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Big Dance Shorts 2016


In 2016, 5 new short films were created to celebrate a decade of Big Dance with the theme: ‘Dance Decades’. The films are now available online!

Watch the commissions for 2016 here:

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


Big Dance Shorts is commissioned for Channel 4’s Random Acts strand.


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