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Films.Dance, International Free Film Series Featuring Artists from More Than 25 Countries Concludes 15-Week Run with Final Three Original Films

I love watching talented people dance and am excited to celebrate International Dance Day on April 29th with the global film series Films.Dance produced by LA-based Jacob Jonas of The Company. Under his direction, 15 original dance films have streamed to audiences across the world with over 1 million views on digital platforms. The series began on January 25th and concludes with the final film on May 3rd.

TORN, April 19
Featuring Conal Finn Francis-Martin, Robert Robinson, Jamal Uhlmann
 
PLUME, April 26
Featuring 21 Acrobats with Music Performed by Violinist Hilary Hahn
 
WEAKNESS OF THE FLESH, May 3
Featuring Jacob Jonas The Company

The films will premiere at 9 a.m. PST on the Web at Films.Dance, on Instagram on the @films.danceaccount, and the Films.Dance Facebook page. Films.Dance is co-presented by the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Chicago’s Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater.

About TORN, April 19, 2021
In this visual exploration of the expectations of manhood, three men fight for dominance while exposing the internal fight and dialogue with the self, embodied by the three protagonists. While each of them fights for dominance, they simultaneously expose their weaknesses, tearing each other down, lifting each other up and struggling to find support in moments of fading strength. Berlin-based director Torben Loth captures the original choreography of London-based Waddah Sinada, founder of FUBUNATION. The work is performed by Conal Finn Francis-Martin, Robert Robinson and Jamal Uhlmann, all dancers with State Ballet Hanover, and features an original sound design by Peter Duffy, original score by Pete Fraser and wardrobe by Chinese-born, London-based designer Feng Chen Wang.

About PLUME, April 26, 2021 
21 acrobats from around the world, from Australia to the United States to Russia, performed and filmed their unique movement styles which were then layered with animation to create PLUME.  Despite clipped wings, the artists in Plume perform in full flight underscored by the brilliant music played by noted violinist Hillary Hahn. Co-directed by Francisco Cruz and Beren D’Amico, the film features an original score by Gaelynn Lea, an American folk singer, violinist, public speaker and disability advocate, with arrangement by Steve Hackman.

About WEAKNESS OF THE FLESH, May 3, 2021
Los Angeles-based Jacob Jonas virtually co-directs with Ireland-based Kevin McGloughlin, intersecting dance and visual design. Performed by Jacob Jonas The Company’s Emma Rosenzweig-BockWEAKNESS OF THE FLESH features original music by Max Cooper, working at the intersection between electronic music, visual art, technology and science, the vocals of Hindustani Classical trained Samad Khan, and the cinematography of Shaun Boyte.

About Films.Dance
One of the most ambitious international dance film projects ever undertaken, Films.Dance engages more than 150 artists from 52 cities in 25 countries, culminating in 15 short films that have been shot during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Films.Dance is being made available to the public at no charge. Two of Los Angeles’ foremost cultural organizations—the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts—have teamed up with Chicago’s Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater to present Films.Dance. 

Through non-traditional collaborations across cultures and continents, and led by the vision of Jacob Jonas, the series connects the perspectives of diverse artists from a range of disciplines, dance genres, abilities, and experiences. Filmed in locations ranging from Amsterdam, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, and London, to Los Angeles, New York, Nigeria, and Spain—Films.Dance exists at the intersection of dance, music, fashion, and film.

The films will premiere for free at 9 a.m. PST on the Web at Films.Dance, on Instagram on the @films.dance account, and the Films.Dance Facebook page. A series of weekly conversations and engagement events is in development and will allow for deeper exploration of the series themes, creative process, and perspectives of collaborating artists.

The initiative is presented in partnership with Somewhere Magazine, and co-presented by the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts/CSUN.

The full listing of films and trailer are available here.
Photos are available here

About the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance (The Harris)
Opened in November 2003 in Millennium Park, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater was the first multi-use performance venue built in downtown Chicago since 1929. As Chicago’s home for music and dance, the Harris features the most diverse arts and culture offerings of any venue in the city, and is a distinctive model for artistic quality, collaboration, and making the performing arts relevant and accessible to the widest possible audience.

