it possible if the girl is an extraordinary creature? This film is a part of project that aimed to modify stereotyped impression of tango as a dance in red dress with rose between teeth that a lot of people still have.
Thread a Stair / United Kingdom – 3:13
‘Thread a Stair’ sees a disoriented dancer thread his way out of a never ending staircase. The choreography takes inspiration from a family of movements in breakin’ (breakdance) known as threads to create stair specific sequences, steps and concepts. A result of close collaboration with both music producer and animator, Thread a Stair is a coherent piece of confusing art that shines a light on the intricacies and playful nature of this dance.
I think I know where I stand / USA – 4:27
An exploration of individuality, femininity, and youth through improvised movement.
Maura / Cuba – 13:08
Dancer and choreographer Maura Morales fled from Cuba at the age of 17. In this short documentary / dance film, she explores her own history, the concept of home as well as the current socio-cultural situation in her former homeland.
Digital Afterlives / Australia – 4:47
A man in white-winged angel shoes in an infinite black space is awakened by the strains of Franz Liszt’s “Totentanz” (“The Dance of the Dead”). He gets multiplied and manipulated through all the dimensions of infinite black. None of the incarnations of his body have free will as he is thrown, bounced, split, squelched, flopped, frozen, and slid through multitudinous geometries by an unknown force, finally to be returned to his original form and spat out onto the junk heap of history. Could the insistent music be a god manipulating him in this afterlife? Would a breakout lead him to a better world or just another incarnation of himself as a puppet?
A Guide to Breathing Underwater / USA – 7:15 (Nudity)
A Guide to Breathing Underwater follows a person’s quest to find solace in his body. Using dance and gesture, shadow and light, we see him traverse through New York City, looking for his utopia. When he finds an open space overflowing with air and water: an exhale. Finally, he can be still.
sweetgrass / Oregon Artist – 10:56
Sweetgrass is an aromatic herb native to North America. It can be harvested up to five times per year and is also referred to as ‘Holy Grass’.
Wait / USA – 6:58
“Wait” is a queer film about the cyclical nature of co-dependency. It explores intimate moments in which we define our identity through another person and the dismantling required to start over.
TWINS “You Must Be Related!” / USA – 3:48
Two dancers, who also twins, explore public perceptions of twins and their internal struggle of sisterhood.