Enjoy an evening of five short dance films, all recently selected for film festivals:
A love story between two dancers, deconstructed and distilled into its most elemental ingredients: dreams, memories, family and environments.
Directed by Ethan Payne and B. Brian Foster, 2022, U.S., English, narrative.
Nicholas Brothers: Stormy Weather
In the 1940s, the Nicholas Brothers performed a dance routine so seminal it prefigured hip hop by three decades. In this film, tap phenom Savion Glover breaks down the routine against the social context of the time, and contemporary dancers Les Twins choreograph their own homage to the original.
Directed by Michael Shevloff and Paul Crowder, 2022, U.S., English, documentary.
A young Black ballerina from the inner city voices her experiences in the dance industry whilst performing on the streets of Los Angeles.
Directed by Sterling Hampton, 2022, U.S., English, narrative.
How They Sway
Atlanta’s Ballethnic, a ballet company composed primarily of black ballerinas, prepares for their take on The Nutcracker. How They Sway confronts the visibility of the black ballerina and examines what can happen when you disrupt the tenets of a historically exclusive cultural institution.
Directed by Jaad Asante, 2017, U.S., English, documentary.
Ballet isn’t easy, and 11-year-old Aedan knows it. As he preps for his first solo competition, full of blossoming drive, seasoned ballet professionals share their own journeys with ballet.
Directed by Stephanie Owens, 2020, U.S., English, documentary.
Photo credits: Courtesy of each film