Stay Home Screendance PicksOctober 2nd - October 11th
We put out the call, and the artists responded. During a time of uncertainty, groundlessness, and fear these 24 artists did what they do best: create! Each of the dance films were created while sheltering in place during the Spring and Summer of 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. With access to crew, location, and equipment greatly limited, often these artists are some combination of Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Cinematographer, and Editor all at once. All films are under 5 minutes and vary greatly in tone and approach.
Stay Home Screendance films are free to view for the entire duration of the festival (October 2nd – 11th). Join us in voting for your favorite! The top rated film will get $200.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Film by Alexa Velez
“Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” is a performance for the camera that channels the anxiety that arises from having to make a difficult decision. Like a ship lost at sea, we tend to travel nowhere while navigating indecision. As with the rise and fall of the ocean, we sway back and forth until we find solid ground.
United States, featuring dancers across mainland USA, Puerto Rico, and Indonesia
Bodies Apart, Moving Together
Film by Sophia Wright Emigh
This collective short dance film expresses the human longing to connect in solidarity through the profound initiatory experience of this pandemic, which both pushes us apart and unites us, and reveals the ways we may have separated ourselves from each other long before we physically needed to do so. Through footage spliced together from the submissions of 20 international dancers, we see grief, trust, fear, control and surrender pouring through still and moving bodies cut off from physical touch, yet instinctively reaching towards each other through the unknown and across space and time to meet in the human experience.
Can you count to 100?
Film by Daphna Mero
Suddenly with no warning we were prisoners in our homes restricted to walk not far than 100 meters from our front doors. The count of ill and dead began, and it increases every day. We are globally under Siege of the Corona Epidemic’s. I am dancing on the roof. Up there under the sky, where open landscape view meets the hard cement, birds fly freely. I try to fly with them restricted by the banister that prevents me from falling. I am counting from 1 to 100. My voice dictates the flow and rhythm. My movements are limited to 100, it ends there.
Film by Charli Brissey
Shelter in Place 2
Film by Peter Litwinowicz and Lizz Roman
Lizz Roman & Dancers have been keeping connected through dance and film. Please enjoy this second installment of the Lizz Roman & Dancers’ Shelter in Place series
Film by Tal Kronkop
UNITED STATES featuring dancers in SPAIN, JAPAN, and ARGENTINA
Film by Laura Cohen
Film by Rosa Villanueva
Isolated birthday is a piece that I created in the global pandemic context as an act of resistance and also a way to celebrate my birthday under such underwhelming circumstances. In this piece I allow myself to explore the vulnerability around such idealistic date, one’s birthday is. Also, the elements that I integrated are intended to generate a festive atmosphere in contrast to the sad character in the space, that therefore generate a confusing state. In terms of movement, notions such as contrast, vulnerability and solitude are key to my exploration.
Life: Plastic Wrapped
Film by Sasha Chudacoff
Scotland, United Kingdom
Film by Jamiel Laurence
Film by Deny Ardianto
Covid 19 depresses everyone. Space becomes limited, houses run out of food, boredom and tension cannot be escaped from. But everyone seeks to stay sane, in their own way.
Passing the Time
Film by Laura Kennedy
quiet time, these are toes
Film by Jana Zahler
Film by Kelsey Oluk + Keva Walker
Filmed and edited in April 2020 under Stay at Home orders in LA, SOCIAL DANCE-STANCING is a playful take on the 6 feet social distance rule. The short is an experiment to see what a duet could look like when you can’t actually be together. How can we come together in dance, and collaborate during a mandated isolation period. Join us in a dance battle for personal space, and please, don’t stand so close to me!
Film by Hanna Ojala
Film by Fu Le
Film by Terri Ayanna Wright
Telekinetic Waters is a short dance film where a young woman, distraught after hearing the news of COVID-19, receives solace from an unusual visitor. The film was directed, choreographed, performed, and edited by Terri Ayanna Wright, grad student and professional dancer based in NYC, while in quarantine in New Orleans.
The Minute You Panic
Film by Hanna Ojala
Film by Emma Colton
Film by Jill Bettendorff
Setting the stage in an abandoned attic, during the lockdown in Berlin in times of isolation & solitude Jill dives into introspection, attempting to purify herself and transcending to a space of calmness and inner peace.
Film by Alberto López
Film by Tony Palomino
Warped: Covid Time
Film by Sasha Chudacoff
How does time get warped? During Covid Quarantine 2020, I experienced an altered perspective of time. Many others reported the same thing. Time blurred and warped. The daily and weekly landmarks that I was accustomed to before quarantine were no longer pillars. Time became improvised, spontaneous, memorable and simultaneously inconsequential. It was based on creative adaptations to a new way of living and this new way of living for many of us had no time signature or familiar rhythm. One night in the life of quarantine, in the small rural Mountain town where I live, there was a full moon. With all businesses closed, town empty and time warped, I danced in the empty streets in the light of the moon.
Love Without a Glove
Film by Desi Jevon
Wash your hands my friends…