FRAME: The London Dance Film Festival have announced their full programme of films and events that take place 9th to 12th June 2016 in Kingston-upon-Thames. Presented by UK’s pioneering dance company BalletBoyz in association with the dancescreen competition, this inaugural festival offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the best creative talent in dance and film, as well engaging broadcasters, video artists and choreographers. Over the three days, there are over 122 films screening with 11 World Premieres, 8 International, 4 European and 28 UK Premieres amongst the new work presented alongside classic films for all ages led by a celebration of Gene Kelly. Talks and panel discussions with leading international experts from both dance and film are also part of the programme. The festival winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the closing night followed by a special live performance by the BalletBoyz. All information can be found on their website: www.framefilmfestival.com
Kingston is not only the base for BalletBoyz but was also the home of Eadweard Muybridge, the pioneering photographer. It is therefore highly appropriate that the festival’s opening night film is Kyle Rideout’s EADWEARD (2015), the evocative psychological drama about Muybridge, starring Michael Eklund (Watchmen, The Call, TV’s Bates Motel), Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries), Christopher Heyerdahl (True Blood, Gotham, Hell on Wheels), Charlie Carrick (TV’s The Borgias) and Torrance Combs (TV’s Reign, The Tudors).
The contribution of British filmmaking to musicals over the last 40 years is provided by Alan Parker’s Oscar-winning FAME (1980), starring Irene Cara, alongside Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini’s STREETDANCE (2010), the UK’s box office smash which energetically brings ballet and street dance together, as well as featuring Britain’s Got Talent winner, the dance troupe Diversity; and DESERT DANCER (2014), Richard Raymond’s recent biopic of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian, starring Reece Ritchie and Freida Pinto.
FRAME pays tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood with a celebration of one of its greatest dance stars, Gene Kelly. One of the all-time best musicals SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) is screened alongside the rarely seen INVITATION TO THE DANCE (1956), which features Kelly in three stories, all told without words, performing three very different dance routines, and THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT! (1974), a joyous compilation of memorable moments from MGM musicals featuring Kelly, Fred Astaire, Liza Minnelli and Mickey Rooney amongst many others.
Hollywood’s musical past continues with Lloyd Bacon’s 1933 Oscar-nominated version of 42nd STREET starring Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels and Ruby Keeler that features choreography from the legendary Busby Berkeley. As a special 90th birthday celebration of Her Majesty the Queen, is shown Stanley Donen’s ROYAL WEDDING (1951) bringing together Fred Astaire and Jane Powell in this lively MGM musical about two American performers heading to Britain at the time of the royal wedding.
Families can tap dance amongst the penguins in George Miller’s HAPPY FEET (2006) and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) invite us all to be their guests in this perennially popular Disney favourite.
Performance features are represented by SEA WITHOUT SHORE (2015), André Semenza and Fernanda Lippi’s haunting tale of a woman who is drawn into the depths of her subconscious in search of her vanquished female lover; and Emelie Mahdavian’s AFTER THE CURTAIN (2015), where four female dancers battle cultural norms and face increasing disfavour in the post-Soviet era.
Shorter format work is presented within the FRAME Programmes numbered 1 to 10. Full details for each programme can be found here: FRAME 2016 Full Diary
A quick look at the first three programmes gives you a good idea of the breadth of work screening:
STEP (Canada 2015 15′)
Director + Choreographer: Frédérique Cournoyer-Lessard
Through her entire life, Rose has followed her passion for dance by using it as a singular method of communication essential to connect with her surroundings.
SHADE (Canada 2015 1’48)
Director: Simeon Qsyea
Choreographer: Lamar Johnson, Simeon Qsyea
Shade explores the relation between the camera & the performer. This dynamic piece breaks the mould of traditional filming, leaving you with the question; “”who’s dictating who?”
