6 - 9 SEPT
6 - 9 SEPT
„The forth edition of the festival comes in a time in which we are forced to fight for normality, rethinking the coordinates of the past in order to understand the future. Dance and film meet on equal grounds to showcase stories about resistance, persistence and courage.
We are on a search and find quest for ingenious means of archiving the collective memory, but also daring speculations about the future, through which we offer a context of repositioning of the <<individual>> in relation with <<the many>>, even though that means to willingly alter the <<given truth>>.
I think by positioning an individual against the history of the masses, we can generate a real creative conflict regarding our ideas and perceptions, one that could be able to restructure the uncertain facts of the present.
By showcasing a complex programme, that gathers artists from different fields and geographical areas, we want to challenge the public to try out an exercise of imagination, that will enable the audience to (re)live the reality on three vectors: the temporal, the emotional and the psychological."
Simona Deaconescu (BIDFF artistic director)
The BIDFF team wants to thank all the talented creators that have submitted their films to the forth edition of the festival. Out of more than 300 applications we have selected 20 short dance films for the International Competition and 10 for the National Competition.
On August 5 the eligible application period for Stories in Movement - Dance Film Development Lab has also ended. 10 directors and choreographers from Romania and SE Europe will be guided by international specialists in the field of dance, film and production, in order to transform their idea into a future film.
This years' festival programme includes short fiction films, long documentaries, Romanian historical dance films, exhibitions, performances and workshops dedicated to the new generation of makers.
We will publish the complete programme soon!
Save the dates: 6 - 9 SEPT 2018!
A film by Steven Cantor
A film by Steven Cantor
Dacia Bvd. 77
Nominee for Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards
Starring: Serghei Polunin, David LaChapelle, Jade Hale-Christofi
Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal ballet’s youngest ever principal. At the peak of his success, aged 25, he walked away, driven to the brink of self-‐destruction by stardom – his talent more a burden than a gift.
Here is an unprecedented look into the life of a complex young man who has made ballet go viral. Urban rebel, iconoclast, airborne angel, Sergei is transforming the shape of ballet as we know it.
From archive footage of Polunin training at the age of 6 to be an Olympic gymnast, to intimate material shot by both his parents, and in‐depth interviews with family, friends, colleagues through to footage of Sergei’s life on and off the stage now, we witness every step of Sergei’s journey. Polunin is a controversial, divisive character and he is shown in all his complexity. The film is also a showcase for his extraordinary physical and emotional range.
A performance by Johanna Nuutinen
A performance by Johanna Nuutinen
Bvd. Marasesti, nr. 80-82
Directed by Finnish choreographer Johanna Nuutinen in collaboration with filmmaker Jukka Rajala-Granstubb, the multidisciplinary work IRIS explores the themes of strength, desire, and survival through the mediums of dance and film.
It weaves together the mesmerising live performance of two internationally renowned Finnish dance artists, Jonna Aaltonen and Eero Vesterinen, with six short films that include performances from top artists of the Finnish and Swedish dance and circus field.
The work results from the interviews of 17 people in their 80s to 90s, which started with the question of what they want to speak about when there is not much life left to live anymore, and which type of memories have been the most meaningful. The result is distilled into five surrealistic stories which create a journey traveling between the sensitive stage scenery and raw landscapes on film.
Johanna Nuutinen began her career as a member of the Finnish National Ballet, dancing soloist parts in works by Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Jacobo Godani, Sylvie Guillem, John Neumeier, Jorma Elo and Jorma Uotinen among others, as well as created her own productions to the stage and on film. In 2017 Johanna received a 3 year artist grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and at the moment she works as a freelance artist. In 2013 Johanna created a short dance film ME – The Story of a Performance in collaboration with filmmakers Jopsu and Timo Ramu (MUSUTA Ltd.). So far the film has been presented at over 40 international dance and design film festivals . Her solo production HATCHED is also becoming an international success having been premiered in Hong Kong and continued touring in Russia and Finland. In 2017 she premiered two new works - IRIS and ROOM.
Ion Brezoianu nr 23-25
Free admission based on registration
Adrien Ouaki is the winner of the last edition of Bucharest International Dance Film Festival. His powerful and emotional aesthetics combine dashing choreography with a cinematographic approach. The workshop introduces the participants to his technique and method of working with movement through exercises, improvisation and choreographies. Fluidly shifting from vertical to horizontal, Adrien will offer a glimpse of his creative vocabulary.
BIO Adrien Ouaki
Adrien Ouaki studied at the International Dance Academy in Paris, graduating at the age of 21. He perfected his knowledge of contemporary dance by participating in workshops with choreographers such as Hofesh Shechter, Wim Vandekeybus, Ohad Naharin and Crystal Pite.
For 2 months he has studied intensive Kung Fu arts in China. In recent years he has worked for several companies and production houses in France and abroad as: “1789” (by Giuliano Peparini), Ezio Schiavulli’s Company, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris with Raphael Boitel, at the Dutch National Opera with Itzik Galili and in Belgium during Franco Dragone & Giuliano Peparini's latest project "Casse Noisette" & “Bô” in Paris.
He is passionate about film and directed his own short films: “Dust Of Life”, “Contact”, “The Line” and his latest "Wild" which will be welcomed at many festivals around the world: San Francisco, Chile, London, Lisbon , Finland, Spain, Greece and Bucharest. “The Line” was awarded Best Film at the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival and “Wild” received the award for Best Choreography at the Utah Dance Film Festival.
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