Dance Film Competition
Program VIII: Nordic Winds Part II: Moving North – 10 films
from Nordic Countries
Program VIII: Nordic Winds Part
III: Swedish Dance Film Retrospective 1981-2003
Program VIII: Nordic Winds Part II: Moving North – 10
dance films from Nordic Countries
arts dance to classical dance, from ethnic dance to animated
dance, from everyday dance to trance and ecstasy dance, from
humorous dance to thoughtful dance! These are some of the varied,
imaginative and unpredictable experiences awaiting audiences
in the series "Moving North - 10 Short Dance Films"
Moving North – 10 Short Dance Films is a unique
Nordic project which aims to combine the talents of Nordic choreographers
and film makers from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.
They have explored movement and space through the camera’s
viewfinder and created 10 original dance films each of a length
of 5 minutes and specially made for the moving images.
and concept for Moving North came from Vibeke
Vogel at BAROK and Magne
Antonsen at The Norwegian Center for the Art
of Dance in Oslo who have headed the project since its inception.
They put together an international selection committee headed
by the renown British filmmaker Margaret
Williams (known to the Russian audiences for
her collaborations with Victoria
Marks whom Kinodance hosted in 2003). The committee received
120 applications to the project. 20 of those were selected for
further development. During spring 2003 the committee and the
five national film producers selected 10 of the developed projects
for final production. Each of the 10 x 5’ films are made
by Nordic directors and choreographers, who respond to the challenge
of making dance and movements in strikingly different ways.
World Premiere of Moving North took place at Park Bio,
Copenhagen on 25 April 2003.
5min, 2003, Iceland
Director: Reynir Lyngdal
Choreographer: Katrin Hall
fights in their bedroom over a burst water pipe. Techniques
involving water tank explosions and trampolines. References:
martial arts and cartoon strips.
Born in 1976, Reynir Lyngdal
has directed several short films, commercials
and music videos. He co-directed and produced the award
winning dance film SLURP-INN (1997). He is currently working
for Pegasus Pictures.
Born 1964, Katrin Hall
studied at the National Theatre Ballet School of Iceland.
She has been the Artistic Director of the Iceland Dance Company
the cat's away
5min, 2003, Iceland
Director/Choreographer: Helena Jónsdóttir and
Unnur Ösp Stefánsdóttir
young pedantic daughter is at work, her elderly mother transforms
into a wild dancer, using their overfilled flat as a stage.
A heart-warming comedy about prejudice, self-respect and dreams
by Helena Jónsdóttir
Born in 1968 in Iceland, Helena
Jónsdóttir studied at the National
Theatre Ballet School of Iceland, with additional studies
at Alvin Ailey, New York and The Ballet School of Yorkshire.
She has performed in and choreographed hundreds of productions
for the stage, television, film and music videos, including
the dance film Breaking voices (2002). She is currently
in the production of Zimmer that was selected as
prize winner of the 4th German Video Dance Production Award
Born in 1976
in Iceland, Unnur Ösp
Stefánsdóttir graduated in
drama from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. She has written,
directed and starred in a one-woman show Normal female?
Her directorial debut was the feature film Reykjavik
guesthouse - rent a bike (2002) followed by the documentary
Off beat (2002).
- how a thought becomes a movement
5min, 2003, Finland
Director: Milla Moilanen
Choreographer: Alpo Aaltokoski
that studies the movement, shape and rhythms of the human
body using scientific materials.
Born in 1964 in Finland, Milla
Moilanen combines photographs, graphic design,
animation, dance and aesthetics of image manipulation and
looks for subjects for her films in the same sources as
documentary filmmakers. She often collaborates with dancers
Born in 1958 in Finland, Alpo
often studies the variety and cyclical nature of
life, which includes Guardian of the night - Pilgrimage
of the seven souls (1991 and new version 2001), Cycle
(1998), Promises (2000) and Sahara (2002).
Alpo also served as an artistic director of Täydenkuun
tanssit (Full Moon Dance Festival) 1995-98.
5min, 2003, Finland
Director: Saara Cantell
Choreographer: Paula Tuovinen
couple struggle in a portrait photographer’s studio.
Tragicomic about facade and the harsh reality in a relationship.
Photo by Saara Cantell
Born in 1968
in Helsinki, Finland, Saara
Cantell is a graduate of the University
of Art and Design. She is a director of ten short fiction
films. Her films has been awarded at the festivals around
the world and her latest film Diagnosis participated
in the Nordic Panorama competition 2002.
Born in1961 in Pyhäjoki, Finland, Paula
Tuovinen studied at the University of Oulu.
She is a chair of Zodiak – Center for New Dance
1997–2002. She has performed in and choreographed
several productions for television and film, including A
tale of shatters (1995).
5min, 2003, Norway
Director: Per-Ivar Jensen
Choreographer: Indra Lorentzen
couple is listening to the radio, in which the radioballet
dances a fairytale. A Chinese-box-story about the love of
dance and music.
Photo by Per-Ivar
Born in 1968,
Tromsø, Norway, Per-Ivar
Jensen is a director, actor and musician.
He has previously directed several music videos and short
films, including Hurra for mamma (2002) and the
award winning dance film The rookie (2002).
Born in 1956, Indra Lorentzen
is a choreographer, director, dancer, teacher. She graduated
from The Norwegian Opera`s Ballet School, and became a member
of The Norwegian National Ballet at the age of 16, appointed
as the soloist 4 years later. Indra was also a Member of
the Cullberg Ballet until 1983. In recent years she has
been working as director and scriptwriter, with a special
focus on theatre from Greenland.
