For the first time, Dansens Hus presents a two-day film festival focusing on dance and documentary, choreography and film.
THURSDAY 12. MAI
Bakteppe – Scener fra Norsk Dansehistorie (Backdrop - Scenes from Norwegian dance history) is a documentary series initiated and created by Danseinformasjonen and Dansens Hus. Dance historian Sigrid Ø. Svendal takes you into exciting eras of Norwegian dance history and shows how dance was shaped by what happened around the world at the same time. Admission is free.
FRIDAY 13. MAI
A cinematic experience about legendary American dancer and choreographer, Merce Cunningham, created through weaving together his iconic dances and never-before-seen archival treasures between 1942 and 1972 - an era of risk and discovery for Merce and his collaborators composer John Cage and visual artist Robert Rauschenberg.
Many know the name Alvin Ailey, but how many know the man? Ailey’s commitment to searching for truth in movement resulted in pioneering and enduring choreography that centers around African American experiences. Director Jamila Wignot’s resonant biography grants artful access to the elusive visionary who founded one of the world’s most renowned dance companies, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
SATURDAY 14. MAI
The latest in film and dance - curated together with the short film festival Cinedans
In 2018, French choreographer Louis Clément da Costa worked with a group of young dancers in Kigali, Rwanda, exploring “freedom”.With da Costa’s choreography acting as the continuous thread throughout the film, we see the dancers performing in various locations around Kigali. We are given a glimpse into everyday life in Rwanda, and we witness the young dancers’ passion and commitment to dance.
Girl is an award-winning film (the film has won 32 film awards, including five at the Cannes Film Festival) and a very controversial film about a young transgender girl's encounter with the ballet institution.
You can buy tickets for each film, day pass or two-day pass for the entire program.
Tickets can be found here.