About the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis)
The Wallis is a dynamic cultural hub and community resource where local, national, and international artists share their artistry with ever-expanding audiences. The campus, located in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA, is committed to robust and distinctive presentations and education programs curated with both creativity and social impact in mind. Distinguished by its eclectic programming that mirrors the diverse landscape of Los Angeles and its location in the entertainment capital of the world, The Wallis has produced and presented more than 300 dance, theater, opera, classical music, cinema and family programs since its doors opened in October 2013.

About the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya)
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2021, The Soraya has quickly become one of the cultural jewels of greater Los Angeles.  Under the leadership of Executive Director Thor Steingraber, The Soraya continues to expand its programming and outstanding multidisciplinary performances both onstage and online. The mission of The Soraya is to present a wide variety of performances that not only includes new and original work from the Los Angeles region but also work from around the world that appeal to all of LA’s rich and diverse communities.

Films.Dance
January 25 – May 3, 2021
Films.Dance
January 25, 2021
KADUNA 
Self-taught dancers and brothers Victory and Marvel Ebinum explore familial bonds against the landscape of their native Nigeria. With original choreography by New York City-based Vinson Fraley, a member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Kaduna features an original score by Los Angeles-based composer Anibal Sandoval, and is co-directed by Ridwan Adeniyi, member of the Nigeria-based Critics Company, and Jacob Jonas.
Directors: Ridwan Adeniyi + Jacob Jonas
Choreographer: Vinson Fraley
Featuring: Ebinum Brothers
Composer: Anibal Sandoval
Women Singing: Gbagyii Tribe
Cinematographer: Raymond Yusuff
Wardrobe: Khadijah Yunusa
Produced By: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
February 1, 2021
TOKE
Set in the urban metropolis of London, Toke is an intimate portrait of Danish-born dancer Toke Broni Strandby.  An inspiring story about triumph, Toke is a celebration of the beautiful resilience of the human spirit.  London-based award-winning filmmaker NONO and cinematographer Eira Wyn Jones captured Toke’s unique story, set to an original score by Paulo Gallo and with an original costume by Japanese designer Kazuya Kojima.
Director: NONO
Choreographer: Stuart Shugg
Featuring:  Toke Broni Strandby
Composer: Paulo Gallo
Cinematographer: Eira Wyn Jones
Costume Designed By: Kazuya Kojima
Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
February 8, 2021
PÁSSARO DISTANTE
When the pandemic hit, dancers Luís Fernando, Jovani Furlan, Luanna Gondim and Maitê Nunes reunited in their hometown of Joinville, Brazil and dance together as a shadow of one another, in a familiar yet alien place that allows for contemplative self-examination. Directed by Gabriela Mo and with cinematography by Larissa Zaidan, Pássaro Distante features original choreography by Cassi Abranches, choreographer for São Paolo Companhia de Dança and Grupo Corpo, and original music from Andrei Martinez Kozyreff, Ju Strassacapa and Malu Magri, members of Latin Grammy-nominated group, Francisco, El Hombre
Director: Gabriela Mo
Choreographer: Cassi Abranches
Featuring: Luís FernandoJovani Furlan, Luanna GondimMaitê Nunes
Music Production: Ju Strassacapa + Malu Magri
Composer: Andrei Martinez Kozyreff
Cinematographer: Larissa Zaidan
Stylist: Bru Fernandes
Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
February 15, 2021
MATCH
Five choreographers, 46 dancers, 20 countries—Match is dance not bound by theater walls or limited by international borders. Dancers from the world’s leading companies join together in Match; with original choreography by Emily Kikta (New York City Ballet), Jamar Roberts (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Oliver Starpov (Royal Danish Ballet), Peter Walker (New York City Ballet) and Xin Ying (Martha Graham Dance Company).
Directors & Editors: Peter Walker & Emily Kikta
Choreographers: Emily KiktaJamar RobertsOliver StarpovPeter WalkerXin Ying
Composer: Jay Wadley
