Land Acknowledgement

W&M Dance Projects acknowledges that the lands on which we live and create are the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations).  The City of Calgary is also home to the Mètis Nation of Alberta, Region III.  

We honor and give thanks to the Indigenous people of the Treaty 7 region as the stewards of this land, called “Moh’kins’tsis”, the traditional Blackfoot name; which we know as City of Calgary.

Featured Film: Lucid Green

LUCID GREEN
DIRECTOR JOSEPH GEBRAEL

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What seems to be motionless , inactive or static ,is profoundly and eternally moving , evolving it’s form restlessly , from one shape to the other still the essence is the same.
Jumping into the Dance of creation and destruction the forces that modulates endlessly the form .

This short Dance Film ,is the Last Part of the Trilogy between the two artists Andrew and Joseph Gebrael .
Lucid Green , is an invitation to fly to an other time dimension, where nature uncover her forces , outside and inside of us , lighting out the essence of all things and diving into the darkness of the unknown .

Directed and Choreographed by Joseph Gebrael
Videography by Wajih Saadeh
Editing by Andrew Gebrayel and Wajih Saadeh
Music : Kaddish for Superman By Yom and The Wonder Rabbis

Director Biography – Joseph Gebrael

Joseph started dancing in Lebanon at the age of 16 years old in Jbeil and after in Beirut. He studied fine arts and graphic design in the Lebanese University .
In 2012 he decides to move to Paris to continue his dance formation…
He worked later with Marcial De Fonzobo, Fabio Crestal, as well with Giuliano Peparini and Martino Müller . He danced in the company Ifunamboli and l’oeil Persan.
Since 2017 he works as a choreographic artist in the company of Blanca Li at Chaillot National theater as well with company Käfig ( Mourad Merzouki ),and soon starting a new project with Anouk Van Dijk and Falk Richter at Kammerspiele theatre in Munich. While continuing on creating his own projects in both performing art and dance films.
Film making has always been in his artistic DNA, it occupies an important place in his life.
He collaborated for the short films projects with the Artist Andrew Gebrael for both Films Houwa and Lucid Green.

Featured Film: Temple Island

Director, Anto Astudillo
Official Selection

 

Eddie Martinez is a dancer for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. In 2009 Pina returned to Chile for her last residency before her passing that June. Eddie and I have continued our friendship ever since, bonded by our love for Pina. In 2016, we collaborated on a short dance film. I told Eddie how I wanted to dance with the camera while he moved in the waters of Castle Island, MA. The film was shown as a 16mm projected loop for an expanded cinema event at the Boston Waterworks Museum. After that event I digitized the work print projected that night and created Temple Island, an ode to the body as our motor and our temple.

Director Biography – Anto Astudillo https://www.antoastudillo.com/

Anto is a queer non-binary experimental filmmaker, curator and performance artist from Santiago, Chile, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Rooted in physical theater, Anto explores dynamic interconnections between experimental narrative, poetic documentary filmmaking and performance art. As a graduate student at Emerson College in the Film and Media Art (MFA) program, they co-directed and co-curated the New England Graduate Media Symposium for three consecutive years. Anto has taught 16mm film production, experimental film, dance film and performance at Emerson College, Keene State College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Anto is one of the founding members of the AgX Film Collective, taking the role of organizing screenings to promote alternative practices in filmmaking, leading film camera workshops and developing experimental work.
Anto is a 2017 Flaherty Seminar Ford Foundation Curatorial Fellow and a 2020 Oberhausen Film Festival Seminar Fellow (postponed due to Covid-19 crisis). Their recent work has been screened in several underground festivals, galleries and film series, including Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, Echo Park Film Center, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Artifact Small Format Film Festival, Crater-Lab, Zumzeig CineCooperativa, Hot Bits Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives and Craig Baldwin’s film series Other Cinema in San Francisco. Currently, Anto curates film screenings as an independent programmer and is a part-time Program Coordinator at The Flaherty. Since March, 2020 Anto has been touring with experimental film screening about Chile’s social movement “The People’s Revolt” motivated by a sold out premiere at Anthology Film Archive shown in January, 2020 (the tour has been touring virtually due to the Covid-19 crisis).