BEING KRISTINA (Sweden 2015 45′)
Director: Fredrik Stattin
Choreographer: Hans Marklund
Nordisk Drama, Dokumentär AB
Kristina (Christina in English) of Sweden becomes queen when she is only 6 years old. She decides to change her life, faith and privileges to gain adventure and freedom. A dance explosion with classical ingredients and a modern touch.
WITHIN HER EYES (United Kingdom, 2015, 15′)
Choreographer: James Cousins
Inspired by a moving story of loss and loyalty, Within Her Eyes sees two lovers, brought together in a moment of grief, search for solace in each others arms.
WIND, STONE & WOMEN (Republic Of Korea, 2015, 14’20)
Director: Seongmin Kim
Choreographer(s): Gilho Yang, Kim Modeun, Kim Misuk
A white piece of thread, carried by the wind, leaves a trace in the air. A breeze of wind hovering in circles, a stone left alone on an island.
WE HAVE BLED (United Kingdom, 2016, 12’52)
Director: Marcus Waterloo
Choreographer: Fernanda Lippi
Production Company: Maverick Motion Ltd, Zikzira Physical Theatre
We Have Bled takes us deep into private emotional battlegrounds. Three people, caught in the turbulence of relationships: moments of delicate intimacy, riven by impulsive ferocity.
THE SECRET WOMAN (USA, 2015, 6’47)
Director + Choreographer: Melinda Darlington-Bach
Production Company: Xanadu Entertainment Inc.
Charles Dickens led a prolific life, but he had a secret, Ellen Lawless Ternan. The Secret Woman is a ballet-based, narrative short film about Dickens struggle between his wife and the other woman he dearly loved.
CLICK CLACK CLICK (New Zealand, 2014, 6′)
Director: James Wilkinson
Choreographer: Gina Stevens
Production Company: Electric Shoelace Productions
A young waitress escapes the struggles of her gritty reality into an imaginary world of beauty, elegance and dance.
THE WAKE (Ireland, 2015, 19’38)
Director: Oonagh Kearney
Choreographer: Cindy Cummings in collaboration with director and cast
Production Company: Invisible Thread
A woman. A house. Sheets stir… new beginnings await. Drama Queen. Diva. Looking for attention. Looking for an audience. Looking for it.
SHE/HER (The Netherlands, 2015, 11′)
Director: Sonja Wyss
Choreographer: Cecilia Moisio
Production Company: Family Affair Films
While Ella lives in reality, her daughter Nora prefers a fantasy world. In a restaurant where Ella and Nora are having dinner together, the story moves to Nora’s fantasy world, and finally returns to reality.
REBORN (United Kingdom, 2015, 4’35)
Director: Andrew Margetson
Choreographer: Alastair Marriott
Production Company: Moth Productions
A portrait of a dancer: Lauren Cuthbertson, principal at the Royal Ballet, reveals the brutal reality of being a top ballerina and performs a mesmerising piece of original choreography.
TWITCH (Canada, 2015, 5′)
Director: Jules de Niverville
Choreographer: Michael Watts
Production Company: MSFTS productions
Twitch is a performance video chronicling the life-pulse of a creature in conflict: its stirrings/twitching/convulsions, its agonizing missteps and battle with demons; an ode to overcoming dark energies that lie within.
BLACK SQUARE (Russia, 2015, 4’52)
Director: Timo Zhalnin
Choreographer: Elena Kuzmina
The film is a choreographic response to the “Black square” by Kazimir Malevich. This piece of art won worldwide fame as a Manifesto of Suprematism, one of the brightest areas of the Russian avant-garde.
STONEDYOUMAN MIRROR (France, 2015, 4’35)
Director: Aurélien Ferré, Willy Laury
Choreographer: Scott Schneider
Production Company: Incidence Chorégraphique
Awakening of a “gargoyle” on the roof of the great Opéra Garnier de Paris and dancing on the streets of Paris by night.
