Next Dance Cinema

This event took place Dec 8 - Dec 13, 2014

$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member



Co-presented with Velocity Dance Center!
Curated by Dayna Hanson, Tonya Lockyer, Courtney Sheehan and Rodrigo Valenzuela!

The only dance cinema in the Northwest, Next Dance Cinemafeatures the best in local and inter/national dance on screen. Velocity Dance Center and Northwest Film Forum pair up to present the 8th annual edition of this program, which offers dance lovers and film lovers alike insight into how contemporary dance continues to expand the possibilities of the screen.

Next Dance Cinema is growing this year to include three days of dance films, featuring some of the best in new dance cinema from around the globe. Next Dance Cinema is a part of Velocity’s annual December festival Next Fest NW (December 8 – 14), featuring performances, film screenings, workshops and special Speakeasy Series events.

Velocity’s presentation of Next Fest NW 2014: NEW WEST + Next Dance Cinema are made possible by the generous support of 4Culture, Artist Trust, ArtsFund, The Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation, Morris Clitherow Family Fund, The Office of Arts & Culture, The Pruzan Foundation, The Seattle Foundation, AIM Hatchfund, Pacific Continental Bank and Media Sponsor KUOW.


The best short films in local and inter/national dance cinema.

That Dizzying Crest  (2013, Lancaster, PA) // Jeremy Moss
Direct manipulation acts as inciting catalyst as a dancing figure becomes ingrained and lost in the celluloid.

Interval  (2012, Quincy, WA) // Allexa Laycock
Interval is conceptual dance for the camera film that explores the juxtaposition of movement and time.

Coats  (2006, Seattle, WA) // Sierra Nelson and Rachel Kessler
Super 8 mm multiple choice survey-poem about coats.

Three of a Feather (2012, New York, NY)  // Celia Rowlson Hall with choreography by Monica Bill Barnes
A moody and funny film by celebrated dance filmmaker Celia Rowlson Hall following three sad-sacks choreographed by the brilliant Monica Bill Barnes.

Vernae: Foreward (2014, Seattle, WA) // Ethan Folk collaborating with The House of ia and Alice Gosti.
A work inspired by The Rite of Spring examining urge, contagion, and sacrifice. Each cut is based on Stravinsky’s original timing cues for Nijinsky’s choreography, thus completing the original polyrhythm.  The full-length film debuts in late 2015.

A Crowdsourced Guide to Generation Y (Phase 2)  (2014, Seattle, WA) // Ashleigh Miller
The second phase in a 3-part work exploring the effect of technological advancement on the human condition.

Lupulin  (2014, Yakima, WA) // Hallie Scott
Following clues to ones past, become disoriented by self-reflections in the topsy-turvy nature of memory.

Dinosaurs and Sea Hawks  (2014, Seattle, WA) // Linus Philips with Ezra Dickinson
Inspired by Dickinson’s “Mother for you I made this,” supported and produced by Velocity’s Made In Seattle program 2013.

Beyond Kabuki  (1986, Seattle, WA) // Janice Findley
A mysterious mini-epic of psychic warfare between a Japanese homebody and a volatile magenta-haired invader.

Lonesome Polecat  (2014, Mazama, WA) // Sara Jinks
Lonesome Polecat is a humorous remake of a musical number from the 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.


More of the best short films in local and inter/national dance cinema.

Ferry  (2014, Cape Charles, VA) // Jennifer Keller
Remembering a happier past, a woman resists inevitable change at the remains of old ferry docking station.

The Unbreakable Ones–Hallie  (2014, Seattle, WA) // Alice Gosti with Adam Sekuler
The first chapter of a film collaboration between Alice Gosti and Adam Sekuler, premiering in Spring/Summer 2015.

Chroma  (2012, Lancaster, PA) // Jeremy Moss
A wild, hypnotic ride that focuses, via manic perspective shifts, on the driving movement of a solo figure.

Angel Crush  (2014, Seattle, WA) // KT Niehoff
An urban angel coming of age tale.

Birds in Warped Time  (2014, Kalamazoo, MI) // Carolyn Pavlik
A haunting exploration of memory and identity, set in the decaying attic of a dilapidated Texas farmhouse.

Loops and Tides  (2014, Bellingham, WA) // Juliette Machado
A visual exploration of a singular image. Created during Velocity’s Strictly Seattle program.

May & June  (2011, San Francisco, CA) // Rachael Lincoln
In this dark and comic dance film, two imaginative sisters live out their entire lives in ten minutes on a couch.

Pavilion (2014, Urbana, IL) // Adam Sekular + Shannon Stewart
An imagined spectacle, rodeo iconography, the feminine body, the equine body, dressage.

Small Itch  (2014, Vancouver, BC) // Deanna Peters
Small Itch explores what we put on. Sometimes it looks like Ashley is scratching…

Measure  (2001, Seattle, WA) // Dayna Hanson + Gaelen Hanson
A moody meditation on rhythm and relationship Shot on 16mm film in a derelict boarding school on Bainbridge Island.

Lonesome Polecat  (2014, Mazama, WA) // Sara Jinks
Lonesome Polecat is a humorous remake of a musical number from the 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.


PROGRAM #3 // SATURDAY DEC 13 // 2:30-3:30PM
All time favorites of European dance cinema. Curated by Dayna Hanson.

Dom Svobode (30 min, 2000, Slovenia)
Choreographer: Iztok Kovacs, Director: Saso Podgorsek
The leading artists in Slovenia are hunted by gravitation. A code for the world the eyes of our generation see when looking back, Dom Svobode is also a code for the spaces of freedom an artist tries to create, wanting to rise above the banality of everyday life, wishing to inflame his imagination and to untie his body.

Muurwerk (27 min, 1987, The Netherlands)
Choreographer/Performance: Roxane Huilmand, Director: Wolfgang Kolb
Award-winning dance film, based on the solo performance of Roxane Huilmand, shot in an alley in ancient Brussels.


Award winning films on the electrifying fermentation happening in African dance today. Curated by Tonya Lockyer.

NORA (35min, 2008, USA/England/Mozambique)
Choreographer/Performance: Nora Chipaumire, Directors: Alla Kovgan and David Hinton

Born in Zimbabwe in 1965, Chipaumire returns to the landscape of her childhood taking a journey through vivid memories. Shot entirely on location in Southern Africa and including local performers and dancers of all ages. Original music by legendary Zimbabwean composer Thomas Mapfumo.

“a stunning visual/aural experience” – International Documentary Association

Movement (R)evolution Africa (65 min, 2007)
Directors: Alla Kovgan and Joan Frosch

In an astonishing exposition of choreographic creations, nine African choreographers tell stories of the emergence of contemporary African dance. Stunning choreography and riveting critiques challenge stale stereotypes of “traditional Africa” to unveil soul-shaking responses to the beauty and tragedy of 21st century Africa.

“The film is a knockout” – Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

“…Movement (R)evolution Africa…summates all the riches and frustrations of Africa. Revering the body as a form of fluid sculpture, these fierce artists from across the continent adapt conventional dance to their unique sense of self, hoping to engage with everyone – whites and the African diaspora alike – in order to challenge the West’s stereotypical ideas of Africa. Movement is their voice and it screams in the film, “Africa must speak!”” – Ed Gonzalez, Village Voice, April 2007

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