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Big Dance Shorts is a partnership between Channel 4 and Big Dance that aims to stimulate new and creative collaborations between dance and film professionals. As a result, 15 dance films (2012, 2014 & 2016 series) have been commissioned for the Channel 4 Random Acts strand, showcasing exciting choreographic and directorial talent on screen.
Check out the first two series,which have been screened throughout the world:
For 2016, 5 new short films have been created to celebrate a decade of Big Dance with the theme: ‘Dance Decades’. The films will be available online and for screenings during Big Dance Week: 2 July – 10 July.
The commissions for 2016 are:
Flying/Falling – poetic and whimsical, the film draws a parallel between the experience of older people living in isolation and those living and working in space. Visual artist Edwin Mingard, Vicki Amedume of aerial dance company Upswing and Entelechy Arts in collaboration with Satellite Films will explore technology, ageing and our physical environment.
We Shall Trip the Light Fantastic – appropriates elements from nine decades of popular dance to form and collage them onto a single body in visceral and unexpected ways. A collaboration between artist and moving image maker Lucy Cash, choreographer and visual artist Florence Peake and award winning director of photography Ole Birkeland.
To the Ends of the Finger Tips – a visually rich and surreal tale that shadows two women as they slip through time on a quest for freedom and fulfilment. A collaboration between filmmaker Roswitha Chesher and choreographers/performers Sophie Arstall & Elizabeth Barker.
The Big Sofa – a bizarre tale surrounding an extended family that are awoken suddenly by the ear-splitting sound track of the film they are watching together. Another winning collaboration between director/choreographer Deborah Tiso, director of photography Fillipo Maria and sound designer Tim Barker.
Sulphur Spring – led by a dancer with Parkinson’s disease, a group of elderly hot-spring visitors journey through a harsh frozen landscape dotted with steaming pools. The environment and their physical ability combine to shape their movements. This film is a collaboration between filmmakers Oscar Oldershaw and Joe Campbell and Independent Dance Artist Cecilia Macfarlane.
Big Dance Shorts is commissioned for Channel 4’s Random Acts strand.