CinemaDance January 11th & 12th, 2020

some videos that we screened on Saturday
Two Videos that were screened on Sunday.


PathwaysARTS and CinemaDance Present:
Martha’s Vineyard’s first Dance Film Festival

Pathways along with Curator, Lisa Gross, is presenting the first annual CinemaDance Film Festival on Martha’s Vineyard. Our mission is to enrich the already vibrant arts and culture here on the island with the hybrid form of dance and film. The CinemaDance Film Festival will happen over a two-day span Jan 11th and 12th.

CinemaDance is looking to present the best dance films from around the world with a diversity of styles, genres, form and content. Our aim is to grow the film festival each year into an established event that is known for its creative programming, exposure for dance filmmakers, and providing an experience where dance filmmakers interact within a meaningful artistic environment. We hope to be a breeding ground for new ideas, new work, and new possibilities within the dance film world.

From shorts to longer form documentaries, CinemaDance Film Festival 2020 invites the Vineyard community to experience the entertaining and compelling power of dance film. We have curated two days of programming that will inspire and provoke, make you laugh and, who knows, maybe cry. There is something for everyone.
Most dance film festivals only show first run films, but we have chosen for this festival to show both old and new films as an introduction to this hybrid art form.

CinemaDance Film Festival spans two days,
Saturday Jan. 11th; Screenings at 2pm and 7 pm

Sunday Jan. 12th; Screenings at 2pm & 4pm (closing reception to follow)
Admission is $5 per screening

Please reserve your seats by emailing
Seating is limited.
Please indicate the name on the reservation and the number of seats you would like us to reserve.

Program Schedule for CinemaDance Film Festival MV 2020.

Saturday January 11th, 2020. 2pm
Shorts Program Approx. 60 minutes

The Cost of Living 34 mins. Choreographed and directed by Lloyd Newson of the DV8 Dance Theatre Company 2004.
A film about perfection and pretense, about how society measures individuals and we, in turn, value ourselves … the cost of living.

Ten Tiny Dances – Foot Dance #8 1:36 mins. Choreographed by Emily Schoen with the Nel Shelby Film Production Team 2011
Part of a series of 1 to 2 minute playful films from a 10-week workshop. One short minute film was made each week for ten weeks.

Jump 1:08 mins. Choreographed and Directed by Tanell Torma & Jan Vesala 2015
One minute and two men – With the use of precise editing techniques Jump creates a seamless melding of two men as they vigorously run and jump towards camera. Some nudity.

Ten Tiny Dances #9 – Bounce 2:24 mins. Choreographed by Emily Schoen and Directed with the Nel Shelby Film Production Team 2011
Part of a series of 1 to 2 minute playful films from a 10-week workshop. One short minute film was made each week for ten weeks.

349 3:02 mins. Directed by Kristen Lauth Shaeffer 2016.
Created with hundreds of pencils and hundreds of hands, 349 is a collaborative animated dance film that explores the idea that we’re all imperceptibly connected.


40 M Under 19:48 mins. Choreographed by Alexander Ekman, directed by Martin Steinberg.
40 M Under is a dance film by choreographer Alexander Ekman, featuring the Cullberg Ballet. Set in a former nuclear reactor hall at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Ekman plays with perspective, tempo, and images.

Saturday January 11th, 2020. 7pm
Two Documentaries Approx. 90 minutes

Lucinda Childs Dance 39 mins. Directed by Manon Lichveld Choreography by Lucinda Childs, 2012.
This documentary follows the re-staging of the iconic collaboration between Sol Lewitt, Lucinda Childs and Phillip Glass for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors in 2010 and Introdans, Arnhem in the Netherlands.


Play Serious 58 mins. Choreographer – Alexander Ekman, Director, T.M. Rives 2019.
Play Serious documents the groundbreaking Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman and his creative team during the production of Play at the Paris Opera. The film examines the paradox between the spontaneity inherent in the meaning of play and the choreographer’s attempt to translate that spontaneity into a formalized work. Follow Ekman as he juggles time limits, personal anxiety and the very foundation of entertainment

Sunday January 12th, 2020 2pm
Approximately 60 minutes

The first part of this program deals with themes of social justice.

Horizon of Exile 3 mins. By Isabel Rocamora 2007.
This is a clip from a longer film, Horizon of Exile, which stages female identity at the center of a poignant meditation on the underlying cultural causes of displacement. Set in vast desertscapes and guided by individual narratives from the Middle East, the film reflects on the condition of women within authoritative societies.

Hell You Talmbout 7:50 mins. Co-Directed by Denzel Boyd, Tyler Rabinowitz and Joseph Webb 2016.
A moving short featuring Seattle’s Northwest Tap Connection. Founded by Melba Ayco, the social justice-oriented dance studio serves as a hub for youth outreach and offers an important voice in the wake of the lives lost to police brutality.

Dancing Their Pain Away 3 mins. A Ford Film directed by Tucker Walsh 2015.
Tawanda Jones (better known as Miss Wawa) started Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team in Camden, NJ in 1986 when she was just 15 years old. Since then, thousands of students have gone through her program and 100% of them have graduated from high school.

From There to Here 17 mins. Directed by Sydney Skov and Janique L. Robillard 2018.
From There to Here depicts a courageous group of women, survivors of sexual violence and marginalization, using dance movement therapy to empower themselves and some of the city’s most vulnerable populations.


Cinetica 29 mins. Choreographed and Directed by Ana Cembrero 2014.
Through their femininity they show the ambiguity of the real world and the imaginary world between which they wander, live, search, dance, fight & play, without separating what is lived from what is dreamt.

Sunday January 12th, 2020. 4pm
Approx. 80 minutes

We close the film festival with our two documentary films that follow renowned choreographer, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker at different points in her career. We see a young De Keersmaeker and dancers in the making of her seminal piece Rosas Danst Rosas from 1983 and then fast forward to 2019 with her most recent work Mitten. It is interesting to see the artist at work in the beginning of her career and at present.

Het Gerucht: Rosas Danst Rosas 26:34 mins. Choreographed by Anne De Keersmaeker, Directed by Stefaan Docostere 1983.
A short documentary about the creative process of the original Rosas danst Rosas, the performance that forced Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s international breakthrough and has become a benchmark in the history of postmodern dance. This documentary, directed by Stefaan Decostere for the BRT cultural programme Het Gerucht (The Rumour), uses fragments of rehearsals and interviews with De Keersmaeker and composer Thierry De Mey, offering a glimpse of the choreographic creative process in which repeated abstract movements play a key role.

Mitten 53 mins. Choreographed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Directed by Grard Jan Claes & Olivia Rochette 2019.
This film follows the final weeks of rehearsal of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s current piece, Mitten based on the six cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach, and the intense collaboration between the choreographer, the dancers and the cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras. The film offers a glance into De Keersmaeker’s meticulous working process, building a choreographic universe by studying the musical composition. This intense creative process of continuously reshaping and honing, characterized by an inexhaustible longing for precision and detail, is reflected in the filmmakers’ patient look at the work of the choreographer, the musician and the dancers.

Please join us for a reception following this program to celebrate CinemaDance 2020.

The curator, Lisa Gross, recently moved to Martha’s Vineyard after living in Los Angeles for 23 years. Now living in a small but vibrant arts community she is going back to her creative and movement roots and passion for dance film. Lisa participated in a fellowship program for Dance Media at The World Arts and Culture Dept. of UCLA and sat on the board of the Dance Film Festival in Los Angeles. She lives on the island with her husband, Adam Gross.