Monday, September 27

The Best New Dance Movies To Make Your Heart Flip | Dance

Empty stage

Benjamin ScheuerThe song Empty Stage, written on a street piano while walking through closed London, becomes the story of an art form on hiatus. Scheuer records images of rehearsals and preparations for Cinderella from the Royal Ballet of Birmingham, a show that never was. What Could Be Cheesy turns out to be a charming and heartfelt film, with a magical, theatrical twist from directors Roseanna Anderson and Joshua Ben-Tovim of Impermanence Dance company.

What does the future look like?

What will the future of the place be like? The festival includes a collection of short films covering isolation, connection to nature, gender identity, race, and mental health. It’s an eclectic mix, but the mood is often meditative, from the four dancers of Sarah Golding’s Transit 20, home alone in the UK and South Africa, connected by experiences and choreography, to how unnerving and intriguing it is outside. in El Post Apocrino by Antonio Branco and Riccardo T. Available until March 28.

What used to, is no longer

Antoinette Brooks-Daw in What Used To Be Is Not Anymore.
Antoinette Brooks-Daw in What Used To Be Is Not Anymore. Photography: Emily Nuttall

Released on March 19, What used to, is no longer presents new choreography by Mthuthuzeli November for Northern Ballet. Filmed on stage, it looks like a preview of a longer ballet rather than a dance movie exactly, but it creates a world that feels ancient and futuristic with its cosmic backdrop and robot / alien / floral costumes, as the two dancers squirm, fail. and swim through space. There are two other films already released this season: Northern Lights, featuring dancers on rooftops and rain-licked cobblestones and slow-motion music video sensitivity; and the confinement antics (and sultry underwater scenes) of Kenneth Tindall’s Have Your Cake.

Full dark ride

Scottish Ballet has released a new recording of a 2013 piece by Martin Lawrance, Dark Full Ride, powered by the sheet music of the same name by Julia Wolfe. There is an exciting energy to the music, written for four drums, while Lawrance brings measured musicality, order, and clean geometry to the choreography, making room for the frenetic texture of Wolfe’s score. Available until March 31 for Members of the Scottish Ballet (registration is free).


A fascinating film in tone and concept by Trey McIntyre, inspired by the myth of the Minotaur. Daniel McCormick of the English National Ballet is struggling with himself, full of pressure, violence and conflict, as well as a beautiful quality of movement, all interspersed with an archival film of bullfighting and flowing lava (very Adam Curtis). The location, which looks like a construction site but is the former Hackney Depot bus garage, offers numerous surprising spaces for McCormick to conquer. Part of McIntyre’s FLTPK platform where there are also many other movies to watch.

Simple stone

An emigration and homecoming poem by Luke Porter provides the anchor for this short film by Irish choreographer Brian Gillespie and B-Hybrid Dance. Three dancers move between angular, rhythmic phrases and meandering expressions, but the real star is the majestic setting: Grianan of Aileach, a hilltop fort in County Donegal. It is a vast ring of stones in a large green landscape, captured in epic swooping aerial shots. An indirect career for anyone locked in a city.

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