THE ARCHITECT (TRAILER) (United Kingdom, 2014, 3’26)
Director: Stephen T Lally
Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall
The film aims to capture and amplify Kenneth Tindall’s ballet, The Architect. Exploring the themes of temptation and sin this snappy trailer style film blends a modern stylised classical ballet language with high end fashion visuals.
.TICK (United Kingdom, 2015, 3’24)
Director + Choreographer: Ieva Sabaliauskaite
This short movement story is about one day that makes internal difference. It’s about inner fight of surviving, the attempt of moving on, the balance between the past and the future.
PLASTIC EYE INDIAN (United Kingdom, Greece, 2015, 3’07)
Director: Natasa Stamatari
Choreographer: Nando Messias
Production Company: Plastics
This film was inspired by a research on Amazonian tribes and the deforestation of the earth’s largest rainforest. An exploration of abstract, improvised movements affected by the structure and weight of the costume.
NEUTROIS (United Kingdom, 2015, 2’15)
Director + Choreographer: Sam Bennett, Tom Bennett, Leah Smith, Charlotte White
A short film exploring and representing gender fluidity through material, form and movement.
CROSSING GAME (The Netherlands, 2014, 1’14)
Director(s): Gonny Jüngst, Anja Reinhardt, Yuri Bongers
Choreographer(s): Anja Reinhardt, Yuri Bongers
Production Company: Vloeistof dancecompany
Hunted in an infinite deserted forest, a woman is on the run. She happens to see a car. Pantingly she gets in this safe haven and thinks she can feel safe.
THE LINE (France, 2015, 13’24)
Director(s): Nathan Cahen, Adrien Ouaki
Choreographer: Adrien Ouaki
The Line studies the various behaviours of human beings when facing time and how they can transform time into a prison for their mind.
INHERITOR RECORDINGS (Canada, 2015, 6’20)
Director: Brian Johnson
Choreographer: 605 Collective
Production Company: Company 605
Warping time and place, Inheritor Recordings augments and expands 605’s raw physicality to become an upheaval of an off-limits, dormant space and its history, a quiet uprising of a new generation.
LOLA (Germany, 2016, 4’11)
Director: Johannes Plank
Choreographer: Alexandre Munz
Lola is an anatomical decryption of a sculptured being, who’s minimalistic micro-movements are made sensible through the use of choreographic montage. The body is decomposed, reconstructed and multiplies itself.
FALL (Chile, 2015, 6’17)
Director + Choreographer: Paulina Rutman
A continuous wave of falling shadows revealed in the prisms of the frames. A rising sea that sweeps you in and out of the tides of memory.
FRAME has created a wide-ranging series of talks and activities to complement the screenings, designed to stimulate interest and insight into the diverse ways in which dance can be presented on film.
Dance For The Camera originally commissioned short films for broadcast during 1990s and 00s. A collaborate process between director, composer and choreographer, this offers a case study on commissioning and producing work for TV. The festival, in association with BFI, presents a retrospective selection of films from this acclaimed series.
Music videos have become a fertile creative outlet for imagination and innovation giving filmmakers a chance to develop their skills. Filmmakers discuss their careers and screen examples of their work which includes THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS – WIDE OPEN.
For the last four years Channel 4 has been commissioning Big Dance Shorts showcasing exciting collaborations in choreography and directing. A special event (free) highlights a selection of the films from 2012 and 2014 including, Gabriela Alcofra and Billy Cowie’s TANGO BRASILEIRO (Brazil, 2014) and Jessica Morgan and Morgann Runacre-Temple’s THE TRY OUT (UK, 2013), and previews 2016 line up. A Q&A will be held with attending filmmakers.
Big Dance also contributes to the community activities with the Big Dance Bus, the touring mobile dance experience that travels to quirky places across the UK. The double-decker is parking in the centre of Kingston and set to get everyone dancing in the streets, encouraging people young and old to try a whole range of dance styles from waltz to ballet and tango.