5min, 2003, Norway
Director: Dag J. Haugerud, Kajsa Næss
Choreographer: Un-Magritt Nordseth
grandfather dies the same day she turns 15. It’s time
for a strange family gathering. The family personalities and
the tensions between them are expressed through choreographed
movements and dance seen through the girl's point of view.
by Dag J. Haugerud, Kajsa Næss
Johan Haugerud was born in 1964 in Norway.
He is a director, writer and librarian. He has a Degree
in Film and Theatre Science from the University in Oslo
and the University in Stockholm. In 1996 he started to write
and direct short films. He won the first price for Lust
at the Norwegian Shortfilm Festival in 2001. He has
also written for the theatre stage, and is currently writing
on a feature film.
was born in 1970. She studied Animation at the University
College in Volda and Film, Photography and Production at
Oslo Film & TV Academy and Krogerup University College
in Denmark. She co-founded the production company Mikrofilm
AS in 1997. She has been working as director and animator
on several short films, commercials and music videos, including
the award winning film Skummelt.
Un-Magritt Nordseth was
born 1961 in Norway. She has a degree from The Norwegian
National College of Ballet and Dance. She also studied at
The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, New York.
For ten years Nordseth co-managed the Scirocco Dance Company.
She founded her own company for innovative dance Un-Magritt
Nordseth Danseproduksjon in 1996.
5min, 2003, Sweden
Director: Mårten Nilsson
Choreographer: Gunilla Hellborn
what happened that day, when Henry moved into his new house?
Photo by Mårten Nilsson
One house, eight dancers, one camera.
Born in 1962
in Sweden, Mårten Nilsson
is a film director and cinematographer. He works within
the genres of shorts, documentaries and features films including
the short It's my job to be sensitive (2002). He
has previously worked with Gunilla Heilborn on stage productions
and on the dance film Prinsessorna (2000).
was born in 1964 in Sweden. She is a choreographer and performance
artist. She graduated from the Swedish University of Dance
with additional studies in dance and performance in New
York and San Francisco. Since 1992 she has created many
stage performances in Sweden which includes her recent solo
performance Katarina the great (2002).
5min, 2003, Sweden
Director/Choreographer: Minna Krook and Lisa Spets
women are possessed by dance and their daily chores get interrupted
as "all we really want to do is dance". The film
shows with humor when women´s surreal interpretation
of reality meets the normal life around them. It is a film
about the pleasure of combining your passion with your everyday
Photo by Minna Krook and Lisa Spets
Spets was born in 1964 in Sweden. She graduated
from the Swedish University of Dance. Tetrameter,
shown at Gothenburg Film festival in 1997, was her first
choreography for camera. Lisa is also Artistic Director
for Zebra Dans/Stockholm, a venue with dance performances
for children and youth audience.
Krook was born in 1964 in Finland. She graduated
from the Swedish University of Dance. Rost, a dance
film launched in 1997, is her first choreography for camera.
Smi-ur - une danse ballade 5min,
Director: Katrin Ottarsdóttir
Choreographer: Hugin Eide
dance is from 12th Century France and was once popular all
over Western Europe. It has survived as a live tradition in
the remote Faroe Islands only. This film provides subjective
impression of the chain dance via intense and raw pictures,
sound and editing. The film captures the spirit and joy of
the dance that comes close to trance and ecstasy.
Photo by Katrin Ottarsdóttir
Ottarsdóttir was born in Faroe Islands.
She graduated as a film director from the National Danish
Film School, Copenhagen, 1982. She has directed several
feature films and shorts, among them the award winning
Bye Bye Bluebird and Atlantic Rhapsody.
5min, 2003, Denmark
Director/Choreographer: Ulrik Wivel
- one room. This film is dance for the camera in a pure and
subtle form. Two classical and two modern dancers perform
in a rhythm created somewhere between movement, music, framing
Photo by Ulrik Wivel
Born in 1967 in Denmark, Ulrik
Wivel is a classical dancer, educated at
The Royal Danish Ballet. Until 1998, Ulrik performed in
Denmark and at the National Ballet of Canada and New York
City Ballet. He began his career in filmmaking 1998 and
has previously directed the films Staceyann Chin - Poetry
Slammer and Dancer featuring Nikolaj Hübbe.
Winds Part III: Swedish Dance Film Retrospective 1981-2003 curated
by Anna-Karin Larsson (in person)
intention with this program is to show different perspectives
on Swedish contemporary dance, and to show how expressions
in dance change over time. Not every important Swedish choreographer
is represented, the selection is made among dance films with
a short format and particular filmic qualities. As the Swedish
dance scene had a big boom in the eighties, an increased amount
of dance films were produced in the following years. Today,
when equipment is even cheaper and more available, I hope
to see more experimental fusions in dance and film. The program
contains films by Virpi Pahkinen,
Cristina Caprioli, Anne Külper, Szyber/Reich
and some bonus shots." – Anna-Karin
Larsson works as a producer at Filmform Foundation
Filmform is an archive and distributor of Swedish experimental
film and video art which promotes experimental film and video
art towards institutions in Sweden and abroad. Because of
her background as a dancer, Anna-Karin Larsson runs a project
where, if possible, all Swedish dance films will be collected
in the archive - not documentations of staged performances
- but dance choreographed especially for the eye of the camera.
Larsson has worked as a dancer since 1986 with choreographers
such as Anne Külper, Szyber/Reich, Virpi Pahkinen and
Margaretha Åsberg, among others. Since 1996 she runs
the performance group Nordic Dumplings together with Elisabet
Karlsson. Educated at The Dance Academy, Stockholm and at
the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam.
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Dance Film Competition
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