Featuring: Rocio Agüero, Marcel Anselmé, Edson Barbosa, Rishan Benjamin, Nardia Boodoo, Renan Cerdeiro, Adji Cissoko, Monike Cristina, Christopher D’Ariano, Patricia Delgado, Michaela DePrince, Naoya Ebe, Kiara Felder, Ruan Galdino, Angelica Generosa, James Gilmer, Stanley Glover, Alejandro Gonzalez, Dara Holmes, Michael Jackson Jr., Drew Jacoby, Emily Kikta, Lloyd Knight, Joseph Kudra, Christopher Kunzelmann, Chun-Wing Lam, Allister Madin, Oliver Marcus Starpov, Heather Ogden, Nancy Osbaldeston, Jamar Roberts, Robert Robinson, Emma Rosenzweig-Bock, Kanika Skye Carr, Gabrielle Sprauve, Eleftheria Stamou, Addie Tapp, Mike Tyus, Jon Vallejo, Tess Voelker, Peter Walker, Jill Wilson, Xin Ying, Patricia Zhou
Produced By: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
February 22, 2021
EDGING NORMAL
Desmond Richardson, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, dances a new work choreographed by Jacob Jonas.  Edging Normal is a metaphorical tale of a man’s struggle to shed his past in order to feel completely free.  Directed by Andre Bato, Edging Normal features music co-composed by visionary Steve Hackman and jazz icon Dave Koz, a nine-time Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist.
Director: Andre Bato
Choreographer: Jacob Jonas
Featuring: Desmond Richardson
Composer: Dave Koz & Steve Hackman
Cinematographer:  Arseni Khachaturan
Stylist: Tracey Nicholson
Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
March 1, 2021
正念 – NOW 
Shanghai-based director Robin Mahieux focuses the lens on a young woman, Li Kehua (Lico), dancer with BeijingDance/LDTX company, as she awakens to the fullness of the present moment,. Choreographed by Gypsy Snider, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The 7 Fingers, and set to. original music from Rosie Lowe, singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in London, 正念 – NOW steps into now, forsaking the past and mindfully moving into the future.
Director: Robin Mahieux
Choreographer: Gypsy Snider
Featuring: Li Kehua (Lico)
Composer: Rosie Lowe    
Cinematographer: Marcus Tang
Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
March 8, 2021
DADU 
Captured on Super 16 mm film and utilizing natural light, four dancers explore abstraction through the framing of movement set against the terrain of the Dutch hamlet of Spaarnwoude.  Ian Robinson, former dancer with Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, directs Kele Roberson, Annika Verplancke, Jesse Callaert and Mikaela Kelly, members of Nederlands Dans Theater, with cinematography by Amsterdam-based Sam du Pon and music composed by Awir Leon, singer songwriter, producer and former dancer with Emanuel Gat Dance.
Director: Ian Robinson
Choreography in collaboration with dancers
Featuring:  Jesse CallaertMikaela KellyKele RobersonAnnika Verplancke    
Composer: Awir Leon
Cinematographer: Sam du Pon
Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
March 15, 2021
ANOTHER SERIOUS DANCE FILM
New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns performs tongue-in-cheek choreography by Andrea Miller, founder of GALLIM, at the East River Park Amphitheater in a witty short film directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, directors of the current Netflix film Project Power, to an original score from five-time Grammy Award-winning composer Antonio Sánchez.
Directors: Ariel Schulman + Henry Joost
Choreographer: Andrea Miller
Featuring: Sara Mearns
Composer: Antonio Sánchez
Cinematographer: Paul Daley
Wardrobe: Prada
Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
March 22, 2021
SAME SKY
Directed by Grammy-nominated director Andy Hines, Same Sky explores the world in front of us, the differences amongst ourselves, and a likeness we see in others.  With music composed by Steve Hackman, Same Sky features the original choreography of Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit, a German break-dancer living in Los Angeles, and is performed by Jacob Jonas The Company members Joy Isabella Brown, Miguel Alejandro López, Mike Tyus and Jill Wilson.
Director: Andy Hines
Choreographer: Rauf “Rubberlegz” Yasit
Featuring: Joy Isabella BrownMiguel Alejandro LópezMike TyusJill Wilson
Composed by: Steve Hackman
Cinematographer: Frank Mobilio
Wardrobe: OAMC
Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
March 29, 2021
SIT STILL
Alone in a vacant school, Montreal-based filmmaker Vincent René-Lortie directs seven-year-old Adeline Kerry Cruz on an intimate and exhaustive journey of self-expression. With choreography by Russell “Gutta” Ferguson, she navigates her emotions through the free and expressive street dance style Krump and to the original score by Brady Kendall of Alaskan Tapes.
