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Dancing In The Now

"The more I observe and explore the phenomena that is dance the more I truly see and believe that what dance provides is a visual language for an internal world...the world of human emotion that cannot be seen, but always be felt. With in this language I have yet to find a dance form in which this is more evident than the globally practiced yet loosely defined genre of contemporary dance."

- Pippa Samaya 

Dancing in the Now
Jig Show

*WIll be screening Friday, August 26

"Step Right Up, Folks! The last remaining great outdoor troupers are finally telling their stories about one of America’s most successful traveling shows that endured racism, state- sanctioned segregation on the railways and tightening immigration laws to become popular in the 1940s through the 1960s. Also unearthed is the legend of African American millionaire carnival king, Leon Claxton, whose vision, passion and determination produced a stage show that still resonates with wonder today.

A magical journey into the complexities of American entertainment, racial history and family, JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana is a compelling hour-long documentary film produced by director Leslie Cunningham who shines a spotlight on her grandfather’s spectacular stage presentation of Black and Cuban music, dance and comedy that played on the world's largest carnival midway for nearly four decades in the early-to mid-20th century.

(Leslie Cunningham,USA)

A Ballerina's Tale

*Will be screening Saturday,

August 27th at 11:30 AM


Tracing the prodigious rise and potentially career-ending injury of Misty Copeland, the first African American ballerina in a major company, director Nelson George thoughtfully examines themes of race, class and body image in the elite ballet world.

(Nelson George, USA)

A Ballerina's Tale

Danse Avec Elles

*Will be screening Saturday,

August 27th at 1:15 PM

*Filmmakers will be in attendance


"I opted for a poetic and direct approach to capture the universal theme that I saw in that this group of girls. I wanted people to take the time to watch them live and to focus on them. On the other hand, we all have in our lives, crossed exceptional human beings able to grasp life with depth and openness. Lynn Vaillancourt, a tenacious and genuine artist, convinced woman and against the current, shared human values such as listening and respecting others . Values that are increasingly forgotten and suppressed by the speed and productivity of our society. " 
- Beatriz Mediavilla

Danse Avec Elles

Let's Get the Rhythm

Lets Get the Rhythm

*Will be screening Saturday,

August 27th at 4:45 PM


This film captures girls’ handclapping games from inner city playgrounds and across the world… from every continent… and islands in between. Girls from diverse cultures – from Brooklyn to Tanzania – charm us as they learn and share while expanding their experience. Drawing attention to the social importance of girls’ games, the film features footage from far-flung locations as well as ancient Egyptian reliefs. Let’s Get the Rhythm accentuates the beauty of the beat with compelling observations on the empowering force on the lives of girls, women and humanity.

(Irene Chagall, USA)

The Prophet

*Will be screening Saturday, August 27th at 6PM


Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is a feature-length animation based on the poems of Kahlil Gibran. It is an emotional and visual journey that explores a range emotions and is truly a gift for people at any age. Written and Directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), this film will make you laugh, cry, question, and cherish what you hold dear.

This film is included in the CASCADIA Dance & Cinema Festival because of the beautiful integration of music, words, and visual story telling. There are some great dance sequences (On Marriage, especially) and the animation is so perfectly choreographed to the score. Truly captivating. Bring the whole family, your date, your friends - this one truly has something for everybody.

The Prophet


Made in Vancouver

Adapted from an
Electric Company Theatre

 Q & A with:
Kyle Rideout & 

Josh Epstein


*Will be screening on Saturday,

August 27th at 9PM


Eadweard is a locally produced film about the great Eadweard Muybridge, "Godfather of Cinema". His motion studies are a fundamental example of how, by capturing motion, we can better understand and even enjoy it. Muybridge didn't just study dancers, he studied every day movements and interactions to the point of obsession.


*Will be screening on Sunday, August 28th at 6:45PM


Renewal is a reflection on art and environmental action.
The film profiles a group of dancers – the Vertigo Dance Company – in their pioneering Eco-Arts village
on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The film explores
Vertigo’s unique, accessible methods of green living.


Renewal features captivating scenes of the Vertigo company
in performance and rehearsals, and in their ecological pursuits including gray water recycling and permaculture.
The process of becoming more sustainable forces these dancers to reconsider their art, their values, and their place in the world. (Stacey Menchel Kussell, USA)

Rare Birds

Sunday, August 28 2016
@ 8 PM

"Rare Birds tracks every phase of production during the creation of Alexander Ekman's groundbreaking A Swan Lake at Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Oslo . An intimate view into the process of choreography and the ingenuity at work in a world-class theater."

-T.M Rives

Rare Birds
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