Happy new year! Here’s a list of 5 films to get your 2021 off to a dancing start:
Dance On Screen
1. Rosemary Lee - Dusk Dances
Set against the falling night time sky above Lowestoft’s beach, Dusk Dance is inspired by the folk traditions of men dancing together on the winter solstice. Carried by Isaac Lee-Kronick’s haunting song the dancers throw their energy out to the enveloping night.
Created in Quarantine
2. Post:ballet - Waltz of the Snowflakes
Continuing the winter theme we have this whistful ballet performed in California. The winter sky looks very different here, but the face masks are an all to familiar symbol of the times we’re living in. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful Tchaikovsky score and the light as a feather performances by the dancers.
Catch It While You Can
3. New Adventures - Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes
First screened on the BBC on Christmas day, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes is now available on iPlayer for the next 11 months! The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw) lives to dance, but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men, Boris Lermontov (Adam Cooper) and Julian Craster (Dominic North), who inspire her passion. Watch online here (trailer below).
4. Sarah Blanc - Dance How You Feel Right Now, Our House
Created over the 2nd UK lockdown, artist Sarah Blanc wanted to create a film that felt like we were all under the same roof. The resulting film, which was supported by Greenwich Dance, features our house which has 103 rooms with 133.5 people from 44 cities in 14 countries.
In Case You Missed It
5. Joanna Weller - Every Stitch Holds A Memory
Joanna’s film was created as part of Up My Street THE FESTIVAL. She was mentored by dance artist Zoie Golding to create a film inspired by the artworks she had been created from the nightdresses of patients who had died in care homes. This is an emotional and beautiful film – tissues at the ready!