Dance films featuring themes as diverse as Riemvasmaak’s Nama dance and choreographer-dancer Dada Masilo’s acclaimed collaborations with artist William Kentridge, will be screened as part of the 2nd Cape Town International Dance Festival on Friday 2 December.
The screenings, hosted by Cape Town-based company Screendance Africa, will feature sixteen short dance films, from South Africa and as far afield as Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Screendance Africa is dedicated to the development, production and distribution of local and international dance films in Africa. The roll presented here was curated by the Directors of Screendance Africa: Jeannette Ginslov and Dominique Jossie.
Riemvasmaak’s Foot Stampers as directed by David Moore is set in this smallest of communities in the far Northern Cape. It highlights a tradition that has gained momentum in recent years, with a riel dance troupe from Wupperthal in the Cedarberg being crowned champions at a World Championship for Performing Arts in the USA.
Acclaimed South African choreographer and dancer Dada Masilo performs in the William Kentridge, Philip Miller and Catherine Meyburgh collaboration, Blowing up the Meridian, created for an installation commissioned in 2012.
Globe Trot is an award-winning, international crowd-sourced dance-film project from 2014 where 50 filmmakers on all seven continents each shot two seconds of dance by choreographer Bebe Miller. Four South African dance film directors contributed towards this project directed, produced and edited by Mitchell Rose (USA).
Screenings will take place at the Centre for the Book on 1pm and again at 5.30pm on Friday 2 December 2016. Tickets are R30 from Quicket.
About Screendance Africa
Screendance Africa develops and produces dance films in a service, co-production and/or production capacity. Our vision is to elevate the standard and quality of Screendance making in Africa by providing a platform for the crossover of dance and digital media. We aim to push the boundaries of dance on screen by exploring all forms of dance and filmmaking. We aim to curate and present dance film festivals around the continent as well as dance film workshops, labs, lectures, outdoor screening events and residencies.
Screendance Africa will be the link between International and African Screendance production and talent. Above all we are set to become part of a global network of dance film festivals, organisations and online platforms.