Dance City Film Fest 23 – 25 April 2021  

£9.50 / £8 concessions 

An eclectic programme of screen dance shorts 

In partnership with TIN Arts 

This April Dance City, the North Easts leading organisation for dance, is launching its brand new Dance City Film Fest in conjunction with TIN Arts with a vibrant online program of screen dance shorts 

There are three opportunities to see the 90 minute programme of shorts online – on Friday and Saturday evening from 7pm, and on Sunday afternoon from 3pm. Friday and Saturday ends with a live Q&A with film makers and dancers. Sunday will close with The Making of Samsara, a documentary by Dmitriy Kuleshov

Friday Q&A – Martin Wilson, Robbie Synge, Art of Spectra, Alex Anslow.

Saturday Q&A – Martin Wilson, Paul Davidson, Seeta Patel, Anand Bhatt, Alleyne Dance  

The programme includes:

Samsara, a film by Nirvair Singh – Aakash Odedra Company 

Samsara is an unprecedented expression of cultural exchange through the language of dance, drawing upon the diverse disciplines of ballet, contemporary dance, Chinese folk dance and the classical Indian dance form kathak. This short film captures the essence of Samsara, a full length duet created and performed by Aakash Odedra and Hu Shenyuan presented by Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation.

Forest Floor– Julie Cleves and Robbie Synge 

Shot in Abernethy Forest in The Cairngorms, Forest Floor considers different bodies and physical access challenges in a rural location. Close friends Julie and Robbie sit quietly together on the ground, a simple idea requiring a novel approach.  

Adjacent Movement– Art of Spectra 

A collaboration between filmmaker Simon Carlgren, choreographer Peter Svenzon (Art of Spectra) and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (STDH). 

Dancing to Art – Corali Dance Company 

Dancing to Art is a short film made in the empty galleries of Tate Britain. Four dancers create individual dance responses to art-works in the gallery. The dancers take up space in the rooms of Tate illustrating the many ways that art can inspire dance, whilst at the same time inspiring other people to have a go themselves. 

Escape the Nowhere – Paul Davidson with National Youth Dance Company

During summer 2017 National Youth Dance Company and Corali Dance Company brought together young dancers from across England to create a dance film. Choreographer, Paul Davidson, a member of both NYDC and Corali, worked collaboratively with the inclusive cast. A team of skilled dance and film professionals mentored Paul and the cast working to support and animate the dancer’s ideas, guiding them to build the structure, content and storyline.

A Very bR*T*SH Museum– Seeta Patel 

new short film challenging places like the British museum in terms of their role in looted history. Using movement, projections and animations, the film comments on the ongoing discussions around museums returning looted artefacts, and explores the complex relationships it leaves society with in the world today. It also aims to question the legacy of colonialism and imperialism upheld by arts institutions.  

The Making of Samsara, a documentary by Dmitriy Kuleshov – Aakash Odedra Company (Sunday only)

This documentary gives a unique insight to the collaborative creative process that took place over three years, across the UK, USA, China & Australia. Through the voices of the choreographers/performers and the producer the journey of Samsara is brought to life. Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite you to experience The Making of Samsara, and discover how remarkably, the show went on despite language barriers and a global pandemic.


Photo Credit – Aakash Odedra and Hu Shenyuan perform Samsara, image by Nirvair Singh