Contact Dance International Film Festival
June 28 to July 2, 2017
16 Countries. 20 Cities. 2 Forests. 1 Subway Line. 143 Dancers. 39 Filmmakers. 5 Days. 3 Theatres.
The Contact Dance International Film Festival returns for its third season, June 28 to July 2, 2017. This festival, produced by REAson d’etre dance productions, celebrates films featuring momentum-based dance created by some of the top creators and dancers in the field of Contact Dance Improvisation. Five different screening programs will be presented alongside dance workshops, jams and parties!
The festival is a unique opportunity for both film and dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos and intimacy of human connection through physical movement. From the iconic Honest Ed’s in Toronto, to Helsinki’s Market Square to the New York Subway, dancers fly and bodies collide with force, grace and tenderness.
This year, the Festival is thrilled to bring Mayumu Minakawa and Tom Weksler to Toronto. Tom will be teaching his Movement Archery workshop. Mayumu Minakawa and Tom Weksler will be performing and teaching a contact improvisation workshop as well as presenting their film work.
Dancers Harriet Waghorn and Alexander Short, from Edifice Dance Theatre in the the UK will also be teaching their unique fusion of ballroom and contact improvisation.
Filmmaker and Parcon dancer Andrew Suseno will have you spinning and hanging off of Toronto city scapes in his outdoor parcon workshop.
Danish Filmmaker Javier Cardenete will also be attending the festival for the screening of his film Los Mundos Lisergicos and to teach a filmmaking workshop
This year, the festival is also excited to announce that 80% of its programming is in accessible spaces. There are two films on the program that showcase dancers using a wheelchair. Luke Anderson stars in the film Contact Dance Every Body by Olya Glotka. Luke dances using his wheelchair to gracefully lift his partner, Laura Storey in a tender dance. They intertwine their bodies and our hearts into a rocking lullaby to love. Eugene, an all-star athlete, stretches his physical and social limitations from his wheelchair in the documentary Intimate Dance: Journeys through Movement by Sanford Lewis.
There are also inclusive workshops and jams lead by an all abilities team of dance teachers including Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea.