Cinedans - Dance on Screen is the biggest and most diverse dance film festival in the world, and it’s returning to the EYE in Amsterdam from 11 to 15 March 2015.
Over the course of five days this twelfth edition of Cinedans will present the best new international dance films, documentaries and interactive installations. The festival programme includes documentaries on Jiří Kylián and Sasha Waltz as well as premieres from ISH choreographer Marco Gerris and director Ruben van Leer – the first to shoot a fictional film in CERN, the particle accelerator in Geneva.
Cinedans received more than 300 submissions for this year’s festival. A selection of these films, alongside films curated by the festival itself, make up the six hour-long shorts programmes. Our documentary selection includes one about Jiří Kylián choreographing his final works for Nederlands Danstheater as well as A Portrait, which focuses on the internationally celebrated choreographer Sasha Waltz.
A large number of films will premiere at the festival, including The Lady in Black, a documentary on choreographer Ann Van den Broek; Manhattan the last part of the Looking Forward trilogy from director Roberta Marques, which stars the master of improvisational dance Michael Schumacher; Like 4 Real from ISH choreographer Marco Gerris; and Farm of Memories, the first dance film from the talented young urban dance choreographer Gianni Grot.
Cinedans is also hosting the premiere of the dance-opera film Symmetry by Ruben van Leer. Symmetry is the first fictional film ever to have been shot at CERN’s particle accelerator in Geneva. Choreographer and dancer Lukáš Timulak takes the role of a researcher who becomes unbalanced while working there. The voice of world-famous opera singer Claron McFadden leads him back to the moment before the big bang, before the existence of time.
Point Taken 5 follows on from the previous four successful editions of this initiative of the Dutch Media Fund and the Performing Arts Fund working in collaboration with public service broadcaster NTR and Cinedans. Point Taken enables choreographer-director partnerships to realise a joint plan for a short dance film. The resulting films will premiere at Cinedans on Saturday 14 March.
This year’s films are:
- Perron 13 - choreographer: Klaus Jurgens, director: Camiel Zwart, producer: Blackframe
- Son du serpent - choreographer: Feri de Geus, director: Tami Ravid, producer: Family Affair Films
The Jean Desmet’s Dream Factory exhibition will be running at the EYE during Cinedans. Jean Desmet lived from 1875 to 1956, and his collection is an important one within the EYE’s archive. UNESCO’s 2011 Memory of the World Register describes it as providing a unique insight into the early 1900s. Dansmakers Amsterdam director Suzy Blok and Cinedans programmer Marion Poeth have compiled a dance film programme based on the Desmet collection that they will present on 12 March. Working together with fifteen students from the Modern Dance department at the Amsterdam School of the Arts (AHK) Suzy Blok is also creating a special live piece inspired by these film fragments for performance at the EYE.
Cinedans presents three awards each year to stimulate dance filmmaking and to support talented artists. There are two Dioraphte Cinedans awards (first prize €7,500; second prize €2,000) as well as an Audience Award. The sums associated with these awards are the highest in the genre. This year the Cinedans Student Award will be awarded for the first time.
Free entrance to installations
For the duration of the festival, Cinedans will display a variety of interactive installations at unexpected locations throughout the EYE. They include Miloushka Bokma’s Zachtjes om het niet and Marloeke van der Vlugt’s Cylinder_RollingStairs, a nominee for the 2014 IPON Award.
Deepening and exchanging knowledge
As well as screening exceptional dance films, Cinedans offers a platform for reflecting on the genre. Each film programme will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, and a variety of lectures and workshops will be given by dance film professionals such as Derrick Brown and Maite & Bertha Bermudez.
Dutch and international tour
Cinedans’ reputation is growing far and wide. In recent years we compiled programmes for film festivals in Bucharest, Ankara, Heidelberg, Zurich, Skopje, Miami, Hong Kong, Gent, Moscow, St Petersburg and Düsseldorf. And the past year has seen Cinedans film programmes being screened at festivals, museums and art-house cinemas throughout the Netherlands. There are plenty more planned for 2015, both at home and abroad.