“South Africans are a nation who dance ... and revolutions need beauty.”
Lliane Loots, Choreograper
dancedance/Re♦Volution is an introduction to the vibrant diversity of contemporary dance in South Africa. Rooted in both tradition and the idioms of modern movement, this half-hour documentary introduces new audiences to work ranging from site-specific solos to multi-media physical theater.
The struggle for freedom is ongoing in post-apartheid South Africa. Dancemakers are discovering new opportunities and new language to address issues of race and gender, utilizing fresh approaches grounded in history, memory and personal identity.
Gregory Maqoma ––Headlined the American Dance Festival 2015 with his solo Exit/Exist.
Jay Pather –– Choreographer of Firebird, which was performed at the Hollywood Bowl.
Oscar Buthelezi –– First African choreographer to win the prestigious Kurt Jooss Prize for Choreography.
Lliane Loots –– Founder of the festival JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience. Artistic Director Flatfoot Dance Company.
Athena Mazarakis –– Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award for "elev(i)ate2" at the NationalArts Festival, South Africa.
Mzo Gasa –– Founder and director of the Sibonelo Dance Project.
YEAR OF RELEASE
FILM CREDITS Producer/Director/Editor Mark Freeman
Cinematographer Smangaliso Ngwenya
AWARDS & REVIEWS
Stephen Most, author of Stories Make the World:
"The way one’s life is determined by living in a black body, a female body, a gay body in the particular place where one happens to be born is unforgettably expressed by these dancers and their dance. It brings to mind a stanza from Yeats’ "Among Schoolchildren” the last words of which are well-known --- 'How can we know the dancer from the dance?'
Knowing the dancers, as your work allows us to do, brings meaning to their movements that would otherwise be inaccessible especially to those of us who do not know the contexts of their lives. The beauty of their dances transcends despair."
"What a great film! Such a fascinating look into contemporary dance in a non-western culture!" Rachel Johnson, Executive & Artistic Director of The Bell House
"I have hardly ever seen a portrayal of such an interesting contemporary dance scene, which has thorough roots in street dance at the same time." Robert Riede, Red Bull Media House
SCREENING AND BROADCAST
Distributed to US Public Television by NETA:KCSM
NY African Film Festival/Brooklyn Academy of Music/Family Day Celebration
African Film Festival National Tour (USA)
Africa in Motion (Scotland)
African World Documentary Festival Stellensbosh University (South Africa)
LIGHT MOVES Festival of Screendance (Ireland)
Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA)
Bucharest Intl Dance Film Festival (2019)
Zanzibar International Film Festival
RapidLion (South Africa)
On Art – Film Festival (Poland)
The Big Muddy Film Festival
LA Dance Film Festival
InShadow – Lisbon ScreenDance Festival
Videodança São Carlos (Brazil)
University Film and Video Association
San Diego Central Library