News: Joie de Vivre Dance Film winners announced

Wednesday 31 August 2016 by Carmel Smith

Screen shot from Anna Heighway's 'Move About It'.

For the last two years, National Dance Development Organisation Pavilion Dance South West (based in Bournemouth) has been running a dance film competition which celebrates dance by, with and for older people. Programme manager and PDSW Regional Producer, Zannah Doan explains what inspired her to set the competition up: “We have called our work for and with older people Joie de Vivre to communicate the life-affirming power of dance and the joy it can bring. What’s more, film can help break down national boundaries and facilitate the creation of a community of shared practice. It enables us to celebrate the quality of the work that is being created by the international dance and film communities. Also, touring dance can be expensive, and there might be other barriers to travelling, such as caring responsibilities, lack of confidence, ill health or poverty. Film can help counteract these issues, too.”


Gold winner in the Creative category is Julia Warr’s Sketching, an improvised series of dances, shot in Thailand:

The second prize went to Damn Fine Dance & Molly Wright for It’s Only Ever Now. The film was inspired by rap artist Kate Tempest whose words, interpreted by older dancers, become part of an intergenerational conversation….

The third prize in the Creative category went to Jane Turner for A Rare Glimpse. It highlights the paradox of our quantum universe – that matter is also energy – with a light touch:

Gold winner in the Documentary category is Move About It by Anna Heighway, where four members of Bath based Yama Dance Company talk – and move – about the dance in their lives.

The Gold winning films for 2016 have already been featured in the International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC3) in Edinburgh and SagaCity in London – and winning films will be suggested to future conferences and events throughout the year to promote positive images of older bodies dancing.

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Image: screen shot from Anna Heighway’s Move About It.

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