Skip to content
Cinedans 2022 Short Docs Faces and Causes Body Language

Short Docs: Faces and Causes

Cinedans Festival 2022

From barbers dancingin Brazil to encounters with whales, full of fantasy, humour, vigour and tenderness, this out-of-competition section offers a panoramic view on dance and our human experience. We include longer shorts, documentaries and performance relays and we hope you get carried away by every single story.

poster Cinedans Festival 2022

Forest Floor

Director:Robbie Synge

Choreography: Robbie Synge

Year completed: 2019

Country of production: United Kingdom

Duration: 4:45

Shot in Cairngorm National Park in Scotland, Forest Floor considers different bodies and physical access challenges in a rural location. Close friends and performance artists Robbie Synge and Julie Cleves try to overcome access barriers and dance together in a forest setting.

Salt and Sugar

Director: Jj Abraham

Choreography: Hemabharathy Palani

Year completed: 2021

Country of production: United Kingdom, India

Duration: 22:24

Salt and Sugar begins with a memory. A comment from her mother about her dark skin reveals to Hema the impossible gap between who she is and who society demands her to be. This intimate story speaks of the complexities of Indian culture, through classical Indian dance, contemporary movement and spoken word.


Director: Omari Carter

Choreography: Brooke Milliner

Year completed: 2021

Country of production: United Kingdom

Duration: 14:58

Don’t Play with L(Kn)ives explores knife crime in the UK. Bringing together some of the UK’s finest hip hop dancers, a live violinist & a spoken word artist, the film shines a light on this taboo aspect of British culture – sharing untold stories to deliver a poignant message to young people.

In Search of Sanctuary

Director: Camilla Greenwell

Choreography: James Cousins

Year completed: 2020

Country of production: United Kingdom

Duration: 6:36

For dancers, who’s daily lives involved hours of being in close proximity with each other, 2020 brought a monumental shift. In this series of portraits, we follow four dancers who share their intimate process of healing, exploring and adapting to new ways of working and interacting.


Director: Elysa Wendi, Jiekai Liao

Year completed: 2021

Country of production: Singapore

Duration: 16:44

For over three decades, Albert Tiong pushed towards his goal of being an eminent dancer, choreographer and educator. Through this journey, he discovers that his personal spaces of safety for his body and  mind have protected him as much as moulded him. An elusive memoir through physical and metaphorical rooms.

Body Language: Bill Shannon

Director: Leo Pfeifer

Choreography: Bill Shanon

Year completed: 2021

Country of production: United States

Duration: 4:34

Feather-light, weightless and transcendent are some words used to describe Bill Shannon’s singular style of dance. The Pittsburgh-based artist has captivated audiences for decades with a hybrid virtuosity that combines choreography and skateboarding with special rocker-bottom crutches used for congenital foot deformity. A film commissioned by Nowness and Jacob's Pillow.

This is part of


Production year



76 min.



Part of

Cinedans 2022

In five full days, Cinedans presents the state of the art of international dance film in partnership with dancescreen - IMZ International Music + Media Center Vienna.

Learn more
campaign image Cinedans Festival 2022
Cinedans 2022 Short Docs Faces and Causes James Cousins
Cinedans 2022 Short Docs Faces and Causes Rooms
Planning on having a drink or a bite to eat? Book online for Eye Bar Restaurant.
Share your love for film and become a member of the Eye Society.