REELING: Dance on Screen

May 13 to 29, 2021

Curated by Gerry Morita and Shawn Tse

REELING: Dance on Screen is a series of short film screenings produced by Mile Zero Dance, every second year. Each time the breadth, scope, and quality improves greatly along with technical knowhow, as the form expands and more filmmakers become aware of dance as a viable medium.

Dancers across the planet have been working within constraints as they make work, alone at home or in vast locations. This year’s selected films come with strong themes of cultural representation and are from various countries including Brazil, Cuba, Tokyo, Uganda and more! Many of the selected pieces carry support for Black Lives Matter, and celebrate diverse bodies and abilities.

Watch for dances that take over buildings and environments, and dances that take minimalism and the body to new artistic levels!

Film Screenings

All screenings are available to watch on demand after each launch event, until June 5.

Click here to view the complete list of films playing at REELING: Dance on Screen. 

May 14  – 7PM MDT

Digital Screening 1: Struggle

A collection of short dance-films that explore themes of struggle, both within oneself and within society. Each work uniquely showcases how dancers around the world have overcome challenges, through the use of their own unique creativity and resourcefulness.

$15 or pay-what-you-can.

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May 21 – 7PM MDT

Digital Screening #2: Divergence

A collection of short dance-films that situate the body as the work of art, not just as the subject moving. Each film challenges you to look at dance on film through various viewpoints and stages of execution, drawing questions like: what is a dance film? Does it need a body? Is dance an inner state as well as an outer expression? Is a dancer’s body their identity? Is an editor a choreographer?

$15 or pay-what-you-can.

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May 29 – 10 PM MDT

Drive-in Movie Screening: Departures

Touching on themes of world travel and immigration and how the body is the home, not the city or country, this collection of short dance films crosses urban spaces with Mother Nature, showing the tensions and satisfactions between the two landscapes. 

$25 per car or watch online ($15 or pay-what-you-can).

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