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Inspired Dance Film Festival – Screening

Dance in Diversity

A collection of outstanding films that showcase the beauty and diversity of dance filmmaking.

Dance for Change (World Premiere)

In Dzaleka refugee camp, home to over 40, 000 people a dance scene is emerging. The community is using movement as a vehicle for change. This story follows the journey of four different dance crews, The Fighters, The Dreamers, The Vision Girls and Salama Africa   These crews encourage movement as a vehicle for rehabilitation. What started as one dance group has grown to inspire an entire generation at Dzaleka and beyond, leading to the emergence of more groups that share the same passion and enable young individuals to use dance as a tool to share their language and re-cultivate their identity.

Duration
00:17:37

Award category
Documentary

Country
UK

Credits
Director – Lily Clare Colfox
Choreographer – Salam Africa
Producer – Clem Kwizombe, Spiwe Zulu, Jack Thompson Roylance

Key Cast
Toussaint Farini


Look The Part

Sam is a disabled cleaner working in a large theatre who has a passion to be a dancer, but she’s afraid to step into the light. When Peaches (her magical inner-diva-cum-drag queen) materialises at night, Sam’s creativity takes flight. She rips up a daring dance-number, to the rhythm of The Cat Empire’s beats. Look The Part, is the story of talent defying expectation, and magic transforming reality.

Duration
00:05:00

Award category
Disabled Dance Film Entry

Country
Australia

Credits
Director – Claire Fletcher
Choreographer – Renata Commisso
Concept – Claire Fletcher, Charlotte Juliana Ryan, Audrey O’Connor, Christine Blanch, Matilda Thompson, Michael Oblati, Ben Rowntree, Georgia Di Laudo, Daniel McGrath, Liam Peake, Rae Pastuszak, Oliver Williams, Ashley Kuhle, Ellen Maher
Producer – Kristen Hodges, Tracey Corbin-Matchett

Key Cast
Ellen Maher, Luke McCaul


Renewable (Australian Premiere)

Inspired by the different landscapes and environments of Scotland and Indonesia and renewable energy sources, this screendance work was created through a digital art residency (Dance Dialogue) between Marc Brew (Marc Brew Company) and Mariska Febriyani (Ballet.id) exploring the concept of space and restrictions, (reflecting on the pandemic).  There are audio described versions of the film in English and Bahasa available.

Duration
00:03:50

Award category
Disabled Dance Film Entry

Country
UK

Credits
Director – Susan Hay
Choreographer – Marc Brew and Mariska Febriyani
Funders: Funded by British Council Connections through Culture, Creative Scotland
Producer – Susan Hay (Scotland), Mariska Febriyani (Indonesia)
Editor: Jamie Bradley-Hay
Music composer: Bagaskoro Putro Dewandoro
Access support: Melanie Wilson
Assistant producer (Indonesia): Kevin Julianato
Camera operators: Susan Hay, Jamie Bradley-Hay, Reynold Setiadi, Faishal Ammar

Key Cast
Marc Brew, Mariska Febriyani


VAYU (World Premiere)

Vayu is a dual mythical being that gives life as a breeze and takes life away as a storm. In their mourning rituals, the people of South Kurdistan appeal to Vayu , who caused them suffering by taking away one of their great men ,to bless them with a another . In this ritual, women scratch their faces with their own hands, like plowing a land , to be re-fertilized in the process and continue again…

Duration
00:08:00

Award category
Art/Experimental Dance Film Entry

Country
Islamic Republic of Iran

Credits
Director – Susan Hay
Choreographer – Marc Brew and Mariska Febriyani
Funders: Funded by British Council Connections through Culture,
Director – Sina Mohammadi
Choreographer – Sina Mohammadi, Azin Hajimirzaee
Concept – Sina Mohammadi
Producer – Sina Mohammadi
Camera: Tina Fathiyounesi
Quadman: Mahan Moghadam
Edit: Sina Mohammadi

Key Cast
Azin Hajimirzaee, Anna Khosravi, Akram Mohammadi, Ayla Ebrahimi, Bita Mirani, Yalda Memari, Roshana Karimi, Pegah Bahmani.


The Honeymoon Phase

A couple dance their way through the honeymoon phase of their relationship.

Duration
00:08:38

Award category
Dance Short Film Entry

Country
Australia

Credits
Director – Stephanie Senior
Choreographer – Olivier Hendry
Producer – Kaela Halatau

SEEK/AFTER (Australian Premiere)

Set in a dream-like rocky landscape, SEEK / AFTER is a short dance film directed by award-winning transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey.  SEEK/AFTER is part of a series of six dance films created for Sean Dorsey Dance’s multi-year project THE LOST ART OF DREAMING.  THE LOST ART OF DREAMING project investigates and imagines expansive trans, gender-nonconforming and queer Futures.  This series of short films featuring choreography and performance by the groundbreaking all-LGBTQ Sean Dorsey Dance company — and is an invitation to reclaim, conjure, and manifest joy, pleasure, well-being, freedom, love, connection, and liberation. 

