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Cinedans 2022 Shorts 1 I Just Wanna Dance

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Cinedans Festival 2022

A selection of the best short dance films, featuring a variety of dance styles and filmic approaches, are competing in the International Short Film Competition. Each screening will be concluded with a short Q&A with international filmmakers and guests. 

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You Wanted Rivers (Magdalena Zielinska, PL 2021, 7’)

Choreography: Anita Sawicka, Pawel Abramowicz

A young couple faces struggles in the vastness of the dessert. We never get what we want. We are never happy with what we get. You Wanted Rivers is about desires that wear us down, that make us follow risky paths and keep us forever thirsty and blind.

In Velvet (Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, IR 2021, 11’)

Choreography: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy

A child sits alone on a beach, a man approaches. They set off on a journey, driving through the Irish landscape of green parks and stunted suburbs. There is an unsettled empty space between the child and the man. Will they continue on the road together or will they separate?

Walks With Me (Kati Kallio, FI 2021, 11’)

Choreography: Kati Kallio

80-year-old Sanna lives alone with her memories and houseplants. One day Sanna witnesses a happening from her window, making her reminisce about her friends and notice her own loneliness.

Agnes (Julia Franken, Julia Riera, DE 2021, 10’)

Choreography: Julia Riera

We see a woman in a duet with the camera. The dynamic between them raises questions: who is challenging whom? Is she at the mercy of the camera's eye or is she the one that determines what is revealed? A game between power and powerlessness, projection and self-determination.

SHIFTING TOOLS (Mattia Cursi, Francesca Santamaria, IT 2020, 1’)

Choreography: Francesca Santamaria

A moving body is a perfect machine where all its elements operate a continuous game of shifts, replacements and variations. The camera becomes the player who combines and manages the infinite possibilities that are revealed from multiple perspectives. Who is the conductor of this orchestra?

Soldaderas (Camila Arroyo, MX 2021, 10’)

Choreography: Camila Arroyo

Soldaderas is a contemporary interpretation of the figure of the Soldaderas, known as the women fighters of the Mexican revolution in 1910. The choreographic portrait follows a woman as she dances her way through Mexico City, capturing her movement and self-fashioning rituals.

The Wall (Vladyslav Detiuchenko, UA 2020, 14’)

Choreography: Vladyslav Detiuchenko

The Berlin Wall is a symbol of totalitarianism, social separation and restriction. Therefore, the fall of the wall can be seen as a symbol of liberty and human rights. The Wall uses body language to show its own view on liberty, love, individuality and freedom beyond borders.

I Just Wanna Dance (Amanda Beane, US 2021, 4’)

Choreography: Abdiel Jacobsen, Shay Dixon

Two dancers take a journey through genres of partner dancing, addressing homophobia and effeminophobia. Rooted in hustle, the dancers move through the various dance styles such as mambo, lindy-hop and hip-hop while they develop a relationship, break through societal norms, and come to terms with platonic intimacy.

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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.

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