Making Tracks is a dynamically different live performance event that is devised between Kingston University, Whirlygig Cinema and the Cabinet of Living Cinema. Opening with the screening of pre-selected dance films that are accompanied by a live score from The Cabinet of Living Cinema musicians, it is followed by the world premiere of a bold new cinematic performance piece that is a collaboration between graduating students from Kingston University’s Dance and Moving Image Courses, Whirlygig and Cabinet of Living Cinema, devised, produced and created especially for FRAME.
FRAME: The London Dance Film Festival presents a broad variety of industry experts participating in panel discussions and workshops, covering areas such as funding, distribution over three days. Based in Kingston’s Rose Theatre, the sessions include panels on Funding and Finance, Distribution and Exhibition. International broadcasters discuss the commissioning process whilst issues around commercial production are discussed by leading creators of commercial dance film, showcasing their work.
Filmmakers are invited to develop their art of pitching in a special seminar held in association with London Film Academy and to enter the dancescreen pitch competition (until 9th May) to win the chance to pitch in front of a panel of dancescreen judges.
Practical advice from funding to crew is offered in a seminar on producing dance films, with support from Dancers Pro whilst issues around licensing and music rights are discussed in a panel supported by Rogo Scott Music.
Networking sessions offer opportunities to meet industry professionals from around the world. These include a curators and programmers panel supported by the British Council and a choreographers panel supported by One Dance UK; Underwire Festival and FLAMIN’ London, Film London’s Artists’ Moving Image Network bring together directors to discuss their work and a 1-2-1 speed networking session, supported by Creative Skillset, will provide direct contact to professionals working across dance and film.
UK interdisciplinary politically charged and socially engaged performance artist Oreet Ashery offers a masterclass on Saturday on her web series, REVISITING GENESIS, which explores the processes of dying, exploring notions of friendships, outside communities and reincarnation of women artist. This event, in association with the Kingston University’s Stanley Picker Gallery, is chaired by David Faulkner and will premiere the final film in the ground-breaking series.
The dancescreen competition offers a bi-annual platform for international dance films with awards chosen by a specially selected jury of professionals across the fields of film, TV, dance, and video. With four competitive categories, work is judged on originality, communication and direction. The competitive categories are: Live performance relay and camera re-work; Animation; Documentary; Screen choreography with awards going to films of up to 5 minutes, 15 minutes, over 15 minutes respectively.
Shorter format work is presented within the FRAME Programmes mentiuoned above. A number of features being screened are also eligible for the dancescreen award for best documentary. These are the European premiere of Olivia Peniston-Bird’s GRACEFUL GIRLS (2015) which looks at Calisthenics, Australia’s unique and physically demanding dance sport; Richard Curson-Smith’s RUDOLF NUREYEV DANCE TO FREEDOM (2015) a recreation of the Russian dancers’ defection to the West; Horacio Alacala’s GRAZING THE SKY (2014), a revealing Spanish film about the physical exploits of circus acrobats; and BEING KRISTINA (2015), a visual dance explosion expressing the story of the Young Queen Kristine inheriting the Swedish Crown with choreography led by renowned Hans Marklund.
The features in contention for the Live Performance Award include the UK premiere of Jeff Tudor’s A SWAN LAKE (2014), a staging of the world’s most famous ballet wittily choreographed by Alexander Ekman; Thomas Grimm’s JULIET & ROMEO (2013) the world’s greatest love story told the other way round featuring the work of Swedish choreographer Mats Ek; and ATVAKHABAR RHAPSODIES (2015), Vincent Massip’s interpretation of the futuristic ballet with a kaleidoscope of visuals and sound effects.
All screenings take place at Rose Theatre, Odeon Cinema, Bentall’s Store and Wow Café. The dancescreen competition winners are announced at the closing night award ceremony on Sunday 12 June which is followed by a special live performance by BalletBoyz featuring audience favourites from their repertoire including FICTION by Javier de Frutos from their latest show LIFE.
Accreditation is now open to industry delegates either for single days or the whole festival. Full details are on their website www.framefilmfestival.com