“Stunning…These films are exquisite, intimate, and radiate with Dorsey’s gesture-rich choreography.”  (Bay Times) 

“Gorgeous”  (48 Hills) 

Duration
00:03:12

Award category
Queer Dance Film Entry

Country
USA

Credits
Director – Sean Dorsey
Choreographer – Sean Dorsey
Original music by: Frida Ibarra
Cinematography by: Annalise Ophelian

Key Cast
Sean Dorsey, Nol Simonse, Raúl Torres-Bonilla, Will Woodward.


AT WATER’S EDGE (Australian Premiere)

Featuring mesmerizing queer dance in watery coves and ocean edges, AT WATER’S EDGE is a short dance film by award-winning transgender choreographer Sean Dorsey.  AT WATER’S EDGE is another part of the series of six dance films created for Sean Dorsey Dance’s multi-year project THE LOST ART OF DREAMING. 

Duration
00:03:31

Award category
Queer Dance Film Entry

Country
USA

Credits
Director – Sean Dorsey
Choreographer – Sean Dorsey
Original music by: Anomie Belle
Cinematography by: Annalise Ophelian

Key Cast
Sean Dorsey, Nol Simonse.


The Eagle Spirit | Through its Heroic flight until Rebirth (World Premiere)

Eagle is the most courageous and the heroic spirit among the kingdom of birds. They are the messengers of God, who soar high above the clouds as mighty lords & warriors of the sky. They are strong and immensely resilient in the face of challenges. This film takes you through a journey of embodying the ‘Eagle Spirit’ into our lives, as dancers incarnate into the spirit of the eagle.  Rendering from the classical recital of the Ukusa (eagle) vannama1  and Sri Lankan folklore stories, we illustrate the Eagle’s life journey in a new dimension of reading with the use of Kandyan dance, oriental music and elements in nature. Through this experimental dance film, we endeavour to uplift and empower the contemporary audience by instilling the spirit of the eagle within them. Set amidst an encroaching rainstorm, the film begins with a young eagle nestling in the love & protection of its parents. The eagle clan nurtures him until he is fully feathered and trained in hunting. He gradually comes of age; spreading its wings like a warrior, he kisses the sky and descends from the mountain ranges to chase down preys.    Displaying its glory, the mature eagle waits to attract the spouse that he seeks only once in his lifetime. With the blessing of the mother nature, their union brings life to a new clan of eagles. Settings in the film alternate between various landscapes of water, hills ranges, stormy weather and sunlit landscapes; to encapsulate the various challenges that eagles encounter but how victoriously they surpass them all by diverging adversities into blessings. Folklore stories mentions that when other birds fly back to nests to take refuge from rain, eagles await patiently till the moment it rains: to fly above the clouds and take comfort in the coolness of the falling raindrops.  The long-lived couple slowly ages. The time has come to make a difficult decision; Whether to face death or to go through the painful process of knocking off their beaks and, plucking out their aged old wings and talons. The ones who choose the latter must withstand the pain and take shelter on mountain tops, starving as their body regrows new pairs of wings, talons, and beaks. Their patient and resilient demeanour finally reaps its benefits. Reborn like a phoenix, the eagles bid farewell to their past, embarking on a healthy new life with new hopes.   The Eagle’s spirit teaches us one important lesson. That is, that we can experience adversities as blessings too. If we live with courage and strength, we have the ability to break through any obstacle. Just as how the eagle undergoes his rebirth and other challenges through its life journey. Hard times may come as storms, but if you’re strong enough to weather the storm, you will get to feel the tranquillity at the end. Let us open our wings and embrace the Eagle Spirit. Let us all fly high with pride and conquer the challenges of life like an eagle.  1Ukusa vannama – a classical Kandyan dance piece created in the 18th century which praises the bird, eagle. In the original music piece, the lyrics describes two eagles watching their newborn eagle opening its wings as it hatches through the egg. It further praises the powerful hunting skills of the eagle for carrying out preys.

Duration
00:05:04

Award category
Art/Experimental Dance Film Entry

Country
Sri Lanka

Credits
Director – Susan Hay
Artistic Director & Choreographer: Akila Palipana
Music Artist: Ravibandu Vidyapathi
Editor & Assistant Artistic Director: Kishani Wijesinghe
Film Researcher & Special support: Maleesha Edirisingha
Videographers: Akila Palipana, Don Sachith Wijesinghe, Dulana Haseendra
Costume Production: Renuka Jayalath, Samurdhika Tharangani
Make up Artist: Dananjaya Wickramaarachchi
Special support: Harsha Perera, Kushan Tharuka


Pricing

General admission

Adult $24.50

Concession $20.50


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SCreening dates & times

Duration – One hour

Important information

Suitable for ages 8 & over
Wheelchair access –  please call us on 07 3013 6666 or email to book an accessible seat.

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