Director: Vincent René-Lortie
Choreographer: Russell “Gutta” Ferguson
Featuring: Adeline Kerry Cruz
Composer:  Brady Kendall
Cinematographer: Alexandre Nour
Wardrobe: Geneviéve Boiteau
Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
April 5, 2021
GALOPE
New York City ballet principal dancer Gonzalo Garcia’s energy is like a hundred thousand horses as he delves inside the earth, inside himself. Directed by Barcelona-based Nur Casadevall, it features original music from Alex Somers, composer for films including Captain Fantastic (2016), Honey Boy (2019) and Miss Americana (2020).
Director: Nur Casadevall
Featuring: Gonzalo Garcia
Composer: Alex Somers
Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
April 12, 2021
XENO
Xeno is the smallest measurable unit of human connection, typically exchanged between passing strangers—a flirtatious glance, a sympathetic nod, moments that are fleeting and random but still contain powerful emotional nutrients that can alleviate the symptoms of feeling alone. Mexico City-based choreographer and founder of contemporary dance company Nohbords, Diego Mur created an original work on Montreal-based circus-artists Natasha Patterson and Sabine van Rensburg. Xeno is directed by Amy J. Gardner, with cinematography by Kristof Brandl and original music by Berlin-based Alice Phoebe Lou and Thor Rixon.
Director:  Amy J. Gardner
Choreographer: Diego Mur  (Nohbords)
Featuring: Natasha Patterson +  Sabine Van Rensburg
Composer: Alice Phoebe Lou + Thor Rixon
Cinematographer: Kristof Brandl
Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
April 19, 2021
TORN
In this visual exploration of the expectations of manhood, three men fight for dominance while exposing the internal fight and dialogue with the self, embodied by the three protagonists. While each of them fights for dominance, they simultaneously expose their weaknesses, tearing each other down, lifting each other up and struggling to find support in moments of fading strength. Berlin-based director Torben Loth captures the original choreography of London-based Waddah Sinada, founder of FUBUNATION. The work is performed by Conal Finn Francis-Martin, Robert Robinson and Jamal Uhlmann, all dancers with State Ballet Hanover, and features an original sound design by Peter Duffy, original score by Pete Fraser and wardrobe by Chinese-born, London-based designer Feng Chen Wang.
Director: Torben Loth
Choreographer: Waddah Sinada
Featuring: Conal Finn Francis-MartinRobert RobinsonJamal Uhlmann
Sound Design: Peter Duffy
ScorePete Fraser
Cinematographer: Lasse Liebelt
Wardrobe: Feng Chen Wang
Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
April 26, 2021
PLUME
21 acrobats from around the world, from Australia to the United States to Russia, performed and filmed their unique movement styles which were then layered with animation to create Plume.  Despite clipped wings, the artists in Plume perform in full flight underscored by the brilliant music played by noted violinist Hillary Hahn. Co-directed by Francisco Cruz and Beren D’Amico, the film features an original score by Gaelynn Lea, an American folk singer, violinist, public speaker and disability advocate, with arrangement by Steve Hackman.
Directors & Editors: Beren D’Amico + Francisco Cruz
Animation: Beren D’Amico
Featuring: Tia Balacey, Kristián Mensa, Aurélien Oudot, Kevin Beverley, Joy Isabella Brown, Kaisha DW, Seirian Griffiths, Beren D’Amico, Luca ‘Lazylegz’ Patuelli, Nic Walton, Quentin Greco, Yvonne Smink, Brin Schoelkopf, Keaton Hentoff-Killian, Sadiqua Bynum, Francisco Cruz, Mathieu Forget, Daniel Liddiard, Chernih Denis, Louis Gift, Dominic Cruz
Composer: Gaelynn Lea
Arranged By: Steve Hackman + Hilary Hahn
Violin Performed By: Hilary Hahn
Produced By: Jacob Jonas The Company
 
May 3, 2021
WEAKNESS OF THE FLESH 
Los Angeles-based Jacob Jonas virtually co-directs with Ireland-based Kevin McGloughlin, intersecting dance and visual design. Performed by Jacob Jonas The Company’s Emma Rosenzweig-Bock, Weakness of the Flesh features original music by Max Cooper, working at the intersection between electronic music, visual art, technology and science, the vocals of Hindustani Classical trained Samad Khan, and the cinematography of Shaun Boyte.
Directors: Jacob Jonas & Kevin McGloughlin
Choreographer: Jacob Jonas
Featuring: Emma Rosenzweig-Bock
Composer: Max Cooper
VocalistSamad Kahn
Cinematographer: Shaun Boyte
Produced by: Jacob Jonas The Company
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