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Arts Encounters’ dancefilms is programmed by Kathleen Smith.

Program 1

Running Time: 29min

August 15 @ 6:15pm
August 16 @ 8:15pm
August 17 @ 6:15pm
August 18 @ 2:00pm and 5:15pm

Location: The Green Room* @ The Betty Oliphant, generously supported by Pure AV

Cost: Free

Films:

Synopsis:

Elusive dreams of driving percussions and gentle temptations. The balance of soft and hard is essential… without darkness there is no light… Both a forceful push or a soothing rest are necessary in time…. Breaking and mending. To build or to wreck. To be challenged or to be cherished. To provoke or to calm. To get lost or to be found.

Director:
Michaëla St-Pierre

Artists:
Brayden Cairns, Kyana Astles, Margarita Peggy Soria, Roberto Soria, Valérie Herdes, Greg Fortune

Synopsis: 

[ah-wah-reh] is a meditation on pre-nostalgia. Where nostalgia longs for the past, pre-nostalgia longs for the present. It’s the desire to prolong the fade from moment to memory, to be cradled in a pocket of suspended time, to savour the seconds on the back of your tongue. It’s the bittersweetness of missing something before it has gone.

We acknowledge that this video was filmed on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples including the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Director: 
Jenna Berlyn

Synopsis:

By featuring the last recorded conversation between dance artist Victoria and her mother Renate, as they speak about a creative collaboration they are not able to finish before Renate’s death, Locked in a Way offers an intimate space wherein a mother’s voice and a daughter’s body connect across time, space, and even death.

Directors: 
Victoria Mohr-Blakeney and Matthew Hayes

Artist:
Victoria Mohr-Blakeney

Synopsis:

Traverse weaves the performances of five women and forty participants into a tapestry of collective experience. An ancient wall, stairs etched in stone, a perilous bridge are places they occupy and move through, finding connection with travellers sharing a similar trajectory passing into undiscovered terrain.

Director: 
Marlene Millar

Artists: 
Sonia Clarke, Afia Douglas, Hélène Lemay, Kimberly Robin, Sandy Silva

Program 2

Running Time: 32min

August 15 @ 8:15pm
August 17 @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm
August 18 @ 4:00pm and 6:15pm

Location: The Green Room* @ The Betty Oliphant, generously supported by Pure AV

Cost: Free

Films:

Synopsis: 

A poetic documentary dance film revealing First Nations perspective and the emergence of empowerment. As we witness the Friday family taking back their power from Shingwauk Residential school and speaking their truth on their traditional family tribal territory.

Director: 
Cara Mumford

Artist: 
Christine Friday

Synopsis: 

a reimagined girlhood for a woman who is trans / a dreamscape of play and emergence built from our collective memories and knowing of the girls we were and continue to be.

Director: 
Molly Johnson in collaboration with and performed by

Artist: 
Abra Bergen

Synopsis: 

A short film representing two individuals who are experiencing the same complex emotion. We perceive loneliness like emptiness, or an absence of something, and we feel it more intensely when we isolate ourselves. We are lonely when we are with others, and forget that we are always accompanied even when we are alone. Without striking or conversation, the two individuals recognize these profound sentiments within each other.

This project is a cultural initiative produced by L’îlot Collectif for an art gallery installment. In this collaboration Audrée Papineau-Chartrand, Marie-Michelle Darveau, Edouard Godbout-Corriveau, and Charles Quevillon present a contemporary dance film about loneliness or solitude. Projet Duo had its grand début in Granby, Québec, during April of 2019.

Director: 
Audrée Papineau-Chartrand

Artists: 
Audrée Papineau-Chartrand, Marie-Michelle Darveau, Edouard Godbout-Corriveau, Charles Quevillon

Synopsis:

On Hold created, choreographed and directed by Nicola Hawkins of Admiral’s Cove, Newfoundland, is a striking movement piece that distills tenderness, honesty, and grief. The performers, actor John Moyes and his daughter, dancer-storyteller Louise Moyes, commissioned the film in their 80th and 52nd years.  Cinematographer and Editor Lisa Porter. Composer Adam Foran. Shot at the Ferryland Lighthouse.
Funders: Canada Council for the Arts, ArtsNL, and City of St. John’s.

Creator, Director, and Choreographer:
Nicola Hawkins

Producer:
Louise Moyes Docudance

Performers:
John Moyes and Louise Moyes

The Blake House

Running Time: 24min

August 16 @ 10:15pm

Location: The Blake House, 449 Jarvis St, Toronto (outdoor venue)
Cost: Free for screening, though we encourage you to enjoy a drink on our beautiful patio.

August 17 @ 4:00pm

Location: The Green Room* @ The Betty Oliphant, generously supported by Pure AV
Cost: Free

Films:

Synopsis: 

Facing the camera and time, about twenty people are part of the urban landscape.

Director: 
Priscilla Guy

Artists: 
Karla Étienne, Émilie Morin

Synopsis: 

Chromatic Variations brings together six distinct studies exploring the sensory and affective relations between bodies, materials, light, and colour. Inspired by imagery ranging from J. M. W. Turner’s Romantic-era landscapes, to Mark Rothko’s colour-fields, to psychedelia, the film asks viewers to tune in to minute variations in touch, texture, and rhythm.

Director: 
Hannah Schallert and Marie Lambin-Gagnon

Artists: 
Marie Lambin-Gagnon

Synopsis: 

Bhairava is a short dance film that evokes facets of Shiva, the Lord of Dance, as both the destructor of evil and the guardian of time. In this work, dancer and choreographer Shantala Shivalingappa embodies the powerful and omnipresent persona of Bhairava, creating a vivid incarnation of the deity.

Director:
Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer

Artists: 
Shantala Shivalingappa

* Please note that the Green Room is located in the lower level of the Betty Oliphant Theatre. This space is not wheelchair accessible and you do need to use stairs to get to this space. 

The Green Room screenings has been sponsored by Pure AV.
For information and to rent equipment for your next event, visit www.pureav.ca

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