Featured Film: The Last Children

Director Fu LE
Best in Category: Screendance Short

The school merging consists in concentrating isolated primary schools in centralized educational institutes. In 2019, 400 French schools are concerned by this reform.

The Last Children is a choreographic film made in single-shot with the children of a school on the eve of its closure. Through a metaphorical fable, it bears witness to the achievement of the desertification in the rural world and the death of its villages.

Director Biography – Fu LE

Fu LE is a French award winning filmmaker and choreographer in the Tetrapode dance company. Graduated in sculpture at the Art Crafts National School in Paris, he then trained in physical theater and in contemporary dance in South America and Europe. He pursued recently his research in Taiwan, questioning social issues linked with urbanization. He is now evolving on the edge between dance, sculpture and video, and connects visual arts to the intimacy of bodily sensations.

 

Featured Film: Her Cooking Smells Like Death

Her Cooking Smells Like Death
Director: Nicole Charlton Goodbrand

They say you cook with love, but what if that love becomes so fervent that it entirely consumes you?

In the short film ‘Her Cooking Smells Like Death’ we follow the dismembered events that surround the unusual and gruesome disappearance of the protagonist, Birdie Potts’, beloved husband Larry. Following a disjointed and skewed timeline, we slowly begin to understand the circumstances of Larry’s disappearance, and uncover why he was never truly lost to Birdie… and why no trace of him was ever found by the police.

Director Biography – Nicole Charlton Goodbrand

Nicole Charlton Goodbrand is a dance artist based in Calgary, Alberta, the land traditionally know as Moh’kinsstis. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Calgary, a Bachelor of Arts graduate diploma from The School of Alberta Ballet, and a Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance (Berlin), where she graduated with distinction. Nicole has performed with La Caravan Dance Theatre, Corps Bara Dance Theatre, mixOLOGYdanceMine, J-SIK Movements, O2 Dance Company, Surge Co., Dancers’ Studio West (DSW), Project InTandem, and with choreographers Davida Monk, Linnea Swan, Barbara England, and Pamela Tzeng.
She has presented her chorography in DSW’s Annual Alberta Dance Festival and Quick+Dirty- Festival for Emerging Choreographers and Ideas, Dance Montage, Skylines Dance and Film Series, has been commissioned by Ember Dance Company, and was part of W&M Physical Theatre’s Artist in Residency Program.

Nicole is a dance educator and certified RAD teacher (RAD-RTS), teaching contemporary, modern, and classical ballet technique at North Calgary Dance Centre. She has also taught as a sessional instructor at the School of Creative and Performing Arts- University of Calgary, and as a guest instructor for W&M 2/Surge Co., The School of Alberta Ballet, Ember Dance Company, and O2 Dance Company.

Director Statement

Every time I am on an airplane, I find myself looking down at the tiny homes and cars below and yearn to peel open every roof, like tiny sardine cans, and glimpse into the private and intimate moments of someone else’s life. To know the conversations, the behaviours, and the unresolved stories that these spaces, and their inhabitants, possess. I want to taste the food they make, I want to see the items they cherish, and I want to observe the intimate and bizarre habits that they reserve for private.

As a Calgary based dance artist, emerging choreographer, and dance educator, I am interested in creating work that is heeded by curiosity and that highlights the magic that can be found in the mundane. I value art that is engaging and inquisitive, and that can focus an audience’s attention to a foreign, yet familiar landscape.

The subject matters I explore emphases the everyday narrative of humans and their relationships to one another, to themselves, and to the environments they construct. I use dance and performance art to create both solo and ensemble work that illustrates the layered complexities of surreptitious human behaviour and distorted personal realities. I am particularly interested in examining the contradictions of a person’s thoughts and behaviours in public vs. private, and seek to investigate how we all justify our own morality while often judging that of others.

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